Sunday, October 30, 2011

Random Bible Verse of the Day - 2 Kings

Nebuchadnezzar ponder how to
  turn GOD against Judah by p0wn-ing them!
So this one is a bit weird, even by the Bible's standards...or not; you decide.  I randomly flipped to a page, put my finger down and looked where it landed.  It happened to be 2 Kings 24:15.  But this happened to be in the middle of the passage about "King Jehoiachin of Judah" (verse 8).  So I read that short story.

We learn in the first couple verses that Jehoiachin had "sinned against the LORD".  Interested to know what he did that pissed off the "LORD", I read on to the next verse, which says "It was during his reign that the Babylonian army, commanded by King Nebuchadnezzar's officers, marched against Jerusalem and besieged it." Followed by the detail of the siege.  So I guess the big "sin" was to let Jerusalem be, well, besieged.

Doesn't seem like much of a sin if you ask me.  Frankly, it makes you wonder, why, if Jerusalem was so damn important to the ALL-POWERFUL LORDTM, god didn't just send a plague or something masterfully devastating to kill Nebuchadnezzar's army?

But apparently, this "sin" has a history among Jerusalem's Kings:
(2 Kings 23: 32-33):   Following in the example of his ancestors, [King Joahaz] sinned against the LORD.  His reign ended when King Neco of Egypt took him prisoner in Riblah, in the land of Hamath, and made Judah pay 7,500 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold as a tribute.
(2 Kings 23 34): King Neco made Josiah' son eliakim king of Judah as successor to Josia, and changed his name to Jehoiakim... 37Following the example of his ancestors, Jehoiakim sinned against the LORD.  24 While Jehoiakim was king, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia invaded Judah, and for three years Jehoiakim was forced to subbmit to his rule; then he rebelled.
(2 Kings 24: 9-10): Following the example of his father, Jehoiachin sinned against the LORD.  It was during his reign that the Babylonian army, commanded by King Nebuchadnezzars' officers besieged it.
 (2 Kings 24:19-20): King Zedekiah sinned against the LORD, just as King Jehoiakim had done. The LORD became so angry with the people of Jerusalem and Judah that he banished them from his sight.
So basically, as far as I can tell, four generations of Kings of Judah, aged 18 - 23 "sinned" against the "LORD" by allowing the holy city of Jerusalem to be invaded and plundered.  How rude and disrespectful of them!

Its bad enough to have to pay to be invaded and tortured and killed, but to be branded as a "sinner" against THE LORD, well that's just salt on the wound.

But as with, I'm sure, many passages in the Bible, it doesn't really add up.  Let's flash back to King Jehoiachin's reign when he sinned against the LORD by allowing Nebuchadnezzar to invade Judah:
(2 Kings 24:2): The LORD sent armed bands of Babylonians, Syrians, Moabites, and Ammonites against Jehoiakim to destroy Judah, as the LORD had said through his servants the prophets that he would do. 
So Jehoiakim sinned against the LORD by letting Nebuchadnezzar invade him which was commanded by GOD HIMSELF?  Seriously, this guy can't win! WTF?

Yet another random example of why the Bible is stupid and I learned nothing from it (except that it espouses a fucked up morality).

Can't wait for tomorrow's random verse!

5 comments:

  1. Well it is no wonder you learn nothing... you don't have the correct mindset. Based upon your cleverly hidden sarcasm you have already predetermined belief. 
    Like so many people in this world, religious or non-religious you are a spiritual baby. Always crying about how you got burnt when for millennia and by many ways you were warned; “the stove is hot, do not touch it”, but you touched it anyway and then bitch at the “messenger” for warning you.
    So, do you really want to know what their sin is? Their sin, just like your sin, my sin, and every human beings sin is selfishness. Self is the highest of all delusions to paraphrase a Buddhist saying. You see, there is a battle that is going on each human being and that battle centers on only two choices.
    Choice A: Selfishness (I want for me, save me, heal me, pay me, give to me and if you don’t I will take by force).
    Choice B: Selflessness (I want for you, I’ll save you, heal you, pay you, give to you and if you take by force, well you’ve already failed, because I already gave it to you... you cannot steal what I gave).
    So if sin is selfishness, what is selflessness? Selflessness is sacrifice and sacrifice is love. Love is perfection. Love is when you are willing to sacrifice your time, money, energy, and even your life for another person whether you agree with them or not. That is what love really is… but I already know you’ll save that is weak and for this world it is, but for the spiritual it is not. But that’ll be difficult for you to grasp you have no frame of reference, and you are unwilling to see it.
    Regardless, each day through all of our mundane choices we make each person is really choosing between “self” or “someone else”. Think of it like this, when you get hungry and decide you want to eat a hamburger you may think well I have 3 solid choices (there are more, but this is for example purposes). So your three choices for a fast food burger would be; McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendys. You think, I have choices because McDonald’s has a special sauce, BK burgers are flamed broiled, Wendys are square patties, but ultimately while all of these burgers do have some differences at their core is still just a piece of meat we call beef. Ultimately there isn’t any real choice, it’s just a dumbass hamburger. But ignorance is bliss and I digress. The point is everything in this world is the illusion of choice, except choosing between self and selflessness. So each day, when you wake up, think about each choice you make and think about what the intent of your choice and don’t just ignore the mundane choices either, and you will soon realize 99% of the time you are choosing self.
    So was all four of these generations in your passage guilty of selfishness, most probably, just like 99% of all human beings. If God asked them to protect his city and if they claimed they loved God, but failed to protect his city then did they really love God? If love is giving up all that you desire for someone or something else then their sin was all about self. Maybe they were lazy (a form of selfishness). Maybe they wanted to spend all their time and money on wine and women, rather than securing the walls (selfishness)? Maybe they wanted to bribe ole’ Neb and sent him some cash to go away (that happened in the Bible more than once) also all about selfishness. In the end they were leaders and they have a higher responsibility for that reason alone and as leaders, the really good ones anyway, should never about “self” but about others. A real leader leads through sacrifice. Unfortunately that concept is lost in America today.
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  2. So maybe now you have learned about that fucked up morality. The morality that says you should rise above your natural tendency to be selfishness... and it is a fact. You weren't born with your momma and daddy teaching you to be selfishness. Nope, you were burn already crying and screaming for self, kicking and hitting, and withholding animal crackers from siblings... the reason because you were selfishness, however I dare say your momma and daddy tried to teach you not to be selfishess, by tellin' you to share those animal crackers. You barely listened, and they were teaching you from their own flawed ideas of self. Anyway if you really ease your pride a bit (another form of selfishness) you may actually see that your choice today and each future moment is to choose today your "self" above all else or someone else above yourself. This is what is required for humanity to move beyond were we are now. This is the evolution that is required. And where does it begin? Inside you, and inside me…of course. Gandhi once said be the change you want to see in the world. So go change yourself to less about self. Dig?

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  3. dude take it easy.dont be a Babylon u idiot.babylons get burnt,didnt u read that part.u speak but not much sense .

    Maybe we should idolize u ,u little prick

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  4. I curs the day of ur birth u dog,u great infidel son of Judas, I will fuck ur shit. distrustful little terd.

    u speak but not too much plzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  5. go back to ur king Osama bin laden.perhaps there several kings can pleasure u to keep ur mouth shut n busy a lot nite long.please u find ur irrugularitites in me words

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