I Don’t Understand
The book of 1 Kings tells that in the days of Baasha, third king of the northern kingdom of Israel, the king made the people of that kingdom sin and provoked God to anger with their sins. The sin which provoked God so badly of course was the sin of idolatry (I believe that all sin is idolatry, but more on that later). So the LORD came to Jehu, son of Hanani, (a prophet) against Baasha saying, “Inasmuch as I exalted you from the dust and made you leader over my people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam and have made my people Israel sin, provoking me to anger with their sins, behold I will consume Baasha and his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. Anyone of basha who dies in the city the dogs shall eat, and anyone of his who dies in the field the birds of the heavens shall eat.”
What I don’t understand is why having dogs and birds eat your dead relatives is such a punishment. I don’t think the punishment is so bad in itself but I think the cultural implications make this a psychological punishment for both the king and his subjects. Can anyone offer any clarity on this?
- 1 Kings Chapter 16 (pofw.wordpress.com)
- The sinful kings of Israel (thebiblehistorybooks.wordpress.com)