Reading #1 – Deuteronomy 6
Reading #2 – Psalms 101
Reading #3 – Ecclesiastes 10
Reading #4 – Mark 9
Reading #5 – 1 Samuel 2
Deuteronomy 6 – The Commands of G_d. The nation was about to enter the land flowing with milk and honey. For the land to continue to provide for the nation, it was up to the nation to honor G_d’s commands. His commands were not harsh and nor were they too difficult to follow. “Hear oh Israel the Lord is one G_d” (4). One cannot serve G_d and at the same time serve another god. To understand G_d’s laws, one has to repeat them and meditate on them. 0 “The LORD your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build (10). The new land would not be like the Tower of Bable where the people worked to build the land. In our journeys, we make promises that we must fulfill. In the same way, When we get to a place of prosperity we must remember G_d’s laws and honor them.
1 Samuel 2 – Hannah’s Prayer. “My heart rejoices in the LORD! The LORD has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because you rescued me. No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God (1-2). Hannah received a child which was an answer to her prayers. Before the birth of Samuel, Hannah was barren and would be ridiculed by her Husband’s other wife (1 Samuel 1:7). The child was given to the Lord just as she had promised. For her faithfulness, she was given three sons and two daughters. Hannah’s life resembled Mary’s life. Eli the High Priest of the time had two sons who were anything but G_dly; their actions would lead them into conflict with G_d. Usually, the High Priest would pass on his position to his eldest son but this would not happen for Eli instead, it would be passed onto Samuel. In the same way, the High priest in the time of Jesus would turn over his position to Jesus.
Psalms 101 – The Songs of our Heart. I will sing of your love and justice, LORD. I will praise you with songs. will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home (1-2). The way we live our lives are songs that resonate in our hearts, mind, and soul. These echo into the lives of those who surround us. People that we meet along the way do not know the songs but see the works that we do and how we carry ourselves. From our mouths, we sing what is in our hearts. Living a G_d honoring life is not merely saying the right words, carrying the right Bible, nor feigning a smile.
Ecclesiastes 10 – The Ironies of Life. A little foolishness can ruin just about anything. Foolishness stops forward movement (1). If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit!
A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes (4). Being a person of great integrity does not automatically imply that you will be accepted for a position. I have even seen servants riding horseback like princes—and princes walking like servants (7)! When people seek to destroy things, it will come back to haunt them or they fall into the trap they had set for others.
Mark 9 – The Transfiguration. Jesus took three disciples up to the mountain where he has transfigured Moses and Elijah appeared to speak to him about the trials to come. We are not told what the two men had to say to Jesus but we can ascertain that what they had to say pertained to the events of their life and where they fell short. For the three disciples, a take away for them was, “Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them (7-8). “