Friday, September 3, 2010

100902 1Kg 3

1 Kings 3
3.2  for the name of the lord...  This seems like an odd way to say it, but I guess you can really build a temple for Him to live in, so you build one to honor His name.
3.14  if...  The widom and riches seem to be unconditional, but he will only live long if...
3.28  the wisdom of God...  caused the people to be in awe.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

100902 1 Kg 1-2

1 Kings 1
1.6  His father had never at any time despleased him by asking, "Why have you done so?...  --Wow! What a great parenting lesson.  Parents must, from time to time, displease or "cross" their children.  Does this make the child happy?  I would think not, but it just comes with the territory.
"His father had never interfered with him or 'crossed him' (NASB) is more descriptive than 'displeased him' (RSV), for this comment by the author (cf. vv. 8, 10) betrays David's weakness in his unwillingness to cause his children any physical or mental discomfort . . ." ---Wiseman, Donald John. 1 & 2 Kings: An Introduction and Commentary. Tyndale OldTestament Commentaries series. Downers Grove, Ill., and Leicester, Eng.: Inter- Varsity Press, 1993., p. 69.
1.36 Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord say so...  What a great way to agree and acknowledge God's sovereignty.
1 Kings 2
2.2  show yourself a man...  That is a great challenge to a son.
2.5 Joab...  on the bad list
2.7  Barzillai...  on the good list
2.8  Shimei...  on the bad list
2.25  remember 1.52
2.35  While there are many reasons it makes sense, it is odd to me that the king would choose the priests.
2.28  Joab seems to be a very shrewd and treacherous person.  I am suprised that he figured the succession thing all wrong.
2.46  Shimei was the last of the unfinished business.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ruth - 1 Samuel 19-20

Ruth 1
1.1  sojourn in the country of Moab...  A lot of teachers and preachers like to give Elimelech a hard time for going to Moab.  It was definantly an indication that things were not right in Israel, but I'm not inclined to be so hard on the guy.
1.6  the Lord had visited his people...  
Ruth 2
2.20  by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead...  
Ruth 3
3.15  and he measured out six measures...  Why six?  What that all she could carry?  Was their some symbolic significance.
Ruth 4
James 5.11
1 Samuel 19
19.4  his deeds have brought to good to you...  That is the kind of person we should be.
19.24  Is Saul also among the prophets?   This is an interesting event in several ways.  First the irony of the Proverb being that Saul is the last anyone would expect to be a prophet or close to God.  His emnity with God was breath taking.  Second, is the whole thing about the Spirit of God coming on him to prevent him from capturing David.
1 Samuel 20
20.3  there is but a step between me and death...  Reminds me of the Stonewall Jackson quote, “Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.”
20.42  the Lord shall be...  This assumed the fear of the Lord would motivate the promised action.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Date ??? Numbers 32-36

Numbers 32
32.7  Why will you discourage the people?  It is interesting to see the whole issue couched in terms of discouraging others from obeying God instead of not doing their fair share.
32.12  wholly followed Me...  Caleb is a man I want to be like.
32.23  be sure your sin will find you out.  I find this to  be a intriguing expression especially in the immediate context of sinning against the Lord.  I had always thought of this in terms of natural consequences, but am wondering about that now.
32.32  before the Lord...  here in the context of going to battle.  This expression is made more interesting here in the context of things that will be devoted to destruction, but mainly is a reminder that everything we do is "before the Lord."

Numbers 33
  1. Succoth
  2. Etham
  3. Migdol
  4. Marah
  5. Elim
  6. Read Sea
  7. wilderness of Sin
  8. Dophkah
  9. Alush
  10. Rephidim
  11. Wilderness of Mihkah
  12. Kibroth-hattaavah
  13. Hezeroth
  14. Rithmah
  15. Rimmon-perez
  16. Libnah
  17. Rissah
  18. Kehelathah
  19. Mount Shepher
  20. Haradah
  21. Makheloth
  22. Tahath
  23. Terah
  24. Mithkah
  25. Hashmonah
  26. Moseroth
  27. Bene-jaakan
  28. Horhaggidgad
  29. Jotbathah
  30. Abronah
  31. Ezion-geber
  32. Wilderness of Zin (Kadesh)
  33. Mount Hor
  34. 33.38 Aaron ... died...
  35. Zalmonah
  36. Punon
  37. Oboth
  38. Iye-abarium
  39. Dibon-gad
  40. Almondiblathaim
  41. Mountains of Abarim
  42. plains of Moab
Doesn't sound like much of a vacation.
Numbers 34
borders and tribal chiefs
Numbers 35
35.22  pushed him suddenly without enmity...  
35.31 accept no ransom for his life...  I guess the rich were able to buy their way out of troubles too.
35.33  pollute the land...  Innocent blood is the kind of pollution that everyone wants to stop.
35.33  no atonement can be made for the land...  What a curious thought I had only thought of atonement in the terms of people's sin.
Numbers 36
36.6  Let them marry whom they think be best...  An interesting thought when thinking about arranged marriages and telling daughters who they can't marry (conditions to these did seem to apply.