2 Samuel 2:1:1-11
Joshua 6:15-27 – The Seventh Day. The march around Jericho on the seventh day would be different from the previous 6. At the end of the march, the people were directed to “Shout for the Lord has given you the city”. The collapse of the walls meant that the city had lost its “impenetrable walls” (15-17, 20-21). Every living soul except Rahab and her family were to be put to the sword (22-23). The devoted things: precious metals were to be put in the Tabernacle of the Lord and left there. Profiteering would tarnish the name of the Lord G-d and for that reason, the people were to take nothing for themselves (17-19, 25). Once the city had been plundered, it was burned to the ground (24). Joshua uttered a curse over Jericho that would have ramifications for future generations (26-27). Personal Notes: Notice that the instructions given to the people were done before stepping foot on the land belonging to Natufians. The reason for this is, giving instructions in the heat of battle creates confusion and, like Jonathan, misses an instruction. The implication of Joshua’s curse was that if the Israelite tribe who was given the land had tried to rebuild the walls to their former glory and strength or be like the Natufians, they would pay a huge price for their actions (Natufian_curse). As we’ll find out later in scripture, Ahab would attempt to rebuild the walls (1 Kings 16). Remember, prophecy means ___ will occur as a result of ____ but how it occurs is a matter of interpretation. In Ahab’s case, his firstborn was not buried in the place of the cornerstone, but it cost him his firstborn in his zeal for serving Baal.
Psalms 64 – Hide Me From the Wicked. No person on planet earth can say, “I am afraid of nothing” and that’s ok. David was struggling with something or someone but he did not harbor that fear (1). The worldly way to power is by playing to the fear in people’s hearts (2-4). Those who wield the ax called “power” do so without considering the ramifications of their actions (5-6). There is, however, an ax that is bigger and more potent than the worldly ax and that is the power of the Sovereign G-d of the Universe (7-9). When we walk in obedience to the Lord as a general course and direction, we will have nothing to fear. We may not be liked for the moral compass that we hold but the world cannot argue with the results we receive (10). Personal Notes: From this Psalm, we get an insight into David’s heart. History has a way of making people seem “bigger than life” and David is no exception. Being caught in a conundrum doesn’t mean, “we are being disobedient” but that we are at a crossroads. The World says, “if you do _____ you will be punished”. The Word of G-d says, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart … (Proverbs 3:4-5)”. In these times we need to follow David’s example and “tune out the threats and see through the eyes of the Lord” which requires faith that if not built up before the conundrum will fail us in the end.
Proverbs 23:19-27 – Words of the Wise. Disciplining anyone needs to go beyond words because, without action, the words lose their meaning. When we speak words without considering what we’re saying and to whom we are speaking we get ourselves into trouble (19-20). As a parent, I understand all too well what happens when I pamper my kids or our dog, what happens is that is what the child or dog gets used to so when we threaten punishment, that’s all it is. The opposite side of that tangent is when the parent or parents is/are quick to get angry and create strife in the home (21-22). The problem is, what we do in life will either bring credit or trouble to our doorstep (23-24, Mike Krier). Fear of what mankind can do to us creates a vacuum when it comes to law and order. The only person we have control over and speak for is ourselves so we must with good conscience consider what we do despite the consequences (25-27). Personal Notes: I love the words to the wise because they are not religious in any way shape or form. These words are still applicable now over 3000 years since their inception.
Isaiah 1:21-31 – The Unfaithful City. The unfaithful city was Jerusalem the city David founded and was the capital of his kingdom. David was blessed to see his son Solomon ascend the throne but he would be the only one and this was because David was faithful to the Lord. The problem was, by the time Uzziah ascended the throne, the kingdom was divided with Judah maintaining a few tribes and the rest going to Israel. Add to this problem the Temple had been robbed by the kings to pay debts and worship to the Lord G-d had diminished (21-23). Because the Lord builds up a ministry or Kingdom when it is upright, it can also be said that he will break down the kingdom or ministry when it is in revolt (24-26). For the kingdom to be re-established, sin needs to be dealt with and that is through justice. When you look back in the books of the law, you will notice that each act of sin led to someone or some people being put to death. So it makes sense to me that the nation would be redeemed by justice and for those who repent by righteousness because it is an outcome of obedience (27-28). The rewards for obedience will make those who chose disobedience jealous (29-31). Personal Notes: Obedience to the Lord breeds life just as disobedience breeds death. In the NT the Gentiles would receive the gifts of the Lord that belonged to the Jews. This may not seem popular to many people but let me use an illustration: If you ask a child to do something and promise a monetary reward, and the child agrees to the task but does not do it, doesn’t it make sense that if another sibling does the work he/she gets the reward from the first child? It’s the same principle. In many of our churches, people are leaving in droves to go to a church that is alive. The church that was alive will flounder until hopefully someday that church gets its moral bearing straightened out.
2 Samuel 2:1-11 – David Anointed King over Judah. David was crowned the king of Judah and by the leading of the Lord established his kingdom in Hebron (1-4). Hebron is located about 19 miles south of Jerusalem on the west bank of the mountains surrounding Jerusalem which is about 13 miles from David’s hometown Bethlehem (Hebron). Interestingly, The men of Jabesh-Gilead, Saul’s relatives buried Saul and Jonathan. Understand this, David could have forgotten all about the men of Jabesh-Gilead but by doing so, he continued to set the tone for his reign (5-7). Saul’s death created a void in the leadership of Israel and the last remaining son of Saul was Ish-Bosheth who was 40 some years old (8-9). This setup a confrontation between the tribes that were led by David and the ones led by Ish-Bosheth (10-11). Personal Notes: David was a patient man especially given the situations that he dealt with in the succeeding years from the time he was anointed by Samuel. The reason for his successful reign was his approach to honoring the Lord in all of his dealings before becoming the king. If there is any lesson that can be learned about David it was, prepare now for the ministry and let your actions be consistent in and out of the sight of people.