Psalms – Chapter 44: For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.

Psalms.  I will be so happy when I’m finished reading through and writing about the book of Psalms.  Unfortunately, that is many chapters away so I’ll just have to suck it up and pull myself up by the bootstraps as conservative Christians so often say.

“We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago.” – Psalms 44:1

Your ancestors must have left out all the shitty stuff God has done, otherwise you wouldn’t continue following him!

“With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish.” – Psalms 44:2

Kill the natives!  Kill the natives!  God is worthy!  Kill the natives!

“In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.” – Psalms 44:8

I believe you will praise him forever.  Despite the raping of women and murdering of children you continue to praise him, so what could God possibly do in the future to make you stop?

“But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies.” – Psalms 44:9

Or, you know, there’s a perfectly logical explanation.  There is no god.

“All this came upon us, though we had not forgotten you; we had not been false to your covenant.” – Psalms 44:17

That should tell you something about this ‘god’.

“If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?” – Psalms 44:20-21

Given that God didn’t know Abel was dead in Genesis 4 when there were only FOUR people on the planet (per the Bible), I doubt he knows much at all when there are millions on the planet.

“Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.” – Psalms 44:26

Unfailing love?  ROFL!!!  To sum this chapter up, David continues to praise God despite the clear evil God has committed.  Then David can’t understand why God has ‘disappeared’.  I don’t know, maybe because God is an asshole!  The best answer, of course, is God doesn’t exist, but if you insist on believing in the God of the Bible, it is very clear this god is a giant asshole.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 45:  For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.

Matthew 5:19

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!!  We know there is a ton of crazy in the Old Testament.  That’s undeniable and Christians who have read the Bible will, often, acknowledge this crazy exists.  Unfortunately, they follow this up with the argument that “well, that’s the Old Testament.  It doesn’t apply today as Jesus came down to Earth and changed those old laws.”  Um, no he didn’t!

“Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:19

This is Jesus speaking and he makes it very clear that ALL commands must be followed.  Break the very least of these commands and you will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.  It’s clear that Jesus expects you to follow the rules.  Those commands are NOT just the ten commandments Christians often say.  They include ALL of God’s commands.  Read Matthew 5:17, two verses before this verse.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – Matthew 5:17

This is Jesus speaking again and it is very clear from his words that he did not come to abolish any laws but to fulfill them.  All those crazy laws in the Old Testament?  Yep, Jesus demands they be followed and that, my friends, is a big load of crazy!

Psalms – Chapter 43

After a couple of chapters in 1 Chronicles covering genealogy, it’s time to move back into Psalms, starting with Chapter 43.

“Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.” – Psalms 43:1

Given how wicked we’ve seen the god of the Bible to be, David is unintentionally asking to be rescued from God!

“Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalms 43:5

Put my hope in the god who demands the killing of innocent babies?  I don’t think so!

That does it for Psalms 43.  A very short chapter in which David again praises God and asks everyone to put their hope in God.  If God delivered, maybe that would be okay.  But God doesn’t deliver.  He kills, he murders, he takes over bodies, and he enhances suffering across the nations, including the suffering of his ‘chosen’ people.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 44:  For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 2: Israel’s Sons

The first chapter of 1 Chronicles was a genealogy from Adam to Abraham.  This chapter, 1 Chronicles 2, starts with the sons of Israel (Jacob) and goes through a genealogy of everyone in different clans.  Nothing more to say.  It is what it is.  Just a listing of biblical characters and which family they belonged to.  That’s it for 1 Chronicles for now.  Next time we move back to Psalms where thinks get a bit more interesting.  Although by interesting that usually means more crazy, stupid, and/or just plain wrong!

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 43

1 Chronicles – Chapter 1: Historical Records From Adam to Abraham

Today’s focus is on the first chapter of 1 Chronicles.  As stated in previous posts, there’s a common timeline between 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and Psalms, so there will be much switching back and forth.  To be honest with you, there’s not much to discuss in this chapter.  It’s nothing more than the genealogy from Adam to Abraham.  We saw much of this back in Genesis.  I find these a bit interesting just to learn which characters in the Bible came from which other characters.  The other item I’d point out is that it is these genealogical records (granted, most likely fiction) that some historical ‘scholars’ use to determine the Earth is 6,000 years old.  They start with a literal interpretation of the creation stories in Genesis.  Yes, there were two of them!  They then count the number of years through each family line in the Bible and come up with 6,000 years.  It ignores all science, but by god it’s what the book says!  🙂

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 2:  Israel’s Sons

1 Chronicles – Chapter 4: Other Clans of Judah

Another chapter in 1 Chronicles, another listing of descendants.  This chapter focuses on the descendants of Judah and the descendants of Simeon.

“The men whose names were listed came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. They attacked the Hamites in their dwellings and also the Meunites who were there and completely destroyed them, as is evident to this day.” – 1 Chronicles 4:41

Even in a chapter listing descendants, the authors couldn’t resist from including a statement on killing.

“They killed the remaining Amalekites who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.” – 1 Chronicles 4:43

Woohoo!  They lived in the land to this day, residing in the place of those they killed and land they stole.  Super moral!  😊

That concludes this chapter of 1 Chronicles.  More descendants to come in the next chapter!

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 5:  Reuben