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Day 124 – King David Rules


Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we learn that David was anointed king by Samuel at a young age. After years of fighting in Saul’s army, he is now thirty and the king of a united Israel. Once he becomes king, he makes Jerusalem its capital, choosing it as his stronghold. The Philistines are not happy about this once they learn David is the king and they want to fight him. David seeks the counsel of the Lord. After the first battle, David again seeks the counsel of the Lord and he is told to attack the Philistines at the rear. This is a great reminder that we should pray for God’s guidance regardless if we are in a battle or not.

David ignores the law in Deuteronomy that says that a king should not have multiple wives. He instead takes on many wives and concubines. As a result, the majority of David’s problems will come not from external enemies but from his own family.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

2 Samuel 5

1 All the tribes of Israel then came to David at Hebron and said, ‘Look, we are your own flesh and bone.

2 In days past when Saul was our king, it was you who led Israel on its campaigns, and to you it was that Yahweh promised, “You are to shepherd my people Israel and be leader of Israel.” ‘

3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a pact with them in Yahweh’s presence at Hebron, and they anointed David as king of Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned for forty years.

5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah for seven years and six months; then he reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

6 The king and his men then marched on Jerusalem, on the Jebusites living in the territory. These said to David, ‘You will not get in here. The blind and the lame will hold you off.’ (That is to say: David will never get in here.)

7 But David captured the citadel of Zion, that is, the City of David.

8 That day, David said, ‘Whoever gets up the tunnel and kills a Jebusite . . .’ As for the blind and the lame, David hated them with his whole being. (Hence the saying: the blind and the lame may not enter the Temple.)

9 David went to live in the citadel and called it the City of David. David then built a wall round it, from the Millo inwards.

10 David grew stronger and stronger, and Yahweh, God of Sabaoth, was with him.

11 Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, with cedar wood, carpenters and stone-cutters, who built David a palace.

12 David then knew that Yahweh had confirmed him as king of Israel and, for the sake of his people Israel, had extended his sovereignty.

13 After coming from Hebron, David took other concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and sons and daughters were born to him.

14 These are the names of those born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,

15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,

16 Elishama, Eliada, Eliphelet.

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed as king of Israel, they all went up to seek him out. On hearing this, David went down to the stronghold.

18 When the Philistines arrived, they deployed in the Valley of the Rephaim.

19 David consulted Yahweh and asked, ‘Shall I attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my power?’ Yahweh replied to David, ‘Attack! I shall certainly deliver the Philistines into your power.’

20 Accordingly, David went to Baal-Perazim and there David defeated them. He said, ‘Yahweh has made a breach in my enemies for me, as though they had been breached by a flood.’ This is why the place was given the name Baal-Perazim.

21 They had left their gods behind them there, and David and his men carried them off.

22 Again the Philistines invaded and deployed in the Valley of the Rephaim.

23 David consulted Yahweh, who replied, ‘Do not attack them from the front; go round to their rear and engage them opposite the balsam trees.

24 When you hear the sound of footsteps in the tops of the balsam trees, advance, for that will be Yahweh going out ahead of you to defeat the Philistine army.’

25 David did as Yahweh had ordered and beat the Philistines from Gibeon to the Pass of Gezer.

1 Chronicles 7

1 For the sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub, Shimron: four.

2 Sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, Shemuel, heads of their families of Tola. In the time of David, these numbered twenty-two thousand six hundred stout fighting men, grouped according to their kinship.

3 Sons of Uzzi: Izrahiah. Sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah, Joel, Isshiah. In all five chiefs,

4 responsible for fighting companies amounting to thirty-six thousand troops, according to relationship and family, for they had many women and children.

5 They had kinsmen belonging to all the clans of Issachar, eighty-seven thousand stout fighting men, all belonging to one related group.

6 Sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Jediael: three.

7 Sons of Bela: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth and Iri: five, chiefs of families and warriors. Their official genealogy included twenty-two thousand and thirty-four members.

8 Sons of Becher: Zemirah, Joash, Eliezar, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, Alemeth, all these were the sons of Becher.

9 The official genealogy of the descendants of the chiefs of their families included twenty thousand two hundred warriors.

10 Sons of Jediael: Bilhan. Sons of Bilhan: Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, Ahishahar.

11 All these sons of Jediael, became heads of families, stout fighting men, numbering seventeen thousand two hundred men fit for active service.

12 Shuppim and Huppim. Son of Ir: Hushim; his son: Aher.

13 Sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, Shallum. These were the sons of Bilhah.

14 Sons of Manasseh: Asriel, born of his Aramaean concubine. She gave birth to Machir, father of Gilead.

15 Machir took a wife for Huppim and Shuppim. His sister’s name was Maacah. The name of the second son was Zelophehad. Zelophehad had daughters.

16 Maacah the wife of Machir gave birth to a son whom she called Peresh. His brother was called Sheresh and his sons Ulam and Rakem.

17 Sons of Ulam: Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead son of Machir, son of Manasseh.

18 His sister Hammoleketh gave birth to Ishod, Abiezer and Mahlah.

19 Shemida had sons: Ahian, Shechem, Likhi and Aniam.

20 Sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah, Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son,

21 Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son and Ezer and Elead whom the men of Gath, natives of the country, killed when they came down to raid their cattle.

22 Their father Ephraim mourned for a long time and his brothers came to comfort him.

23 He had intercourse with his wife, who conceived and gave birth to a son whom he called Beriah because his house was in misfortune.

