Sunday, May 2, 2010

Greed leads to Murder!

Buried in the lists of names is this little story. I don't remember ever reading it, although I must have at some point.

38 "These were the names of some of the leaders of Simeon’s wealthy clans. Their families grew."

They are prospering, and need more room to feed their increasingly large flocks.

 39 "and they traveled to the region of Gerar,[s] in the east part of the valley, seeking pastureland for their flocks. 40 They found lush pastures there, and the land was quiet and peaceful."

So far, so good. God has prospered them. They find this wonderful area, with lush pastures and a quiet and peaceful people. So what do they do?

Kill them all! Of course...

"Some of Ham’s descendants had been living in that region. 41 But during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah, these leaders of Simeon invaded the region and completely destroyed[t] the homes of the descendants of Ham and of the Meunites. No trace of them remains today. They killed everyone who lived there and took the land for themselves, because they wanted its good pastureland for their flocks. 42 Five hundred of these invaders from the tribe of Simeon went to Mount Seir, led by Pelatiah, Neari-ah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel—all sons of Ishi. 43 They destroyed the few Amalekites who had survived, and they have lived there ever since."

End of story.

You have what I want.

I kill you and everyone around you.

I take your stuff.

You are dead and I am happy!

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