Thoughts and Reflections
Today we learn what the Temple David established should look like. He also changes some of the former rules. Since the Temple is now larger than the Tent of Meeting and is permanent, there is a shift in the type and amount of work that needs to be done. David changes the service of the Levites, reducing the minimum age for serving from thirty to twenty.
We also learn that Absalom is defeated and killed. Joab knows that David wants Absalom to live, he takes matters into his own hands and kills Absalom. Twenty thousand men have died in the battle with Absalom. When David hears of Absalom’s death, he immediately begins to mourn. He hasn’t claimed Absalom as his son until he hears of his death.
Is there a responsibility in your life that you have not fulfilled to the best of your abilities?
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 18
1 David reviewed the troops who were with him and appointed commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds to lead them.
2 David divided the army into three groups, one under the command of Joab, another under the command of Abishai son of Zeruiah and brother of Joab, and the third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. David then said to the troops, ‘I shall take the field in person with you.’
3 But the troops replied, ‘You are not to take the field. No one will bother about us if we run away, they will not even bother about us if half of us are killed, but you are ten thousand times more valuable. So it is better if you stay inside the town, in case we need reinforcements.’
4 David said, ‘I will do what you think best.’ And the king stood beside the gate as the troops marched out by their hundreds and their thousands.
5 The king gave orders to Joab, Abishai and Ittai, ‘For my sake, treat young Absalom gently!’ And the troops all heard the king give all the commanders these orders about Absalom.
9 Absalom happened to run into some of David’s guards. Absalom was riding his mule and the mule passed under the thick branches of a great oak. Absalom’s head got caught in the oak and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule he was riding went on.
10 Someone saw this and reported to Joab, ‘I have just seen Absalom hanging from an oak.’
11 Joab said to the man who had informed him, ‘If you saw him, why did you not strike him to the ground then and there? I would have made it my business to give you ten silver shekels and a belt!’
12 The man replied to Joab, ‘Even if I could feel the weight of a thousand silver shekels in my hand, I would not lift my hand against the king’s son. In our own hearing, the king gave you and Abishai and Ittai these orders, “For my sake, spare young Absalom.”
14 Joab then said, ‘I cannot waste time arguing with you!’ And, taking three darts in his hand, he planted them in Absalom’s heart, while he was still alive, deep in the oak-tree.
15 Ten soldiers, Joab’s armour-bearers, then came in close, struck Absalom and killed him.
17 They took Absalom, flung him into a deep pit in the forest and raised a huge cairn over him. All the Israelites had fled, dispersing to their homes.
18 Now, during his lifetime, Absalom had made and erected a pillar to himself, which is in the Valley of the King. ‘I have no son’, he said, ‘to preserve the memory of my name.’ He gave his own name to the pillar, and today it is still called Absalom’s Monument.
22 But Ahimaaz son of Zadok persisted. ‘Come what may,’ he said to Joab, ‘please let me run after the Cushite.’ ‘My son,’ Joab said, ‘why run? You will get no reward for your news.’
24 David was sitting between the two gates. The sentry, having gone up to the roof of the gate, looked out from the ramparts and saw a man running alone.
25 The sentry called down to the king and told him. The king said, ‘If he is alone, he is bringing good news.’
26 As the man drew steadily nearer, the lookout man saw another man running, and the sentry above the gate shouted, ‘Here comes another man, running alone!’ David said, ‘He too is a bearer of good news.’
28 Ahimaaz went up to the king. ‘All hail!’ he said, prostrating himself on the ground before the king. ‘Blessed be Yahweh your God’, he said, ‘who has handed over the men who rebelled against my lord the king!’
1 Chronicles 23
1 When David had become old and full of days, he made his son Solomon king of Israel,
5 four thousand were gatekeepers and four thousand praised Yahweh on the instruments which David had made for praising him.
6 David then divided the Levites into classes: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
11 Jahath was the eldest, Zizah the second, then Jeush and Beriah, who had not many children and were reckoned as one family.
13 Sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to consecrate the things that were especially holy, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense in the presence of Yahweh, to serve him and to bless in his name for ever.
14 Moses, man of God, and his sons were reckoned with the tribe of Levi.
20 Sons of Uzziel: Micah first, Isshiah second.
21 Sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. Sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.
24 These were the sons of Levi by their families, the heads of families, and those registered by name, individually; whoever was twenty years old or upwards had his function in the service of the Temple of Yahweh.
26 the Levites need no longer carry the Dwelling or any of the objects required for its service.’
27 For, according to the last words of David, the Levites who had been registered were of twenty years and upwards.
28 Their duty now is to help the sons of Aaron in the service of the House of Yahweh, in the care of the courts and rooms, the purification of all the holy things, the work for the service of the House of God,
1 [Of David] Do not get heated about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.
3 Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your home in the land and live secure.
5 Commit your destiny to Yahweh, be confident in him, and he will act,
11 but the poor will have the land for their own, to enjoy untroubled peace.
13 but Yahweh only laughs at his efforts, knowing that his end is in sight.
17 for the weapons of the wicked shall be shattered, while Yahweh supports the upright.
18 The lives of the just are in Yahweh’s care, their birthright will endure for ever;
21 The wicked borrows and will not repay, but the upright is generous in giving;
22 those he blesses will have the land for their own, and those he curses be annihilated.
24 When he trips he is not thrown sprawling, since Yahweh supports him by the hand.
25 Now I am old, but ever since my youth I never saw an upright person abandoned, or the descendants of the upright forced to beg their bread.
33 Yahweh will never abandon him to the clutches of the wicked, nor let him be condemned if he is tried.
35 I have seen the wicked exultant, towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
37 Observe the innocent, consider the honest, for the lover of peace will not lack children.
39 The upright have Yahweh for their Saviour, their refuge in times of trouble;
40 Yahweh helps them and rescues them, he will rescue them from the wicked, and save them because they take refuge in him.