-“Within three days, all the men of Judah and Benjamin were gathered in Jerusalem.
And on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the people were sitting in the square before the house of God, greatly distressed by the occasion and because of the rain.“-
It makes me smile, the image of this lot huddled about in distress and soaked to the skin, knee deep in mud.
It reminds me of the village. Or Pilgrims on the Continent of India.
Underlying this however, is a grime reminder of just how treacherous a non-contextual look at the Bible can be.
Israel has come together to apologise to God for intermarriage.
These same passages I imagine have been read before – at the time of slavery, and I imagine are being read now – at a time of Supremacy.
It is difficult to read the Bible and depend on God when clearly, in the cycle of life, these have been used as tools of oppression and the congealing of ignorance.