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

Let’s jump right into Psalms 45.

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” – Psalms 45:6

It’s a throne made by man that is quickly eroding away as ever increasing numbers of young people have no religion.

“You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” – Psalms 45:7

Wait, is this verse describing God or Satan?  I see no evidence in the Bible God loves righteousness and hates wickedness.  In fact, I see plenty of evidence for the opposite!

“Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.” – Psalms 45:9

Yes, honored women you sell into slavery and allow to be raped.

“Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.” – Psalms 45:11

Yes, you lack a penis, therefore you must bow down to a man.

“In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her—those brought to be with her.” – Psalms 45:14

And those companions are soon to be raped as God wills it.

“Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king.” – Psalms 45:15

More like fear and terror.

“Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.” – Psalms 45:16

For women are less than men and can never replace their fathers and lead.

A one word summer of Psalms 45.  Misogyny.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 49:  For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

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

Matthew 19:9

Tuesdays are great because each Tuesday is a brand new Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday.  Today’s verse comes from the New Testament and directly from the mouth of Jesus.  It’s a mix of sex and misogyny and words today that are ignored by most Christians!

“I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” – Matthew 19:9

A man cannot divorce a woman for any reason except sexual immorality.  In other words, a marriage can be dissolved if a woman sleeps around.  But what if a man does the same?  Jesus says nothing on this.  Apparently, it’s okay for men to sleep around.  The verse also discusses nothing about consent.  What if husband and wife agree to this?  Is it wrong?  In my opinion no.  Per the Bible, however, only God can give consent and he often does when he wants to kill you.  🙂

Moreover, most Christians don’t follow the words of Jesus spoken in this verse.  Many Christians (and non-Christians to be fair) are divorced.  Many of those divorces have nothing to do with infidelity.  Yet the Bible demands those people to remain in unhappy marriages.  Great for family values, right?  You must remain unhappy!  There are many pastors/preachers/priests who are divorced and re-married.  And those who are not divorced often don’t care that others are divorced and re-married.  That is a good thing.  It shows society is much more moral than God/Jesus.  On the other hand, it’s hypocritical for Christians to demand we follow some verses, but not others.

Introduction to 1 Chronicles

You might be wondering what is going on.  After all, I’m nowhere near finished reading through 2 Samuel.  So why am I moving on to a different chapter.  My goal is to read and discuss each chapter in chronological order, or as close to chronological order as scholars agree on.  2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles are very similar in time period, so I’ll be switching and forth between 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, with a few chapters of Psalms sprinkled in.

1 Chronicles actually begins with Saul but quickly advances forward in years to the time of Saul, David, and Solomon, David’s son.  1 Chronicles as a similar theme to 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel in that God is actively involved in making rules, killing people, and commanding David and others to kill people.  If you thought this was a murder free book, you were wrong.  There’s plenty of murder, including murder of innocents in this book too.

To sum it all up, more of the same.