Reading #1 – Joshua 14
Reading #2 – Psalms 139
Reading #3 – Song of Solomon 4
Reading #4 – John 12
Reading #5 – 2 Samuel 15
Joshua 14 – Land Divided West of the Jordan. The years of war had ended and the distribution of the land was divided out by Eleazar the priest and the tribal leaders. The Lord G_d provided Moses with strict guidance for dividing the land and the leaders followed it. The method for dividing the land was by “sacred lots” basically, casting the dice. This method was fair because favoritism was avoided. Caleb son of Jephuneh came to Joshua to ask for his inheritance in the hill country or Hebron (Kirath-arba). What is interesting about this transaction is that Caleb had wholeheartedly followed the commands of G_d from his youth to old age. “Now, as you can see, the LORD has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then (10-11). In the time of David, an off-spring of Caleb would deny David food for his men although David and his men had protected the man’s sheep (1 Samuel 25).
2 Samuel 15 – Absolom’s Rebellion. David’s kingdom that once drew many nations is now fractured to the point of separation. Absolom used this opportunity to set up his kingdom in Hebron the city of David. People like Ahithophel who was a counselor to David went over to Absolom to join the conspiracy. When David got wind of the conspiracy, he and his family ran for their lives. The problem I have with this whole mess is that David was a mighty warrior and should have stood his ground; yet, sin never stays isolated and never knows when to quit. Three things are never satisfied— no, four that never say, “Enough!”: the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire (Proverbs 30:15).
Psalms 139 – A Prayer for Our Day. Each day we need to pray this prayer because, it addresses all of the areas of our life. It should the desire of our heart to always honor the G_d of the Universe by living uprightly and refusing to cave into sin. I encourage you to read this today. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life (23-24).
Song of Solomon 4 – Love Sonnet.
John 12 – Jesus Anointed at Bethany. While Jesus was at Mary and Martha’s home, Mary poured fragrant oil on Jesus’ feet which caused Judas Iscariot to condemn her for it. Many people came to the home to see Lazarus who had been raised from the dead. The religious leaders knew they had to do something about Lazarus because many were coming over to Jesus. Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus (10-11). Jesus predicted his death and this caused many questioned his right to become King because scripture said he would remain forever (33-34). This brings up a good point but, what is unknown about prophecy is that words like “stays forever” do not imply that the physical person will stay alive but that the spirit of Jesus would impact lives beyond the current time to many other times to come. Father, bring glory to your name.”
Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him. Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine. The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. And when I am lifted from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself (28-32).”