Reading #1 – Joshua 15
Reading #2 – Psalms 140
Reading #3 – Song of Solomon 5
Reading #4 – John 13
Reading #5 – 2 Samuel 16
Joshua 15 – Land Given to Caleb and His descendants. Caleb for his bravery and resolve was given the land in the hill country of Judea. Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.” Othniel, the son of Caleb’s brother Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife (16-17). The daughter would then ask for more land and was given the upper and lower springs which were fertile for growing. The decedent of the Kenizites, Nabal, would later deny David a small portion of food after David had been so gracious to him and how Caleb had graciously given such a beautiful piece of land as an inheritance.
2 Samuel 16 – David and Ziba. Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant, met David and his entourage, with donkeys to ride on, fruit for the young men, and wine for those who were thirsty. Previously, Ziba had been put in charge of Mephibosheth’s land by King David in honor of Mephibosheth’s father Jonathan (2 Samuel 9). Mephibosheth had been lame in both feet and was unable to walk. Ziba’s offering to the king seemed to be sincere however, his motives spoke louder than the offering. Ziba replied, “The donkeys are for the king’s people to ride on, and the bread and summer fruit are for the young men to eat. The wine is for those who become exhausted in the wilderness.” “And where is Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson?” the king asked him. “He stayed in Jerusalem,” Ziba replied. “He said, ‘Today I will get back the kingdom of my grandfather Saul.’” “In that case,” the king told Ziba, “I give you everything Mephibosheth owns.” “I bow before you,” Ziba replied. “May I always be pleasing to you, my lord the king (2-4).” Ahithophel, David’s closest counselor, went over to Absolom for reasons known only to him. Hushai, David’s closest friend was sent by David to frustrate Ahithophel’s guidance. Ahithophel’s advice to Absolom to “sleep with his father’s concubines on the rooftop in broad-daylight was straight from the mouth of Nathan (2 Samuel 12:12).
Psalm 140 – A Psalm of David. In the early days of David’s kingdom, many thronged to him and nations bowed down before him. In the latter days, the stain of sin and corruption pulled at the threads of David’s life but never completely pulled him apart. David had sinned and that was a fact. His sin led to greater sins and that too is a fact. Yet, he was still loved by G_d and David still loved the G_d of the universe. When we sin, we break the heart of G_d because it means that the path we are on is altered and forward progress is halted until the sin is dealt with. When we sin, the Devil uses the opportunity to attack us and seek G_d’s retribution over our life by lying about us, riling our closest allies against us, and leading us down roads we never thought we go. O LORD, keep me out of the hands of the wicked. Protect me from those who are violent, for they are plotting against me. The proud have set a trap to catch me; they have stretched out a net;
they have placed traps all along the way (4-5). When we sin, we can surrender to the void or hold onto the hand of G_d.
Songs 5 – A Love Sonnet. How would we describe the one we love? Would go into the dimensions, the qualities, or the quantities? Would be blinded by our love so much that we describe a god or goddess? If people did find the woman’s lover, would they even know it was the same person? When we are in love with another person, we get blinded by love so that we overlook the bad qualities, characteristic traits, and nuances. These two individuals were thoroughly and completely in love with each other.
John 13 – Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet. The hour had come when Jesus would be arrested, tried, and convicted. In his final hours, he used the time to wash the disciples’ feet. Washing the feet was the servant’s responsibility, not the teacher’s. The purpose of this was to teach the students how to care for one another in his absence. The student is never above the teacher (Luke 6:40). Jesus accepted no adulation for the work he did because he wanted his students to succeed and grow. Jesus pointed out the duplicity of the Sanhedrin and did not want to be guilty of the same sin (Matthew 23:15-20). In the same way, we must live our life to please the father so that others will see the good that we do and glory to G_d. When trouble is far from our borders, we proudly think we deal with every struggle simply by our faith. “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me (38).”