1 Chronicles – Chapter 5: Reuben

Our dive into 1 Chronicles continues.  Thus far it’s been fairly boring with the focus on genealogy.  I wish I could tell you that changes in this chapter, but alas, it doesn’t.  Hang in there!

“The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s marriage bed, his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel; so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright, 2 and though Judah was the strongest of his brothers and a ruler came from him, the rights of the firstborn belonged to Joseph)” – 1 Chronicles 5:1-2

This is a messed up story.  You can get the full details by reading Genesis 30-49.

“They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him. They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive, and many others fell slain, because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.” – 1 Chronicles 5:20-22

Read a few verses before this for full context.  These verses add to the story that God is filled with bloodlust.  This is not the battle of the people.  This is GOD’S battle!  How many of these people died needlessly?  How many of the survivors were maimed for life?  How many died later due to their injuries?  How many children lost their fathers?  How many wives lost their husbands?  How many wives who lost their husbands were forced into marriage as a result of God’s will?  This is a sick and disgusting god.  This is NOT a god one should worship.

“So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile.” – 1 Chronicles 5:26

Another example of God bending others to do his dirty work.  Did Pul do this of his own will?  No!  This is another example of God “hardening hearts”.  If God didn’t control people to do harm on others, there would be far less death and destruction in the world.

That concludes the fifth chapter of 1 Chronicles.  Although I didn’t share any genealogy verses, there were quite a few.  Those verses, however, are less telling than the ones describing the destruction God brought to the land.  This is not my interpretation.  These are the direct words of the Bible.  This was “God’s battle”.  This was God who “stirred the spirit of Pul king of Assyria.”  So who’s the real problem?  Not the people!

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 73:  A psalm of Asaph.

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