Ezra 9: Step away from the children!!!
Ezra Part 9 of 10
1 Now when these things were done, the princes drew near to me, saying, “The people of Israel, and the priests and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, following their abominations, even those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
You didn’t expect everything to go the way you wanted it did you? That isn’t the way the story was written.
2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy seed have mixed themselves with the peoples of the lands. Yes, the hand of the princes and rulers has been chief in this trespass.”
The took ‘their daughters for themselves’ and ‘for their sons’? Incest rears it’s ugly head again. I know, I know. They’ll say they meant the daughters of the Israelites, but that is NOT what it says. This damn book should be taken at it’s word and not stuffed around with. That leaves way too much open to interpretation by priests and look where that has gotten us. If we took it to mean exactly what it says, then we’d have tossed the whole frigging lot in the bin centuries ago.
3 When I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my robe, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down confounded.
As we still do. Nearly. At least the confounded bit.
4 Then were assembled to me everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of their trespass of the captivity; and I sat confounded until the evening offering.
5 At the evening offering I arose up from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe torn; and I fell on my knees, and spread out my hands to Yahweh my God;
6 and I said, “My God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God; for our iniquities have increased over our head, and our guiltiness has grown up to the heavens.
And it happened right under your nose. But will you be punished or will everyone?
7 Since the days of our fathers we have been exceeding guilty to this day; and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests, have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.
So have the people.
8 Now for a little moment grace has been shown from Yahweh our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
A nail in his ‘holy place’? Painful to say the least.
9 For we are bondservants; yet our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, but has extended loving kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
How do you think things got that way? God let it happen. He sent the other kings against you. That is not loving-kindness!
10 ”Now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments,
What shall you say? Um, how about this?
Our father who throws darts from heaven,
you have a really strange name.
We are but your sheeple,
with whom you play this game.
Give us this day,
some women with really big hips.
But please, oh please,
don’t cut off our dicks. Amen.
11 which you have commanded by your servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land, to which you go to possess it, is an unclean land through the uncleanness of the peoples of the lands, through their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their filthiness.
Whose fault is that dude? You allowed them to do these things. You gave them the ability. You didn’t stop them or try to teach them the error of their ways. You just let them sin and now you are probably going to shit on them like you always do.
12 Now therefore don’t give your daughters to their sons, neither take their daughters to your sons, nor seek their peace or their prosperity forever; that you may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children forever.’
13 ”After all that has come on us for our evil deeds, and for our great guilt, since you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us such a remnant,
Freaking hell. What a crawler.
14 shall we again break your commandments, and join in affinity with the peoples that do these abominations? Wouldn’t you be angry with us until you had consumed us, so that there should be no remnant, nor any to escape?
How can you be sure? He hasn’t stopped you up till now. How do you know he doesn’t want you to continue?
15 Yahweh, the God of Israel, you are righteous; for we are left a remnant that has escaped, as it is this day. Behold, we are before you in our guiltiness; for none can stand before you because of this.”
Then don’t stand before him. Turn around. Show him your backs and live you lives the way you know you should. Just as people have been doing all along with his help or lack of it.