Friday, October 25, 2013

II Samuel Part III: Just a Few Questions

Never a Dull Moment for the LORD's Chosen

Well, as we come to the close of our questions for the book of II Samuel, surely you have seen that things really don't seem all that hot for the chosen people of God. Why is that?

1. II Samuel 16:21-22
21 Ahithophel told him, "Go and sleep with your father's concubines, for he has left them here to look after the palace. Then all Israel will know that you have insulted your father beyond hope of reconciliation, and they will throw their support to you."

22 So they set up a tent on the palace roof where everyone could see it, and Absalom went in and had sex with his father's concubines.

     1) What the hell kind of advisor gives his leader this type of advice?

     2) How was it that Absalom did not realize this was like the worst advice to take?

     3) Courage will win the respect of people. Since when does shaming do the same?

2. II Samuel 18:18
18 During his lifetime, Absalom had built a monument to himself in the King's Valley, for he said, "I have no son to carry on my name." He named the monument after himself, and it is known as Absalom's Monument to this day.

     1) Oh my, but don't we have yet another biblical SNAFU here? Absalom said he had no son to carry on his name? Really?

   2) Doesn't II Samuel 14:27 clearly say that three sons and a daughter were born unto Absalom?

     3) Did Absalom's sons die?

3. II Samuel 20:3
When David came to his palace in Jerusalem, he took the ten concubines he had left to look after the palace and placed them in seclusion. Their needs were provided for, but he no longer slept with them. So each of them lived like a widow until she died.

     1) Sooo...these women were placed into seclusion because of what Absalom did? The women pay for the shame of what Absalom did? Is that supposed to be balanced?

4. II Samuel 20:21-22
21 That's not my purpose. All I want is a man named Sheba son of Bicri from the hill country of Ephraim, who has revolted against King David. If you hand over this one man to me, I will leave the town in peace." "All right," the woman replied, "we will throw his head over the wall to you."

22 Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off Sheba's head and threw it out to Joab. So he blew the ram's horn and called his troops back from the attack. They all returned to their homes, and Joab returned to the king at Jerusalem.

     1) Throw his head over the wall? This was considered wise advice?

5. II Samuel 21:1
1 There was a famine during David's reign that lasted for three years, so David asked the LORD about it. And the LORD said, "The famine has come because Saul and his family are guilty of murdering the Gibeonites."

     1) Sooo...because of something Saul and his family has done the ENTIRE people get to suffer from famine? And people who are believers wonder why other people want nothing to do with this pathological God of theirs?

6. II Samuel 21:2
So the king summoned the Gibeonites. They were not part of Israel but were all that was left of the nation of the Amorites. The people of Israel had sworn not to kill them, but Saul, in his zeal for Israel and Judah, had tried to wipe them out.

     1) Sooo...did Saul know of the agreement to not kill the Gibeonites?

    2) Did anyone ever try to stop Saul from killing the Gibeonites and explain to him why he should stop?

     3) Did the LORD ever take Saul aside and tell him to stop killing the Gibeonites, or did the LORD just decide to allow for a famine and eventually someone would have the marbles to ask why the famine was happening?

7. II Samuel 21:5-6
5 Then they replied, "It was Saul who planned to destroy us, to keep us from having any place at all in the territory of Israel.

6 So let seven of Saul's sons be handed over to us, and we will execute them before the LORD at Gibeon, on the mountain of the LORD." "All right," the king said, "I will do it.

     1) Well, it seems as though the rules of atonement to not get any better when asking humans instead of the LORD, right?

     2) Nothing like laying the groundwork for the ridiculousness of Jesus dying for sins He never committed, right? Here we have the wrong that Saul committed, and SOMEBODY has to pay for it so we are going to put these guys to death. Is that how it goes?

8. II Samuel 21:9
9 The men of Gibeon executed them on the mountain before the LORD. So all seven of them died together at the beginning of the barley harvest.

   1) executing people for things they did not do okay since the executions supposedly took place before the LORD?

     2) How did the people know the LORD was there watching? How did they know for sure He was there?

     3) Why does God watch people die?

9. II Samuel 22:3
3 my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.

     1) The one who saves you from violence? You're kidding, right?

     2) Your God is a rock? You mean like talking to a rock when you need help and He won't help you, or when He will not listen and stop killing those who have done nothing wrong?

     3) He is your refuge and savior? You mean so long as you do all of the dastardly things He asks you to do, right?

10. II Samuel 24:15
15 So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning until the appointed time. And there died of the people from Dan to Beersheba 70,000 men.

     1) Sooo...the LORD murders 70,000 people as a punishment upon Israel? Maybe this could be part of the problem why the people of Israel will never number as the stars of the heavens, right? I mean, Jesus Christ! God keeps killing them in large numbers.

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