Reading #1 – Joshua 10
Reading #2 – Psalms 135
Reading #3 – Proverbs 31
Reading #4 – John 8
Reading #5 – 2 Samuel 11
2 Samuel 11 – David and Bathsheba. This is the proverbial point in David’s life “when the wheels fall off of the axels”. Up to this point, David had been very successful and his kingdom was larger than all the nations around him. The problem is, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. This was the same situation that Israel found themselves in when they attended the neighboring kingdoms’ sacrifices and enjoyed the sexual events. These events get people into more trouble than one can imagine. The Devil of old knows that he cannot defeat us by an outward show of force so he bates us by placing before us the very things that entice us. David, like Solomon, had a taste for a beautiful woman. Bathsheba was a very beautiful woman and David saw her in the nude. The night’s event might well have gone unnoticed had it not been for the conception of a child. From this event came the need to murder the husband so that he would not find out what David had done. The Devil works this way and it is a very effective method. David’s family line would be forever impacted because of David.
Psalms 135 – The Song of Moses. The purpose of this song was to remind the people of Israel what the Lord had done for them and where they came from. Israel was not and is still not the largest kingdom in fact, it was the smallest. Israel was successful in escaping because of the tragic events in Egypt. Moses was the one man who could talk to G_d like one would a friend (Exodus 33:11). The speaker would proclaim the great works of G_d and the people would respond “His Love endures forever”. This response is like saying “amen” which means I agree. In saying “I agree” means that I believe it is true and that I will honor my commitment (Deuteronomy 32) which brings a blessing or a curse.
Proverbs 31 – The Sayings of King Lemuel. This king had been raised by a virtuous mother. This man was taught how to live in the light of G_d so that his kingdom would endure the test of time. The woman taught the king by how she lived her life. Because of this woman’s diligence, her family was always taken care of. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness (25-27).
John 8 – The Woman Caught in Adultery. The men brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus to ask for his verdict. The only person who could render a verdict in that time was the high Priest so this was a trap with either way being a condemnation. Interestingly enough, for the woman to commit adultery, her partner could well have been a member of the group seeking a verdict. If the woman was set to be stoned to death, she might well mention names of her partners who would in turn be invited to the gallows for as well. They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust (6-8).