Thoughts and Reflections
In today’s reading, we learn that Jacob, the leader of the army, hires a woman to tell David a parable that convinces him to allow his son, Absalom, to return. Overall, Jacob is loyal to David and it is likely that he sees Absalom as a threat if he remains in exile. This would allow an opportunity for Absalom to start a revolt. He does not show any signs of repentance for killing his brother, however. David does allow his son to return to Jerusalem, but he does not allow him to be in his presence for two years.
God does not treat us this way. He calls us to repent – turn away from our sins and return to him. He will always restore his relationship with us.
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 14
1 Saul was dead and David, returning after his victory over the Amalekites, had been at Ziklag for two days.
2 On the third day, a man arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and earth on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground and prostrated himself.
6 The young man replied, ‘I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and the cavalry bearing down on him.
10 So I went over to him and killed him, because I knew that once he fell he could not survive. I then took the crown which he had on his head and the bracelet on his arm, and have brought them here to my lord.’
13 David said to the young man who had brought the news, ‘Where are you from?’ He replied, ‘I am the son of a resident foreigner, an Amalekite.’
15 Then David called one of the young men. ‘Come here,’ he said, ‘strike him down.’ The man struck him and he died.
17 David sang the following lament over Saul and his son Jonathan
18 (it is for teaching archery to the children of Judah; it is written in the Book of the Just):
20 Do not speak of it in Gath, nor broadcast it in the streets of Ashkelon, for fear the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, for fear the daughters of the uncircumcised gloat.
24 O daughters of Israel, weep for Saul who gave you scarlet and fine linen to wear, who pinned golden jewellery on your dresses!
26 I am desolate for you, Jonathan my brother. Very dear you were to me, your love more wonderful to me than the love of a woman.
27 How did the heroes fall and the weapons of war succumb!
1 Chronicles 18
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 in Aram of Damascus, and the Aramaeans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute. Wherever David went, Yahweh gave him victory.
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. He also sent all sorts of objects made of gold, silver and bronze,
11 which King David also consecrated to Yahweh, as well as the silver and gold which he had levied from all the nations, from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines and Amalek.
12 Abishai son of Zeruiah defeated the Edomites in the Valley of Salt — eighteen thousand of them.
13 He stationed garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. Wherever David went, Yahweh gave him victory.
15 Joab son of Zeruiah was in command of the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was herald;
16 Zadok son of Ahitub and Abiathar son of Ahimelech were priests; Shusha was secretary;
1 [For the choirmaster Of David] The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ Their deeds are corrupt and vile, not one of them does right.
6 you may mock the plans of the poor, but Yahweh is their refuge.