2 Kings is one of the more gory books of the bible. The descriptions of death and what happens are powerful visuals that make you cringe when you hear them. What is the purpose of telling us about the blood spatter of jezebel, that it hit the wall and the horses? Or the point of telling us that only her skull, hands and feet remained after the dogs had their way with her? The details are gruesome are PG 13 at best!
This raises a good question, is everything in the Bible appropriate for children to read? I find it interesting that parents who are very careful to not allow their children view violence in TV, movies or video games do not feel the same way about the Bible. What do you think?
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.