2-Samuel: The Post Mortem
2-Samuel: What was it all about?
After having read all the way through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-Samuel and now 2-Samuel, I have a really hard time looking believers in the eye and seeing people I can truly say I’d want to call friends. I know some that I really like, but it has me dumfounded how they can read this crap and still call themselves Christians.
One guy wants to be king and is willing to kill his father to achieve that. THAT is not moral. They fight and tens of thousand of soldiers die because they can’t sort out a family squabble.
The King has an attack of the guilts and asks God to cleanse him of the guilt. What does God do? Kills seventy thousand people with a plague. I’m really at a loss for words here. How can any minister, pastor, priest or plain old sock puppet even begin to try and explain that?
One of David’s most trusted men, Joab, goes around defying David at every turn and yet so far, he hasn’t been made to pay for it.
David makes the decision to leave ten of his concubines at the palace while he runs away to save his own skin, then on returning, he imprisons them for the rest of their lives. No explanation, no nothing.
I would love nothing more than to add a couple of hundred more words here, but 2-Samuel is just to typical of everything else we’ve read so far that it’s all just blurring in to one big facepalm. If the plot doesn’t soon change, the comments are going to get very thin on the ground.
Just to finish off though, if you wish to teach your children lessons in morality you show them moral things happening. If you wish to teach them how to hold a mug, you show them how THAT is done. You show them what you want them to learn. There is NOTHING in this book so far that I would want to teach my children by example. It is NOT a moral book in any way, shape or form. At least so far. I’m willing to keep an open mind, but it’s becoming harder by the page. Let’s hope that 1-Kings starts to change things. I’m not hopeful.