Bible Readings for 4/5/2022

Joshua 13:1-7

Psalms 72:1-14

Proverbs 28:18-28

Isaiah 9:8-21

2 Samuel 7:18-29

Mike’s Notes

Joshua 13:1-7 – Land Still to Be Conquered. In his old age, Joshua and the army had conquered land from Jericho to north and south of Canaan and yet there was still land he had not conquered. During the wars, the people most likely did not consider “who got what tracts of land” because their focus was on the mission in front of them. The land that lay ahead of them would be given to the 9.5 tribes after the land was conquered. The Lord drove out nations but it would be up to the tribes to use the land correctly. As we’ll find out, the Philistines would come back to take back their land and would strive to take more. You see, in a contest, there will be winners and losers. What we do with what we are given is the real struggle. The world seeks “the difference” and it is the reasoning behind one person or winning a contest. In Canaan of that time, some warlords defeated weaker kingdoms. Israel was to be the “difference” not more of the same.

Psalms 72:1-14 – Give the King Your Justice. This Psalm was penned by David for Solomon’s coronation. David had high hopes for Solomon aka Jedidiah. Solomon had a big set of shoes to fill because his father had accomplished so much and had ruled the nation at a time when it was caught between two opinions. The thing is, the people had no idea what kind of King Solomon would be. After taking the helm, the wars the nation had endured ceased and there was a time of unparalleled peace. Verses 4-11 are predicated upon the phrase “May he …”. So Solomon had choices to make but how would he know the right path to take? The answers are found in the book of the law which he was required by the same law to write a copy for himself in the presence of the Levitical Priests (Deuteronomy 17:18-20).

Proverbs 28:18-28 – Proverbs for Life. Everything in life is first started by an event. The person who didn’t work didn’t eat. The person who worked his/her land and was faithful in their work received a bountiful harvest. The famous scripture verse “The Lord shall provide for all of your needs according to His riches and mercy by Jesus Christ” (Philippians 4:19) does not in any way imply that G-d looks down and says “___ needs ___” and then sends one. If that were the case, all we would have to do is put our hand out grab what is given, use it up, and go back for more. In doing so, the people would become dependent on G-d in a negative way because it wouldn’t require us to be faithful or obedient. G-d wants us to trust not become dependent on Him. When people are dependent on anything or anyone, he/she can be controlled which is the world governments’ “Modes Operandi”. G-d has no desire to control anyone, He wants us to trust Him and be faithful to what is asked of us.

Isaiah 9:8-21 – Judgment on Arrogance and Oppression. Both Samaria and Judea were disobedient and unfaithful. This brings up my point about G-d’s blessings and promises. The two kingdoms had been sold a bad bag of goods and the whole nation was paying for it. For a nation to endure, the people must be obedient to what is asked of them by the Lord (Micah 6:6-8). The nation’s moniker “the chosen people” was superseded by “The forgotten”. The reason for the change was that the nation was disobedient unceasingly. You see, the Lord doesn’t give things without us having to put the labor into the project. Now some are not phased by destruction because they believe their money can buy anything they want. When we buy our way out of one situation one greater will come along to alter the funds in our account. Consider the “COVID money”. At the beginning of COVID, the government gave out millions to help the unemployed survive. Then, one greater issue arose and more money was given out. Now many are dependent on the government. So, when the money runs out that money the nation will be bankrupt. In the same way, Samaria/Judea would become bankrupt and the people would do the unthinkable for their food. The things and people the nation allowed in their land would become a trap and the nations they ruled over would rule over them (18-21).

2 Samuel 7:18-29 – David’s Prayer of Gratitude. David was given a special promise that “his kingdom would endure forever”. All of G-d’s blessings are “yes and amen” but there are two outcomes, one for obedience and the other for disobedience. An analogy to this would be: A rich man once spoke to a group of 10 young people. He promised them that they would be millionaires by the end of 3 years providing they follow his instructions. The young people accepted the promise from the rich man and the process began right away. The young people dreamed of what it would be like to enjoy the “fat of the land”. The first instruction was that the people were to stop spending. This surprised the people and one person dropped out. The 2nd instruction was that the people were to learn how to budget for their needs and forget their wants for right now. The 3rd instruction was that the people were to spend less than ½ of their income and put the rest out for investments. There were grunts and groans from the people and by now all but 2 people remained. The 4th instruction was that the people reinvest all profits from investments. Only one person remained out of a group of 10. Promises are only as good as the willingness to be obedient and faithful. In Matthew we read, “Many are called few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). The few are chosen because the many don’t want to be obedient and faithful. David’s kingdom would endure for many years until their exile in 586.

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