Bible Readings for 3/27/2022

Joshua 9:1-15

Psalms 68:1-18

Proverbs 25:15-28

Isaiah 5:1-17

2 Samuel 4

Mike’s Notes

Joshua 9:1-15 – The Gibeonite Deception. The ruse created by the Gibeonites was a clever deception because of the props they brought with them. The tribe of Gibeah had good reasons for being afraid after all, if the powerful nations like Egypt and AI were defeated by Israel how much more would they do to Gibeah?  The vow made by Joshua and the leaders of Israel implicated the nation and it would pay for it far into the future. The breaking point in the agreement was that the leaders did not inquire the Lord about it. Instead, they did a little bit of research and called it “good”. If anybody in the tribe should have known better it was Joshua who had spent time in the Temple listening to the Lord and had coupled with the Commander of the Lord’s army. In the same way, we as humans accept things into our life that are not good but our eyes are calling the shots sort of like overloading the plate because our eyes are bigger than our stomach.

Psalms 68:1-18 – G-d Shall Scatter His Enemies. One of our many struggles as humans is that we tend to believe our eyes more than we believe the Lord we cannot see. Consider Elisha’s servant who after seeing the enemy up close became fearful. It is written that Elisha had been telling the King of Israel what the enemy was up to and so the king was able to counter each move successfully. So when the enemy showed up in the valley and had surrounded Elisha, hear his words: “”Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. Then Elisha prayed and said, “LORD, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-17). In the same way, when we are surrounded by the things and people we fear, we can turn our eyes and heart to the Lord and He will accomplish His purpose in our life. There is nothing the Lord will not do when we trust Him and never break faith in him even when we have been banished to the far reaches of the world far from our places of comfort. While scripture may sound like events happen right away, and because G-d’s salvation doesn’t happen in short order, we tend to lose faith sort of like how the Jews felt when exiled to Babylon.

Proverbs 25:15-28 – Proverbs for Life. We are given control over the affairs of our life. While it is easier to allow other people to influence our decisions, it doesn’t absolve us from being held accountable for the things we do. In the same way, we can allow problems to fester in our life or we can deal with them. Life presents us with challenges either because of a disability that we were born with or areas of conflict such as addictions. Sadly the world we live in coupled with the “challenges” that are at the root of our character to become insensitive, angry, and/or cold-natured. The thing is, we can either allow them to define us or we can redefine our life given the cross of Jesus Christ. When we cave into the pressure to sin or go against our better judgment, we become complicit in the crime even when we were not actively engaged in it. You will notice that in every instance where you were pressured into committing an action, those who pressured you will be the first ones to abandon you.

Isaiah 5:1-17 – The Vineyard of the Lord Destroyed. As I had mentioned in the previous days, the nation was in decline spiritually. Physically, they were still Jews and were named after the men of old. Visitors to the kingdom would recognize the throneroom built by Solomon and the Temple. Yet, there was no joy amid the people because sin had stripped it away leaving the soul of the nation open for infection. It was not G-d’s plan for all of this to happen but the choices of those in power set the ball in motion. Solomon was the lynchpin in this because of the foreign-born wives he married and sired children who would learn the ways of their people through their mother. Rehoboam would follow in his father’s footsteps and repeat Solomon’s mistakes. Remember this, the Lord will not put up with sin not because He thinks “my people are too holy” but that sin is like a seed that lays dormant until it is time to act. Being sent into exile would serve two purposes: it would humiliate the people and it would pave the way for the exiled to return to the promised land if they remained faithful where they were. You see the people would be changed but the land would remain the same.

2 Samuel 4 – Ish-Bosheth Murdered. Ish-Bosheth was the last remaining adult son of Saul. When he was slain by members of his extended family, the default king would be David – Yah! David could have accepted the actions of the two murderers as the Lord’s way of accomplishing prophecy but I believe there is an underlying trap to taint his kingdom. You see, if he had said nothing and accepted the calls for him to be the King, he would eventually be blamed for Ish-Bosheth’s murder. So, David had the young men kill the murderers and cut off their hands and feet as a sacrifice for the blood they shed needlessly. Jonathan’s nephew, Mephibosheth would pay the ultimate price for the sins of the two men. When we are promised something by the Lord, whether it be a spouse or a calling, He will come through but it will not happen without the Devil’s attention. Because he knows the joy that will flood our hearts when the Lord comes through, the Devil will use every tool in his arsenal to get us to “force prophecy to happen”. Consider everything David went through from the day of the prophecy to the day he ascended the throne.

 

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