This week’s crazy Bible verse continues a theme of God killing innocent children. To put some context to today’s verse, God is telling the Israelites what He’s going to do with the people of the Valley of Ben Hinnom.
“I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh because their enemies will press the siege so hard against them to destroy them.” – Jeremiah 19:9
Let’s assume for a minute that the people of this land are evil and need to be punished. God certainly states He will deliver a harsh punishment, there’s no doubt about that. However, the punishment God doles out also punishes the innocent. Some of these sons and daughters will be adults, so maybe they are evil in some ways and deserve punishment too, but we can certainly expect some of these sons and daughters to be infants and children who are not evil. They are being punished for the sins of their parents. What child deserves to be punished for the sins of their parent? No child! Yet God chooses to punish children as well as adults. Not only are the children punished, they are punished in a horrible way. God forces the parents to eat their own children! As if burning or stoning to death wasn’t bad enough, God resorts to the eating of children. Eating children = the love of God.