Bible Readings for 4/16/2022

Joshua 18:11-28

Psalms 78:21-31

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Isaiah 16

2 Samuel 13:1-22

Mike’s Notes

Joshua 18:11-28 – Inheritance for Benjamin. Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob through his beloved wife Rachel. Interestingly, Benjamin received the first city that Israel captured “Jericho”. The tribe would inherit over 2300 square miles which or roughly about 1/3rd of the overall size of Israel’s inheritance (Inheritance). Jacob favored Benjamin because as a child Joseph was taken away from Jacob which left a hole in his heart. The problem for the tribe was that the Gibeonites would live among them which would create problems for Benjamin.

Psalms 78:21-31 Tell the Coming Generations. Of all the things that irritate the Lord, it is whining and complaining. The nation left Egypt under the mighty hand of the Lord’s Shekinah glory. They witnessed everything the Lord had done for them, they watched the Egyptians being washed into the sea, and yet they complained about their poor disposition. Whining and complaining tell the listener, “I have no faith that you will provide so I do not ask”. The Lord will provide for all of our needs if we will but ask for them. When the Lord had had enough with the noise of complaints, he gave them what they asked for in keeping the sin of their hearts. So they got all of the meat they could possibly eat and more until they were sick of it. The problem was that the food they ate was not good for them and they died from the food.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 – Vanity of Self-Indulgence. The King wanted to know what the draw was to “self-indulgence” so he acted on it. After obtaining everything that would normally bring pleasure to a human being, “joy” did not fill his heart. He had more women than any man could possibly handle yet there was still a void in his heart. There was no King past, present, or future who was like or would be like Solomon. Because “things” didn’t bring joy to his heart, he started building structures, planting beautiful trees and flowers, and setting up parks for people to come and see. When we don’t possess these things, we think we’d be more than thrilled to have all of them. Yet, it is joy and peace that brings more life than anything or anyone could possibly do.

Isaiah 16 – Moab’s Pride. Moab was known for being a boisterous nation but had never been tried in battle. Before the battle people had left Moab and sojourned in Zion. The occupants of the land believed what the leaders had told them “this land will never be attacked” so they were woefully ill-prepared. When the battle commenced the people in Zion remained safe. After the battle, these people returned to Moab to reestablish the throne in righteousness. This segment has implications for the world around us today. Our politicians portray a problem that only they can solve and they do so by funneling funds to keep people happy. When the wheels come off the of the axel, it is too late to change our minds. This parallels the events of Revelations 18.

2 Samuel 13:1-22 – Amnon and Tamar. Sin never stays in a confined space, it always seeks outlets in this case it was Amnon. Amnon should have been the crown prince and Tamar could have been his wife but, the events that unfolded forever quashed his chances. Lust by its very nature presents a beautiful picture in our minds of what it would be like to have ____ in our hands. These illusions play in our minds until we take the next step by stealing it or lying to get ___. Once we have obtained ___ we find out that it was nothing like what we expected and it causes trouble for us that we have no hope of ever escaping judgment. Tamar could very well have become the next Queen of Israel and Amnon the King but sin erased all of that with a single move. David was powerless to judge Amnon much less to decree a death sentence according to the law because David was as guilty as Amnon so all he could do was “be angry”.

Joshua 18:1-10 – Allotment of the Remaining Land. Gad, Reuben, ½ tribe of Manasseh would get the land on the east side of the Jordan. The remaining ½ tribe of Manasseh, Ephram, and Judah had been given a tract of land and went to take over the land. The remaining tribes sat around waiting for Joshua. So the remaining portion of the land was surveyed and lots would be cast by the leadership. The Levites would not receive land, they would be parceled a small tract in each community to grow their food. The remaining tribes would receive their property “by chance”. The practice of casting lots or “cleromancy” was used many times in the Old and New Testaments. This was seen as the only “fairway” for making decisions.

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