2-Samuel 8: Can you truly be a Christian and an animal lover?
2-Samuel: Part 8 of 24
1 In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.
Doesn’t anybody in this damn book understand the concept of ‘live and let live’ ?
2 David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought him tribute.
Wow! It always amazes me that this idiot book can come up with so many new ways of morally debasing itself.
3 Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when he went to restore his monument at the Euphrates River.
4 David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses.
This is one of the most barbaric practices you can ever hear about. These poor horses have done nothing to deserve such treatment. Just in case any of you don’t understand what ‘hamstrung’ means, I’ll tell you. It means ‘to cripple by cutting the leg tendons’. How can this inhumane treatment of animals be condoned by the bible? It’s atrocious and should be condemned by every thinking and caring person.
5 When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.
He must be so proud!
6 He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.
Just another form of slavery and servitude typical of this lot.
7 David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.
Yet again, taking what does not belong to him.
8 From Tebah and Berothai, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.
Take, take ,take.
9 When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,
10 he sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.
Crawler, but hey, why not? If it keeps his people safe, I don’t blame him.
11 King David dedicated these articles to the LORD, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued:
12 Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek. He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
David must be responsible for many lives. How can he be called a hero of the bible? Why is he someone to look up to?
14 He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.
But there is still no reason given as to why all this death, destruction, animal cruelty, rape, slavery etc was committed? It’s just being done and celebrated. War and death is nothing to celebrate.
15 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.
How can turning his people into mass murderers be considered right for them?
16 Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;
17 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of Abiathar were priests; Seraiah was secretary;
18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites; and David’s sons were priests.
So freaking what? It means nothing. This does not make them good or righteous or moral. Stupid, stupid book!!!