I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dashing Babies on Rocks


I am troubled by Psalm 137 verse 9. Who would want to take revenge on babies, and why is this in the Bible?

Psalm 137 is one of a small group of Psalms that are known as "imprecatory" or "curse" psalms. It's possible that those who want to see the infants of enemies dashed on rocks are those who have seen their own infants suffer atrocities of war. In wars, terrible things happen, and crimes and massacres happen on both sides. In a world fueled by hate, and lacking the peace of Christ, we should not be surprised when wars kill and maim the innocent, displace families and slowly starve refugees to death. Sometimes Christians will find it hard to understand why these words are found in our Bible. Such graphic violence seems out of place in a book we look to for hope and comfort, and in view of God's forgiveness and love. Unfortunately, we cannot just dismiss these words because they seem harsh and offensive. The writers of the imprecatory psalms were concerned about something far more significant than revenge.  They were concerned first for God's holiness -- and recognized that He was offended by the atrocities committed against His people.  We should remember that the imprecatory psalms are fundamentally pleas for God to administer justice. We should also recognize that strong emotions in poetry are expressed in strong language. The psalmists also knew that right would only triumph when evil had been overthrown and punished. Perhaps the imprecatory psalms (the best known is Psalm 109) are included in scripture to express God's approval of a passionate hatred of evil and evil deeds.

O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us -- he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.  Psalms 137:8-9


No comments:

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: All products and/or services advertised/promoted on this blog are either owned by myself, or I am an affiliate marketer for. Should you make a purchase I MAY EARN A COMMISSION or receive revenue. Don't let that stop you.