Why Did God say He Was Afraid?

The text says GOD said He was afraid! That’s DEUTERONOMY 32:27.
But everyone knows God is afraid of NOTHING!
Yes, yes, but let’s let God say what He wants to say, eh?!
Read many verses leading to 32:27 and many following it.
He “explains” what He was afraid of. Read it carefully!
He “explains” it and yet He doesn’t give the entire story.
What is it that the pagan armies with their gods and goddesses NOT do?
SPELL OUT what the idolatrous hordes did NOT do! SPELL IT OUT!

WHAT’S THE UNDERLYING MESSAGE?

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About Jim McGuiggan

Jim McGuiggan was Ethel's husband for fifty-three years. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Ethel went to be with Christ on Easter Sunday, 2009 at the close of a gallant life. He has written some books including: Celebrating the Wrath of God; Heading Home with God; Life on the Ash Heap; Jesus: Hero of Thy Soul; The God of the Towel, The Scarlet Letter; and The Dragon Slayer.

13 thoughts on “Why Did God say He Was Afraid?

    1. Jim McGuiggan Post author

      Was God wanting the “CREDIT” for the fierce judgments He spoke of on apostate Israel?
      If so, WHY does He want the “CREDIT”? Should we not have expected Him to say the opposite? “I didn’t do those things because I don’t do such things”?
      WHY is He so anxious to claim responsibility from them and deny it to others?

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    1. Jim McGuiggan Post author

      If GOD was responsible for the devastating judgments they must be in some true sense GOOD. (We would say that about the devastating judgments we carried out on Germany and Japan because we’d think in terms of justice and other related categories. And a psalmist says that when God’s judgments are on the earth the nations learn righteousness.) But who did the pagan hordes give the credit to when they succeeded in war (and even in peace)? See 32:39. Is that a swaggering boast? IF NOT, what purpose is it serving? And see what you make of 32:43 in THAT context. God bless us all.

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  1. jnt

    He’s claiming that he is God, and he is the only God there is. It is through these things that he his demonstrating his Godness.
    Which is in direct contrast to what some are saying. “A good God wouldn’t do these things.”

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    1. Jim McGuiggan Post author

      This a reasonable interpretation which could be justified by other texts in a different context. Texts such as those that offer “peace when there is no peace.” Please work more with the text in Deuteronomy and offer me more. Thanks for these responses. j

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  2. jnt

    God is afraid they won’t give HIM the credit for these things and, as a result, will misunderstand the REASON for them, which is JUDGMENT; HIS judgment on them. Yes?

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    1. Jim McGuiggan Post author

      Keep this up jnt and I’m going to get enough helpful points to write a book. Help me with this: Most of the chapter has God speaking with His eye on and about apostate Israel. He then begins to speak about the pagan hordes. He contrasts their “rock” with Israel’s “Rock”. So…? Remain patient with me, won’t you?! Thanks for ‘staying’.

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  3. jnt

    The section begins with comparing the words that will follow with “rain” and “dew”, metaphors for life. At the end of the section, Joshua calls the words of the preceding “song”(!) (which he also calls words of “law”) he calls them “life”. He doesn’t SAY they would GIVE life; he says they ARE life. These words of judgment are LIFE.
    The Rock is the source of life; the pagan rocks are not and are not even alive, themselves.

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  4. hiscovenantchild

    Thank you, jnt – I appreciate watching, from a distance, and learning from you and Jim as you plunge ever deeper into the thought of God our Father. Thank you, Father, for daring to share such thoughts with us!

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