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Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, David brings the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. The Ark contains the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s staff, and manna. The Ark is being brought on a cart that is drawn by oxen. When the oxen stumble, Uzzah reaches out to steady the Ark with his hand and the Lord slains him for the irreverence. The Ark can only be transported by the priests and they are not allowed to touch it (Numbers 4:15).

What happens when we choose to sin? We are saying to God, “I know what you want, but I want to do what I want.” This will lead us to spiritual death.

Reading Psalm 89 praises God for his faithfulness, goodness, and strength in defeating the enemy. The second half of this psalm speaks of loss, defeat, and disgrace. In the end, we praise the Lord in all things — the good and bad.

Mary, the Mother of God, has been called “the Ark of the Covenant.” Why is this?

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 6

1 David again mustered all the picked troops of Israel, thirty thousand men.

2 Setting off with the whole force then with him, David went to Baalah of Judah, from there to bring up the ark of God, who bears the title ‘Yahweh Sabaoth, enthroned on the winged creatures’.

3 They transported the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of Abinadab’s house which is on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the cart,

4 Uzzah walked alongside the ark of God and Ahio went in front.

5 David and the whole House of Israel danced before Yahweh with all their might, singing to the accompaniment of harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals.

6 When they came to Nacon’s threshing-floor, Uzzah reached his hand out to the ark of God and steadied it, as the oxen were making it tilt.

7 This roused Yahweh’s anger against Uzzah, and for this crime God struck him down on the spot, and there he died beside the ark of God.

8 David resented Yahweh’s having broken out against Uzzah, and the place was given the name Perez-Uzzah, which it still has today.

9 That day David felt afraid of Yahweh. ‘How can the ark of Yahweh come to be with me?’ he said.

10 So David decided not to take the ark of Yahweh with him into the city of David but diverted it to the house of Obed-Edom of Gath.

11 The ark of Yahweh remained in the house of Obed-Edom of Gath for three months, and Yahweh blessed Obed-Edom and his whole family.

12 King David was informed that Yahweh had blessed Obed-Edom’s family and everything belonging to him on account of the ark of God. David accordingly went and, amid great rejoicing, brought the ark of God up from Obed-Edom’s house to the City of David.

13 When the bearers of the ark of Yahweh had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fat sheep.

14 And David danced whirling round before Yahweh with all his might, wearing a linen loincloth.

15 Thus with war cries and blasts on the horn, David and the entire House of Israel brought up the ark of Yahweh.

16 Now as the ark of Yahweh entered the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul was watching from the window and when she saw King David leaping and whirling round before Yahweh, the sight of him filled her with contempt.

17 They brought the ark of Yahweh in and put it in position, inside the tent which David had erected for it; and David presented burnt offerings and communion sacrifices in Yahweh’s presence.

18 And when David had finished presenting burnt offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh Sabaoth.

19 To all the people, to the whole multitude of Israelites, men and women, he then distributed to each a loaf of bread, a portion of dates and a raisin cake. Then the people all went back to their homes.

20 As David was coming back to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him. ‘Much honour the king of Israel has won today,’ she said, ‘making an exhibition of himself under the eyes of his servant-maids, making an exhibition of himself like a buffoon!’

21 David replied to Michal, ‘I was dancing for Yahweh, not for them. As Yahweh lives, who chose me in preference to your father and his whole family to make me leader of Israel, Yahweh’s people, I shall dance before Yahweh and

22 lower myself even further than that. In your eyes I may be base, but by the maids you speak of, by them, I shall be held in honour!’

23 And to the day of her death, Michal, daughter of Saul, had no children.

2 Samuel 7

1 Once the king had settled into his palace and Yahweh had granted him rest from all the enemies surrounding him,

2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘Look, I am living in a cedar-wood palace, while the ark of God is under awnings.’

3 Nathan said to the king, ‘Go and do whatever you have in mind, for Yahweh is with you.’

4 But that very night, the word of Yahweh came to Nathan:

5 ‘Go and tell my servant David, “Yahweh says this: Are you to build me a temple for me to live in?

6 I have never lived in a house from the day when I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until today, but have kept travelling with a tent for shelter.

7 In all my travels with all the Israelites, did I say to any of the judges of Israel, whom I had commanded to shepherd my people Israel: Why do you not build me a cedar-wood temple?”

8 This is what you must say to my servant David, “Yahweh Sabaoth says this: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel;

9 I have been with you wherever you went; I have got rid of all your enemies for you. I am going to make your fame as great as the fame of the greatest on earth.

10 I am going to provide a place for my people Israel; I shall plant them there, and there they will live and never be disturbed again; nor will they be oppressed by the wicked any more, as they were in former times

11 ever since the time when I instituted judges to govern my people Israel; and I shall grant you rest from all your enemies. Yahwehfurthermore tells you that he will make you a dynasty.

12 And when your days are over and you fall asleep with your ancestors, I shall appoint your heir, your own son to succeed you (and I shall make his sovereignty secure.

