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Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we learn that David sent Joab and his army into battle while he remained in Jerusalem. In the ancient world, the king would typically lead his soldiers into battle. He would fight for his people. In the past, David did this but now he is sending someone else. This is how sin is introduced. It normally starts small and by neglecting our normal duties.

David sees Bathsheba who is the wife of Uriah the Hittite. He commits adultery with her and she ends up pregnant. David sends for Uriah to go home. He refuses and wants to fight for Israel. D avid then conspires to have him die in battle. This sin started with David seeking comfort rather than doing his duty as a king.

God convicts David of the evil he has done and he repents. God shows us that even the worst sin does not mean to be the end. God knows David’s heart and he keeps calling David back to him. God will continue to call us back as well as when we sin. What do we do when we sin? We must seek God’s forgiveness and mercy.

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 11

1 At the turn of the year, at the time when kings go campaigning, David sent Joab and with him his guards and all Israel. They massacred the Ammonites and laid siege to Rabbah-of-the-Ammonites. David, however, remained in Jerusalem.

2 It happened towards evening when David had got up from resting and was strolling on the palace roof, that from the roof he saw a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.

3 David made enquiries about this woman and was told, ‘Why, that is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite.’

4 David then sent messengers to fetch her. She came to him, and he lay with her, just after she had purified herself from her period. She then went home again.

5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, ‘I am pregnant.’

6 David then sent word to Joab, ‘Send me Uriah the Hittite,’ whereupon Joab sent Uriah to David.

7 When Uriah reached him, David asked how Joab was and how the army was and how the war was going.

8 David then said to Uriah, ‘Go down to your house and wash your feet.’ Uriah left the palace and was followed by a present from the king’s table.

9 Uriah, however, slept at the palace gate with all his master’s bodyguard and did not go down to his house.

10 This was reported to David; ‘Uriah’, they said ‘has not gone down to his house.’ So David asked Uriah, ‘Haven’t you just arrived from the journey? Why didn’t you go down to your house?’

11 To which Uriah replied, ‘The ark, Israel and Judah are lodged in huts; my master Joab and my lord’s guards are camping in the open. Am I to go to my house, then, and eat and drink and sleep with my wife? As Yahweh lives, and as you yourself live, I shall so no such thing!’ 

12 David then said to Uriah, ‘Stay on here today; tomorrow I shall send you off.’ So Uriah stayed that day in Jerusalem.

13 The next day, David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk. In the evening, Uriah went out and bedded down with his master’s bodyguard, but did not go down to his house.

14 Next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by Uriah.

15 In the letter he wrote, ‘Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest and then fall back, so that he gets wounded and killed.’

16 Joab, then besieging the city, stationed Uriah at a point where he knew that there would be tough fighters.

17 The people of the city sallied out and engaged Joab; there were casualties in the army, among David’s guards, and Uriah the Hittite was killed as well.

18 Joab sent David a full account of the battle.

19 To the messenger he gave this order: ‘When you have finished telling the king all about the battle,

20 if the king’s anger is aroused and he says, “Why did you go near the town to give battle? Didn’t you know that they would shoot from the ramparts?

21 Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbaal? Wasn’t it a woman who dropped a millstone on him from the ramparts, causing his death at Thebez? Why did you go near the ramparts?” you are to say, “Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead too.” ‘

22 So the messenger set off and, on his arrival, told David everything that Joab had instructed him to say. David flew into a rage with Joab and said to the messenger, ‘Why did you go near the ramparts? Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbaal? Wasn’t it a woman who dropped a millstone on him fom the ramparts, causing his death at Thebez? Why did you go near the ramparts?’

23 The messenger replied to David, ‘Their men had won an initial advantage and then came out to engage us in the open. We then drove them back into the gateway,

24 but the archers shot at your retainers from the ramparts; some of the king’s retainers lost their lives, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead too.’

25 David then said to the messenger, ‘Say this to Joab, “Do not take the matter to heart; the sword devours now one and now another. Attack the town in greater force and destroy it.” That will encourage him.’

26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband Uriah was dead, she mourned for her husband.

27 When the period of mourning was over, David sent to have her brought to his house; she became his wife and bore him a son. But what David had done displeased Yahweh.

1 Chronicles 14

1 Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, with cedar wood, stone-cutters and carpenters, to build him a palace.

2 David then knew that Yahweh had confirmed him as king of Israel and, for the sake of his people, had extended his sovereignty.

3 David took more wives in Jerusalem and fathered more sons and daughters.

4 These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,

5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,

6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,

7 Elishama, Beeliada, Eliphelet.

8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed as king of all Israel, they all invaded to seek him out. On hearing this, David marched out towards them.

9 When the Philistines arrived, they deployed in the Valley of the Rephaim.

10 David consulted God and asked, ‘Shall I attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my power?’ Yahweh replied to him, ‘Attack! I shall deliver them into your power.’

