Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I Samuel Part V: Just a Few Questions

Continuing with I Samuel

Here we are continuing with the questions for the book of I Samuel in the Holy Bible Old Testament. If you feel you have an answer to any of these questions simply click on the comment link at the end of each post and write in your answer. If using a Bible verse as reference, be sure to include the passage location.

1. I Samuel 16:1
Now the LORD said to Samuel, "You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king."

     1) Is Samuel's mourning for Saul simply custom or does he really feel bad about it? I mean, if it was simply customary it would be equivalent to dressing and black and attending a funeral  when in reality you give two shits and a horse's ass who is being planted, right?

     2) Why does God continue to pick people when it is clear that God makes very poor choices? Doesn't something usually go wrong where the person picked by God either pisses off the people he is supposed to govern or lead, or the person does something that labels them as a disappointment in the eyes of God?

2. I Samuel 16:2
And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’

And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.”

     1) Isn't God supposed to be the ultimate power? Why does Samuel say he is afraid when he is supposed to be a prophet/judge/representative of the Most High God?

     2) Well...what have we here but God Himself lying and instructing to lie? can it be anything other than a lie when Samuel's true purpose is to anoint another king? It does not matter whether or not Samuel tells Saul that he is only there to sacrifice to the LORD and then goes and actually sacrifices, because the TRUTH is not that Samuel is there to sacrifice but to anoint, right?

     3) Is there any possible way for the LORD to come out of these particular verses with a label other than LIAR?

     4) How can a perfect God lie? If a perfect God lies is the lie then considered a perfect lie?

3. I Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

     1) Sure, the LORD looks at the heart, but what He doesn't say is what He is looking for, right? And what would the LORD be looking for but a little black heart that will bend and meld to His every whim, a heart that can be controlled by the fears of the person that heart rests within?

4. I Samuel 16:13
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

     1) Sooo...if the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward are we correct in thinking that that meant for the rest of David's life? Because if that is the case where in the hell was this spirit of the LORD within David when he set up Uriah to be murdered AND took Uriah's wife?

5. I Samuel 16:14
14 Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and the LORD sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.

     1) Do you know what depression is? Do you know what fear is? Do you know what happens when you put the two of those things together within the mind of a person? Do you have any idea how thoroughly horrible depression can make a person feel? Do you know how ravenous the appetite of fear can be?

     2) This is what the LORD did to Saul? was not enough that the Spirit of the LORD left Saul, but the LORD just HAD to throw in depression and fear as parting gifts?

     3) Wow. Seriously, wow. The great and mighty God of Love sends a tormenting spirit? Would you be so kind as to explain to me exactly how this works?

6. I Samuel 16:15
15 Saul's servants then said to him, "Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you.

     1) Sooo...the depression and the fear Saul is experiencing is STILL not enough for God, and in order to balance things out and make God's Circle of the Stupidity of Anger complete He makes sure that even the servants know what is happening? Why would God do this? Would it be in an extra special effort to add embarrassment as the pretty little cherry on top?

7. I Samuel 16:21
21 And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer.

     1) This needs to be clarified, right? Was the love as from a father to a son, as a brother to a brother, as a friend to a friend, as an intimate partner to an intimate partner...what?

8. I Samuel 17:16
16 For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.

     1) The rains leading to the great flood fell for forty days and nights, Israel meandered in the desert about forty years, Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan for forty days and nights, in Acts Jesus appears here and there over a period of forty days, Isaac was forty when he hooked up with Rebeka, Esau was forty when he hooked up with Judith, Moses was on the mountain for forty days and nights...the list goes on and on, and now we add this situation? What is it with the number forty in the Bible?

9. I Samuel 17:26
26 And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

     1) The armies of the living God, huh? Is that why the men were so afraid and fled as so noted in the twenty-fourth verse in this same chapter?

10. I Samuel 17:46
46 Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!

     1) Kill you and cut off your head? Give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals? Is this the normal manner in which the followers of the most powerful, love-filled God speak?

     2) Do you notice that though this great God is supposed to be filled with so much love that a majority of the time the freaking people are fighting like cats and dogs, more often than not encouraged by God to do so? Why doesn't God conquer with His great love instead of His great hate?

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