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Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 3 (Part Eighteen)

Did God Choose Jerusalem?
            Solomon prayed to Jehovah and he quoted what was said by Jehovah. In 2 Chronicles 6:5,6 his words are recorded as: “I have not chosen a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house for my name to remain there, and I have not chosen a man to become leader over my people Israel. But I have [now] chosen Jerusalem for my name to remain there, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.” Now the problem, as the skeptic asserts, is that 1 Kings 8:16 does not have the words mentioning Jerusalem as a chosen city.
            Such lack, however, is not evidence against what Jehovah did not choose. The skeptic turns the silence into a negative, that is Jehovah did not choose Jerusalem – but it doesn’t say that, for the skeptic admits that 1 Kings 8:16 doesn’t mention anything about Jerusalem.
            However, we see that in both cases Solomon’s words harken back to what Nathan told David, informing David that Jehovah choose him as King and that David’s son would build the temple to God. It is evident that this house would be in Jerusalem. You cannot choose David and not pick Jerusalem, so the fact that 1 Kings 8:16 mentions the selection of David means that it also says Jerusalem was chosen. Why is this line not present? It could be due to the choice of Jeremiah, or a scribal error, but it is no sign of a contradiction.

Did Abijah Please Jehovah?
            Using 2 Chronicles 13:15-14:1 (NWT) the skeptic asserts that Abijah pleased Jehovah.[1] The text being long is reproduced below, however, the key phrases the skeptic bases the premise on are: “the true God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah,” “The Israelites fled before Judah, and God gave them into their hand,” “Abijah grew in strength,” and “they buried him in the City of David.”
We should note however that 1 Chronicles does not say: “Ahijah did was pleasing in the Jehovah’s sight.”[2] Further plenty of wicked kings grew in might and were buried in the city of David. The fact that Jehovah defeated Israel for him does not mean he was fully pleased with Abijah. His case is similar with the case of Jehu was similar, for Jehovah accomplished his purpose through each of them. There is no contradiction.



[1] “The men of Judah broke out in a war cry, and when the men of Judah shouted the war cry, the true God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. The Israelites fled before Judah, and God gave them into their hand. Abijah and his people inflicted a great slaughter on them, and the slain of Israel kept falling, 500,000 trained men. Thus the men of Israel were humbled at that time, but the men of Judah proved superior because they relied on Jehovah the God of their forefathers. Abijah kept chasing after Jeroboam and captured cities from him, Bethel and its dependent towns, Jeshanah and its dependent towns, and Ephrain and its dependent towns. And Jeroboam never regained his power during the time of Abijah; then Jehovah struck him down and he died.

“But Abijah grew in strength. In time he took 14 wives, and he became father to 22 sons and 16 daughters. And the rest of Abijah’s history, his deeds and his words, is recorded in the writings of the prophet Iddo.
“Then Abijah was laid to rest with his forefathers, and they buried him in the City of David; and his son Asa became king in his place. In his days the land had rest for ten years.”

[2] This is not to say that he did not do some things that were pleasing, for he and Judah must have (unless it also was that Israel was more wicked; cf. 1 Kings 15:3) and they had faith in God.

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