It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today we learn Heaven is a finite space.
“The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.” – Revelations 21:16
The city referred to here is Heaven. Yes, the Heaven where the Bible says all the good people go. By now Heaven is quite packed and the population density increases by the day! I hope they have a good sewage system. Or maybe you don’t go poo in Heaven? Hmm… 🙂
After finishing the book of 2 Chronicles, we move to Habakkuk, a very short book in the Bible with only three chapters. Habakkuk is a minor prophet speaking to God during the first two chapters. As is typical with the Bible, it is not even clear all three chapters were written by the same author. Yet they were included in the Bible as the “word of God”.
I will keep this short today. We recently finished the last chapter in 2 Chronicles, a book that mirrors 2 Kings very closely and in many cases, word for word.
How to sum up 2 Chronicles? Hmmm…let me think. Lots of kings. Lots and lots of kings. Lots of evil. Lots and lots of evil. Angry God. Lots and lots of anger from God. Killing. Lots and lots of killing by God. Peace? Zero. Zero peace to be found.
We recently finished 2 Kings and today we finish the last chapter of 2 Chronicles. The two books mirror each other very closely.
“Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. The king of Egypt dethroned him in Jerusalem and imposed on Judah a levy of a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.” – 2 Chronicles 36:2-3
God sure is bringing peace to the land.
“Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God.” – 2 Chronicles 36:5
No surprise there. God sees a lot of evil in people.
“Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 36:9
“Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 36:11-12
More evil. Maybe a woman should take over. There’d be a hell of a lot less evil.
And that ends the book of 2 Chronicles. Lots of kings and lots of evil. Now who was it that introduced evil to the world? Oh yeah, God! See Isaiah 45:7
It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse brings some nakedness.
“‘Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day,’declares the Lord.” – Amos 2:16
I don’t know a single person in the world, that when faced with great fear, takes the time to strip naked before running away. Yet we see this multiple times in the Bible when someone rips away their clothes when afraid. A person filled with fear doesn’t strip naked. They either freeze in fear or run away in fear.
I recently finished the last chapter in 2 Kings. A book full of king after king after king after king. A small few kings do good in the eyes of God, but most do evil in the eyes of God. God is the one who started this line of kings, but somehow, despite being all-powerful and all-knowing, he failed at selecting quality kings. One of the evil kings was a child under 10 years of age!!!
Throughout the book God punishes the evil kings by, and I kid you not, punishing the people of the land. Let me say that again, the people are punished for the evil a king does. A just God? Hardly. Along the way many innocent people are killed or forced from their homes. How many babies died? How many small children died? How many descendants were killed due to the actions of their great-great-great-great-great-grandparents?
The book of 2 Kings is a good overall review of the Bible as a whole. You have an angry god that punishes everyone in sight and does nothing to bring peace to the land despite having the ability to snuff out evil in the blink of an eye. Not a god to be worshipped.
“By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.” – 2 Kings 25:3
God killing more innocent children and babies.
“They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.” – 2 Kings 25:7
God is filled with bloodlust.
“There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed.” – 2 Kings 25:21
“In the seventh month, however, Ishmael son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, who was of royal blood, came with ten men and assassinated Gedaliah and also the men of Judah and the Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah.” – 2 Kings 25:25
God is filled with bloodlust. Christians describe God as all-knowing and all-powerful. If that is true, he knows how to bring peace and love to the land. According to Christian theology, this God knowingly doesn’t bring peace. This is an awful god.
Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 36: Jehoahaz King of Judah
Today we switch over to 2 Kings for a bit before heading back to Jeremiah.
“The Lord sent Babylonian, Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the Lord proclaimed by his servants the prophets.” – 2 Kings 24:2
God could bring peace, but instead he brings more violence.
“Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother’s name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan; she was from Jerusalem. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father had done.” – 2 Kings 24:8-9
God is horrible about picking kings! Most of them do evil in God’s eyes. Seems like God sucks at picking leaders.
“Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land.” – 2 Kings 24:15
Not that the king has multiple wives. Biblical marriage equals multiple wives.
“Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah.” – 2 Kings 24:18
God makes another poor choice for king.
What did we learn in this chapter? God sucks at choosing leaders and a Biblical marriage is a man and multiple women. Biblical morals at their best.