Thoughts and Reflection
Today in our readings we learn that David continues to be good and kind. When the king of the Ammonites dies, David sends ambassadors to offer his condolences to the deceased king’s son. To humiliate the ambassadors of Israel, the new king of the Ammonites shaves half their beards and cuts their garments in the middle. This would have caused shave and disgrace, in kindness David lets them remain in Jericho until their beards grow back.
We should always remember that we are called to live in God’s presence.
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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 10
1 After this, when the king of the Ammonites died and his son Hanun succeeded him,
2 David thought, ‘I shall show Hanun son of Nahash the same faithful love as his father showed me.’ And David sent his representatives to offer him condolences over his father. But, when David’s representatives reached the Ammonites’ country,
3 the Ammonite princes said to Hanun their master, ‘Do you really think David means to honour your father when he sends you messengers with sympathy? On the contrary, the reason why David has sent his representatives to you is to explore the city, to reconnoitre and so overthrow it.’
5 When David was told, he sent someone to meet them, since the men were overcome with shame. ‘Stay in Jericho’, the king said, ‘until your beards have grown again, and come back then.’
6 When the Ammonites realised that they had antagonised David, they sent agents to hire twenty thousand foot soldiers from the Aramaeans of Beth-Rehob and the Aramaeans of Zobah, one thousand men from the king of Maacah and twelve thousand men from the prince of Tob.
8 The Ammonites marched out and drew up their line of battle at the city gate, while the Aramaeans of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah kept their distance in the open country.
11 ‘If the Aramaeans prove too strong for me,’ he said, ‘you must come to my help; if the Ammonites prove too strong for you, I shall come to yours.
12 Be brave! Let us acquit ourselves like men for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God. And let Yahweh do as he thinks right!’
17 David, being informed of this, mustered all Israel, crossed the Jordan and arrived at Helam. The Aramaeans drew up in line facing David and engaged him.
19 When all Hadadezer’s vassal kings saw that Israel had got the better of them, they made peace with the Israelites and became their subjects. The Aramaeans were afraid to give any more help to the Ammonites.
1 Chronicles 13
1 David conferred with the commanders of the thousands and the hundreds, in fact with all the leaders.
2 Then, to the whole assembly of Israel, David said, ‘If this has your approval, and if Yahweh our God wills it so, we shall send messengers to the rest of our brothers throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites in their towns and pasture lands, bidding them join us.
4 The whole assembly agreed to this, because all the people thought that this was the right thing to do.
7 They transported the ark of God out of Abinadab’s house on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio drove the cart.
8 David and all Israel danced before God with all their might, singing to the accompaniment of harps, lyres, tambourines, cymbals and trumpets.
10 This roused Yahweh’s anger against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had laid his hand on the Ark, and there he died before God.
12 That day David felt afraid of God. ‘How can I bring the ark of God to be with me?’ he said.
1 [For the choirmaster Psalm Of David] In you, Yahweh, I have taken refuge, let me never be put to shame, in your saving justice deliver me, rescue me,
5 to your hands I commit my spirit, by you have I been redeemed. God of truth,
7 I will delight and rejoice in your faithful love! You, who have seen my misery, and witnessed the miseries of my soul,
9 Take pity on me, Yahweh, for I am in trouble. Vexation is gnawing away my eyes, my soul deep within me.
13 All I hear is slander — terror wherever I turn — as they plot together against me, scheming to take my life.
15 every moment of my life is in your hands, rescue me from the clutches of my foes who pursue me;
19 Yahweh, what quantities of good things you have in store for those who fear you, and bestow on those who make you their refuge, for all humanity to see.
21 Blessed be Yahweh who works for me miracles of his faithful love (in a fortified city)!
23 Love Yahweh, all his faithful: Yahweh protects his loyal servants, but he repays the arrogant with interest.
24 Be brave, take heart, all who put your hope in Yahweh.