24 He had a daughter, Sheerah, who built Upper and Lower Beth-Horon and Uzzen-Sheerah.

25 Rephah was his son, Shuthelah his son, Tahan his son,

26 Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son,

27 Nun his son, Joshua his son.

28 They had lands and settlements in Bethel and its dependencies from Naaran on the east to Gezer and its dependencies on the west, as well as Shechem and its dependencies as far as Ayyah and its dependencies.

29 Beth-Shean with its dependencies, Taanach and its dependencies, Megiddo and its dependencies and Dor with its dependencies were in the hands of the sons of Manasseh. There lived the sons of Joseph son of Israel.

30 Sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah; their sister Serah.

31 Sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel. He fathered Birzaith.

32 Heber fathered Japhlet, Shomer, Hotham and their sister Shua.

33 Sons of Japhlet: Pasach, Bimhal and Ashvath. These were the sons of Japhlet.

34 Sons of Shomer his brother: Rohgah, Hubbah and Aram.

35 Sons of Helem his brother: Zophah, Imna, Shelesh and Amal.

36 Sons of Zophah: Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri and Imrah.

37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran and Beerah.

38 Sons of Ithran: Jephunneh, Pispa, Ara.

39 Sons of Ulla: Arah, Hanniel, Rizia.

40 All these were the sons of Asher, heads of families, picked men, warriors and senior princes. They were registered in fighting companies to the number of twenty-six thousand men.

1 Chronicles 8

1 Benjamin was father of Bela, his first-born, Ashbel second, Ahiram third,

2 Nohah fourth, Rapha fifth.

3 Bela had sons: Addar, Gera father of Ehud,

4 Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah,

5 Gera, Shephuphan and Huram.

6 These are the sons of Ehud. They were heads of families of the inhabitants of Geba and led them into exile at Manahath:

7 Naaman, Ahijah and Gera. It was he who led them into exile; he became the father of Uzza and Ahihud.

8 Shaharaim had children in the Plains of Moab after he had dismissed his wives, Hushim and Baara.

9 By his new wife he had sons: Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam,

10 Jeuz, Sachia, Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of families.

11 By Hushim he had sons: Abitub and Elpaal.

12 The sons of Elpaal were Eber, Misham and Shemed, who built Ono and Lud and its dependencies.

13 Beriah and Shema were the chiefs of the families who lived at Aijalon; they routed the inhabitants of Gath.

14 His brother was Shashak. Jeremoth,

15 Zebadiah, Arad, Eder,

16 Michael, Ishpah, Joha were the sons of Beriah.

17 Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Haber,

18 Ishmerai, Izliah, Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.

19 Jakim, Zichri, Zabdi,

20 Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel,

21 Adaiah, Beraiah, Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.

22 Ishpan, Eber, Eliel,

23 Abdon, Zichri, Hanan,

24 Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah,

25 Iphdeiah, Penuel were the sons of Shashak.

26 Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah,

27 Jaareshaiah, Elijah, Zichri were the sons of Jeroham.

28 These were chiefs of families according to their relationship. They lived in Jerusalem.

29 At Gibeon lived Jeiel the father of Gibeon, whose wife was called Maacah.

30 His first-born son was Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab,

31 Gedor, Ahio, Zecher

32 and Mikloth. Mikloth fathered Shimeah. But they, unlike their brothers, lived at Jerusalem with their brothers.

33 Ner fathered Kish, Kish fathered Saul, Saul fathered Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab and Eshbaal.

34 Son of Jonathan: Meribbaal. Meribbaal fathered Micah.

35 Sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tarea, Ahaz.

36 Ahaz fathered Jehoaddah, Jehoaddah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri. Zimri fathered Moza,

37 Moza fathered Binea, Raphah his son, Eleasah his son and Azel his son.

38 Azel had six sons, whose names were these: Azrikam, his first-born, then Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, Hanan. All these were sons of Azel.

39 Sons of Eshek his brother: Ulam, his first-born, Jeush second, Eliphelet third.

40 The sons of Ulam were warriors-archers. They had as many as a hundred and fifty sons and grandsons. All these belonged to the sons of Benjamin.

Psalm 27

1 [Of David] Yahweh is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear? Yahweh is the fortress of my life, whom should I dread?

2 When the wicked advance against me to eat me up, they, my opponents, my enemies, are the ones who stumble and fall.

3 Though an army pitch camp against me, my heart will not fear, though war break out against me, my trust will never be shaken.

4 One thing I ask of Yahweh, one thing I seek: to dwell in Yahweh’s house all the days of my life, to enjoy the sweetness of Yahweh, to seek out his temple.

5 For he hides me away under his roof on the day of evil, he folds me in the recesses of his tent, sets me high on a rock.

6 Now my head is held high above the enemies who surround me; in his tent I will offer sacrifices of acclaim. I will sing, I will make music for Yahweh.

7 Yahweh, hear my voice as I cry, pity me, answer me!

8 Of you my heart has said, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Yahweh, I seek;

9 do not turn away from me. Do not thrust aside your servant in anger, without you I am helpless. Never leave me, never forsake me, God, my Saviour.

10 Though my father and mother forsake me, Yahweh will gather me up.

11 Yahweh, teach me your way, lead me on the path of integrity because of my enemies;

12 do not abandon me to the will of my foes — false witnesses have risen against me, and are breathing out violence.

13 This I believe: I shall see the goodness of Yahweh, in the land of the living.

14 Put your hope in Yahweh, be strong, let your heart be bold, put your hope in Yahweh.


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