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Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we learn that the twelve tribes of Israel were a loose federation. David works to bring the twelve tribes together into a united kingdom. He seeks to do this by conquering the nations around them. There is a reason the stories of Saul and David are repeated in Chronicles. Ezra, the author, writes of the past to give the people a vision for the future – with a king and Temple worship. He reminds them where they came from.

The events described in the Bible are not incidental or arbitrary. They are meant for our direction, education, and vision.

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 8

1 After this, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them. From the grip of the Philistines he wrested . . .

2 He also defeated the Moabites and, making them lie on the ground, measured them off by the line; he measured out two lines to be put to death and one full line to have their lives spared. The Moabites became David’s subjects and paid him tribute.

3 David defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when the latter mounted an expedition to extend his power over the River.

4 David captured one thousand seven hundred charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers from him; David hamstrung all the chariot teams, keeping only a hundred of them.

5 The Aramaeans of Damascus came to the help of Hadadezer king of Zobah, but David killed twenty-two thousand of the Aramaeans.

6 David then imposed governors on Aram of Damascus, and the Aramaeans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute. Wherever David went, Yahweh gave him victory.

7 David took the golden shields carried by Hadadezer’s guards and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 From Betah and Berothai, towns belonging to Hadadezer, King David captured a great quantity of bronze.

9 When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated Hadadezer’s entire army,

10 he sent his son Hadoram to King David to greet him and to congratulate him on having made war on Hadadezer and on having defeated him, since Hadadezer was at war with Tou. Hadoram brought with him objects made of silver, gold and bronze,

11 which King David also consecrated to Yahweh, as he had already consecrated the silver and gold taken from all the nations which he had subjugated-

12 from Aram, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines and Amalek; and from the spoil of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 David became famous when he came home from defeating the Edomites in the Valley of Salt — eighteen thousand of them.

14 He imposed governors on Edom and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. Wherever David went, Yahweh gave him victory.

15 David ruled over all Israel, administering law and justice to all his people.

16 Joab son of Zeruiah was in command of the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was herald;

17 Zadok and Abiathar son of Ahimelech, son of Ahitub, were priests; Seraiah was secretary;

18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was in command of the Cherethites and Pelethites; David’s sons were priests.

1 Chronicles 10

1 The Philistines gave battle to Israel and the Israelites, fleeing from the Philistines, fell and were slaughtered on Mount Gilboa.

2 The Philistines bore down on Saul and his sons, and they killed Jonathan, Abinadab and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.

3 The fighting grew fiercer round Saul; the archers came upon him, and he was wounded by the archers.

4 Saul then said to his armour-bearer, ‘Draw your sword and run me through with it. I do not want these uncircumcised men to come and make fun of me.’ But his armour-bearer was very much afraid and would not do it. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it.

5 His armour-bearer, seeing that Saul was dead, fell on his sword too and died with him.

6 Thus died Saul, his three sons and his entire household together.

7 When all the Israelites who were in the valley saw that the Israelites had been routed and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their towns and fled. The Philistines then came and occupied them.

8 When the Philistines came on the following day to strip the dead, they found Saul and his sons lying on Mount Gilboa.

9 They stripped him and, taking his head and his armour, had these carried round the territory of the Philistines to proclaim the goodnews to their idols and their people.

10 They placed his armour in the temple of their gods and nailed his head up in the temple of Dagon.

11 When all the inhabitants of Jabesh in Gilead heard everything that the Philistines had done to Saul,

12 the warriors all set out and took the bodies of Saul and his sons away; they brought them to Jabesh and buried their bones under the tamarisk of Jabesh and fasted for seven days.

13 Thus died Saul in the infidelity of which he had been guilty towards Yahweh, in that he had not obeyed the word of Yahweh and because he had consulted a necromancer for guidance.

14 He had not consulted Yahweh, who therefore caused his death and transferred the monarchy to David son of Jesse.

1 Chronicles 11

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

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

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

4 David and all Israel then marched on Jerusalem (that is to say, Jebus); the inhabitants of the territory were the Jebusites.

5 The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, ‘You will not get in here.’ But David captured the citadel of Zion, that is, the City of David.

6 David said, ‘The first man to kill a Jebusite will be made army commander and chief.’ Joab son of Zeruiah was the first man to go up, and was made commander of the army.

7 David went to live in the citadel, and that is how it came to be called the City of David.

8 He then built a wall round the city, all round, beginning from the Millo, and Joab restored the rest of the city.

9 Thus David grew stronger and stronger, for Yahweh Sabaoth was with him.

10 These are David’s principal champions who joined forces with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king in accordance with the word of Yahweh concerning Israel.

