Monday, July 18, 2011

Book of Psalms 95-104 that I forget to eat my bread

Psalms 95-104

We start off with acknowledgments that the person(s) that wrote these psalms still believed that there are gods other the Yahweh.  But, Psalm 96 seems to state that all other gods are mere idols and that there is only one true god.

Psalm 101 is an oddity.  It's very confused on who's "speaking", a man or God.  Am I wrong?

Psalm 103:8 has been stated several times before but I still get a kick out of it's delusional statement;
"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. "
Have these people not read the Bible?!?!

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  1. You are assuming the Bible was written at the time. Note that God is slow to anger to some people (consider Jacob who refuses to feed his starving brother until the brother gives him his birthright and then deceives his father).

    On 101 the translation I'm reading seems pretty clearly a man but an important one such as a king who is promising to do right and choose blameless advisers.

  2. @Erp,
    and then deceives his father

    If i remember correctly the "father" was not going to honour (Genesis 27) what Esau and Jacob agreed on. (Genesis 25:30-33) Jacob did not refuse to feed his brother, he wanted something for it. In that moment Esau didn't feel his birthright was worth anything(25:32), so he sold it, for a single bowl of red pottage lentiles. I guess if we do something we regret later we should get do-overs? HEE!HEE! only if.

    Now i will admit that this is the way many people want it today, that is, consume today, regret tomorrow, be absolved of all debt the day after. This way of thinking has so many different applications we can apply it to.

    Notice Jacob did throw in bread... something extra. :-) I guess the infomercials get their "order now and well throw in..." from this. :-D

  3. @Bruce,

    "The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. "

    Can you show me a place where The LORD has not been "gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy?" And keep it in context. :-D

  4. The birthright is presumably the property for which the first born son got a double portion by law upon the death of the father (in other words Jacob couldn't cash in until Isaac was dead). The blessing was something within the gift of the father or whoever gives the blessing. He could freely choose a younger son or even a grandson as Jacob did when giving a better blessing to Joseph's younger son than the older son (or to many of Joseph's elder brothers).

    Isaac btw lived at least 20 years after the blessing as Jacob served his uncle Laban for those years before returning (and being somewhat reconciled with Esau). Only after the return does Isaac die and his two sons bury him.

  5. @Edward,
    Genesis 3:16 God curses women.
    Genesis 38. Onan and Er are killed by God. Er for no reason other then "He was wicked in the site of the LORD".
    Exodus 7-12 God's plagues against the Egyptians (I guess he was slow to anger here since he made them suffer greatly).
    How many thousands did god kill (or order Moses to kill) during the exodus?
    I don't really want to fill this page with examples from the rest of the books.
    'nuff said! ;-)