Thursday, December 31, 2009

117: Questions Are Blasphemy

2 Kings 18-19
That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. - 2 Kings 19:35

Judah finally gets a good king (Hezekiah). We can only assume that God will now protect them from all invaders. It's been awhile since anyone has payed attention to him, so God's a little rusty on the whole "protect his followers" thing. God accidentally lets Assyria invade and take over Judah.

Hezekiah rebels against Assyria. The king of Assyria sends messengers to Jerusalem and they mock God in front of all of the people. By mock God, I mean they say things like this:
Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
Which is a fair question, because God hasn't saved the promise land from the Assyrians. But it's still blasphemy because it's questioning God. Moral of the story: questions are blasphemy!

Hezekiah prays to God. God tells Hezekiah (through a prophet) that he is going to destroy the Assyrians. That night, an angel goes to the Assyrians' camp and kills a hundred and eighty-five thousand of them. Why is it that we have a wonderful image of angels? The only angels I've seen in the bible are killing people (or the people that are talking to them are afraid they're going to be killed).

*News*

We all heard the story of the two journalists who accidentally crossed into North Korea. When I saw this story I decided not to get anywhere near North Korea (as I think most of the rational people among us did). When Robert Park saw this story, he saw a chance to proselytize.

On Christmas day, Robert Park intentionally crossed into North Korea and started passing out letters calling for Kim Jong-il to step down. He also shouted "I brought God's love. God loves you, and God bless you".

Robert faces a maximum punishment of execution (which was apparently his goal) for speaking ill of the government. He must really want those 72 virgins. Oops, wrong religion, all the insane people are starting to blend together.

(via The New York Times)

2 comments:

  1. Dude can share Gods love in a Korean prison now. I don't think that any former US politicians will be going over there to get his ass.

    Hey, I just wanted to say, great work. It must take a tremendous amount of time and in case no one has told you..it is much appreciated. Happy safe new year to ya.

    Kriss

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  2. For whatever reason, Sennacherib did not conquer Jerusalem. In Sennacherib's own words he had Hezekiah shut in like a "caged bird" but he did not say he defeated Jerusalem. Notice the interesteing archeaological artifact called "Sennacherib's Prism."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_prism

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