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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!

Daily Readings

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.’

4 Whereupon Hanun seized David’s representatives, shaved off half their beards, cut their clothes off halfway up, at their buttocks, and sent them away.

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.

7 When David heard this, he sent Joab with the whole army, the champions.

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.

9 Joab, seeing that he had to fight on two fronts, to his front and to his rear, chose the best of Israel’s picked men and drew them up in line facing the Aramaeans.

10 He entrusted the rest of the army to his brother Abishai, and drew them up in line facing the Ammonites.

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!’

13 Joab and the force with him joined battle with the Aramaeans, who fled at his onslaught.

14 When the Ammonites saw that the Aramaeans had fled, they too fled from Abishai and withdrew into the city. Hence, Joab broke off his campaign against the Ammonites and returned to Jerusalem.

15 The Aramaeans, realising that Israel had got the better of them, concentrated their forces.

16 Hadadezer sent messengers and mobilised the Aramaeans living on the other side of the river; and these arrived at Helam, with Shobach the commander of Hadadezer’s army, at their head.

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.

18 But the Aramaeans fled from Israel, and David killed seven hundred of their chariot teams and forty thousand men; he also cut down Shobach the commander of their army, who died there.

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.

3 And then we will go and recover the ark of our God, for in the days of Saul we neglected to do it.’

4 The whole assembly agreed to this, because all the people thought that this was the right thing to do.

5 So David summoned all Israel from the Shihor of Egypt to the Pass of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-Jearim.

6 David and all Israel then went up to Baalah, to Kiriath-Jearim in Judah, from there to bring up the ark of God, which bears the title ‘Yahweh enthroned on the winged creatures’.

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.

9 When they came to the threshing-floor of the Javelin, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, as the oxen were making it tilt.

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.

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

12 That day David felt afraid of God. ‘How can I bring the ark of God to be with me?’ he said.

13 So David did not take the ark with him into the City of David but had it put in the house of Obed-Edom of Gath.

14 The ark of God remained with Obed-Edom, in his house, for three months, and Yahweh blessed Obed-Edom’s family and everything that belonged to him.

Psalm 31

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,

2 turn your ear to me, make haste. Be for me a rock-fastness, a fortified citadel to save me.

3 You are my rock, my rampart; true to your name, lead me and guide me!

4 Draw me out of the net they have spread for me, for you are my refuge;

5 to your hands I commit my spirit, by you have I been redeemed. God of truth,

6 you hate those who serve useless idols; but my trust is in Yahweh:

7 I will delight and rejoice in your faithful love! You, who have seen my misery, and witnessed the miseries of my soul,

8 have not handed me over to the enemy, but have given me freedom to roam at large.

9 Take pity on me, Yahweh, for I am in trouble. Vexation is gnawing away my eyes, my soul deep within me.

10 For my life is worn out with sorrow, and my years with sighs. My strength gives way under my misery, and my bones are all wasted away.

11 The sheer number of my enemies makes me contemptible, loathsome to my neighbours, and my friends shrink from me in horror. When people see me in the street they take to their heels.

12 I have no more place in their hearts than a corpse, or something lost.

13 All I hear is slander — terror wherever I turn — as they plot together against me, scheming to take my life.

14 But my trust is in you, Yahweh; I say, ‘You are my God,’

15 every moment of my life is in your hands, rescue me from the clutches of my foes who pursue me;

16 let your face shine on your servant, save me in your faithful love.

17 I call on you, Yahweh, so let disgrace fall not on me, but on the wicked. Let them go down to Sheol in silence,

18 muzzles on their lying mouths, which speak arrogantly against the upright in pride and contempt.

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.

20 Safe in your presence you hide them, far from human plotting, shielding them in your tent, far from contentious tongues.

21 Blessed be Yahweh who works for me miracles of his faithful love (in a fortified city)!

22 In a state of terror I cried, ‘I have been cut off from your sight!’ Yet you heard my plea for help when I cried out to you.

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.

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