11 This is the roll of David’s champions: Jashobeam son of Hachmoni, head of the Three; he it was who brandished his spear over three hundred men whom he had killed at one time.

12 Next, there was Eleazar son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three champions.

13 He was with David at Pas-Dammim when the Philistines mustered for battle there. There was a field full of barley there; and the people fled from the Philistines.

14 And they took their stand in the middle of the field, held it and cut down the Philistines; and Yahweh brought about a great victory.

15 Three members of the Thirty went down to David at the rock near the Cave of Adullam while a company of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of the Rephaim.

16 David was then in the stronghold and there was a Philistine garrison in Bethlehem.

17 Longingly, David said, ‘If only someone would fetch me a drink of water from the well that stands by the gate at Bethlehem!’

18 At this the three champions, forcing their way through the Philistine camp, drew water from the well that stands by the gate of Bethlehem and, bringing it away, presented it to David. David, however, would not drink any of it, but poured it out as a libation to Yahweh.

19 ‘God preserve me’, he said, ‘from doing such a thing! Am I to drink these men’s blood? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.’ And so he would not drink. Such were the deeds of the three champions.

20 Abishai, brother of Joab, was leader of the Thirty. He it was who brandished his spear over three hundred men whom he had killed, winning himself a name among the Thirty.

21 He was a most illustrious member of the Thirty and became their captain, but he was not equal to the Three.

22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel was the hero of many exploits; he it was who slaughtered two formidable Moabites and, one snowy day, climbed down and slaughtered the lion in the storage-well.

23 He also slaughtered an Egyptian, a man who was seven and a half feet tall. The Egyptian was armed with a spear in his hand like a weaver’s beam, but he took him on with a staff, tore the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed the man with it.

24 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, winning him a name among the thirty champions.

25 He was a most illustrious member of the Thirty, but he was not equal to the Three. David put him in command of his bodyguard.

26 The military champions were: Asahel brother of Joab; Elhanan son of Dodo, of Bethlehem;

27 Shammoth of Haror; Helez the Pelonite;

28 Ira son of Ikkesh, of Tekoa; Abiezer of Anathoth;

29 Sibbecai of Hushah; Ilai of Ahoh;

30 Maharai of Netophah; Heled son of Baanah, of Netophah.

31 Ithai son of Ribai, of Gibeah in Benjamin. Benaiah of Pirathon;

32 Hurai of the Torrents of Gaash; Abiel of Beth-ha-Arabah;

33 Azmaveth of Bahurim; Eliahba of Shaalbon;

34 the sons of Hashem of Gizon; Jonathan son of Shagee, of Harar;

35 Ahiam son of Sachar, of Harar; Eliphelet son of Ur;

36 Hepher of Mecherah; Ahijah the Pelonite;

37 Hezro of Carmel; Naarai son of Ezbai;

38 Joel brother of Nathan; Mibhar son of Hagri;

39 Zelek the Ammonite; Naharai of Beeroth, armour-bearer to Joab son of Zeruiah;

40 Ira of Jattir; Gareb of Jattir;

41 Uriah the Hittite; Zabad son of Ahlai;

42 Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, chief of the Reubenites and commander of the Thirty;

43 Hanan son of Maacah; Joshaphat the Mithnite;

44 Uzzia of Ashteroth; Shama and Jeiel sons of Hotham of Aroer;

45 Jediael son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite;

46 Eliel the Mahavite; Jeribai and Joshaviah sons of Elnaam; Ithmah the Moabite;

47 Eliel, Obed, and Jaasiel of Zobah.

Psalm 60

1 [For the choirmaster To the tune ‘The decree is a lily’ In a quiet voice Of David To be learnt When he was at war with Aram-Naharaim and Aram-Zobah, and Joab marched back to destroy twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt] God, you have rejected us, broken us, you were angry, come back to us!

2 You made the earth tremble, split it open; now mend the rifts, it is tottering still.

3 You have forced your people to drink a bitter draught, forced us to drink a wine that made us reel.

4 You gave a signal to those who fear you to let them escape out of range of the bow.

5 To rescue those you love, save with your right hand and answer us.

6 God has spoken from his sanctuary, ‘In triumph I will divide up Shechem, and share out the Valley of Succoth.

7 ‘Mine is Gilead, mine Manasseh, Ephraim the helmet on my head, Judah my commander’s baton,

8 ‘Moab a bowl for me to wash in, on Edom I plant my sandal. Now try shouting “Victory!” over me, Philistia!’

9 Who will lead me against a fortified city, who will guide me into Edom,

10 if not you, the God who has rejected us? God, you no longer march with our armies.

11 Bring us help in our time of crisis, any human help is worthless.

12 With God we shall do deeds of valour, he will trample down our enemies.

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