Yep, Homer Simpson is correct!
After a short detour in the book of Habakkuk, we return to the book of Jeremiah for some more goodies from a major prophet.
“While they were eating together there, Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him got up and struck down Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword, killing the one whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land. Ishmael also killed all the men of Judah who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah, as well as the Babylonian soldiers who were there.” – Jeremiah 41:1-3
If you expected peace in this chapter, you were wrong!
“The day after Gedaliah’s assassination, before anyone knew about it, eighty men who had shaved off their beards, torn their clothes and cut themselves came from Shechem, Shiloh and Samaria, bringing grain offerings and incense with them to the house of the Lord.” – Jeremiah 41:4-5
Why does everyone in the Bible tear their clothes? Does not seem a cost-effective move.
“Now the cistern where he threw all the bodies of the men he had killed along with Gedaliah was the one King Asa had made as part of his defense against Baasha king of Israel. Ishmael son of Nethaniah filled it with the dead.” – Jeremiah 41:9
“They were afraid of them because Ishmael son of Nethaniah had killed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land.” – Jeremiah 41:18
Fear and death. That is all the Bible has to offer.
Another chapter in the Bible filled with death and destruction. Where is God? Nowhere.
Coming Soon: Jeremiah – Chapter 42: Untitled
I recently finished going through all three chapters in the book of Habakkuk. This book was a short look at the minor, prophet Habakkuk. Habakkuk asks God two questions, neither of which God answers. Then Habakkuk praises God for how great God is, while at the same time pointing out the horrible things God is doing. Sheesh. The Bible is not a book of morals and not a book anyone should be worshiping as a guide to morals in life.
It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse is so, so, so, important.
“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” – Revelations 8:1
Yes, how could we all lead moral lives if we didn’t know the 7th seal caused Heaven to be silent for a full 30 minutes! GASP! 🙂 So thankful this is in here instead of real things like helping others, treating everyone equally, and not raping whoever you want.
It’s the final chapter of Habakkuk and after two questions and two non-answers from God, Habakkuk decides to pray.
“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.” – Habakkuk 3:2
What deeds? Murder? Genocide? Famine? Drought?
“His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps.” – Habakkuk 3:4-5
Splendor followed by plague and pestilence? LOL!
“He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble.” – Habakkuk 3:6
God causes earthquakes that kill people. Nice.
“Were you angry with the rivers, Lord?” – Habakkuk 3:8
Angry at the rivers? WTF?
“Sun and moon stood still in the heavens” – Habakkuk 3:11
Nope, the Sun and the moon both move. The moon orbits Earth and the Sun orbits the center of the galaxy.
“In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations.” – Habakkuk 3:12
A loving God that is angry all the time. LOL!
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” – Habakkuk 3:19
Feet like the feet of deer? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
What a joke of a chapter. Habakkuk is praying to God saying how great he is, but in the process points out direct evidence to how horrible the God of the Bible really is.
Coming Soon: Jeremiah – Chapter 41: Untitled
Today I found the following meme that basically says we need to place our trust in God even if we don’t understand. Um…no thanks! You don’t get in a car just trusting the driver is sober. You don’t get in a boat that is sinking trusting that it will only sink so far. You don’t trust in the phone scammer just because they are nice. So don’t trust in God without evidence!
Today we get God’s answer to Habakkuk’s second complaint.
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.” – Habakkuk 2:3
“For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.” – Habakkuk 2:8
This is God speaking, but the words should be directed at him as God has shed human blood, destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. God has done this.
“Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!” – Habakkuk 2:15
“The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” – Habakkuk 2:20
Hiding in his temple is more correct. Let the Earth be silent before a silent God? No thanks.
So God offers no real answers to Habakkuk in this chapter.
Coming Soon: Habakkuk – Chapter 3: Habakkuk’s Prayer
Today we start a new book, Habakkuk.
“How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” – Habakkuk 1:2
God doesn’t exist, so forever. Or God does exist and he’s an asshole and you still have to wait forever.
“Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?” – Habakkuk 1:3
A good question that God never answers.
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” – Habakkuk 1:5
This is God speaking and we’ve heard this before. God never delivers.
“ Lord, are you not from everlasting?” – Habakkuk 1:12
As a human made God, the Lord has lasted far longer than necessary.
“Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?” – Habakkuk 1:13
Another good question God never answers.
The chapter ends with Habakkuk awaiting an answer to his second complaint. Will God answer? We’ll find out in the next chapter.
Coming Soon: Habakkuk – Chapter 2: The Lord’s Answer
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”.