Exodus 22:22-24

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!!  Today’s verse shows us this all-mighty God isn’t really all that mighty if this is his solution to a problem.

“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.  If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.” – Exodus 22:22-24

Let me start by saying I agree with the first sentence.  One shouldn’t take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.  One shouldn’t take advantage of anyone.  It’s the second sentence that starts the problem with these verses.  If they cry out to me?  What if they don’t cry out?  What if they can’t cry out?  Where is God then?  This all-mighty god doesn’t know when a widow or a fatherless child is being taken advantage of by someone?  Is this all-mighty god really that weak?

Then there’s the last sentence in which God says he will kill you.  Is death a worthy punishment?  In my view, death is never a worthy punishment.  Could an all-mighty god not come up with a more just punishment?  Could an all-mighty god not come up with a more meaningful punishment that would actual help the offender lead a better life?  Or is it possible God is not all-mighty?  Or maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t exist at all!  Hmmm.

Psalm – Chapter 15: A psalm of David.

Today’s chapter is Psalm 15, so let’s jump right in.

“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?  Who may live on your holy mountain?” – Psalm 15:1

Yes, a good question.  Who is worthy?

“The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.” – Psalm 15:2-5

In other words, no one.  According to these verses, the bar is set so high that no one is worthy of God’s sacred tent.  And maybe that’s the point.  I can accept that, but I don’t think that is what the authors are trying to get across in these verses.  They are stating there is a way to be worthy of God’s mountain.  Here’s the thing though.  No one can reach that level, even those who do follow all the items described in these verses.  Take Job, for example.  He was worthy.  He was the most righteous person in the land according to the Bible, yet God punished him greatly for it.  Try as you might, you will never be worthy, for if this god exists, he’ll make sure to punish you if you do approach this worthiness.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 22:  For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

Psalm 137:8-9

This week’s crazy Bible verse comes from the book of Psalm.

“O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us—he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” – Psalm 137:8-9

These two verses are not referring to a specific person, but to the overall evil of Babylon.  Okay, but the people repaying Babylon are happy to bash infants against rocks?  My study Bible says the following regarding the “your infants” part.

“War was cruel then as now; women and children were not spared.”

Yes, no one is denying that.  No war spares the innocent, but why does the Bible say that those bashing babies against rocks are happy?  Why are infants being smashed against rocks?  Why is God ordering this?  This is further evidence of the evil nature of God.  In addition, it further pushes the point of punishing innocent children, in this case, babies.  Why does God insist on punishing children/babies for the crime of their parents?

It’s amazing how many verses exist in the Bible such as these.  The Bible has a few pages of useful information (which can easily be gained outside of a religious setting) scattered between pages and pages of utter nonsense!  There is no justification for verses such as these and any attempt to do so is to live a life in complete ignorance of what is right in front of you!