In the last chapter of Judges we were introduced to a female leader, Deborah, but the actions of God were the same. Harden the hearts of others to oppress the Israelites and then help the Israelites slaughter their oppressors. An on-going loop of a sick and disgusting god. Chapter 5 brings us the song of Deborah.
“When the princes in Israel take the lead when the people willingly offer themselves—praise the Lord!” – Judges 5:2
As in the Israelites offer themselves willingly to be controlled by this god to kill and destroy others. Praise the Lord!
“When you, Lord, went out from Seir when you marched from the land of Edom, the earth shook, the heavens poured, the clouds poured down water. The mountains quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel.” – Judges 5:4-5
Yes, yes, it rains somewhere on Earth every day and earthquakes are quite common. What’s not common is God appearing before the Israelites in a clear and undistinguishable form.
“My heart is with Israel’s princes with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the Lord!” – Judges 5:9
To be an Israelite, you MUST be a willing volunteer. Otherwise God will kill you or toss you out of the community. You have no choice BUT to be a volunteer. This is nothing to praise the lord about.
“‘Curse Meroz,’ said the angel of the Lord. ‘Curse its people bitterly, because they did not come to help the Lord, to help the Lord against the mighty.’” – Judges 5:23
This is a perfect example of what happens when you don’t ‘volunteer’. You are cursed by an angel of the Lord. The Israelites have NO choice but to fight. To not fight is to be cursed (or shunned or killed).
“Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women.” – Judges 5:24
Really? Most blessed? Heber stabbed a tent peg through the head of a man and killed him. What did the man do? Asked for help. That’s it! That’s worth a blessing???
“So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” – Judges 5:31
The definition of loving the lord is doing exactly as the lord says, even if that is killing other people the lord himself directed to do harm against you. Question that in anyway, and you are not with the lord.
This chapter is basically a brag session. Deborah and the Israelites, acting as the hands of God, killed a bunch of people that God made do evil against the Israelites. Then they decided to sing a song to celebrate their hugely successfully blood fest. Yes, sounds like a loving god to me.
Coming Soon: Judges – Chapter 6: Gideon