Bible Readings for 4/17/2022

Joshua 19

Psalms 78:32-72

Ecclesiastes 2:12-26

Isaiah 17

2 Samuel 13:23-39

Mike’s Notes

Joshua 19 – Remaining Inheritance. Of the tribes mentioned in this segment, only the tribe of Simeon would be part of the southern kingdom. The remaining tribes would become part of the “Lost tribes who lived in plain sight”. Joshua inherited Timnath-Serah” which is where Samson was from. Timnath-Serah is where the one place would be. Unfortunately, all of the Northern kingdom and some portions of the southern kingdom would fall back into the hands of the Assyrians between 721 and 586.

Psalms 78:32-72 – Tell the Next Generation. This teaching Psalm addresses the many aspects of Jewish history. First, it talks about the current situation – “sinning against the Lord” despite all He had done on their behalf. Second, G-d did not expel his wrath until the situation was beyond repair and then he brought in the old enemies in the time of Solomon. Third, the history the nation had with Egypt and the decimation of Egypt in the time of Moses, the people were reminded of what happened to the Egyptians with the advent of the plagues. Fourth, in the time of David it was the tribe of Judah that inherited the throne and the Ephraimites, children of Joseph, were rejected. David was promised an enduring kingdom before he sinned with Bathsheba. Under David, the nation flourished and became the premier kingdom in the land. All of the other kingdoms brought tribute to David or, “the wealth of nations”.

Ecclesiastes 2:12-26 – The Vanity of Living Wisely. The King switched gears from living on the fringe to make wise choices about his life. While there was more to gain from making wise choices than foolish ones, in the end, both sides go to the same place “the grave”. The difference between the two is that wisdom builds up where foolishness tears down. To understand why Solomon saw life as being “vanity” and “chasing the wind” was that he had all that he ever could possibly use and 100 times that. Yet no matter how rich he got, he never found joy and for that reason felt life for him was an abject failure.

Isaiah 17 – An Oracle Concerning Damascus. The tribe of Naphtali received Damascus as part of their inheritance. When the kingdom was divided into Northern and Southern kingdoms, Naphtali became part of the Northern kingdom in 922 BC. In 721, Damascus was conquered by Assyria and the people were deported to a slum by order Tiglath-Pilesar III. While in slavery, the Naphtalites lost their identity as they became more like Assyrians. The 10 tribes given to Solomon’s servant Jeroboam the son of Nebat in 922 would become known as the “lost tribes” of Hebrew legend (1 King 11:26, Naphtali). Because of how the Assyrians treated the Naphtalites, they too would be decimated in the time of Nebuchadnezzar. The 10 lost tribes would pay dearly for the sin that was started by Jeroboam.

2 Samuel 13:23-39 – Absalom Murders Amnon. After two years and not being confronted by his actions, Amnon most likely thought “the matter is resolved and there are no hard feelings”. The thing is though Absalom was a schemer as we will find out 3 years later. The sheep-shearing season is a time of rejoicing and it is held in the spring after the winter has passed (Sheep-Shearing). This was the perfect environment for Absalom to get revenge on his brother because, during the festival, wine was poured liberally. Absalom’s servants, under his direction, killed Amnon which was the same way Amnon had raped Tamar when he least expected it. After the murder, the rest of the King’s sons mounted their donkeys and left the area as quick as possible. If you will notice, Jonadab the son of Shimeah was in the castle when the report came about the death of all the king’s sons. If you will notice he corrected the report by telling King David “only Amnon was killed” so he was playing both sides of the fight. In Amnon’s case, it was “what is the best way to get Tamar alone”. In Absalom’s case, it was “how to get revenge”. Our common enemy hides in the background and gets fools to do his bidding under the guise of a “kind friend”. The word of the Lord says, “Revenge is mine, I will repay” (Deuteronomy 32:35) which is part of the law of Moses.

 

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