Thursday, February 03, 2011
God sells the Israelites into slavery, Judges Chapter 10 - Aside from the mention of thirty "ass colts", there's not much to say about Chapter 10 except that Yahweh gets angry because the Israelites start worshiping other gods (yet again!). In response to this travesty, He sells them to the Philistines.
Here's a weird thought - why would God sell an entire population of people into slavery just because He is failing at making Himself a believable deity? And more importantly, why would God even need the money?
Maybe Yahweh might be a little miffed about His own people not believing in Him, but isn't it His problem really? Wouldn't the reason that the Israelites continuously fail to believe in Him be that life without Yahweh is conceivable? This portion of the Bible is probably all myths and legends, but it deals with a universal problem for religious people - doubt. It also shows the hybridization that often happens when people who worshiped another god(s) are introduced to a new god.
And seriously, if the Philistines bought the Israelites off Yahweh - what would He spend the money on?