11 Accordingly, they went up to Baal-Perazim and there David defeated them. David said, ‘Through me God has made a breach in my enemies, as though they had been breached by a flood.’ This is why the place was given the name Baal-Perazim.

12 They had left their gods behind there, and David ordered them to be burnt.

13 Again the Philistines deployed in the valley.

14 David again consulted God, and God replied, ‘Do not attack them from the front; go round and engage them opposite the balsamtrees.

15 When you hear the sound of footsteps in the tops of the balsam trees, launch your attack, for that will be God going out ahead of you to defeat the Philistine army.’

16 David did as God had ordered, and they beat the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer.

17 David’s fame then spread to every country, and Yahweh made him feared by every nation.

1 Chronicles 15

1 After he had put up buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.

2 David then said, ‘No one but the Levites should carry the ark of God, since Yahweh has chosen them to carry the ark of Yahweh and to minister to him for ever.’

3 David then summoned all Israel to Jerusalem, to move the ark of Yahweh to the place which he had prepared for it.

4 David also called the sons of Aaron and the Levites together:

5 of the sons of Kohath: Uriel the chief and his hundred and twenty kinsmen;

6 of the sons of Merari: Asaiah the chief and his two hundred and twenty kinsmen;

7 of the sons of Gershom: Joel the chief and his hundred and thirty kinsmen;

8 of the sons of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the chief and his two hundred kinsmen;

9 of the sons of Hebron: Eliel the chief and eighty kinsmen;

10 of the sons of Uzziel: Amminadab the chief and his hundred and twelve kinsmen.

11 David then sent for the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab.

12 To them he said, ‘You are the heads of the levitical families. Sanctify yourselves, you and your kinsmen, so that you can move the ark of Yahweh, God of Israel, to the place which I have prepared for it.

13 Because you were not there the first time, Yahweh our God broke out at us because we did not handle it properly.’

14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves, to move the ark of Yahweh, God of Israel,

15 and the Levites carried the ark of God with the shafts on their shoulders, as Moses had ordered in accordance with the word of Yahweh.

16 David also told the heads of the Levites to appoint their kinsmen as singers with the accompaniment of musical instruments, lyres, harps, and cymbals to play joyfully.

17 The Levites then appointed Heman son of Joel, Asaph son of Berechiah, one of his brothers, Ethan son of Kushaiah, one of their Merarite kinsmen;

18 and with them their kinsmen of the second rank: Zechariah, Uzziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, and Obed-Edom and Jehiel the gatekeepers.

19 The singers, Heman, Asaph and Ethan, were to play the bronze cymbals.

20 Zechariah, Uzziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah were to play the lyre.

21 Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jehiel and Azaziah, giving the beat, were to play the harp.

22 Chenaniah, the levitical director of transport was in charge of the transport, being skilful at it.

23 Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.

24 The priests Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer blew trumpets before the ark of God, while Obed-Edom and Jehiah were also gatekeepers for the ark.

25 David, the elders of Israel and the commanders of the thousands accordingly went, amid great rejoicing, to bring the ark of the covenant of Yahweh up from Obed-Edom’s house,

26 and since God was helping the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

27 David, all the Levites who carried the ark, the singers and Chenaniah, director of transport, wore cloaks of fine linen. David also wore a linen ephod.

28 Thus, with war-cries and the sounding of the horn, the trumpets and the cymbals, and the music of lyres and harps, all Israel transported the ark of the covenant of Yahweh.

29 Now, as the ark of the covenant of Yahweh entered the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul was watching from the window and, when she saw King David dancing and playing, the sight of him filled her with contempt.

Psalm 32

1 [Of David Poem] How blessed are those whose offence is forgiven, whose sin blotted out.

2 How blessed are those to whom Yahweh imputes no guilt, whose spirit harbours no deceit.

3 I said not a word, but my bones wasted away from groaning all the day;

4 day and night your hand lay heavy upon me; my heart grew parched as stubble in summer drought.

5 I made my sin known to you, did not conceal my guilt. I said, ‘I shall confess my offence to Yahweh.’ And you, for your part, took away my guilt, forgave my sin.

6 That is why each of your faithful ones prays to you in time of distress. Even if great floods overflow, they will never reach your faithful.

7 You are a refuge for me, you guard me in trouble, with songs of deliverance you surround me.

8 I shall instruct you and teach you the way to go; I shall not take my eyes off you.

9 Be not like a horse or a mule; that does not understand bridle or bit; if you advance to master them, there is no means of bringing them near.

10 Countless troubles are in store for the wicked, but one who trusts in Yahweh is enfolded in his faithful love.

11 Rejoice in Yahweh, exult all you upright, shout for joy, you honest of heart.

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