Monday, November 11, 2013

II Chronicles Part II: Just a Few Questions

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More Biblical Repetition

Oh dear me...more repetition. BUT I have taken this journey of my own accord and might as well follow through. Here are more questions for the book of II Chronicles. Please be so kind as to leave a comment if you so desire.

1. II Chronicles 21:7
But the LORD did not want to destroy David's dynasty, for he had made a covenant with David and promised that his descendants would continue to rule, shining like a lamp forever.

     1) Sooo...God won't COMPLETELY destroy the house of David, but He WILL bring it great sorrow and suffering in addition to destroying the other houses, right?

2. II Chronicles 21:12-15
12 Then Elijah the prophet wrote Jehoram this letter: "This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: You have not followed the good example of your father, Jehoshaphat, or your grandfather King Asa of Judah.

13 Instead, you have been as evil as the kings of Israel. You have led the people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship idols, just as King Ahab did in Israel. And you have even killed your own brothers, men who were better than you.

14 So now the LORD is about to strike you, your people, your children, your wives, and all that is yours with a heavy blow.

15 You yourself will suffer with a severe intestinal disease that will get worse each day until your bowels come out."

     1) How lovely. I will hurt you, I will make you suffer, I will make your family and friends fact, I will make you watch them all die and then make you suffer more...and then I will very likely kill you? Is THIS the God you worship?

3. II Chronicles 25:2
And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart.

     1) How in the fuck did he do what was right in the eyes of the LORD/God if what he did he did with less than a whole heart, hummm? 

     2) Would less than a whole heart qualify as right in the eyes of the LORD/God?

4. II Chronicles 29:31-34
31 Then Hezekiah declared, "Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the LORD, bring your sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings to the Temple of the LORD." So the people brought their sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings, too.

32 The number of the burnt offerings that the assembly brought was 70 bulls, 100 rams, and 200 lambs; all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD. 

33 And the consecrated offerings were 600 bulls and 3,000 sheep.

34 But the priests were too few and could not flay all the burnt offerings, so until other priests had consecrated themselves, their brothers the Levites helped them, until the work was finished—for the Levites were more upright in heart than the priests in consecrating themselves.

     1) So much death. Is that what the LORD/God requires that He let the people live? Death and LOTS of it?

5. II Chronicles 30:22-24
22 Hezekiah encouraged all the Levites regarding the skill they displayed as they served the LORD. The celebration continued for seven days. Peace offerings were sacrificed, and the people gave thanks to the LORD, the God of their ancestors.

23 Then the whole assembly agreed together to keep the feast for another seven days. So they kept it for another seven days with gladness.

24 For Hezekiah king of Judah gave the assembly 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep for offerings, and the princes gave the assembly 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep. And the priests consecrated themselves in great numbers.

     1) When will the death requirement ever be over? When will God/the LORD say enough to death?

6. II Chronicles 31:6
And the people of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of cattle and sheep, and the tithe of the dedicated things that had been dedicated to the LORD their God, and laid them in heaps.

     1) Dedicated things? What are dedicated things? Why must God/the LORD have dedicated things? 

     2) How and why would God need anything? If God needed anything wouldn't that negate His supposed all-powerful nature?

7. II Chronicles 32:21
21 And the LORD sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he came into the house of his god, some of his own sons struck him down there with the sword.

     1) What in the fuckey-doo is this craziness?

8. II Chronicles 32:22
22 So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all his enemies, and he provided for them on every side.

     1) Oh sure, saved them at the GREAT expense of the lives of so very many others, right?

9. II Chronicles 32:27-29
27 And Hezekiah had very great riches and honor, and he made for himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of costly vessels;

28 storehouses also for the yield of grain, wine, and oil; and stalls for all kinds of cattle, and sheepfolds.

29 He likewise provided cities for himself, and flocks and herds in abundance, for God had given him very great possessions.

     1) Sooo...did the LORD really decide to share His treasures with the king, or did He simply let the king hold these items so that he would think that they were really his when all along the LORD never passed ownership/title, but merely passed possession?

10. II Chronicles 32:33
33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the upper part of the tombs of the sons of David, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

     1) What good does honor do the dead?

11. II Chronicles 33:2
And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel.

     1) How many times does the LORD/God say this about the king's of His own people?

12. II Chronicles 36:19
19 And they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem and burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious vessels.

     1) Sooo...God is all-great and oh-so-powerful that He gets His ass kicked and all of His shit burned to the ground? AND...WHY did this happen to an all-powerful God that is responsible for every breath and tick of life for all time for ever and ever amen?

     2) When God's/the LORD's people get their asses kicked and God says it is because they have been bad you think He is just saying that to cover-up His own powerlessness and grandiose claims of ultimate, insurmountable powers?

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