Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s readings, David has asked to build a temple for God, but his successor will do this. David wants to know what he can do for the Lord. He also wants to honor the covenant he made with Jonathan. Jonathan’s remaining son, Mephibosheth, should have been David’s enemy. Rather David treats him like his own son. Typically a new king would have any descendants of the old king killed. David shows compassion and wisdom by honoring Jonathan’s son.
How can we show kindness for the Lord’s sake in our own lives?
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!
2 Samuel 9
1 David asked, ‘Is there anyone belonging to Saul’s family left, to whom I might show faithful love for Jonathan’s sake?’
2 Now Saul’s family had a servant whose name was Ziba. When he had been summoned to David, the king said, ‘Are you Ziba?’ ‘At your service,’ he replied.
3 The king said, ‘Is there no one left, belonging to Saul’s family, for me to treat with God’s own faithful love?’ Ziba said to the king, ‘There is still one of Jonathan’s sons. He has crippled feet.’
7 David then said, ‘Do not be afraid; I will indeed treat you with faithful love for your father Jonathan’s sake. I shall restore all your grandfather Saul’s estates to you, and you will always eat at my table.’
9 The king then summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, ‘Everything belonging to Saul and his family, I give to your master’s son.
10 You must work the land for him, you and your sons and your slaves; you must harvest the produce to provide food for your master’s family to eat. But Meribbaal, your master’s son, will always take his own meals at my table.’ Now, Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty slaves.
1 Chronicles 12
1 These are the men who rallied to David at Ziklag while he was still being kept away from Saul son of Kish; they were among the champions, the warriors.
2 They were equipped with bows and could sling stones or shoot arrows from the bow with either right hand or left. Of Saul’s fellow-tribesmen from Benjamin:
3 Ahiezer the leader, and Joash, sons of Hassemar of Gibeah, Jeziel and Peleth, sons of Azmaveth, Berachah and Jehu of Anathoth,
9 From the Gadites, some good, capable fighting men defected and came to David at the stronghold in the desert — all skilled with shield and spear, fierce as lions and nimble as mountain gazelles.
10 Ezer was the leader, Obadiah second, Eliab third,
11 Mishmannah fourth, Jeremiah fifth,
16 These were the men who once crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed its banks and had driven out all the lowlanders to east and west.
18 When David came forward to meet them, he responded to them by saying, ‘If you have come to me with peaceful intent to help me, you will find me a good friend. But if it is to betray me to my enemies, seeing that I have done nothing wrong, may the God of our ancestors take note and condemn you.’
19 Then the Spirit invested Amasai the leader of the Thirty: ‘We are your men, David; with you, son of Jesse! Peace be with you, peace be with you; peace be with those who help you! For your God has helped you!’ And David accepted them, including them among his more senior officers.
20 Some Manassehites also defected to David as he was setting out with the Philistines to fight Saul. But he did not help the Philistinesbecause, after consultation, their chiefs sent him away, saying, ‘He will defect to his master Saul and it will cost us our heads!’
33 Issacharites, sound judges of the times when Israel should take action, and the way to do it: two hundred chiefs and all their kinsmen under their command;
38 from Transjordan: a hundred and twenty thousand men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, with warlike weapons of every kind.
39 All these warriors in battle array came to David at Hebron with the firm determination of making David king of all Israel; and the rest of Israel, too, was of one mind in wanting to make David king.
41 their neighbours too, from as far away as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen-supplies of flour, fig cakes, bunches of raisins, wine, oil, quantities of oxen and sheep — for there was joy in Israel.
1 [Of David] To you, Yahweh, I cry, my rock, do not be deaf to me! If you stay silent I shall be like those who sink into oblivion.
2 Hear the sound of my prayer when I call upon you, when I raise my hands, Yahweh, towards your Holy of Holies.
6 Blessed be Yahweh for he hears the sound of my prayer.
7 Yahweh is my strength and my shield, in him my heart trusts. I have been helped; my body has recovered its vigour, with all my heart I thank him.
8 Yahweh is the strength of his people, a safe refuge for his anointed.