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.
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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!
2 Samuel 8
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.
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.
8 From Betah and Berothai, towns belonging to Hadadezer, King David captured a great quantity of bronze.
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,
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.
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;
1 Chronicles 10
1 The Philistines gave battle to Israel and the Israelites, fleeing from the Philistines, fell and were slaughtered on Mount Gilboa.
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.
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.
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.
1 Chronicles 11
1 All Israel then rallied to David at Hebron and said, ‘Look, we are your own flesh and bone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
34 the sons of Hashem of Gizon; Jonathan son of Shagee, of Harar;
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!
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.
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.