GOD’S MERCY AND FORGIVENESS IV March 14, 2021

Actualizado: abr 27


For those who cannot believe what I wrote in previous posts, let me tell you again that I document all the tales here by citing Chapters and Verses for you to review them in your Bible. Most massacres, murders, and other executions committed or ordered by divine mandates can be justified; God did it for a reason. Nevertheless, there is a small portion of them that cannot be justified in human terms. I understand God had His reasons to act that way; obviously, His designs cannot be known, much less understood. Allow me to continue showing what the Bible teaches without pretending to judge or understand the reasons behind God’s decisions. If God is teaching us a lesson by committing these crimes, it is one that I did not take advantage of because I did not understand why He did what He did.


The Jerusalem Massacre: The Bible doesn’t say much about this massacre. Only that the members of the tribe of Judah, designated by God, fought against Jerusalem and won. They killed everyone and set the city on fire (Judges 1:8).


Five Massacres into one: Following God’s mandates, the designated “children of Judah” continued their killing spree obliterating several kingdoms at once (Judges 1:10-25). Among the cities destroyed were three in Hebron, one in Zephath, and Bethel (Judges 1-10; 1:17; 1:22-25).


God sold His army to Mesopotamia: Why isn’t that people don’t learn their lessons? Witnessing so many people punished by God wasn’t enough for the Israelite’s soldiers: they decided to worship Baal (Judges 3:7). God did not appreciate that and punished them by selling them into slavery to Chushanrishathaim, the king of Mesopotamia (Judges 3:8a). They served the king for eight years until God heard their prayers and sent Othoniel to liberate them (Judges 3:8b-9). Othoniel went to war with Chushanrishathaim and defeated the king, killing many of his soldiers (Judges 3:10b).


God stabbed Eglon until his feces came out: The children of Israel betrayed God again and were sold into slavery to Eglon, king of Moab, to whom they served for eighteen years until they cried out for mercy (Judges 3:12-15). God sent Ehud, a left-handed man, with a present for Eglon. God’s gift was a two-edges knife blade that Ehud inserted into Eglon’s fat belly until his feces came out (Judges 3:16-22).


God kills 10000 Moabites: After killing Eglon, Ehud signaled Israel's children by blowing a trumpet (Judges 3:26-27). The just-formed Israelite army followed Ehud, and with God's help, they killed 10,000 Moabites leaving "not a man to escape" (Judges 3:28-29).


600 Philistines killed with a goad: The story the Bible tells us is about Shamgar, who killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad. Without God’s help, this will be an impossible feat; he also delivered Israel (Judges 3:31). Although described as a noble event, I’m still trying to figure out can a man kill 600 with a goad.


The Canaanites Massacre: The massacre, like many others, went similarly. The Israelites betrayed God again (Judges 4:1), the Lord sold them into slavery to Jabin (Judges 4:2), whose captain was Sisera. The Israelites cry out to the Lord for help, and He discomfited Sisera and killed all his men (Judges 4:15-16). To do the job, Deborah, the Israelites' female leader after Ehud's death, following instructions, summoned and sent Barack (nothing to do with Obama) with 10,000 soldiers to defeat Sisera (Judges 4:6-7). Cowardly, Barack told her he would go if she goes with him (Judges 4:8). Knowing that God was on her side, Deborah went with Barack, and together they discomfited Sisera and killed all his soldiers, leaving not one man to tell the story (Judges 4:15-16), except Sisera; that somehow escaped; not for long though! Jael Killed a Sleeping Man: Following God’s instructions (Judges 4:9), she did it by inserting a tent stake through the man’s skull. The man was Sisera, who escaped from the previous massacre. Jael was Heber’s wife, an ally of the Canaanites. The Lord made Jael welcome Sisera into her tent, prepared a bed for him, and gave him milk until he fell soundly asleep (Judges 4:18-19).


Then, very carefully, she took a large nail and a hammer and drove the nail through his head, killing him instantly (Judges 4:21).


