Reading #1 – Deuteronomy 19
Reading #2 – Psalms 114
Reading #3 – Proverbs 6
Reading #4 – Luke 6
Reading #5 – 1 Samuel 16
Deuteronomy 19 – Cities of Refuge Concern for Justice. The cities of refuge were a place that a person who accidentally killed someone can run to for safety. The individual will be taken to trial and the situation will be reviewed and a verdict given. If the person maliciously killed someone, he or she will be handed over to the avenger. The cities had to be situated around every community so that a person would not be tried and convicted unjustly. At Jesus’ trial, the leaders brought forth many witnesses who issue false testimonies and were not in agreement with each other and he should have been released according to Mosaic law. The judges must investigate the case thoroughly. If the accuser has brought false charges against his fellow Israelite, 19 you must impose on the accuser the sentence he intended for the other person (18-19).
1 Samuel 16 – Samuel Anoints David to be the Next King of Israel. Saul had rebelled against G_d’s commands and because of it lost his position. When G_d’s spirit leaves us, the enemy of our soul will send a tormenting spirit to harass us. Saul became depressed and anxious which precluded him from his service and so young David was hired to play music to soothe the king and quiet the evil spirit. David was the youngest son and also the one that was mostly overlooked. In the presence of his brothers, the spirit of the Lord G_d came upon him powerfully. This, I think, set the stage for Jonadab, son of David’s older brother Shimea, to convince David’s son Amnon to lure Absalom’s sister Tamar in to rape her.
Psalm 114 – Praise the Lord. Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob. He turned the rock into a pool of water; yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock (7-8). The Lord who provides (Jehova Jirah) led the people out and provided for them every day and night of the journey. The people revolted, rebelled, and argued yet G_d forgave the blood guilt of their sin. No other god on any continent, in any nation, or among any people is or was able to help as our G_d did.
Proverbs 6 – Lessons for Daily Life. Of all the things a father and mother have to do, one of the hardest is giving direction when we have failed ourselves. Giving lessons does not imply that we are perfect. Sin is a reality in our world that we all are embroiled in; this, however, should never stop us from passing along what we have learned. When we remain stubborn in our ways, our children learn to do them and the cycle of problems continues. My son, obey your father’s commands and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. For their command are a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline
is the way to live (20-23).
Luke 6 – Lord of the Sabbath. When the leaders quarreled with Jesus over his actions on Sabbath. I found it interesting that Jesus did not change his tone nor his message; rather, he addressed it and the people come up with their conclusions. The issue wasn’t the Sabbath nor what he was doing but that he succeeded where they had failed. The presence of the Roman guard didn’t concern Jesus and he wasn’t afraid of Ceasar he lived to please his Father in Heaven. When it was known that healing came from Jesus, everybody came from every corner of Israel to be healed. The religious leaders spoke fluidly about the Mosaic law but could never heal anyone. Jesus met with the people and he cared for all of them. So, the issue of breaking Sabbath was a legal maneuver more than it was about doing the right thing.