God was all, Look, I don’t care if Samuel, or even Moses himself, stood before me and plead for mercy for Judah. I’d tell them to go suck an egg. I’m going to destroy Judah with pestilence, famine, and war.
Jeremiah lamented, Woe is me! I wish I had never been born! Everybody hates me! They curse me and abuse me! When I tell them your message, they’ll probably try to kill me!
God was all, What are you whining about now? Who cares if those jerks hate you? I don’t and that’s what matters. I’ll make sure they don’t kill you.
Isaiah shouted, I see a man, coming from Edom way! His clothes are all spattered with red, so I ask him, What’s all that then? Were you treading grapes for wine? And he answers, Yeah, I tread on the winepress and made the sweetest wine–the blood of all those who had oppressed and wronged me. Today is the day of my vengeance! I have trampled the brains of my enemies and the ground has drunk their blood!
Isaiah continued, Surely our God is kind! It does so many things for us! It redeems us and punishes our enemies, those who oppress and wrong us! I know things have been bad lately, but that’s because you all forgot God and didn’t worship It like It wanted, like Abraham and Moses did.
Rejoice, oh chosen of God
because It promised to love us always.
It made a deal with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
It led them into Egypt’s blaze
and, through Moses, back out again!
Upon the Egyptians It smote
plague upon plague
until the Nile itself did bloat
with carcasses and cadavers.
It permitted the Israelites to take
all the riches found in Pharaoh’s land.
Fed them with manna and from the rock their thirst did slake.
God is forever.
When It loves,
nothing can be better.
When It’s angry,
prepare for stormy weather.
Amon’s son Josiah inherited the throne when he was 8 years old, and he reigned for 31 years. When Josiah was in his twenties, he ordered the Temple to be repaired, and I guess someone decided to look inside the Ark or maybe they found a copy in a cobwebby pigeonhole, but in any case, an old copy of the Mosaic Laws was discovered–you know, the ones that Moses had ordered that every future king should be given a copy of–and that no one remembered existed? Well the high priest gave a copy to Josiah’s secretary, who read them to the king, who then sent his priest, his secretary, and some other dudes to ask his wardrobe keeper’s grandson’s wife, who was said to be a prophet, how God felt about all this Law stuff and the fact that no one had followed it for, um centuries? God sent back the message that It was pissed. So pissed in fact, that It could never forgive the Judaeans for cheating on It for so long. However, since Josiah was sorry and promised never to do it again, It supposed It could forbear Its wrath for a little longer and spare Judah during Josiah’s lifetime.
Of course after Ehud died, the people began to cheat on God again. So God let a Canaanite king, Jabin of Hazor, conquer the Hebrews and rule a generation.
In that time, however, a prophetess named Deborah emerged in Ephraim and began judging the Hebrews. One day she called a dude named Barak from Naphatali to her and was all, hey, I know God’s been calling you to gather an army and meet Sisera, Jabin’s general, in battle. Barak was all, uh… look…well…yeah…but…um…look, I’ll go but only if you go with me, right? Deborah was all, fine, pussy, I’ll go, but know that my presence brings you no honor. Everyone will say that it took a woman to defeat Sisera. Continue reading “Judges 4: Deborah and Barak”
This chapter is a list of all the kings conquered under the leadership of Moses and all the kings conquered under the leadership of Joshua.
God had also told Joshua to have the representatives of each tribe dig up a large stone from the river bed and carry it across the river with them.
After everyone crossed over, the priests walked out and then the water started flowing again.
The Hebrews camped at Gilgal and and erected the twelve standing stones as monuments as a monument to the crossing of the Jordan. (There’s no explanation as to how this is different from the pillars that Moses said God forbade).
After Moses was dead, God told Joshua that he was to lead the Hebrews across the Jordan and conquer all the land and that God would help. god was all, look bro, be brave and follow my rules and you will never be defeated as long as you live. No matter how grim things look, never despair for I am with you.
Toward the end of the mourning period, Joshua ordered the officers to warn people that they would be breaking camp in three days. Then he went to the Reubenites, Gadites, and Manassehites and reminded them of their promise to send fighting men. They were all, we hear you bro, and we will fulfill our promise. We’ll follow you and may God be with you like It was with Moses.