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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!

Daily Readings

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.

3 David asked him, ‘Where have you come from?’ ‘I have escaped from the Israelite camp,’ he said.

4 David said, ‘What has happened? Tell me.’ He replied, ‘The people fled from the battle, and many of them have fallen and are dead. Saul and his son Jonathan are dead too.’

5 Then David asked the young man who brought the news, ‘How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?’

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.

7 Glancing behind him and seeing me, he shouted to me. I replied, “Here I am!”

8 He said, “Who are you?” I replied, “I am an Amalekite.”

9 He then said, “Come here and kill me. My head is swimming, although I still have all my strength.”

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.’

11 David then took hold of his clothes and tore them, and all the men with him did the same.

12 They mourned and wept and fasted until the evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, for the people of Yahweh and for the House of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

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.’

14 David said, ‘How was it that you were not afraid to lift your hand to destroy Yahweh’s anointed?’

15 Then David called one of the young men. ‘Come here,’ he said, ‘strike him down.’ The man struck him and he died.

16 David said, ‘Your blood be on your own head. You convicted yourself out of your own mouth by saying, “I killed Yahweh’s anointed.” ‘

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):

19 Does the splendour of Israel lie dead on your heights? How did the heroes fall?

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.

21 You mountains of Gilboa, no dew, no rain fall on you, O treacherous fields where the heroes’ shield lies dishonoured! Not greased with oil, the shield of Saul,

22 but with the blood of wounded men, the fat of warriors! The bow of Jonathan never turned back, the sword of Saul never came home unsated!

23 Saul and Jonathan, beloved and handsome, were divided neither in life, nor in death. Swifter than eagles were they, stronger than lions.

24 O daughters of Israel, weep for Saul who gave you scarlet and fine linen to wear, who pinned golden jewellery on your dresses!

25 How did the heroes fall in the thick of the battle? Jonathan, by your dying I too am stricken,

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

1 After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them. From the grip of the Philistines he wrested Gath and its dependencies.

2 He also defeated the Moabites; the Moabites became David’s subjects and paid him tribute.

3 David also defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah, which lies in the direction of Hamath, when the latter mounted an expedition to assert his rule on the River Euphrates.

4 David captured one thousand chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers from him; David hamstrung all the chariot teams, keeping only a hundred of them.

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.

7 David took the golden shields carried by Hadadezer’s guards and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 From Tibhath and from Cun, towns belonging to Hadadezer, David captured a great quantity of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze Sea, the pillars and the bronze implements.

9 When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer king of Zobah,

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.

14 David ruled over all Israel, administering law and justice to all his people.

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;

17 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was in command of the Cherethites and Pelethites; David’s sons took first place after the king.

Psalm 14

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.

2 Yahweh looks down from heaven at the children of Adam. To see if a single one is wise, a single one seeks God.

3 All have turned away, all alike turned sour, not one of them does right, not a single one.

4 Are they not aware, all these evil-doers? They are devouring my people, this is the bread they eat, and they never call to Yahweh.

5 They will be gripped with fear, where there is no need for fear, for God takes the side of the upright;

6 you may mock the plans of the poor, but Yahweh is their refuge.

7 Who will bring from Zion salvation for Israel? When Yahweh brings his people home, what joy for Jacob, what happiness for Israel!

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