Numbers 14 (in the Common English Bible) –
1 The entire community raised their voice and the people wept that night. 2 All the Israelites criticized Moses and Aaron. The entire community said to them, “ If only we had died in the land of Egypt or if only we had died in this desert! 3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and our children will be taken by force. Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt? ” 4 So they said to each other, “ Let’s pick a leader and let’s go back to Egypt. ”
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the assembled Israelite community. 6 But Joshua, Nun’s son, and Caleb, Jephunneh’s son, from those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite community, “ The land we crossed through to explore is an exceptionally good land. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he’ll bring us into this land and give it to us. It’s a land that’s full of milk and honey. 9 Only don’t rebel against the LORD and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are our prey. Their defense has deserted them, but the LORD is with us. So don’t be afraid of them. ” 10 But the entire community intended to stone them.
Then the LORD’s glory appeared in the meeting tent to all the Israelites. 11 The LORD said to Moses, “ How long will these people disrespect me? And how long will they doubt me after all the signs that I performed among them? 12 I’ll strike them down with a plague and disown them. Then I’ll make you into a great nation, stronger than they. ”
God. I understand him. I completely get why he was so sick and tired of their whining and rebellion and disobedience. Be fair, wouldn’t you be fed up too?
The thing I don’t understand, but for which I am all the more grateful for that very reason, is why God continued, and continues, to be gracious to the sorriest splotch on his creation- humankind.
Marcionites ancient and modern who think that the God of the Old Testament is unlike the God of the New are idiots who have never bothered to read either.
It looks to me as though they’ve only traded one tyrant for 100. The military, having taken power, isn’t treating the population any different than the President did.
Egyptian police and soldiers fired weapons and used batons and teargas for a fifth day on Tuesday in the latest security operation to clear Cairo’s central Tahrir Square of opponents of army rule.
Power corrupts. Absolutely power corrupts absolutely. And it doesn’t matter if power lays in the hands of one or in the hands of a council. Once power is had, it never gives up its gain until death rips it away. Just ask Saddam. Or Hitler. Or Mubarak. Or Il. Or Qadaffi. Or your local elected official who, even after leaving office, wields power through lobbying…
Once corrupt people have something they will not give it up. You only show yourself a fool if you think those ‘public servants’ are at all interested in the public good.
That’s just what Israel did- they agreed to a truce and then launched an air strike against Gaza.
An Israeli aircraft struck a pair of Palestinian militants on Sunday, killing one man and wounding a second after Egypt said it had brokered a truce to end attacks that have killed 10 Palestinian gunmen and an Israeli civilian in the past five days. A ceasefire had appeared to be taking hold, with the frontier quiet for eight hours, until Israeli aircraft attacked Palestinian militants who the military said were about to fire rockets from the southern Gaza Strip.
They were ‘about’ to fire rockets… Yeah, sure they were. ‘But mom, he was about to punch me so I pulled out a gun and shot him. That’s ok, right?’….
Peace? There? Don’t hold your breath. Dawkins will be a televangelist before there will be peace in the Middle East. Hell will freeze over first.
Al Arabiya reports via twitter just moments ago-
25 people killed, 272 wounded in Maspero clashes: Egypt\’s health ministry
UPDATE: The death toll is now 23. Earlier it was reported…
The Associated Press reports
Riots erupted in Cairo Sunday night as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under assault by thugs who rained stones down on them and fired pellets. Two soldiers were killed in the melee, according to state television, and a number of military vehicles were burning on a scenic street along the Nile.
Further details at the link above. Will Christians be driven from Egypt as they have been from Iraq as radical Islamists gain their ‘freedom’?
one of the Coptic churches in Cairo I visited when we were there
On History International Channel tomorrow night (Sunday, October 9, at 10 pm)
In this hour of our innovative and comprehensive look at the history of Ancient Egypt, we ask how Egypt maintained its relative independence for 3000 years. We answer this through Thutmosis III. He conquers more land than any other pharaoh. Yet ultimately he has no interest in establishing an expanding empire abroad. Like all pharaohs he is guided by the wish to establish peace and stability at home and secure the borders through forward defense. The pursuit of peace remains a key part of Egypt’s success story.
With thanks to Eric for the tip, and for the link to even more info.
Here’s something quite useful for folks interested in ancient Egypt or Egyptology: The Amarna Project.
The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (or simply Amarna) was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). As well as this historic interest Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt. It is thus simultaneously the key to a chapter in the history of religious experience and to a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. There is no other site like it.
It looks like they’ve taken a page from the Cargill digital modeling book. (HT Chuck Jones on ANE-2).