One of the Bibles on my shelf, the Good News Bible, provides additional headings to describe the various sections of any particular chapter. Today’s random chapter contains the headings:
The Descendents of Ahab Are Killed
The Relatives of King Ahaziah Are Killed
All Remaining Relatives of Ahab Are Killed
The Worshipers of Baal Are Killed
The Death of Jehu
The heading for the first section, in which 70 of Ahab’s descendants are beheaded, is a little deceptive, as the section also includes a description of how all of Ahab’s officers, close friends, and priests are also killed.
This chapter is the one with the prophecy about how the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. However, the prophecy goes on to describe the Messiah as a sword wielding soldier of the Lord who would defeat the Assyrians, like a lion among sheep, ripping them to shreds. (Note: Sorry the Daily Chapter was down for a little bit. I promise to keep it up as best I can.)
God, speaking through his prophet Ezekiel, really lets Israel have it. I’m paraphrasing, but He basically says, “You dirty filthy whore! I found you as a bloody dumpster baby. I raised you to be a beautiful woman and I gave you clothes and jewels and food and I married you. How do you repay me? By sleeping with every guy you see. You are even worse than a whore because you give yourself away for free. Now I’m going to destroy you! I will bring all your enemies together and they will stone you to death, and then chop your body up into little pieces. You are just like your mother. You are worse than your sisters, who are also whores, but you are worse. I will forgive you, but you will be ashamed forever.”
Looking to the Book of Psalms for our daily motivational chapter, we find a song of weeping and despair from the prisoners in Babylon. They are forced to sing songs of joy, while they weep for their home in Jerusalem. They pray for vengeance against the daughters of Babylon, and proclaim how happy it will be when the children of Babylon are taken away and smashed to death on the rocks.
This motivational bible chapter tells the story of how Rekab and Baanah went to the house of Saul’s son Ishbosheth and murdered him while he lay sleeping in bed (by stabbing him beneath the 5th rib). Then they chopped off his head and carried it to King David and presented it as vengeance for the Lord, hoping that this would please the King. Instead, King David responded in the opposite of what they expected, and ordered Rekab and Baanah to be killed, having their hands and feet cut off and their bodies hung over the pool at Hebron.
Today’s daily motivational chapter tells the story of how King David’s son, Amnon, rapes his half-sister Tamar. Of course, she is disgraced. A couple of years pass. Absalam, one of Tamar’s brothers, seeks revenge against Amnon for raping his sister. Absalam gets Amnon drunk and commands his servants to murder him. At first, King David mistakenly thinks all of his sons have been murdered. When he discovers it is only Amnon who has been killed, he is relieved. He seeks to reconcile with his vengeful and murderous son, Absalam. Tamar is never again mentioned.