Reading #1 – Joshua 24
Reading #2 – Psalms 149
Reading #3 – Proverbs 6
Reading #4 – Acts 2
Reading #5 – 1 Kings 1
I apologize for not posting this past week.
Joshua 24 – Joshua’s Farewell Message. Joshua presented the people of Israel two pathways for which they would travel. Joshua’s message was the same one that would be used by Stephen minutes before he was stoned to death for daring to confront the religious leaders’ commitment to follow the Lord G_d of Moses (Acts 7). After hearing Joshua’s message and challenge, the nation in one voice declared their commitment to serve the Lord G_d (16). The problem was, the children of that generation would have to make their own choice which would be muddied by the waters of the foreign nations that surrounded them. Joshua recorded these things in the Book of God’s Instructions. As a reminder of their agreement, he took a huge stone and rolled it beneath the terebinth tree beside the Tabernacle of the LORD. Joshua said to all the people, “This stone has heard everything the LORD said to us. It will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God (26-27).”
1 King 1 – Solomon King of Israel and Judah. Now David was very old and fragile. His two sons Solomon and Adonijah were competitors for the throne. Solomon was older than Adonijah so by proxy was the next logical successor to the throne. Adonijah, however, saw himself being the next king so, he drew alliances with David’s cadre of advisors to get their approval. We are not told why these men followed Adonijah or what their thought process was but, you could surmise that they were seeking places of prominence in the new kingdom where there would be no room for them in Solomon’s cabinet. and he said, ‘Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who today has chosen a successor to sit on my throne while I am still alive to see it.’” Then all of Adonijah’s guests jumped up in panic from the banquet table and quickly scattered (48-49). The party guests knew that insurrection was treated the same as treason and that was “death”. Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, so he rushed to the sacred tent and grabbed on to the horns of the altar. Word soon reached Solomon that Adonijah had seized the horns of the altar in fear and that he was pleading, “Let King Solomon swear today that he will not kill me!” Solomon replied, “If he proves himself to be loyal, not a hair on his head will be touched. But if he makes trouble, he will die (50-52).” The stage is now set for a new time in the kingdom one that would be heralded in about the same way as of Jesus (Two Kingdoms In comparison future writing).
Psalms 149 – Sing a New Song. When we come to the Lord and surrender our lives to him, we change the song of our life from “I am defeated” to “I am An Overcomer by the Blood of the Lamb”. When we change our song, the ideologies that caused us pains and sorrows no longer binds us. The king of this world, Satan, no longer has the power to hold us so, he is shackled by the Word of the Lord and the power of our testimony (Revelations 12:11). The message of our freedom starts fires in people’s lives challenging them with the same message that Joshua preached (Joshua 24). Let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a sharp sword in their hands— to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with shackles and their leaders with iron chains, to execute the judgment written against them. This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones (6-9).
Proverbs 6 – Pathways in Conflict. The child is being presented with choices. One one hand is the “ant who works without a taskmaster to direct it” and on the other is the sluggard who needs to be prompted at every turn. You will notice that there is no “middle-ground” for which the individual can be free from the taskmaster and yet be lazy. When it comes to promiscuity, there is also no “middle-ground”. Tales of “Sexual Prowess” are mere legend which never tells about the eventual outcome. The “good father” will never sugar-coat the pains of sin nor skip the pain points of his life and the trouble sin caused him.
Acts 2 – Enter the Holy Spirit of G_d. The stage had been set at the Cross of Calvary. Jesus, like David, in human form would not last forever. The Holy Spirit of G_d would live in the hearts of all mankind from the 1st day Jesus ascended to his throne in Heaven until the present day. In every generation and every tongue, the Holy Spirit room has been made for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The religious leaders’ problems did not end at the cross instead, it was just the “spark” that started a forest fire. all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved (47).