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2 Samuel to 2 Kings

Picking up where I left off.

Are they telling me that David screwed up, and god sent an angel to kill 70K people, and god repented of his sins and told the angel to stop. I wonder how many people god supposedly killed in the bible directly, or by hardening the heart of someone deliberately so that they would cause deaths to happen?

This makes sense: David is old and he's cold, so they bring him a damsel, a virgin, to help him warm up. The way wives are described in relation to their husbands is really kinda sick. Interesting how all these kings have their own "prophet". What is the point? a seer? Sounds very fantasy. Never knew fantasy was that biblical.

When you hear the story of Solomon and David, he was like the youngest son. They never talk about how the two older sons died. Birth order, personality?

I don't get this concept of fearing someone because they are wise. Seriously, if they are that wise, what is there to fear?

In Kings now...

This scene where Solomon built the Temple, and god comes to the "house", not only is he regularly anthropomorphic, but aren't other people witnessing this? And if Solomon is so wise, why does he like so many "strange" women?

This section where god is raising up enemies against Solomon, it sounds a lot like they had the David story, and they had the Solomon story and now they are trying to sort of go back and make it all integrate properly.

it doesn't sound like a very effective deterent if you don't punish the criminal, and instead punish the children? What if the guy dies and he doesn't get to see how their kids are suffering for what they have done? I mean, think Pavlov might have something to say about this risk-reward thing. Very messed up.

Billboard on road near Knoxville: One nation under Me. (God). Boy, is that obnoxious.

They seem to be making the case here that it's a bad thing for a leader to institute a holiday that is not of god's devising.

Now in the book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. There was a king named Ahab, who provoked the anger of god more than anyone else, then I'm curious if anything in Moby Dick references this?

Why is it so easy to get god to do anything you want in the OT, but he's so totally not around today? I mean the challenge between Elijah and ??, why is it not okay to test god now? I mean, we've basically done this, and nothing has happened. Why was it okay then, but not now? And if supposedly worked then, but not now?

Passing a giant white aluminum cross, just like the one near Effingham? in Illinois, near the junction of 35 & 70? It's seriously ugly!

It's interesting how the Israeli's, like the king, rides mules, but they go to war on horses. What's the deal with that?

Were there ever wild lions in the Middle East?

In 2 Kings, is this the same Elijah that we met in 1 Kings? Sounds different?

So killing 42 children in the name of god for teasing him for being bald is okay? That sounds very childish.

I don't get it. Who got called up to heaven? I thought Elijah got called up to heaven, but here he is? Confused.

The bible even has cannibalism.

I don't think I understand most of the point behind most of the stories in 1/2 Kings. Solomon didn't do what he was supposed to do, so they divided Israel. And the sons of David just got Judah... okay. But I don't get the rest of these stories. What is the point?

(Driving through the Appalacians has really interesting geology... tempting to watch the sides of road and not the road itself. Some places I really just want to pull the car over and climb some hill looking at some coal seam, or some other feature. The science geek in me is making it really hard to concentrate!)

All these kings and wars... and Jezebel is still alive? Is this a different Jezebel? Multiple books refering to the same people makes it really confusing. I don't think the NT will be fun to listen to. Hard to keep track of the chronology if you are getting a bit here, a bit there...

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