1 Samuel – Chapter 12: Samuel’s Farewell Speech

In the last chapter of 1 Samuel we learned of Saul leading the Israelites, under the guidance of God, to a slaughter of those who kidnapped some of the Israelites.  Yes, the kidnapping was bad, but is a whole scale slaughter of all people the solution?  This chapter focusing on the end of Samuel, but he’s not dead yet.

“Then Samuel said to the people, ‘It is the Lord who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your ancestors up out of Egypt.’” – 1 Samuel 12:6

Samuel conveniently leaves out that God hardened the Egyptians’ heart.

“Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the Lord as to all the righteous acts performed by the Lord for you and your ancestors.” – 1 Samuel 12:7

Finally, the evidence we’ve all been waiting for to prove God’s existence!  Why do I feel there’s a catch to all of this?  🙂

“After Jacob entered Egypt, they cried to the Lord for help, and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your ancestors out of Egypt and settled them in this place.” – 1 Samuel 12:8

Um…not evidence.  God never appeared before the people.  Only to Moses and Aaron high up on a mountain where there were no witnesses.  Most logical conclusion?  Moses and Aaron made up God to control the people.

“Then the Lord sent Jerub-Baal, Barak, Jephthah and Samuel, and he delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around you, so that you lived in safety.” – 1 Samuel 12:11

The killing of thousands, tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of Israelites and enemies, including women, children, and babies is evidence of God?

“But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.” – 1 Samuel 12:15

This is not evidence of God, but shows if God does exist, he has complete control over the king.  Any choice made by the king is only made because God is making that choice for the king.  Loving God?  ROFL!

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes! Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call on the Lord to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the Lord when you asked for a king.” – 1 Samuel 12:16-17

Thunder and rain?  That’s the evidence for God?  Seriously, this is the best the authors of the Bible could come up with?  Sigh.

“Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.” – 1 Samuel 12:21

I agree, idols are useless!  Then again, so is believing in a make believe god.

“For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.” – 1 Samuel 12:22

But is he really pleased he made you?  He killed off the entire planet except for a couple of people in the Noah and the Ark story!  Does that sound like a pleased god to you?

“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.” – 1 Samuel 12:24

Great things = killing hundreds of thousands of people for no reason at all!  And fear the Lord?  No good leader or parent leads through fear.  Only a feeble minded god leads through fear.

Supposedly we were given evidence of God’s existence, but that evidence was basically non-existent.  Seriously, thunder and rain was used as evidence of God.  ROFL!  Again the Bible tells us we must FEAR God.  Sorry, I will follow no one who demands I fear them.

Coming Soon:  1 Samuel – Chapter 13:  Samuel Rebukes Saul

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