The First Case of IBS (Chronicles 2 21-23)

When Jehoshaphat dies, Judah falls into the hands of his eldest son, Jehoram, who starts off on the wrong foot by murdering all his brothers and a few princes of Israel to boot. As expected, “he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” (Chr 2 21:6). That’s encouraging the worship of other gods in the main.

Elijah, a prophet, warns Jehoram of what’s to come: “…the Lord will bring a great plague on your people, your children, your wives, and all your possessions, and you yourself will have a severe sickness with a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the disease, day by day” (Chr 2 21:14-15). This passage inspired the popular church hymn “Day By Day”.

Elijah wasn’t kidding. Jehoram loses all that he has and suffers what I assume to be a frustrating combination of constipation and the runs for two years before his intestines fall out. It’s an ignoble death, to say the least.

I noticed a strange contradiction in the Bible. It says that all of Jehoram’s son die save his youngest, Jehoahaz. But a couple of paragraphs later it says that another son of his, Ahaziah, takes over for him when he dies. I guess there wasn’t too much fact-checking going on when the Bible was being written.

Ahaziah dies an untimely death by the hand of someone named Jehu and his infant son, Joash, has to be hidden for a while. In the meantime, Ahaziah’s mother – a WOMAN – reigns over Judah. This is new. Not much is said about what kind of job she did but it couldn’t have been a stellar one since a priest orders that she be mowed down with a sword just outside of the house of the Lord. Not inside. That would be gauche.

Damn glass ceiling.

Sometimes there's nothing casual about "business casual".

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