13 He will build a temple for my name) and I shall make his royal throne secure for ever.

14 I shall be a father to him and he a son to me; if he does wrong, I shall punish him with a rod such as men use, with blows such as mankind gives.

15 But my faithful love will never be withdrawn from him as I withdrew it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.

16 Your dynasty and your sovereignty will ever stand firm before me and your throne be for ever secure.” ‘

17 Nathan related all these words and this whole revelation to David.

18 King David then went in, sat down in Yahweh’s presence and said: ‘Who am I, Lord Yahweh, and what is my lineage, for you to have led me as far as this?

19 Yet, to you, Lord Yahweh, this seemed too little, and now you extend your promises for your servant’s family into the distant future. Such is human destiny, Lord Yahweh.

20 What more can David say to you, since you, Lord Yahweh, know all about your servant?

21 Because of your promise and since you were so inclined, you have had the generosity to reveal this to your servant.

22 That is why you are great, Lord Yahweh; there is no one like you, no God but you alone, as everything that we have heard confirms.

23 Is there another people on earth like your people, like Israel, whom a god proceeded to redeem, to make them his people and to make a name for himself by performing great and terrible things on their behalf, by driving out nations and their gods before his people?-

24 for you constituted your people Israel your own people for ever and you, Yahweh, became their God.

25 ‘Now, Yahweh God, may the promise which you have made for your servant and for his family stand firm forever as you have said,

26 so that your name will be exalted for ever and people will say, “Israel’s God is Yahweh Sabaoth.” Your servant David’s dynasty will be secure before you,

27 since you, Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, have disclosed to your servant, “I am going to build you a dynasty.” Hence, your servant has ventured to offer this prayer to you.

28 Yes, Lord Yahweh, you are God indeed, your words are true and you have made this generous promise to your servant.

29 What is more, you have deigned to bless your servant’s dynasty, so that it may remain for ever before you; for you, Lord Yahweh, have spoken; and may your servant’s dynasty be blessed with your blessing for ever.’

1 Chronicles 9

1 Thus, all Israel’s official genealogies had been entered in the records of the kings of Israel and Judah before they were deported to Babylon for their infidelity.

2 Now the first citizens to return to their property in their cities were the Israelites, the priests, the Levites and the temple slaves.

3 In Jerusalem, there settled Judaeans, Benjaminites, Ephraimites and Manassehites.

4 Uthai son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, one of the sons of Perez son of Judah.

5 Of the descendants of Shelah: Asaiah, the first-born, and his sons.

6 Of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel. And six hundred and ninety of their kinsmen.

7 And of the sons of Benjamin: Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah;

8 Ibneiah son of Jeroham; Elah son of Uzzi, son of Michri; and Meshullam son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah.

9 Their kinsmen, according to their relationship, numbered nine hundred and fifty-six. All these men were chiefs of their families.

10 Of the priests there were Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin,

11 Azariah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief of the Temple of God;

12 Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malchijah; and Maasai son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer.

13 Their kinsmen, heads of families, numbered one thousand seven hundred and sixty-men expert in the ministerial service of the Templeof God.

14 Of the Levites there were Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah of the sons of Merari,

15 Bakbakar, Heresh, Galai, Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zichri, son of Asaph.

16 Obadiah son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun and Berechiah son of Asa, son of Elkanah, who lived in the dependencies of the Netophathites.

17 The gatekeepers were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman and their kinsmen. Shallum was the chief

18 and is still gatekeeper of the King’s Gate to the east. They were the gatekeepers of the camps of the sons of Levi.

19 Shallum son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his brothers belonging to his family, the Korahites, were also in charge of the ministerial service as doorkeepers of the Tent, as their ancestors had been keepers of the entrance to the camp of Yahweh.

20 Formerly, Phinehas son of Eleazar had been in charge of them — Yahweh be with him!

21 Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper at the door of the Tent of Meeting.

22 All the keepers of the gate at the thresholds were picked men; there were two hundred and twelve of them. They were grouped by relationship in their various villages. These were confirmed in office by David and Samuel the seer because of their dependability.

23 They and their sons continued in charge as guards of the gates of the Temple of Yahweh, the house of the Tent.

24 The gatekeepers were assigned to the four sides, east, west, north and south,

25 and their brothers in their villages were required to assist them from time to time for a week,

26 since the four head gatekeepers were permanently on duty. They were Levites and were in charge of the accommodation and supplies of the Temple of God.

27 They spent the night in the precincts of the Temple of God, their duties being to guard it and open it every morning.

28 Some of them were in charge of the implements of worship, having to count them when they took them out and when they put them away.

29 Others of them were put in charge of the implements, of all the objects in the sanctuary and of the flour, the wine, the oil, the incenseand the perfume.

30 Members of the priestly caste, however, mixed the ointment for the perfume.

31 One of the Levites, Mattithiah — he was the first-born of Shallum the Korahite — had regular charge of baking operations.

