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Day 139 – Reparation to the Gibeonites


Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we learn about the division of the gatekeepers for the Temple area. This is seen as a high honor to those who are allowed to guard the doors of the Temple. Some holy monks and religious folks served as porters of their monasteries. They were tasked with remaining by the door and letting people in and out. Everything we do, we do it for the Lord is sanctifying.

There is a three-year famine. God reveals that the famine is taking place because Saul had killed the Gibeonites. Four centuries before David’s reign, the Israelites had sworn to never harm the Gibeonites and the Lord expects them to keep their promise. The Gibeonites request that David deliver seven members of Saul’s family to be executed. This is an example of how others can suffer due to our sins. Here, Saul’s family suffers for the sin of Saul.

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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 21

1 In the days of David there was a famine which lasted for three years on end. David consulted Yahweh, and Yahweh said, ‘Saul and his family have incurred blood-guilt, by putting the Gibeonites to death.’

2 Then the king summoned the Gibeonites and said-now, the Gibeonites were not Israelites, but were a remnant of the Amorites, to whom the Israelites had bound themselves by oath; Saul, however, in his zeal for the Israelites and for Judah, had done his best to exterminate them- hence David said to the Gibeonites,

3 ‘What can I do for you? How can I make amends, so that you will call a blessing down on Yahweh’s heritage?’

4 The Gibeonites replied, ‘Our quarrel with Saul and his family cannot be settled for silver or gold, nor by putting to death one man in Israel.’ David said, ‘Say what you want and I will do it for you.’

5 Then they replied to the king, ‘The man who dismembered us and planned to annihilate us, so that we should not exist anywhere in Israelite territory-

6 we want seven of his descendants handed over to us; and we shall dismember them before Yahweh at Gibeon on Yahweh’s hill.’ ‘I shall hand them over,’ said the king.

7 The king, however, spared Meribbaal son of Jonathan, son of Saul, on account of the oath by Yahweh binding them together, binding David and Jonathan son of Saul.

8 The king took the two sons born to Saul by Rizpah daughter of Aiah: Armoni and Meribbaal; and the five sons borne by Merab daughter of Saul to Adriel son of Barzillai, of Meholah.

9 He handed these over to the Gibeonites who dismembered them before Yahweh on the hill. The seven of them perished together; they were put to death in the first days of the harvest, at the beginning of the barley harvest.

10 Rizpah daughter of Aiah, wearing sacking and spreading some out for herself on the rock, from the beginning of the barley harvest until the rain fell on them from heaven, kept the birds of the sky away from them in the daytime, and the wild animals away at night.

11 David was told of what Saul’s concubine, Rizpah daughter of Aiah, had done.

12 David went and recovered the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the notables of Jabesh in Gilead. The latter had stolen them from the square in Beth-Shean, where the Philistines had hung them, when the Philistines had defeated Saul at Gilboa.

13 David fetched the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan. The bones of the men who had been dismembered were collected

14 and these, with the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan, were buried in the territory of Benjamin, at Zela, in the tomb of Saul’s father, Kish. The king’s orders were carried out to the letter and after that, God took pity on the country.

15 Once again the Philistines made war on Israel. David went down with his retainers; they fought the Philistines and David began to tire.

16 There was a champion, one of the sons of Rapha. His spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze; he was wearing a new sword and was confident of killing David.

17 Abishai son of Zeruiah came to his rescue, however, attacking the Philistine and killing him. Then it was that David’s men swore the following oath to him, ‘You are never to go into battle with us again, in case you should extinguish the lamp of Israel!’

18 After this, war with the Philistines broke out again at Gob. This was when Sibbecai of Hushah killed Saph, one of the sons of Rapha.

19 Again, war with the Philistines broke out at Gob, and Elhanan son of Jair, of Bethlehem, killed Goliath of Gath, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.

20 There was further warfare at Gath, where there was a man of huge stature with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all. He too was a son of Rapha.

21 When he defied Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, brother of David cut him down.

22 These four were sons of Rapha in Gath and fell at the hands of David and his retainers.

1 Chronicles 26

1 As regards the orders of the gatekeepers: Of the Korahites there was Meshelemiah son of Kore, one of the sons of Ebiasaph,

2 and Meshelemiah’s sons: Zechariah the first-born, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,

3 Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh.

4 Obed-Edom’s sons were: Shemaiah the first-born, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth,

5 Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; God had indeed blessed him.

6 His son Shemaiah also had sons who wielded authority in their family, because they were men of outstanding quality.

7 The sons of Shemaiah were: Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad, whose brothers Elihu and Semachiah were outstanding men.

