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On How God REALLY Hates Bullies?
Tuesday. 4.5.16 9:53 pm
I was rereading the bible recently, and I was taken with how much God seems to hate people who make fun of other people. I mean, WE do. There are plenty of people every year who commit suicide because some jerk decided to make someone else the butt of their joke. Still, everyone looks at these small time bullies as obstacles in the way of a typical childhood, speed bumps on the way to adulthood, not sinners on par with murders damned for hell (and that is in there, we're getting to it.) So, here I am sitting around at a two person bible study (long story) reciting the parts of the bible that I thought were the most harsh and the most strange when I realized there was kind of a theme, there. Take a look at this:
20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded[a] to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s[b] territory;
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
And so it was. The land of Canaan got it's veritable behind kicked at every corner for centuries, why? Because Ham laughed at Noah. Hold on, you may say, but Noah was the one who was drunk. Noah DESERVED to be made fun of! Why should Ham- wait sorry, his sons and his sons, sons suffer from his mistake? It gets better, take a look at this:
2 Kings 2:23-24
3 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.
Bears... eating 42 children. For you "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" readers out there, how's that for a question that bring poignant purpose to the life the universe and everything:
Q: How many children will God kill if they mock his disciples?
So, wait, wait, but those are just stories, right? It's just a bit of teasing, right?
21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,a and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Whoa! Whoa, wait a minute! Isn't that a bit harsh. That's who are you are going to find in hell? Hitler and people who say "You fool!"?
But let's go on.
"Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,"
Proverbs 21:11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Proverbs 24:9 The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.
Proverbs 22:10 Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; yes, quarrels and insults will stop.
But wait, they're just kids! Can't you just teach them-
Proverbs 9:7 He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse.
Okay, ain't that the truth. Where were you when I was in Middle School? My point is, if you are really having a hard time with the bullies in your life, remember that God is with you. Not only is God with you, but he a barrel full of molten wrath waiting the pour all over the heads of those spiteful little wretches. So, offer them up to God. He's got plenty of bears.
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