December 9th, 2009
19 And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
In Judges 1, we find that there is a war. The Israelites are running around, killing all sorts of people, and taking their land.
God lends them aid by delivering these people into their hands. Well, not all of them. Apparently, he could not drive out one particular group, and it’s all because they had chariots of iron. It seems as if this all-powerful god actually does have a weakness, and it happens to be iron!
Iron, being the element that gives blood its color and odor, has long been associated with life and death, as well as the gods. It is often used to repel fairies, demons, witches, and evil spirits. It surprises me to find that it apparently also repels God, or at least renders him unable to shoo you away.
Can a god really be claimed to be all-powerful if he can’t even deal with a few iron chariots? How do you think he’d stand up to an armored tank?