Psalms – Chapter 78: A maskil of Asaph.

One more chapter in Psalms before moving back to 1 Chronicles.

“I will open my mouth with a parable;” – Psalms 78:2

Yes, because parables that no one understands are the perfect way to get your point across.

“so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” – Psalms 78:6

Tell me again how we are supposed to teach unborn children?

“They would not be like their ancestors—a stubborn and rebellious generation whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.” – Psalms 78:8

Those ancestors killed thousands, hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions of people in the name of God.  Yet they are stubborn and not loyal to God?  Does loyalty require a billion murders?

“The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.” – Psalms 78:9-10

Good for the men of Ephraim.  They stood up against God and refused to advance God’s bloody agenda.  These men are far more moral than God.

“They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.” – Psalms 78:11

Oh, I doubt that.  When you watch women raped and children murdered it is very hard to forget!

“But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.” – Psalms 78:36-37

Wouldn’t you?  If there was a powerful being killing people left and right I too would bow down before him to avoid being killed.  Who in their right mind could be loyal to this god?  Fear does not breed loyalty.

“Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.” – Psalms 78:38

Oh bullshit!  Restrains himself?  We see time and time again the brutal murder God brings to the people of the land.  Restraint?  ROFL!!!

“Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.” – Psalms 78:41

Anyone who demands loyalty should be put to the test.  Every leader should continually be tested by his/her people.  Good leaders are constantly tested.  Bad leaders demand obedience without question.

“He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility—a band of destroying angels.” – Psalms 78:49

So much for that restraint.  😊

“He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.” – Psalms 78:55

The Israelites get their land, but at the expense of the natives already living in the land who have done NOTHING to deserve their land being stolen.

“Fire consumed their young men, and their young women had no wedding songs; their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.” – Psalms 78:63-64

More on God’s restraint.  😊

“Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.” – Psalms 78:65

OMG!  This explains everything.  God has been drunk sleeping this whole time!!!

“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” – Psalms 78:72

And multiple wives.  Let us not forget David’s need for multiple wives.

That concludes Psalms 78.  It was a long chapter in which David details God’s great anger against the people of Israel, the very people God created as his chosen people.  We are told God has great restraint, but that is immediately followed by God having great anger and then killing a bunch of people.  I guess restraint in this case means restraint from killing everyone.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 6:  Levi


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