According to Constantine’s old testament, Yahweh or Jehovah created humanity, but he did not like all mankind. He decided to be guide, protector and benefactor of only one tiny part of all human beings, the Hebrews. From the Hebrews’ first ancestors, Adam and Eve, Yahweh or Jehovah created all the other people on earth and still, the others, the ones that Yahweh or Jehovah so despised, got first to the promised land! I do not understand this. If Adam and his descendants were the first ones god made, how could the others beat them to the land they were to occupy? I know you will say that the Canaanites were Noah’s descendants, but if they were, why did Yahweh or Jehovah did not care about them?
He first made the promise to Abraham:
12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Following Yahweh or Jehovah’s mandate, Abraham departed from his country, Ur, in Babylon, to the promised land. But he could not take possession of it. It was already occupied by the Canaanites. Instead, because of the famine, he went down to Egypt. When he came back from Egypt, wealthy and with a small army of servants, thanks to his wife and Pharaoh, he still could not take possession of the land. As a matter of fact, he died without seeing god’s promised fulfilled. Then Jacob came. And god made the same promise to him:
28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
Jacob did not live to see the promise come true, either. Instead, his family had to leave the country one more time. And just like in Abraham’s time, it was because of famine. And once again they went down to Egypt. It looks like Egypt was a much better place to live in than the promised land. Why did Yahweh or Jehovah not promise them that land instead? Maybe it was because Egypt was the mightiest empire of its time and there was no way the Hebrews could defeat them.
41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
42:2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.
Buying some corn was not enough to alleviate the hunger in the promised land. The land was not yielding the basic things the children of Israel needed to survive. Israel’s family had to take more drastic measures_ Jacob’s name had been changed to Israel by then:
46:3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
46:4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
46:5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
46:6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:
46:7 His sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.
That was the best Yahweh or Jehovah almighty could do to save his beloved children from starvation! Sending them to Egypt, and forcing them to leave the land he had promised to them. Why could he not keep his promise of giving Jacob the land? Why did he keep punishing them? Up to that day, neither Abraham, nor Isaac or Israel, formerly known as Jacob, had sinned against him. They had not worshiped other gods; they had built altars in his honor wherever they had received something from him. They had even gone through all the problems to marry their own sisters, cousins, etc. to keep their blood pure. It looks like Yahweh or Jehovah can make the impossible, but the simple things, like rain, he cannot.
But that is not all. He forgot his promise of being with them!
1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
1:9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
1:13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in _assov, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
In other words, the Hebrew people were enslaved. Joseph was no longer among them to protect them, and Yahweh or Jehovah forgot about them. Is it not doubtful that at the moment Joseph dies his people starts suffering? Who was really protecting them, Yahweh or Jehovah, or Joseph?
The Hebrews had to withstand centuries, 430 years to be exact, of hardship in Pharaoh’s land. They suffered because god lied to them! He told them he would be with them and he abandoned them for all those years!
Yahweh or Jehovah made the same promise to three different generations and none of them saw the promise fulfilled! The children of Israel had to wait 430 long years for him to remember his promise.
That long wait is what makes me wonder if Yahweh or Jehovah really had all those powers that made him famous. During those 430 years no Hebrew tried to do anything to escape from slavery; that was why the Levites could not credit their god with anything heroic. They had to wait until a leader emerged to say it was their god who sent him.
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