All Against All: I will extend my comments more than usual because this is a strange battle, where the Lord set every man’s sword against his fellow men. An angel appeared to Gideon, addressing him as a man of courage (Judges 6:12). Immediately after, God joined them to tell Gideon he chose him to exterminate the Midianites (Judges 6:14-16). Gideon did not believe God or the angel and went to slaughter a goat accompanied by unleavened cakes; the angel put the goat and the cakes on fire, consuming them instantaneously (Judges 6:19-21). Gideon, still doubtful, placed some wool on the ground and asked God to make it wet, which God made in no time (Judges 6:36-37). Still not satisfied, Gideon asked God to dry the wool and wet the ground around it (Judges 6:39). The Israelite army was too big to send to obliterate the Midianites, so God had the Israelites rebel against Him to justify killing 22,000 of them, leaving only 10,000 to kill the Midianites (Judges 7:3). They were still too many, so God told Gideon to select the best soldiers by sending them to drink water and choosing only those that lap the water “as a dog.” Out of the 10,000, only 300 lapped. They were the ones chosen to go to fight the Midianites (Judges 7:5-7). I have to mention that in the times of Moses, 200 years before, God exterminated the Midianites; now they were multitudes “without number” like grasshoppers (Judges 7:12). The God-designed strategy to destroy the Midianites was quite simple. Gideon gave each soldier a trumpet and an oil lamp; when they blew the trumpets, the Midianites will kill each other with their swords (Judges 7:22). The Bible tells us that 120,000 men killed each other (Judges 8:10). I strongly recommend that you read the entire chapter; its reading is more interesting than any action movie.


One Thousand Burn to Death: Gideon had many wives and concubines, making it difficult to decide who will take over for him. Abimelech, one of his concubines’ sons (Judges 8:30-31), made it easy by killing his 70 brothers, except the youngest one, Jotham, who got away (Judges 9:4-5). Abimelech became the first king of Israel but not for long because God was not happy with how he got his kingship and sent an “evil spirit” to punish him for the killing of his siblings, which He did utilizing a woman throwing a stone that crushed Abimelech’s head. Not wanting to be killed by a woman, Abimelech instructed one of his men to kill him (Judges 9:56-57).


The Massacre of 20000 Ammonites: History repeats itself; God’s modus operandi is predictable: He finds the Israelites doing something He does not like; He sells them as slaves; They beg God to free them; God kills all those who bought them. It seems as if the ones who wrote the stories copied from each other or, even worst, that one person wrote them all. In this case, inspired by God, the beggar was Jephthah, who asked God for help to massacre the Ammonites and set free the Israelites (Judges 11:29-31). As a burnt offering for His help, Jephthah would sacrifice the first person to greet him. Jephthah destroyed 20 cities and massacred all its inhabitants (Judges 11:29-39).


Jephthah’s Daughter Death: As you probably guessed, the first person to greet Jephthah was his daughter (Judges 11;34). When he saw his daughter, he cried and tore his clothes because he knew he couldn’t break his promise to God (Judges 11:35). Jephthah’s daughter, unnamed in the Bible, agreed with her father that she would be the promised offering (Judges 11:36). Jephthah’s kept his promise, and the burnt offering pleased God (Judges 11:39).


42,000 failed to pass God’s test and died: The Ephraimites protested they weren’t invited to massacre the Ammonites (Judges 12:1a) and threatened to burn down Jephthah’s house (Judges 12:1b). Jephthah defended his position by telling God that he invited them to the massacre, and they did not come when called (Judges 12:2-3). Following God’s inspired instructions, Jephthah gathered an army commanded by Gilead to defeat the Ephraimites (Judges 12:4a), which they did by killing most of them (Judges 12:4b). Many of them tried to escape by crossing the Jordan river, already taken by Gilean’s men (Judges 12:5a). When an Ephraimite came to the crossing, he would be asked to pronounce the word “shibboleth,” which the Ephraimites couldn’t do (judges 12:5b-6a). If he didn’t pronounce the word correctly, they would kill him on the spot (Judges 12:6b). 42,000 Ephraimites died this way (Judges 12:6c).


I beg your pardon for extending this post as much as I have done. This is the 4th part of the series on God’s mercy and forgiveness. Most of you wanted me to continue until the end, which at this time, I don’t know how many more posts would be necessary to finish the job. As before, I would like to hear your opinion about whether I should keep going or if it is time to stop this endeavor and go back to other subjects. Additionally, as some indicated, should we justify each one of the events to clarify the reasons for God’s actions?

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