Monday, August 23, 2010

2 Samuel 22-24

The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)

2 Samuel 22 - No mention of any women.

2 Samuel 23 - No mention of any women.

2 Samuel 24 - No mention of any women.

My Comments

Well, looks like I'm coming back to not much. Guess it's an easy way to start back up.

I do want to point out something really strange in 2 Samuel 24, though. God commands David to take a census. So David of course takes a census since God commanded it. After the census is taken God promptly gets angry at David for taking a census (apparently trying to count God's "innumerable" people is a horrible slight against God) and proceeds to give David the option of going through three years of famine, fleeing for three years from enemies or taking three days of pestilence. David chooses pestilence and is very sorry for the horrible thing he has done.

So why did God tell David to take a census if he was just going to get super pissed about it? And what's weird is that God commanded a census before (Numbers 26) and didn't get angry then. So why is it such a heinous crime now? I just don't understand why God would request something he has commanded the people to never do. Was it a test of faith? If that was the case it's not a very smart test of faith since God tends to change his mind quite often in the Old Testament so it would be impossible to tell if God was testing them or just changing his rules. Maybe God just felt like punishing some people but thought it would be weird if He did it without being provoked. I'm not sure of the reason but it's really weird and kind of dickish no matter what the reason is.

Wednesday: 1 Kings 1-2

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