Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Isaiah, Chapters 10 & 11: Watch out Assyria, you're next

Chapter 10

Just a few chapters after he was telling us that god would spare no one, not even widows and children who had turned against him, he's now condemning people who pass laws doing the same thing. Talk about your 'do as I say, not as I do' deities!

Then he outlines his plan to get the Assyrians good by sending them to war and letting them win and get all the spoils. This will make him really arrogant, then god will cut him down to size and make all his soldiers starve to death. Then he'll burn down all his crops and forests. Then he'll send a plague to kill the people.

As a result, naturally, the Israelites will be enslaved. But after a while, god will rescue them. Aren't psychopathic divine beings the best?

Chapter 11

More prophesying about the messiah, who will smite all the sinners. Also, did you know that 'the lion will lay down with the lamb' is not the actual verse? Verse 6 really says The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Also lions will become vegetarians and children will play in snakes' dens. I hope nobody ever tested this chapter out. Then there will be peace. And more smiting. Because you can never stop smiting.

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