32 Some of their kinsmen the Kohathites were responsible for the loaves to be set out in rows Sabbath by Sabbath.

33 In addition, there were the singers, the heads of the levitical families, who were accommodated in the Temple, free of other responsibilities because they were on duty day and night.

34 Such were the chiefs of the levitical families, according to their relationship; these lived in Jerusalem.

35 Jeiel father of Gibeon lived at Gibeon and his wife was called Maacah.

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

37 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mikloth.

38 Mikloth fathered Shimeam. But they, unlike their brothers, lived at Jerusalem with their brothers.

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

40 Son of Jonathan: Meribbaal. Meribbaal fathered Micah.

41 Sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tahrea.

42 Ahaz fathered Jarah, Jarah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri; Zimri fathered Moza,

43 Moza fathered Binea, Rephaiah his son, Eleasah his son and Azel his son.

44 Azel had six sons; their names were these: Azrikam his first-born, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.

Psalm 89

1 [Poem For Ethan the native-born] I shall sing the faithful love of Yahweh for ever, from age to age my lips shall declare your constancy,

2 for you have said: love is built to last for ever, you have fixed your constancy firm in the heavens.

3 ‘I have made a covenant with my Chosen One, sworn an oath to my servant David:

4 I have made your dynasty firm for ever, built your throne stable age after age.

5 The heavens praise your wonders, Yahweh, your constancy in the gathering of your faithful.

6 Who in the skies can compare with Yahweh? Who among the sons of god can rival him?

7 God, awesome in the assembly of holy ones, great and dreaded among all who surround him,

8 Yahweh, God Sabaoth, who is like you? Mighty Yahweh, your constancy is all round you!

9 You control the pride of the ocean, when its waves ride high you calm them.

10 You split Rahab in two like a corpse, scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.

11 Yours are the heavens and yours the earth, the world and all it holds, you founded them;

12 you created the north and the south, Tabor and Hermon hail your name with joy.

13 Yours is a strong arm, mighty your hand, your right hand raised high;

14 Saving Justice and Fair Judgement the foundations of your throne, Faithful Love and Constancy march before you.

15 How blessed the nation that learns to acclaim you! They will live, Yahweh, in the light of your presence.

16 In your name they rejoice all day long, by your saving justice they are raised up.

17 You are the flower of their strength, by your favour our strength is triumphant;

18 for to Yahweh belongs our shield, to the Holy One of Israel our king.

19 Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful you said: ‘I have given strength to a warrior, I have raised up a man chosen from my people.

20 ‘I have found David my servant, and anointed him with my holy oil.

21 My hand will always be with him, my arm will make him strong.

22 ‘No enemy will be able to outwit him, no wicked man overcome him;

23 I shall crush his enemies before him, strike his opponents dead.

24 ‘My constancy and faithful love will be with him, in my name his strength will be triumphant.

25 I shall establish his power over the sea, his dominion over the rivers.

26 ‘He will cry to me, “You are my father, my God, the rock of my salvation!”

27 So I shall make him my first-born, the highest of earthly kings.

28 ‘I shall maintain my faithful love for him always, my covenant with him will stay firm.

29 I have established his dynasty for ever, his throne to be as lasting as the heavens.

30 ‘Should his descendants desert my law, and not keep to my rulings,

31 should they violate my statutes, and not observe my commandments,

32 ‘then I shall punish their offences with the rod, their guilt with the whip,

33 but I shall never withdraw from him my faithful love, I shall not belie my constancy.

34 ‘I shall not violate my covenant, I shall not withdraw the word once spoken.

35 I have sworn by my holiness, once and for all, never will I break faith with David.

36 ‘His dynasty shall endure for ever, his throne like the sun before me,

37 as the moon is established for ever, a faithful witness in the skies.

38 Yet you yourself — you have spurned and rejected, and have vented your wrath on your anointed,

39 you have repudiated the covenant with your servant, dishonoured his crown in the dust.

40 You have pierced all his defences, and laid his strongholds in ruins,

41 everyone passing by plunders him, he has become the butt of his neighbours.

42 You have raised high the right hand of his opponents, have made all his enemies happy;

43 you have snapped off his sword on a rock, and failed to support him in battle.

44 You have stripped him of his splendid sceptre, and toppled his throne to the ground.

45 You have aged him before his time, enveloped him in shame.

46 How long, Yahweh, will you remain hidden? For ever? Is your anger to go on smouldering like a fire?

47 Remember me; how long have I left? For what pointless end did you create all the children of Adam?

48 Who can live and never see death? Who can save himself from the clutches of Sheol?

49 Lord, what of those pledges of your faithful love? You made an oath to David by your constancy.

50 Do not forget the insults to your servant; I take to heart the taunts of the nations,

51 which your enemies have levelled, Yahweh, have levelled at the footsteps of your anointed!

52 Blessed be Yahweh for ever. Amen, Amen.

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