Bible Readings for 3/12/2022

Joshua 2

Psalms 58

Proverbs 20:16-30

Acts 24

1 Samuel 30:16-31

Mike’s Notes

Joshua 2 – Rahab Hides the Spies. Joshua sent two men into Jericho to spy out the land. Oddly enough, the men went into the home of a prostitute named Rahab (1). When the king got word about the spies, he went to demand that she hand them over (2-3). Rahab hid the two young men on the roof amid the stacks of hay but lied to the king to get him to chase after them (4-7). The reward she wanted for hiding the young men was for the Jews to protect her and her family. She knew there was no hope for Jericho not if the stories about their conquests were true (8-14). Once the men were let down through the window they were given instructions for evading capture (15-16). In return, the two young men told Rahab to have her, her parents, and her siblings in the house and to put down the rope that the young men had used to escape placed in the window (17-21). Once back in the Israelite camp the men told Joshua all that had happened and how the Lord will bring about a great victory (22-24). Personal Notes: Rahab was in the oldest profession known to mankind and to upright, she was vile. Yet, the Lord used her to open the door for the young men to escape. In the NT, Jesus tells the religious leaders why the unrighteous would get into the Kingdom of G-d ahead of them (Matthew 21:31).

Psalms 58 – G-d Who Judges the Earth. This Miktam speaks to how G-d judges the earth. When we look at the situations presented in other people’s lives, it is easy to think “I’d never do ____” as to think “I’m better than ____ is (1-2). Yet, given the same environment and situations, we might do the same thing so how are we better than anybody else (John Bradford). Our actions indeed lead to consequences for which we are judged and that “judgment” is the outcropping from the seeds we sowed (3-5). When we are wicked, the plans that we make will end in futility and the people who warned them will be proven right (6-9). Living to please the Lord G-d which is affirmed by our decisions and actions is not popular in present-day society but who can argue with results (10-11)? Personal Notes: doubtless, the world believes that we should “get everything coming to us” yet consider how vague that statement is. The Devil would have us believe that we deserve ___ and so we pursue it to our demise. Consider Solomon who exercised his Kingly prerogative when it came to his love of foreign-born women in the end his son would receive less than a ¼ of the kingdom because the Lord took it away from him.

Proverbs 20:16-30 – Proverbs for Life. In life, we make decisions and it is by the outcome that “our decision is judged (Mike Krier). So when lending money and/or possessions, we must under the implication of the loan being defaulted and must prepare for that possibility (16). In the same way, we can act any way we want because we are in a free society, or at least most of us are. Where we run into problems is the outcome or, “the consequences” which is something no one likes (17-19). In Jewish society, as it is for many societies, family is everything. So, when cursing your parents, you will be judged for it because of the clear doctrine of the 10  commandments. While being judged by the law is a “big deal” the hardest part is that we face the same issue at a future time when our children give us what we gave to our parents (20-21).  How we treat other people, including those who disagree with us, will determine our future (22-23). Because the Lord G-d can see the past, present, and future, He knows the outcome of our choices before we make them (24-27). It is by remaining faithful no matter the situation that we can face life and the struggles (28-30). Personal Notes: there is a profound difference between “winning the battle” and “winning the war”. In life, we make bad decisions and we will lose battles but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost the war and should just give up (Mike Krier).

Acts 24 – Paul Before Felix at Caesarea. Governor Felix called the Jewish leaders in to present their case before the court. Tertullus, a Roman Lawyer, would be speaking for the Jewish Leaders (1, ). Tertullus began his oration by buttering up Felix with flattery (2-4). The charges against Paul appeared to be serious and merited his execution. The problem was, there was no evidence presented other than the word of the leaders (5-9). When given a chance to speak, Paul presented his case without flattery or embellishment (10-21). Felix knew Paul was innocent of the charges presented but he was also greedy and so he thought with enough time in prison, Paul would give a bribe (22-26). Felix would be recalled to Rome because of his behavior and succeeded by Porcius Festus. Paul would remain in prison until his death (27, ). Personal Notes: It is important to note that, the case against Paul was superfluous. The reason Paul lost the case was that the Jewish leaders were respected leaders in the society, what they said, “was the law” and no one would buck them until Paul came along.

1 Samuel 30:16-31 – David Defeats the Amalekites. The Amalekites had been so drunk that they did not see David and his men approaching (16). Once the Amalekites were defeated, David and his men drove the flocks and family members back to the brook where the 200 men waited with the baggage (17-20). The evil men among the 400 would have gladly withheld the share of the spoils from the 200 who did not go into battle (21-22). David had a heart for the Lord G-d and knew what would please Him and what would not. So, he made it a law among the 600 that everyone shared in the plunder whether or not they went into battle (23-25). David took obedience one step further by sending a portion of the plunder to the leaders in all of the places he and his men had dwelled (26-30). Personal Notes: The rules and laws we institute in our lives when we have not come into our calling will set the tone when we do come into our calling (Mike Krier). It was for this reason that the book of the law was instituted before crossing into the new land. Those who chose to ignore the law on one side of the Jordan would also ignore the law on the opposite side. David was barely over 18 years old when Samuel prophesied that he, David, would be the next king of Israel. Knowing this, David could have been arrogant about it instead he chose to honor the Lord and because of it, his Kingdom would be an enduring kingdom.


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