1 Chronicles – Chapter 16: Ministering Before the Ark

Our trek through the Bible continues today with 1 Chronicles 16.  As the title states, the focus is on the Ark of God.  There are several chapters devoted to this ark.  God is much more concerned with how his ark is treated than how human beings, his supposed creations, are treated.  As we already know, fuck up with God’s ark and you are toast…literally.  Okay, not literally turned it a piece of toast, but toasted by God zapping you to death!  Let’s see what 1 Chronicles 16 has to offer.

“He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to extol, thank, and praise the Lord, the God of Israel:” – 1 Chronicles 16:4

One can only hope, given the horrible working conditions, this job comes with some good union benefit.

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” – 1 Chronicles 16:8

Yes!  I absolutely agree with the latter half of this statement.  Please go out and tell the nations what God has done.  Tell the nations of the murder.  Tell the nations of the rape.  Tell the nations of the theft!  Something tells me though that these are not the things that will be told.  The truth will not be shared.

“Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…” – 1 Chronicles 16:12

Judgements yes, but miracles no.  God has pronounced many unjust judgements.  Miracles?  Unless you count murder, rape, and theft miracles, there are no miracles to be found.

“He remembers his covenant forever…” – 1 Chronicles 16:15

Except when he doesn’t.  This of course is apologized away by saying God works in ‘mysterious’ ways.  Mysterious of course is just code for ‘God doesn’t exist but I’ve been indoctrinating into believing he must exist so therefore I will say ‘mysterious’ to justify his existence.’

“To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.” – 1 Chronicles 16:18

Completely ignoring, of course, that people already occupied this land!

“He allowed no one to oppress them…” – 1 Chronicles 16:21

This is a big lie that is easily debunked.  God himself hardened the hearts of the Egyptians who deeply oppressed the Israelites!  God oppresses the Israelites!

“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.” – 1 Chronicles 16:25

And there again is the demand to fear God.  If you are required to fear your elders, or in this case, god, then what you have is direct evidence of abuse.

“The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.” – 1 Chronicles 16:30

No, it is not.  The Earth moves around the Sun.  The Sun moves around the Galactic Center.  The Galaxy moves through the Universe.  Even on Earth, continents move due to plate tectonics.  Mountains are continually being created or wearing down due to natural processes.  The world is anything but firmly established.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34

No thanks.  I will never thank someone who demands I fear him.

“Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were stationed at the gate.” – 1 Chronicles 16:42

I feel bad for these individuals as one wrong note on the trumpets/cymbals and God will strike them down.

That concludes 1 Chronicles 16.  It pushes the theme that we must fear God.  What a horrible message!  Good parents don’t rule their kids with fear, so why should we expect to live our lives in fear of a god?  It makes no sense!

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 1:  Untitled


One thought on “1 Chronicles – Chapter 16: Ministering Before the Ark

  1. First of all: I like your analyses and comments very much.

    But I wonder: Is the following excerpt really a correct quote: “He remembers his covenant forever…” – 1 Chronicles 16:15 ?

    Cf. this version of 1 Chron 16:15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; (From http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/1chr/16.html .)

    BTW, what does these words mean: “A thousand generations”? Of course it must mean that this first covenant (read: the mosaic laws in the Old Testament) is still binding.

    This is exactly what Jesus says according to Mt 5:17: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (For details, see http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/5.html#17 .)

    Paul doesn’t seem to know much of what Jesus really said according to the gospels. Unfortunately (?) most of today’s Christians rather trust Paul than Jesus. Is Paul a truth-teller and Jesus a liar? Maybe both of them are liars?


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