Reading #1 – Joshua 7
Reading #2 – Psalms 132
Reading #3 – Proverbs 28
Reading #4 – John 5
Reading #5 – 2 Samuel 8
Joshua 7 – Achan’s Sin. Achan from the tribe of Judah saw somethings he wanted and so he took them. The sin was uncovered when the nation sent a contingency of warriors up to AI in the town of the Amorites (1-4). The defeat at AI brought about the fearful prayer of Joshua. The Lord responded with “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this? 11 Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their belongings. 12 That is why the Israelites are running from their enemies in defeat. For now, Israel itself has been set apart for destruction. I will not remain with you any longer unless you destroy the things among you that were set apart for destruction (10-12). Achan’s actions caused the whole nation to be guilty of sin. Because Achan sinned his whole family was killed and thrown into the valley of Achor. Sin by its very nature infects everyone and everything.
2 Samuel 8 – David’s victories. King David honored and served the Lord G_d in all that he did and everywhere he went. Former autonomous kingdoms served King David and brought tribute to him. The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. 13 If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. 14 You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them (Deuteronomy 28:12-14). So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people. 16 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the royal historian. Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary. 18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king’s bodyguard. And David’s sons served as priestly leaders (15-18).
Psalms 132 – In Honor of King David. Before David’s death, he had amassed an exorbitant amount of supplies to build the temple. Solomon was given the design and the materials to build the temple. David honestly believed that the prophecy “For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise one of your descendants, your offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. 13 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, as any father would do. But my favor will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from your sight. 16 Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever (2 Samuel 7:12-16)” pointed to Solomon the next king of Israel and Judah. From this prophecy, Solomon would go on to build the temple but it came at a price that would infect many generations. The dedication of the temple was a time of great joy.
Proverbs 28 – Two Different Spectrums. The two types: a fool and righteous produce the fruit of some type at a price. Modern-day society would say, “take all that you can while you can” and not understand that at some point in time the debt for these actions will come up for payment. Income from charging high-interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone kind to the poor (8).
John 5 – Jesus Heals a Man Who Is Lame. Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath day which the leaders thought to be “sacrilege”. When Jesus claimed to be the “Son of G_d” this set the religious leaders over the edge and so they wanted to kill him. “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. The Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. Besides, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, 23 so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him (19-23).” To the Sanhedrin, Moses was the “be all end all” of religious service yet they skipped a few key phrases of their canon of scripture. “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life (39-40).