Tonight, I’m reading the rest of 1 Kings, starting with chapter 10. I’m meeting the Queen of Sheba! How exciting.
1 Kings 10:1—Yup, when I hear of a famous person, I come to ask them hard questions. Better phrasing might have been that she heard of his wisdom, not just his fame…
1 Kings 10:8—My translation says “Happy are your wives!” but notes that it could also read “Happy are your men!” What am I supposed to read into that?
1 Kings 10:14—Why is the number 666 of the devil, and yet that is the weight of the gold that came to Solomon in one year? Do people who put stock in the 666 thing extrapolate then that that gold was of the devil too?
1 Kings 10:22—Peacocks is apparently also translated as babboons… Not two animals I’d usually mix up…
1 Kings 11:3—Not gonna comment on the number of princesses and concubines. Nope.
1 Kings 11:41—Did the Book of the Acts of Solomon survive? I would love to read it! That’s not the Song of Solomon, right?
1 Kings 12:10-11—Why does that sound like a good idea? People come to Rehoboam telling him that they are weary and stressed, and he decides to be a jerk and poke at their pressure point. Seems dumb to me.
1 Kings 13:18—This prophet must know how difficult it is to proclaim the word of God to those who do not wish to hear. Why then does he deceive the man of God into disobeying the orders of the Lord? Jealousy? Is it meant to test the man’s resolve? I don’t like it. It’s shady.
1 Kings 14:13—How kind. The Lord sees something pleasing in Jeroboam’s son, and so, after he is killed, he will be buried. That something good in the son isn’t enough to save his life, just enough to give him dignity in death.
1 Kings 14:19—Did the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel survive? It must be a fascinating look into history…
1 Kings 15:2, 8-9—Abijam, son of Maacah (who is the daughter of Abishalom), reigned over Judah for three years and was succeeded by his son Asa. Asa, son of Abijam and Maacah (who is the daughter of Abishalom). Does that mean Asa is not only Abijam’s son but also his half-brother?
1 Kings 17:1-2—I misread the prophecy of Elijah the Tishbite, such that I thought he said there would be no water except his word, and I really liked that imagery, that the word of the prophet (therefore the word of God) was the water which would quench the thirst of Israel…
1 Kings 19:8—Interesting that Elijah also fasted 40 days and 40 nights. I know his fast was imposed, and that he had no choice, but still. An interesting parallel.
Tomorrow, I’ll be reading 2 Kings 1-13. For now, I say good night, my friends!
i think that scene is supposed to be intimidating but i find it hilarious
I watch this movie at least once a year during Holy Week.
Another short day for reasons. 1 Kings 9. I’ll try and catch up tomorrow.
1 Kings 9:4—Right, David walked with integrity of heart and uprightness. Yup.
Tomorrow, I’ll try to finish 1 Kings, but we’ll see what happens. I should at least read a significant amount more than either last night or tonight.
Very short night tonight because of reasons. i’m reading 1 Kings 8. And I’ll be playing catch-up, but that’s ok. Lent is about preparing for joy, not mindlessly slogging through disciplines.
Ok, I didn’t have any commentary on the one chapter, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a much longer reading.
See you then!
I’m reading 1 Kings 1-11 tonight. Enjoy!
1 Kings 1:2-4—If all David needed was body heat, why does it matter if she’s beautiful, or a virgin? It doesn’t. It simply ups her property value. Ugh.
1 Kings 2:13-46—Solomon may be more bloodthirsty than David!
1 Kings 3:16-28—Didn’t God set up judges so that the higher ups wouldn’t have to deal with problems like this? Yeah, yeah, yeah, Solomon was wise and compassionate, but how did it get to him in the first place?
I only made it through 1 Kings 7, so I’ll read 8 - 22 tomorrow. See you then!
Today, I’m posting on 2 Samuel 18-24. And as part of my Lenten disciplines, I’ve committed to posting daily, no matter what, except on Sundays (when I may or may not post depending). So there’s that.
Here we go!
2 Sam. 18:14-15—Ok, so Absalom is hanging from a tree, his head stuck in the branches and bearing all his weight. Joab takes not one, not two, but three spears and stabs him in the heart. He’s probably dead, right? But still, Joab’s armor-bearers surround his body and strike at him and kill him. That’s just cruel. Especially after David commanded that they were to deal gently with him!
2 Sam. 20:3—Wait, what? These concubines watched your house when you left for fear of your life, and now you shut them up and never see them until they die?!
2 Sam. 22:3—As much as I love the imagery as God as our rock and refuge, to say that God saves David from violence doesn’t seem true. It seems that God calls David into violence time and again, in claiming and reclaiming the throne, first from Saul, and then from Absalom…
2 Sam. 22:7—My spiritual director shared with me something she had read: is God omnipresent? I don’t think anything in the bible actually confirms God’s omnipresence, and this passage seems to outright deny it… Dunno what I make of that yet.
2 Sam. 22:21—“According to the cleanness of [David’s] hands [God] recompensed [him]…” David’s hands are clean? HA!
2 Sam. 23:24-39—“Among the Thirty were… thirty seven in all.” Ok, not great at math, but something doesn’t seem right…
2 Sam. 24:12-14—In my opinion, the honorable thing to do would have been to take the personal punishment. David numbered the people (which is apparently bad), and so it is David who should have suffered, not the whole of Israel.
tl;dr—I don’t like David much. Nor his generals. Too much bloodshed, and no one takes responsibility…
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting on 1 Kings 1-11. See you then, and I wish you well this Lenten season! (I was gonna say “Happy Lent” but I don’t think that’s quite the right phrase…)
Today, I’m posting on 2 Samuel 9-17.
2 Sam. 12:24—The Lord punishes David through his child by Bathsheba, and yet when Bathsheba bears a second child, that is the one the Lord favors over all of David’s offspring… It doesn’t make much sense to me…
Tomorrow, I’ll be reading 2 Samuel 18-24. Hope to see you then!
"Rest is more like God than any creature." —Meister Eckhart, In all things I seek rest (Eccl. 24:11)
I dunno what it is, but recently, my tastes in music have trended to what I would consider “mature”. I’ve listened to classical music and NPR almost non-stop for about a week now, whereas I never listened to either very often before now. Strange.
Today, I’m reading 2 Samuel 1-8.
2 Sam. 1:15-16—Kind of jerky, huh? This Amalekite put Saul out of his misery on the battlefield at the king’s pleading, yet David demands he be killed…
2 Sam. 1:25—Always fun discovering common phrases in the bible that you didn’t know were biblical! “How the mighty have fallen!” And interesting that the context seems sincere, whereas most uses of this phrase feel sarcastic nowadays…
2 Sam. :16—Michal’s second husband really loved her, following her to David at Hebron, crying all the way. Yet, when Abner sends him away, he goes without a fight…
2 Sam. 5:8—”…the lame and the blind, those whom David hates…” JERK! How is this a man we raise as a pinnacle of faith?!
2 Sam. 6:6—Oh, for pete’s sake! Uzzah wanted to steady the Ark because the oxen carrying it shook it. Why is that punishable by death?! I would think that shows a loving reverence to God!
Tomorrow, I’ll be reading 2 Samuel 9-17, so I’ll see you then!