Saturday, May 15, 2010

252: Righteous Men and Their Righteousness

Ezekiel 31-33
"If I tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done." - Ezekiel 33:13

God starts with yet another long metaphor, this time about Assyria being a tree. No other tree was ever as big or majestic as the tree that was Assyria. However, Assyria was a prideful tree. I didn't know trees could have pride in themselves. Because of this God tore the tree down and made all of the birds and animals of the land nest in it. Moral of the story: Don't be proud of yourself?

The next chapter is a lament for Pharaoh. Not only have we already had a lament for Egypt, but we've already had a lament for the king of Tyre that was almost exactly like this one. God explains how Pharaoh was once a great king but God is going to kill him and have his nation destroyed for all of his sins. When is the bible going to stop being repetitive and start being inspiring?

The third and final chapter of the day keeps up the boring and repetitive theme of the day. God reexplains that Ezekiel is supposed to tell the Israelites of their sins. If he doesn't tell them of their sins he is just as guilty as they are. God also explains (very repetitively) that righteous men have to stay righteous to avoid punishment for sin.

The rest of the chapter is God explaining why Jerusalem fell. As if we haven't heard that a hundred times already. At the end of the chapter God makes the observation that the people of Jerusalem don't take Ezekiel seriously. If God knows that the Israelites aren't listening to Ezekiel then why did he chose him as the messenger?

Joseph Klein is offended that some think the bible condones "redistribution of wealth".
The problem with the Left’s interpretation of the Bible is that they are confusing Biblical commandments to be charitable and do good works for the poor with justification for a big government taking money from successful people and redistributing it to those whom the government deems more worthy.
Right, because the government helping the poor isn't the same as just helping the poor. Since when is the government giving more "worthy" people money? I think the idea is that the government gives people money who need money (i.e. poor people).

He cites these passages as proof that the government shouldn't give money or services to poor people:
Exodus 23:3 nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.

Leviticus 19:15 Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike.
These passages only refer to justice. I agree that poor people should not be exempt from being prosecuted for robbery or other crimes, but that's not what's happening. For example, is it not a form of justice to give everyone equal healthcare? Is it not unjust to withhold healthcare based on how much money someone has? The writer of the article conveniently forgets to mention the passage right next to Leviticus 19:15:
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God. - Leviticus 19:9-10
That sounds like redistribution of wealth to me. Why is it that religious people want the government to interfere when it comes to some parts of Leviticus (i.e. gay marriage), but not others (i.e. give to the poor)? Either keep it all or throw it all out.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, cherrypicking (or should we say grape picking, in light of the bible quote?) - it's been serving the agenda driven hypocrites since antiquity.

    And if God chose Ezekiel, knowing that Ezekiel wouldn't be listened to, the only logical conclusion is that God wants the Israeli's to continue sinning.



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