8 All these were sons of Obed-Edom, who with their sons and brothers were men of standing, well fitted for their task. Obed-Edom had sixty-two.

9 Meshelemiah had eighteen outstanding sons and brothers.

10 Hosah, one of the sons of Merari, had sons: Shimri was the first, for although he was not the first-born his father had made him the chief.

11 Hilkiah was the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: Hosah had thirteen sons and brothers in all.

12 These orders of gatekeepers, allocated according to their headmen, had duties, just like their brothers, of serving in the house of Yahweh.

13 Similarly, they drew lots for each gate, whether their families were large or small.

14 For the eastern one, the lot fell to Shelemiah; and when they drew lots for Zechariah his son, a shrewd counsellor, his lot came out for the north.

15 To Obed-Edom went the south, and to his sons the storehouses.

16 To Shuppim and Hosah went the west with the Gate of the Felled Tree-trunk on the upper road. The corresponding guards were as follows:

17 for the east gate, six per day; for the north gate, four per day; for the south gate, four per day; for the storehouses, two each;

18 for the Parbar at the west gate, four by the road and two for the Parbar.

19 These were the orders of the gatekeepers of the sons of Korah and the sons of Merari.

20 The Levites, their brothers, who were responsible for the treasures of the house of God and for the treasures of consecrated gifts,

21 were the sons of Ladan and belonged to the Gershonites — the heads of the families of Ladan were descended from Ladan the Gershonite — that is to say, the Jehielites.

22 The sons of the Jehielites, Zetham and Joel his brother, were responsible for the treasures of the house of Yahweh.

23 Over the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites, and Uzzielites

24 was Shebuel son of Gershom, son of Moses, who was governor of the treasures;

25 and his brothers of the line of Eliezer were Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zichri his son and Shelomoth his son.

26 This Shelomoth and his kinsmen were responsible for all the consecrated treasures dedicated by King David, by the heads of families, by the commanders of the thousands and hundreds and by the commanders of the army,

27 who had dedicated a part of the spoils of war to the service of the house of Yahweh,

28 and also for all that Samuel the seer, Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner and Joab son of Zeruiah had dedicated. In fact, whatever was dedicated was the responsibility of Shelomoth and his kinsmen.

29 Of the Izharites, Chananiah and his sons were assigned to secular duties for Israel as officials and judges.

30 Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his kinsmen, one thousand seven hundred outstanding men were in charge of Israel west of Jordanin everything pertaining to Yahweh and to the service of the king.

31 Of the Hebronites, Jerijah was the head. In the fortieth year of David’s reign research was done on the lineage and relationships of the Hebronites, and men of outstanding quality from among them were found at Jazer in Gilead.

32 There were twenty-seven hundred outstanding men, heads of families, whom King David put in charge of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh in all matters pertaining to God and the king.

Psalm 40

1 [For the choirmaster Of David Psalm] I waited, I waited for Yahweh, then he stooped to me and heard my cry for help.

2 He pulled me up from the seething chasm, from the mud of the mire. He set my feet on rock, and made my footsteps firm.

3 He put a fresh song in my mouth, praise of our God. Many will be awestruck at the sight, and will put their trust in Yahweh.

4 How blessed are those who put their trust in Yahweh, who have not sided with rebels and those who have gone astray in falsehood.

5 How much you have done, Yahweh, my God — your wonders, your plans for us — you have no equal. I will proclaim and speak of them; they are beyond number.

6 You wanted no sacrifice or cereal offering, but you gave me an open ear, you did not ask for burnt offering or sacrifice for sin;

7 then I said, ‘Here I am, I am coming.’ In the scroll of the book it is written of me,

8 my delight is to do your will; your law, my God, is deep in my heart.

9 I proclaimed the saving justice of Yahweh in the great assembly. See, I will not hold my tongue, as you well know.

10 I have not kept your saving justice locked in the depths of my heart, but have spoken of your constancy and saving help. I have made no secret of your faithful and steadfast love, in the great assembly.

11 You, Yahweh, have not withheld your tenderness from me; your faithful and steadfast love will always guard me.

12 For troubles surround me, until they are beyond number; my sins have overtaken me; I cannot see my way. They outnumber the hairs of my head, and my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, Yahweh, to rescue me, Yahweh, come quickly and help me!

14 Shame and dismay to all who seek to take my life. Back with them, let them be humiliated who delight in my misfortunes.

15 Let them be aghast with shame, those who say to me, ‘Aha, aha!’

16 But joy and happiness in you to all who seek you! Let them ceaselessly cry, ‘Great is Yahweh’ who love your saving power.

17 Poor and needy as I am, the Lord has me in mind. You, my helper, my Saviour, my God, do not delay.


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