Bible Readings for 4/28/2022

Judges 1:1-15

Psalms 86

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29

Isaiah 23

2 Samuel 17:15-29

Mike’s Notes

Judges 1:1-15 – The Continuing Conquest of Canaan. The book of Judges picks up where Joshua ends. There was still land to conquer as there were tribes that had not yet entered their inherited land. Caleb is the last remaining individual from the time when Moses sent spies into the land. This man was faithful and fearless. Caleb is now an old man most likely in his late 80s to early 90s although not the young man he was, yet he did not lay down and quit. He gave his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man who attacked kierethsepher which was well protected so Caleb’s nephew Othniel accepted the challenge and attacked this stronghold and captured it. Understand this, whatever we are given by the Lord is incomplete because we must put our labors into the project to see it through.

Psalms 86 – Great Is Your Steadfast Love. We are held to a higher standard because of the name by which we are called. We are never alone no matter how much the Devil compels us to see through his eyes. When we fully understand the concept that “man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the Father’s mouth” (Matthew 4:4) our walk with the Lord will take on a new dimension. For the writer of this Psalm, possibly David, it was understood that his help was from the Lord not from the fears of the world. G-d’s steadfast love transcends all things because, it implies that no matter how deep a pit we find ourselves in, no matter how difficult the situation we are facing, and/or how much we feel that we are failing G-d He will not abandon us. Before the Prophet Isaiah entered his ministry to the Israelites, he was told “”You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that these people call a conspiracy, you are not to fear what they fear nor be in dread of it. “It is the LORD of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome. He shall be your fear, He shall be your dread [not man] (Isaiah 8:12-13).

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 – Redefining Our Purpose. Life in our world is really no different from Solomon’s time. In this snippet, we read about the ultra-right or the “Wise” and the ultra-left or the “fool”. Although the ultra-right and ultra-left are part of the same body “mankind”, they oppose each other in the same way the politicians do in our time. The wise person looks down his/her nose on the fool and condemns them not realizing that the pathway he/she is taking is one of condemnation and the individual has no peace. When it comes down to it, no one does not deal with sin at some point in his/her life unless you are Mike Krier :). Each is afforded or should be afforded the right to control their lives but the caveat is that we then need to also be held accountable for what we do. When we trip over temptation as David did, unpredictable things happen like Absalom trying to usurp the throne. David’s Kingdom was to be an enduring kingdom but sin modified the outcome to darken an otherwise stellar individual (27-29).

Isaiah 23 – An Oracle Concerning Tyre and Sidon. Tyre was a prominent seaport on the coast of Lebanon. During the Phoenician period (2000 BCE – 1 CE), the port city was used to send merchandise to the world of that time (Tyre). The port city was captured and destroyed by the Babylonian armies around 573 BCE after a prolonged conquest. 70 years later the city would be inhabited but not by its previous occupants. Sidon was the third-largest city in the known world at that time and was also a port city in what is now known as Lebanon. So these two cities played a prominent role in buying and selling merchandise. When the horde of Chaldeans came in, it upset the applecart of commerce. In time, this city too would be captured and controlled by someone else. The reference to the “song of the prostitute” implies that the cities would return to “opulence” and would flirt with the cities of the known world that traded with idols (Opulence). The problem would be that the cities would have the fashion of the old way but its purpose would be redefined.

2 Samuel 17:15-29 – Hushai’s Counsel. Ahithophel, as you might remember, had joined an alliance with Absalom out of vengeance. The counsel given to Absalom by Ahithophel would have worked had Hushai not confounded it. Hushai was working for David under the guise of allegiance to Absalom. Ahithophel was working for his benefit, not Absalom’s and he would have thrown in his lot to anyone who would have challenged David. Absalom was completely unaware of the play that was occurring all around him and these are things a good King would understand. The reason I feel that Ahithophel committed suicide was that when David came back he would be put on trial for treason. So word was sent to David by Hushai to provide direction and guidance. Once again Mahanaim comes into play. Remember Mahanaim means “place of two camps”. It was the place where Jacob stopped when he was returning to Canaan and fearing Esau’s reprisal. David was a beaten man at this juncture and his men were hungry and thirsty. Thank Heavens for people like Barsalai who provided food, drink, and a resting place for David and his men. By bringing provisions, I think, Barsalai was encouraging David and to let him know that he was not alone.

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