After a few very boring chapters in 1 Chronicles, we move back to Psalms for a few chapters.
My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” – Psalm 131:1-3
The above verses are the entirety of Psalm 131. David is not haughty? Give me a break. David is the very definition of haughty. Ug. Even the short chapters in Psalms are disgusting in that they are filled with lies.
Coming Soon: Psalm – Chapter 138: Of David.
I wish I could say otherwise, but today is another boring chapter in 1 Chronicles. Last time it was a list of priests. Today it’s a list of musicians.
“David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.” – 1 Chronicles 25:1
And that’s it! The remaining verses are just a list of names of those associated with being musicians. Aren’t we all glad God had time to name musicians but had no time actually help people? Sigh.
Coming Soon: Psalm – Chapter 131: A song of ascents. Of David.
We are now in a boring part of 1 Chronicles, but if we pray to the all-mighty Lord we’ll get through this. Although doing so means we’ll never get through this as there is no Lord. 😊
“This was their appointed order of ministering when they entered the temple of the Lord, according to the regulations prescribed for them by their ancestor Aaron, as the Lord, the God of Israel, had commanded him.” – 1 Chronicles 24:19
To sum things up, this entire chapter is just a list of who the priests are. If you’re bored, you probably should be. That’s normal in a chapter like this.
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 25: The Musicians
After three chapters in Psalms we move back to 1 Chronicles to learn a bit more about the Levites.
“When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.” – 1 Chronicles 23:1
Just an FYI/reminder the reign of David is close to the end.
“David said, ‘Of these (Levites), twenty-four thousand are to be in charge of the work of the temple of the Lord and six thousand are to be officials and judges. Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the Lord with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.’” – 1 Chronicles 23:4-5
So much for the idea of freedom. Forced into a specific job.
“These were the descendants of Levi by their families—the heads of families as they were registered under their names and counted individually, that is, the workers twenty years old or more who served in the temple of the Lord.” – 1 Chronicles 23:24
I may be missing something, but this verse in which an age of 20+ is stated, contradicts the age of 30+ mentioned in the first few verses.
“They (Levites) were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord.” – 1 Chronicles 23:30
God damn what a shit job!
This concludes 1 Chronicles 23. What did we learn? The Levites were forced to serve God and had some shit jobs. Freedom is nowhere to be found in this society.
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 24: The Divisions of Priests
Today we take a close look at 1 Chronicles 22. We are nearing the end of 1 Chronicles, but there are a couple of chapters yet to go. This chapter returns to the theme of God taking more interest in the material world of things. Too often the god of the Bible is more interested in things and less interested in people. When he is interesting in people, it’s too often what people are doing wrong with his things.
“So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.” – 1 Chronicles 22:2
Don’t you dare fuck with God’s house! Only the best stone and stonecutters for God!
“David said to Solomon: ‘My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.’’” – 1 Chronicles 22:7-8
So David’s punishment for the blood shed is to not be allowed to build God’s house? Um…WTF?!?!? That’s not a punishment!!!
The rest of the chapter focuses on the riches David gave to build this house and instructions on others to help build God’s house. I’m still trying to let David’s punishment sink in. Okay, maybe David is devastated he can’t build this house. Let’s assume that for argument’s sake. This is still NOT a punishment. It does nothing to bring back those God had David kill. God sat by and did nothing, aside from encouraging David to fight, this whole time. Stepping in now to ‘punish’ David is far too little far too late.
Coming Soon: Psalm – Chapter 30: A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
Today’s chapter, 1 Chronicles 21, is a near repeat of 2 Samuel 24, with one very, very big difference that we’ll see right away in the first verse.
“Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.” – 1 Chronicles 21:1
WHAT THE FUCK??? Satan?!?!? No. This is an absolute lie and contradiction to 2 Samuel 24:1. In the last chapter of 2 Samuel it is God who orders David to take the census. Is this chapter saying God is Satan? If so, that’s a huge load of disrespect toward Satan who is FAR more moral than God.
“Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, ‘Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.’” – 2 Samuel 24:1
The rest of 1 Chronicles 21 is the same as 2 Samuel 24, but the first verse is VERY different. Why does one chapter say God demanded the census and the other chapter states Satan demanded the census? WOW! What a contradiction! You can’t have a bigger contradiction than switching God with Satan. Yikes!
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 22: Preparations for the Temple
The last two chapters we discussed were horrible, disgusting chapters of David and God killing, raping, and enslaving. The killing was not limited to adults as a baby was killed too. I know I said this last time, but is it possible for this chapter to top the disgusting level of the previous two? Dare I ask? Too late!
“He took a great quantity of plunder from the city and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes. David did this to all the Ammonite towns.” – 1 Chronicles 20:2-3
A repeat of the disgusting killing and enslaving of people we saw in 2 Samuel 12. Once again, this is so important the Bible repeats this story just to make sure we are aware that it’s okay to kill those not like us. Ug. What a horrible book!
The chapter ends with a few more stories of armies being attacked and killed. Does that make this chapter more disgusting than the previous two? Well, babies weren’t killed. They probably were, but baby killing was not explicitly stated. That doesn’t make this chapter moral, however. It is still very disgusting.
Coming Soon: Psalm – Chapter 32: Of David. A maskil.