The Old Testament is one of the two major inspirations for The Drowning Sands of G’desh. While I am a Christian, the OT is also filled with incredible stories against insurmountable odds. Here are four of my favorites! Please comment on your own favorites.
Look up Judges 3:12-30.
Ehud will always be one of my favorite Biblical stories. The Israelites were oppressed by the Moabites, as happened when they fell away from God.
Ehud was made a judge for God and went to “deliver” the year’s tribute. He strapped a massive sword to his right thigh, requested everyone leave so he could talk to King Eglon, and ran the king through. This wasn’t even the best part yet.
The sword, a foot and a half long, sunk into King Eglon, disappearing until his fat absorbed the blade, hilt and all, and he died. The guy was so fat that an 18″ blade disappeared inside him. That’s incredible.
Locking the doors, Ehud left through a window. It took a long time before anyone checked on King Eglon, discovering the corpse, and by then Ehud was rallying the Israelites, and they defeated Moab.
Ehud was an inspiration (along with Assassin’s Creed) for Azasheer, the djinn assassin in G’desh.
2. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram
This takes place in Numbers 16.
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram are in the camp of Moses and the Israelites after they left Egypt. Korah is rousing up the people against the Lord, Moses, and Aaron, saying Egypt was great. Slavery was fantastic compared to walking through the desert.
Moses and Aaron are able to get God to not strike down the entire assembly, as some are repenting. Instead, he brings out Dathan and Abiram and has the people get away from their tents. He says if God does something new, never before seen with Moses, it was the Lord’s idea. So the earth opened up and swallowed Dathan and Abiram and their families.
A few people thought the repenting worked out well, and they were okay. Then fire rained down and killed them, leaving their bronze censers they were using for repentance. The censers were then taken to the altar and used as plating.
God removes corruption quickly and thoroughly. It is made to be a sign to not do it. In the same way, the delven in my novels remain apart from other civilizations, keeping small cities of tight knit communities.
3. Malachi and Offerings
I just read Malachi. It hit me in the feels.
If you haven’t read the final book of the Old Testament, here’s a run down. Israel feels they’re doing a good job. Malachi says no, they’re despising the Lord. When asked how, he notes they’re giving horrible sacrifices. They give the blind, the lame, the sick, the old, when they have good animals in the herd.
He tells the people they should just keep their bad sacrifices, and that dung should be smeared on their face. The dung of their horrible sacrifices.
While it made me feel convicted to be a better steward of what I have, as well as give better, I also appreciate the insult.
4. Where is Baal?
Continuing with the burn, there’s Elijah, in 1 Kings 18.
He challenges the priests of Baal to, more or less, a divine cook off. Put a sacrifice on the altar, whoever’s deity burns the sacrifice without assistance wins.
As the priests of Baal have their sacrifices on the altar, Elijah is insulting them, finally reaching the point of asking of maybe Baal’s going to the bathroom and can’t respond currently. I like bathroom humor.