The biggest irony in the history of the Hebrew people has to be that the thing that Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) despised the most, worked best for the children of Israel. Their second king, David, brought prosperity to the land and people. So big was his success that the lord himself made him one more of his promises:
7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
According to this promise, all the kings of Israel would be raised from the lineage of David. And not only that, he also promised him:
7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
David’s kingdom, according to Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah), would be never-ending. That powerful David was.
David defeated not only the traditional enemies of the Israelites. He went beyond and subdued Syria.
After David, Solomon was crowned king. He was the greatest Israelite king. Under his reign, the kingdom expanded to places never dreamt of by the Hebrews. He was very rich and so were his subjects:
10:14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
10:15 Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country.
10:16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of gold went to one target.
10:17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
10:18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold.
10:19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays.
10:20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.
10:21 And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.
10:22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
10:23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
10:24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.
10:25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.
10:26 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and
The Levites had never seen such wealth in the land. That had to be their best era. The Hebrew nation was finally respected, feared and admired.
It is believed that the old testament was written during the time of Solomon. The Levites, seeing that Solomon was so powerful and rich, thought that his kingdom was going to last forever. That was why they made Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) promised David that his kingdom would never end.
That promise told me that the bible was not written or inspired by a divine being. It was written by clever men who sought first their own wellbeing, and only then they procured the wellbeing of their people. As men, and no gods with supernatural powers, they had no way to know that one day, one nation to the east of Israel would come and defeat the Israelites so badly, that they would be deported to Babylon. And like in Egypt, they would be slaves. Much less they could imagine that an even greater empire would emerge on the west, the Roman Empire, and would occupy the “promised land” for centuries. So powerful they were, that the lord’s promise to David of raising kings for Israel exclusively from his lineage, was broken. Herod the Great was not a son of David’s. As a matter of fact, he was not even a Hebrew.
The Levites made their god promise two things he could not fulfill. Raising kings from David’s lineage, and establishing his kingdom forever.
The Levites’ all-seeing, almighty god could not tell them that Caesar would level his temple; would impose a heavy tribute, and eventually would exile the whole Hebrew people, putting an end to the Levites’ inspiration.
After this devastating defeat, the Levites could not keep on writing about the great deeds of their god. If he could not defeat chariots of iron, how could he defeat an army that not only had those kinds of weapons, but also shields and swords made of similar materials; an army with superior military discipline and much better trained in the arts of war? In addition, the Romans had the greatest supply of soldiers the world had ever seen.
The defeat of the Hebrews by the Romans, and the silence of the Levites after that loss were the facts that made me realize that Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) was not behind any of the Hebrews’ previous victories. They told me that the Hebrews’ god was not real but made up. If he had been as powerful as the Levites made him appear in the bible, the Romans would have never stood a chance.
Instead, the Romans did what no Levite could have imagined; they put an end to David’s covenant with their god. They crowned a king, Herod the Great, who was not related to David.
Now that the Levites were not in control of their history, they could not do anything to fix that fact. If they had had the chance, they would have found a way to make Herod relate to David. But the Romans did not stop there. They also put an end to David’s kingdom, which was supposed to last forever.
Where was Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah)? Why did he not strike the Romans as he did with the Canaanites, the Hittites, Philistines, etc? He did not because he could not. The Levites could not continue writing their fairy tales. When the Romans exiled all Jews, the Levites “lost” that personal contact with their god. Is not that suspicious? Could their god not find them wherever they were? No, he could not. His powers were limited to the “promised land”.
After the final blow the Romans gave them, the Levites’ god was powerless. So weak he was that he had to leave his last two “promises” to his people unfulfilled.
If there had been a god as loving and caring like the one people have in their heads, he would have never let the Romans do what they did, not only to his people, but to the world.
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