Bible Readings for 3/31/2022

Joshua 10:16-42

Psalms 69:16-36

Proverbs 27:1-18

Isaiah 7

2 Samuel 6:1-15

Mike’s Notes

Joshua 10:16-42 – 5 Amorite Kings Executed. The valley of Makkedah is located approximately 42 miles southwest of Jerusalem. The five kingdoms attacked Joshua and the Israelites with a much more powerful army. In the end, Joshua and the nation defeated the armies and the five kings ended up being sealed in a cave until after the battle was over. What we are seeing in this chapter is “momentum” which was on the side of the Israelites. The more battles they won the more their faith in Joshua and the Lord grew and matured. In future Bible Readings, I will talk about the opposite side of “Momentum” and that is, “stagnation”. The Israelites were a young and quite able nation whereas the 5 kingdoms and then the kingdoms in southern Canaan were well established and were known for being victorious so a loss was hard to swallow.

Psalms 69:16-36 – Save Me O G-d. Each of us, at one point in time or another, has prayed for vengeance on our enemies it’s called “Venting”. In our pain, sorrow, and anger we get blinded and are unable to see past those things but, the longer we stay in prayer the softer our heart becomes. The softer our heart becomes, the clearer our vision gets, and those things that blocked our vision are removed, and “we can see more of the forest and less of the solitary tree”. In our times of immense struggle, we want relief and we want it right away. When that “pain” is not lifted in the time we set for it to occur, we become discouraged and think “G-d doesn’t exist” like in the case of King Ahaz. The part of G-d’s salvation that is glossed over is “obedience”. Where we are in life whether on the throne of Judah or in the kitchen of Solomon slaving over the food is not a determining factor in how far we will go in the Kingdom of G-d nor will it determine our destiny. What determines our destiny is “obedience”.

Proverbs 27:1-18 – Proverbs for Life. Time is like currency. Each day we are given time to work, play, and affect change in our world. What we do with that currency is directed by our choices. If our choices are good, we positively affect change in our lives and that of those who surround us. Conversely, if our choices are bad we negatively affect our lives and those who surround us. Once we have chosen a pathway either good or bad, it will set the course for our future. The unknown variable is the choices of others, market conditions, and “Acts of G-d”. it is human nature for us to think, “if ___ continues this will happen” but then the variable changes, and the plans we made become a moot point. The point is, “trust in the Lord with all of your heart and don’t rely on what you see or the fear of others to lead you into unfulfilled dreams.

Isaiah 7:1-9 – Isaiah Sent to King Ahaz. The Syro-Ephraimic war that raged from 734-732 BC, brought all of Israel and the armies of Damascus against the southern kingdom. When you look at page 4 of the linked document, you will see why Ahaz was so afraid (Syro-Ephraimic War). Solomon was the lynchpin of this war but Ahaz had the opportunity to set the standard of “faith over adversity”. The choices Ahaz made at this crucial point would either establish the kingdom of Judah or lead to its demise. The Lord is not concerned about the size of an army much less Pekah and Rezin and that is because He sees things from a mountain top view whereas we see things from the mud pit. The problem is, Fear has a nasty confusing us. On one hand, we see the Lord’s promise, and on the other “real-world enemies”. When we listen to what Fear has to say, we make a bad choice worst by adding more bad choices until there is no possible way out. The allies in the war against Judah would fight for control of Samaria which fulfilled the prophecy of Pekah and Rezin (7-9, war for the throne).

2 Samuel 6:1-15 – The Ark Brought to Jerusalem. For over 20 years the Ark of the Covenant had been in the house of Abinadab and watched over by his son Eleazar (1 Samuel 7:1-2). David wanted to bring the Ark to Jerusalem where the Temple would be built. The Ark was carried on a new cart sort of like what the Philistines did when they returned the Ark of the Covenant. When you read the account of Uzzah, it would seem to be unfair and that G-d was just being a “Meanie”. David had forgotten one key instruction for moving the Ark and that is, “it was to be carried on poles that were affixed to the base of the Ark by the sons of Korah” (Carrying the Ark). David made a 2nd attempt and this time he read what the law had to say about the Ark and he obeyed them. The Ark of the Covenant was more than just a golden box with some dusty old scrolls in them, it was the very presence of the Lord on this earth. In the NT, Jesus was the very presence of G-d incarnate, and is why we read “the government was laid upon his shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6). In the same way, when we touch people’s lives, they are more than just a body to reach for the Lord they are holy things and are to be treated with respect.

 

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