Bible Readings 4/14/2022

Joshua 17

Psalms 76

Proverbs 31:10-31

Isaiah 14

2 Samuel 12:1-14

Mike’s Notes

Joshua 17 – Further Division of the Land. The ½ tribe of Manasseh, the 1st born child of Joseph, was allotted land on the East bank side of Jordan. The Canaanites lived in this land as they had for centuries. Because the tribe was not strong enough to eradicate the Canaanites, the Canaanites became slaves to Israel when she grew too strong for them. Although not specifically stated, an alternate outcome would be, “When the Canaanites became stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites served Canaan. The tribe of Joseph combined Manasseh and Ephraim” wanted more land but would not conquer the land given to them (14-18). Zealophad’s daughters would receive a tract of land in honor of Zealophad their father.

Psalms 76 – Who Can Stand Before You? Is G-d known in your life? The easy answer is “Yes He is”. The problem is the “fruit won’t lie”. Having peace in your home and life is foundational evidence of the true intent of our hearts. Sin creates confusion and trouble through the progression of time. In the same way, righteous practices seem like “utter nonsense” until the fruit comes and the person is not shaken by evil times. Having peace in your life does not mean that trouble is absent but that the trouble steels your heart to grow closer to the Lord.  Serving the Lord and honoring His commands and precepts are two different things. We can serve the Lord by works that create confusion or “Babylon” in our lives and those who follow us. In light of this, “Who can stand”? Those who honor the Lord’s laws and precepts by being obedient to them.

Proverbs 31:10-31 – Listen to Mother. This woman was a virtuous woman and a standard that should be sought after. This woman gave her life for her family and servants that they would be provided for. I believe this woman was King Hezekiah’s mother. Hezekiah was a good king and he ruled the kingdom in obedience to the Lord he learned this at his mother’s knee. Conversely, when the parent does not care for his/her child and follows an evil pathway, the children will glom on to that as a standard. The thing is just as righteousness gains strength and morphed into greater moves of G-d, evil practices also morph and become eviler. My point is that every righteous or evil movement always has a starting point. Look at Israel/Judah under David’s competent leadership and the events following his sinful actions.

Isaiah 14 – Restoration of Jacob. This vision and prophecy were uttered in the time of Ahaz. Ahaz was a wicked king who would be responsible for bankrupting Jerusalem and was the initial seed of the nation’s destruction. For the people who were honoring the Lord through faithful service, the things he did had to concern them. In the same way, when we look at our world today, is disconcerting to see the evil practices that go unnoticed. It had been prophesied since the early days of Ahaz that the nation would endure a time of exile something that was not uncommon to the Jews. The word “Babylon” in Hebrew means “confused” (Genesis 11, Babylon). Because of the sinful practices of the leadership the people had become confused as to who was “G-d and who was not”. In the closing days of their exile, the nation Babylon would be under attack which would create confusion and be the impetus for the nation to return to their homeland. Under Nebuchadnezzar, as I said before, the nation Babylon would be in its “golden era”. Israel was given to Babylon to take care of and they failed in this endeavor and would be taunted because the nation would survive the 70 years of torture and misery (3-21). Babylon, like many other evil nations, would become a “curse word” sort of like Soddom and Gomorrah. The thing to keep in mind when it comes to prophecy is that providing no changes are made on one side or the other, the events will unfold. Case studies of Nineveh in the light of G-d’s promise to Solomon (Jonah, 2 Chronicles 7).

2 Samuel 12:1-14 – Nathan Rebukes David. There are a couple of things that we need to be aware of when it comes to the Kingdom of G-d. First, “nothing goes unnoticed”. Second, “we are forgiven of the bloodguilt”. Third, although tempted by our enemy, we are in charge of what we do in our lives. David knew the law of G-d because he had walked with Him since his youth. David had everything and could have received more if he just asked but it wasn’t “need” that drove David to Bathsheba, it was a spirit of “lust”. The reason for the parable instead of direct confrontation was to allow David to decree his punishment. Being forgiven the “bloodguilt” in no way implies “this matter is forgotten” because David was human and would see the implosion of his family in the eyes of the world. The reason G-d does not blank out the sinful activities “as though it never happened” is because He is a Just G-d and no one is exempt from the consequences of sin. Part of the reasoning behind mentioning his activities and those of the kings that followed is to remind the reader that “we are human and make mistakes in judgment”.

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