Reading #1 – Joshua 16
Reading #2 – Psalms 141
Reading #3 – Song of Solomon 6
Reading #4 – John 14
Reading #5 – 2 Samuel 17
Joshua 16 – Tracts of Land Given to Ephraim and the half-tribe of Manasseh. Now I am claiming as my sons these two boys of yours, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born here in the land of Egypt before I arrived. They will be my sons, just as Reuben and Simeon are (Genesis 48:5). Joseph did not receive an inheritance in the new land.
2 Samuel 17 – Ahithophel’s Advice Countered by Hushuai. Now Hushai a close friend and confidant of David proposed a more outrageous plan to capture and kill David. The plan involved Absolom leading the charge when he had no military experience (11) Ahithophel hung himself after having his plan quashed by Absolom. If Hushai’s plan worked and David got back into Jerusalem Ahithophel’s life would not be worth much because he would be a marked man by David’s men.
Psalms 141 – A Prayer For My Life. When I read these Psalms of David, I understand his heart. Although he was a broken man in the later years of his life and his monarchy on the ragged edge, yet he loves the same Lord G_d as we do. This Psalm seeks help to control himself in the face of an arrogant world. Take control of what I say, O LORD,
and guard my lips. Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong (3-4). The tongue is the most destructive part of our entire body because, it breaks down friendships, destroys healthy families, and hurts those you love the most. Despite this, we have the choice of how we will use our tongue. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself (James 3:6). I look to you for help, O Sovereign LORD. You are my refuge; don’t let them kill me. Keep me from the traps (Proverbs 2:6-8)they have set for me, from the snares of those who do wrong. Let the wicked fall into their nets, but let me escape (8-10).
Song of Solomon 6 – A Love Sonnet. Bear in mind, this “lovely woman” may have had flaws in her character but to the young man Solomon, she was the object of his desire (4:1). Even among sixty queens and eighty concubines and countless young women,
I would still choose my dove, my perfect one— the favorite of her mother, dearly loved by the one who bore her (8-9).
John 14 – Words of Comfort Before the Battle. The battle Jesus had warned the disciples about would soon come to fruition. For 3.5 years, Jesus kept the small group of students safe from harm but now he was leaving (John 17: 9-11). Jesus had provided all that the students would need to endure the coming trials and if they needed anything else, all they had to do was ask. Jesus could have told the disciples every bit of the plan but, that would be cheating. In the same way, when we are heading into a time of testing, we are not given the answers and the play by play because we would anticipate it and win but not by faith. This was the same way Job was tested. When we cheat on a test, we are lulled into a false comfort that will be snatched from us when our “faith is tested”. Jesus had very little time for anecdotes and clichés because the Devil has been roused from his place to conquer the world of the time.