2 Samuel 6:16-23
Joshua 11 – Conquests in Northern Canaan. Northern Canaan was about 1,732 square miles and encompassed seven disparate kingdoms. The complement of Israel’s army was more than 600,000 combatants and a populace of more than 2 million people. The size of the army and populace would not save the nation as much as being obedient and trusting the Lord. If analysts compared the two nations, power, numbers, and experience were on the side of the combined forces of the Northern Canaan Kingdoms. Understand this, size and power are not a consideration to the Lord. When our eyes are on the Lord nothing is impossible even in the most serious of situations. Joshua was not “Superman” and the armies of Israel suffered losses just like the other kingdoms. The problem with the conquest is that the cities of Gath, Gaza, and Ashdod were not defeated and from these cities would come the Philistines who would be problematic for Israel until the time of David. When we do not defeat the areas in our life they will come back to rattle our cages at the worst possible moment.
Psalms 70 – Oh Lord, Do Not Delay. Trusting in the Lord is easier said than done. In the good times, we are on the bandwagon. When life turns sour, we tend to think “the Lord who?”. The reason for the shift in beliefs is that many come to the Lord out of “fear” and when our “scratch spot” is no longer scratched we follow the crowd out the door. In September of 2001, after the towers were attacked, people flocked to the churches for prayer and counseling. For some people, the reason for being in church is that they did not want to remain on earth after the “Rapture”. When the rapture did not occur according to the false prophets, the church’s credibility was tarnished. The thing is, we are to be the difference in an indifferent world. The world and the church have their theories about this world and the events that are unfolding that doesn’t mean that they are right.
Proverbs 27:19-27 – Proverbs for Life. One of the hardest things to deal with is “fear”. The world sells “fear” because it is profitable. Consider how people were afraid of Y2K and how much money was made selling the answer to “Fear”. What we do not fully comprehend is that when we are being sold a bill of goods, the person selling has a motive. That “Motive” is to ensnare us in a lie for their financial well-being. When people are afraid, they can be controlled and will pay whatever they have to alleviate pain. Because the Devil is so clever and hates us so much, we need to keep a careful watch over our life, family, and home. Nothing lasts “forever” in this world whether it is good, bad, or indifferent. The only one that is “from all eternity” is the Lord G-d and for that reason is the one we need to trust.
Isaiah 8 – The Coming Assyrian Invasion. Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz means “quick to plunder” or “The spoil speeds” and the “prey hastens” (Definition). Isaiah prophesied about the invasion somewhere around 732 BC but the invasion did not happen until around 704 BC under Senacharib (Invasion). King Rezin and the son of Remaliah had planned an invasion of Judah which would not happen. The reason the people rejoiced over the coming invasion of Samaria and Damascus was that they were not happy with the present king (Commentary). The problem the people had was that they were unaware of what the cost would be nor the unknown variable “Assyria”. The people rejected the gently flowing river of Shiloah because the “healing flow” had become a myth and a story for the weak to believe. What the people did not understand but would find out the hard way is that promises are nothing but “hot air”. A parallel to this was the political unrest in China after WWII ended leading up to the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 (Communism in China). The people wanted something different but they were tripping over the Cornerstone of “Religion”. The reason the Lord told Isaiah not to listen to the political mess was that it confuses people and leads to fights. When your trust is in anything or anyone other than the Lord, you will get what you do not want by proxy of “unintended consequences”.
2 Samuel 6:16-23 – David and Michal. David had paid to marry Michal by bringing the requisite number of Philistine foreskins. When David ran away from Saul Michal was given to someone else. After Saul’s death, the kingdom was in conflict between the two disparate kingdoms. Abner, Saul’s Army General, was left holding the proverbial “bag” because Ish-Bosheth was a weak king and people were going over to David in droves. Abner wanted to bring the tribes of Israel over to David and David agreed to it providing Michal was brought to him. So Michal is brought to David and the rest they say is “History”. Michal was the one person who should have been left where she was and forgotten about. In ways, she is the ”contentious woman” of Proverbs and left alone. By removing his royal clothing and dancing before the Lord, David was being obedient. The problem for Michal was that she was basically “property” something that could be sold or maintained. Because of her insolence, she would count off her remaining days as a prisoner and would never give birth to a child.