Reading #1 – Joshua 11
Reading #2 – Psalms 136
Reading #3 – Song of Solomon 1
Reading #4 – John 9
Reading #5 – 2 Samuel 12
Joshua 11 – The Northern Kingdoms Defeated. G_d gave the Canaan land to the nation but, they would have to fight to take it away from the people currently living in the land. After the kingdoms were defeated, the land had peace. Once the war was won, the area was divided among the nation.
2 Samuel 12 – Nathan Rebukes David. What David had done angered the Lord G_d and He wasn’t going to let David get away with it. The story Nathan tells David calls out David’s judgment from David’s mouth. David was forgiven but, this would be the easiest part of the issue. The son born to Bathsheba and David died due to illness. David sought the face of G_d for his son’s healing but, the child died. David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the LORD will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me (22).”
Psalms 136 – Give Thanks to G_d. This is another two-part Psalm in which the speaker would recite the faithful acts of G_d and the people would respond to it with “His faithful love endures forever.” The purpose of this recitation was to remind the people of all that G_d had done on their behalf to ensure their safety and their welfare. This Psalm is recited on the eighth day of Passover.
Song of Solomon 1 – A Love Sonnet.
John 9 – Jesus Heals a Blind Man. This young man was healed by Jesus taking a small amount of dirt, spitting on it, and then placing it over the eyes of the blind man. The man was sent to the pool of Siloam. If the man had not done what he was told to do, he would have remained blind. This man’s healing was brought to the attention of the religious leaders. The parents were questioned about it but refused to speak about Jesus because the people were forewarned that anyone speaking favorably about Jesus was expelled from Synagogue. The young man stood his ground in favor of Jesus although he did not know it was Jesus who healed him. 39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?” “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see (39-41).