Scripture Sunday (22)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

I missed a post last week, so you get a bonus round this time!

From my reading this week:

David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel — I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”

-2 Samuel 6:21-22

Why I chose it:

Ok, I know this is a classic, and it’s sort of over-used in Bible reading circles, but it is just SO. GOOD.

In my own life, it’s been especially relevant lately: sometimes there’s nothing for it but to come across as a silly fool who believes in unscientific things like a supernatural being who created everything and that a carpenter-turned-radical saved us all by dying and coming back to life. Fortunately, God values more important things than dignity.

PS Michal deserved better but that’s another post.

Bonus Round:

Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years, but he never got to see the king. Then Absalom sent for Joab to ask him to intercede for him, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but again Joab refused to come. So Absalom said to his servants, “Go and set fire to Joab’s barley field, the field next to mine.” So they set his field on fire, as Absalom had commanded.

Then Joab came to Absalom at his house and demanded, “Why did your servants set my field on fire?”

-2 Samuel 14:28-31

Actual Trash Fire, Absalom son of David.

Scripture Sunday (21)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
    and they will be discarded.
But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.
The children of your servants will live in your presence;
    their descendants will be established before you.”

-Psalms 102:25-28

 

Why I chose it:

God is awesome!

Scripture Sunday (20)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

-1 Samuel 30:3-6

and

But I trust in you, O Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hands;

deliver me from my enemies

and from those who pursue me.

-Psalm 31:14-15

Why I chose these:

My times= my personal life, local events, nation events, world events.

Most of the time I’m not going to face anything close to being stoned (with actual stones, not drugs, I mean). I need to trust God in spite of my circumstances because “my times” are in His hands.

Scripture Sunday (19)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

The people all said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king.”

“Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.”

-1 Samuel 12:19-25

Why I chose it:

What I love about this passage is that even though the Israelites have been REAL DISOBEDIENT LATELY, they’ve realized and repented and Samuel, their mentor/advisor/priest/judge guy, encourages them to look toward future choices, not past ones. They can’t think, “Wow, we’ve made all of these mistakes and probably made God hate us…we might as well run from Him and find some other god or thing to serve who can take care of us since we clearly aren’t worthy.”

Even when I make one mistake, or ten more in a row, that doesn’t mean I should just keep on making more because “it’s too late.” Now is always a good time to try to do better and do the right thing.

Scripture Sunday (18)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

Next Abimelech went to Thebez and besieged it and captured it. Inside the city, however, was a strong tower, to which all the men and women—all the people of the city—had fled. They had locked themselves in and climbed up on the tower roof. Abimelech went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire, a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull.

Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me,so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’” So his servant ran him through, and he died. When the Israelites saw that Abimelech was dead, they went home.

Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelech had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers. God also made the people of Shechem pay for all their wickedness. The curse of Jotham son of Jerub-Baal came on them.

-Judges 9:50-57

Why I chose it:

Tag yourself; I’m the millstone.

In all seriousness, though, every time I read Judges it’s like I’m reading it for the first time, and I am completely blown away by how wild and dark it is. A few people make good choices but mostly it’s just a long series of bad choices. Even Gideon, famous for routing an enemy army with only 300 men because the Lord is with him, winds up (accidentally???) leading his people into idolatry and then one of his sons (Abimelech) murders all of his other sons.

So like, make good choices, and if you wind up in a tower surrounded by a murderous army, don’t lose hope!

Scripture Sunday (17)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.

-Deuteronomy 9:6

Why I chose it:

I like this verse because God knows how hard it is for us to stay humble. If I am successful in life, in big or small things, it is not as a reward for being righteousness or doing all the right things. It is important to obey God, and He will reward me for it, but it doesn’t mean that I get some good real estate it means I don’t have to worry anymore about being a sinner. We’re all sinners, regardless of good things we get or good things that happen to us, and none of us are better than another.

Scripture Sunday (16)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

I forgot to do a post last week so you’re going to get a double helping today.

From my reading this week:

The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They came forward and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.”

So Moses brought their case before the Lord, and the Lord said to him, “What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance to them.

-Numbers 27:1-11

and

The family heads of the clan of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, who were from the clans of the descendants of Joseph, came and spoke before Moses and the leaders, the heads of the Israelite families. They said, “When the Lord commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot, he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away. When the Year of Jubilee for the Israelites comes, their inheritance will be added to that of the tribe into which they marry, and their property will be taken from the tribal inheritance of our ancestors.”

Then at the Lord’s command Moses gave this order to the Israelites: “What the tribe of the descendants of Joseph is saying is right. This is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father’s tribal clan. No inheritance in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors. Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father’s tribal clan, so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of their ancestors. No inheritance may pass from one tribe to another, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits.”

So Zelophehad’s daughters did as the Lord commanded Moses. Zelophehad’s daughters—Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milkah and Noah—married their cousins on their father’s side. They married within the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in their father’s tribe and clan.

-Numbers 36:1-12

Why I chose it:

In The Old Testament, women are so rarely mentioned specifically by name, much less get to speak, that I notice each and every time it happens.

These girls are smart! They don’t complain, get passive aggressive, or try to manipulate their way to getting what they clearly deserve. Instead, they go directly to the man in charge, state the problem, and what they feel they should get. I’m probably projecting here but I like how when Moses brings it to God, God seems to be saying, “Well DUH. Give them their inheritance!”

Of course, at the time keeping family lines intact was super important or whatever, so they have to add on marriage rules (classic) but the women are obedient to God’s decisions, no matter what they are. YOU GO, LADIES.