Monday, December 28, 2009

114: Fake False Idols

2 Kings 9-11
Then Jehu drew his bow and shot Joram between the shoulders. The arrow pierced his heart and he slumped down in his chariot. - 2 Kings 9:24

Elisha tells one of his men to take a flask of oil and go anoint Jehu king of Israel. Jehu doesn't seem to mind having a random dude pour oil on him, just another day in Israel. Just as a side note, there is no kissing in this anointing. For all of you who said it was standard procedure in the whole Samuel/Saul kissing incident. Jehu is given orders to destroy the house of Ahab.

Jehu goes to the current king, Joram (Ahab's son). Joram asks if Jehu comes in peace. Jehu says that he cannot come in peace while Joram's mother is around. Joram realizes that he is going to be killed and tries to escape. Jehu shoots him with an arrow before he can escape, killing him.

Jehu then proceeds to have the rest of the descendants of Ahab killed. He has Ahab's son's heads piled at the entrance to Samaria.

Jehu then pretends to worship false idols. He says that he is going to have a big festival to Baal and invites all of the priests of Baal to come celebrate. He makes sure that no servants of the "real" God are around and has his men slaughter all of the priests.

Chapter 11 is all about the seed of David being saved in Judah. Athaliah, a nasty queen destroys all of the royal family, but a boy (Joash) is saved. When Joash is seven years old the people of Judah rise up against Athaliah and appoint him king. Congratulations, you now have a first grader as king. First royal decree: lets play with crayons.


More bible in school, this time after hours.

Two Seattle elementary schools now offer after school bible clubs for kids. This is, of course, not offered directly from the school but through an evangelical organization. A few things here. First, why does this have to be at the school? This is what churches are for.

Second, why do churches find it so necessary to "catch em' young" while still claiming that they aren't indoctrinating children? If you have to indoctrinate people teach people while they're young for them to believe you, then you might want to rethink your beliefs.

(via The Seattle Times)


  1. "If you have to ... teach people while they're young for them to believe you, then you might want to rethink your beliefs."

    I agree 100%. Keep up the great work!

    I was talking about your summaries with my mom over the holiday. She got out her bible to try and explain about the sacrifice of 120,000+ cattle and how those figures could be realistic. The "comments/notes" section in her bible could not help her out. It breaks down to slaughtering almost 2,000 animals per day. It was nice when she had to acknowledge the blatant hyperbole in "the good book."

  2. Bryan,

    You are right there is no mention of a “kiss” this time. Note also, there is no affection between the northern kings and the prophets. The have had a "rough" relationship. In Jehu’s words the prophets are “madmen.” Not much homage or affection is exchanged between the two groups. Therefore no kissing—kind of like creationists and evolutionists. : ) Elisha calls upon his prophets to anoint Jehu hurriedly and get out of Dodge.

    Jehu, depicted as an opportunist, seizes upon the this mandate and summarily wipes out Ahab's dynasty and anything basically related to Ahab including his religion--Baalism. This was a good populist thing to do but it was not because of Jehu's pure motives of desiring to love His Lord with all his heart.

    For those interested, extra biblical evidence of Jehu is found here as depicted on the Black Obelisk of the Assyrians:

  3. RE: "...why do churches find it so necessary to "catch em' young" while still claiming that they aren't indoctrinating children?"

    Actually Bryan, I believe this gentleman can best put your question in perspective:
    "Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith ... We need believing people."
    -- Adolf Hitler --
    April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordat of 1933.

    I, too, am involved with discussing the Bible, chapter by chapter (though I certainly don't guarantee a chapter per day, what with all of the necessary research involved) - feel free to come over, subscribe, comment, RSS, make yourself at home --

    pax vobiscum,



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