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OYB June 2

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  • 2009 Jun 02
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

2 Samuel

19:14-15 Thus he turned the hearts of all the men of Judah as one man, so that they sent word to the king, saying, "Return, you and all your servants." The king then returned and came as far as the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal in order to go to meet the king, to bring the king across the Jordan. Someday all the men of Judah will again have hearts as one man and will desperately long to have their King come back to them (along with His servants whom He will return to the earth with).

19:22 David then said, "What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be an adversary to me? Who were these sons of Zeruiah? We see them repeatedly and it seems that David is often frustrated with them. Here's some online help:

David had a sister, Zeruiah, who had three sons. These sons of Zeruiah, nephews of David, were Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Apparently these three men were part of David's band who hid with him in the Cave of Adullam. They were to distinguish themselves as brave men, but were personally ambitious for appointment to powerful jobs in David's future kingdom. Their personal ambition and nature, which proved to be revengeful and evil, was so distasteful to David that he at one time said of them, "These men the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for me. May the Lord repay the evildoer according to his evil." (2nd Samuel 3:39.) David apparently felt that his kingdom was made weak because of the evil in it. Nevertheless, David retained his three nephews in his band and eventually gave them leadership positions.

Jesus is not looking for those who are ambitious for personal gain to serve in His future Kingdom on earth either. These types of people definitely weaken the spiritual Kingdom of Christ among us now with their evil intent and desire for personal gain. May we always keep our motives pure for serving Christ.

19:22-23 This is not a day for execution but for celebration! Today I am once again the king of Israel!" Then, turning to Shimei, David vowed, "Your life will be spared." David, like Jesus, is merciful, even to those who have cursed him.

19:29 "You've said enough," David replied. "I've decided that you and Ziba will divide your land equally between you." As mad as this made me initially (for the sake of justice), I believe this demonstrates a Christlike heart on both the parts of "Phibs" and David. Phibby does not display an "entitlement" attitude but realizes that whatever he gets is wonderful because his greatest privileges is getting to eat at the table of the king. David demonstrates the all inclusive nature of God that Jesus explained in parable in Matthew 20:1-15 when He paid all the workers the same wage at the end of the day, even though some appeared to deserve more for their longer, faithful service (in this case, Phibs).

19:40-43 Funny how junior high mentality is present among David's men, but then again, are we any different in churches today? Don't we (individually and corporately) engage in petty, territorial squabbles left and right? Sadly, I have even witnessed it in full force in other countries (ministries) as well! I can't wait until our sinful, greedy natures are done away with!

John

21:1-11 I know this has to be a picture. For one thing, we cannot catch fish on our own. Our efforts are only a success as our work is given a Divine touch and direction. Also, the disciples fished all night without catching anything, but as soon as the daylight began to break, they were able to catch more fish than they could fathom. Consider this verse:

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

Perhaps the big catch Jesus taught about here is the one coming to our nets later. I believe Romans helps us to understand that we are now living in the night until Christ returns to set up His Kingdom. When that happens, His followers will help Him net a huge catch in the Millennial Kingdom as they work for a harvest together. Compared to the few fish we seem to catch now, perhaps then our nets will be overflowing. And though our nets become full, they will not break. There will be room for all the fish (vs. 11).

21:5 So Jesus said to them, "Children, you do not have any fish, do you?" I find it strange that He addressed grown men as children, yet they did not think it strange (at least that we can tell).

Cool. I was on a bunny trail of research today (you can Google this yourself and find plenty of information) and I discovered some interesting numbers.

666 The number of man (also, man was created on the 6th day!)

777 The number of Yahweh (The seventh day is the day of perfection and Yahweh's appointed holy day of rest. The future "seventh day" will be the Sabbath Millennium for 1,000 years of rest from toil and oppression on this earth)

888 The number of Jesus (early Christians spoke of the day of Jesus' resurrection as "the eighth day"- the first day of God's new creation and the day of new beginnings. After the Millennial Kingdom will come "the last great day" or the 8th Day of Judgment and new beginnings.

Apparently, there are number values attached to the primary words. For example, (from an online source) here is how the principle of the numbering system works for the name of Jesus:

The number of Jesus is 888. Using the Greek Ionic Ciphered Numeral System scientifically proves this. In this system, each letter of the Greek alphabet is assigned a numerical value. The name of Jesus in Greek is spelled I H S O U S (iota, eta, sigma, omicron, upsilon, sigma). Substituting in the Greek numeral system the equivalent numerical values to each letter in the name of Jesus and adding them up, the total is 888. The values of each letter are: iota, 10; eta, 8; sigma, 200; omicron, 70; upsilon, 400; sigma, 200. The sum of 10 + 8 + 200 + 70 + 400 + 200 is 888.

21:15-17 Peter denied Jesus 3 times. Jesus asked for a confirmation of Peter's love 3 times. Also, here is Peter's commission to go to the Jews, not the Gentiles. We have referred to this a couple times before, but Peter could not have been the Pope of the Catholic Church because he was sent to the Jews (sheep), not the Gentiles. Paul was sent to the Gentiles (see Galatians 2:7). Later, the believing Gentiles are referred to as sheep, but in context this is distinguishing Jews from Gentiles.

21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written. This is a powerful verse. Can you imagine all that Jesus did in His day?