“all the men who followed Baal-peor, Yahweh your God has destroyed them.” The Book of Deuteronomy has a large number of verses in which God warns Israel that if they forsake Him and turn to pagan gods they will be destroyed. The need for the large number of warnings in Deuteronomy comes from the historic situation: This is the last 2 months of the Wilderness Wanderings before Israel crossed the Jordan River, and Israel was camped on the Plains of Jordan, across the Jordan from Jericho. In just a couple months they would encounter the Canaanites in the Promised Land and the gods they worshipped. Sadly, the Israelites did not follow God’s warnings. They worshipped Baal and other pagan gods and were eventually conquered and carried into captivity; the kingdom of Israel by Assyria (2 Kings 17), and the kingdom of Judah by Babylon (2 Kings 24-25). There are many warnings in Deuteronomy about pagan gods (cp. Deut. 4:3; 6:14-15; 7:4; 8:19-20; 11:16-17; 17:2-5; 29:25-28; 30:17-18; 31:16-18).