Killing, killing, killing. That’s the theme thus far in 2 Kings. Let’s see if 2 Kings 13 is any different.
“In the twenty-third year of Joash son of Ahaziah king of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord by following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit, and he did not turn away from them.” – 2 Kings 13:1-2
God’s evil/good coin flips toward evil with this king.
“So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and for a long time he kept them under the power of Hazael king of Aram and Ben-Hadad his son.” – 2 Kings 13:3
Instead of punishing the king, God punishes the people. Sigh. Such a stupid god.
“Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died.” – 2 Kings 13:14
God doesn’t even step in to alleviate the suffering of his prophet!
“Then he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, ‘Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, ‘You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.’ Elisha died and was buried.” – 2 Kings 13:18-20
Um…what a fucked up story. Elisha’s god will only fully protect the army if the arrow is struck five or six times? Three times isn’t good enough? What a fucking petty god.
“Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.” – 2 Kings 13:21
Zombies! Jesus fucking christ. The Bible expects people of normal intelligence to believe this shit? Unfortunately far too many do.
“Hazael king of Aram died, and Ben-Hadad his son succeeded him as king. Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz recaptured from Ben-Hadad son of Hazael the towns he had taken in battle from his father Jehoahaz. Three times Jehoash defeated him, and so he recovered the Israelite towns.” – 2 Kings 13:24-25
The chapter ends with more death and battles.
What did we learn in this chapter? Not much we didn’t already know. God flips a coin to determine who is good and who is evil. God punishes those who didn’t do the wrong doing. And more people die, constantly.
Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 24: Joash Repairs the Temple