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I Chronicles 2:18-4:4
“It is fun to look for minutiae like this when reading through the genealogies!.”

Mike I’m not so sure minutiae, (small or trivial details) is the right word, maybe hunting down little details that lead to greater revelation should be called “Gold.”

I became fascinated with the genealogy of Caleb, specifically the descendants of his son Hur, at the end of the second chapter (50-55). Not only was Bezalel’s work the model for Solomon’s Temple, but the descendents of Shobal another of Hur’s sons populated the cities of Zorah and Eshtaol, which play a major role in the story of Sampson and the tribe of Dan (Judges 13-18). Also Caleb’s descendents, members of the tribe of Judah populated the little town of Bethlehem, which translates into The House of Bread in Hebrew, the birth place of Jesus. (4:4)

Caleb means dog in Hebrew and for me it is uplifting and encouraging that a man with a name of an animal that is considered lower than low in Judaism is used by God not only as a great warrior in conquering the Promise Land, but to point and prepare the way to and for our soon coming King, Jesus. Even the “Dog’s” of society have hope in God.

Acts 24:1-27

What struck me in this reading is how the theme of false accusations runs through the readings for Acts, with Paul’s situation, and through Psalm and Proverbs.

We try to make lies truth by gathering up a posse of people to agree with us, the greater the departure from the truth the bigger the posse and the louder the voices. Paul has the high priest, Jewish leaders and their lawyer, upstanding members of the community forming an alliance to conquer truth by volume and numbers cannot overcome the light of truth no matter how big the mob.

Felix the governor, knowing the truth, is willing to suppress and corrupt the truth because he is looking for a bribe. I don’t know how much of what Paul observed in human behavior contributed to his Letter to the Romans stating,

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.

Obviously, Paul knew something about the subversion of truth in his travels and his imprisonment.

Psalm 4:1-8
David also is battling false accusation in this Psalm. Verse two states,

How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make these groundless accusations?
How long will you pursue lies?

Gossip, falsehoods, rumors and innuendoes have been around since the fall in the garden, but no matter how long we know people have been “bad-mouthing” others, it still hurts when we are the brunt of the attack. And truth be known we have all been on the “giving” end of passing along false information, as well as the receiving.

Proverbs 18:16-18

So, because I realize that I have been receiving as well as giving false words, the three Proverbs in today’s reading take on a whole new meaning, a very personal one that I need to heed.

A gift, a bribe can cause people to turn their heads away from truth, like Felix was hoping Paul would do, subverting truth. Setting the record straight, after the first story is released, may be stonewalled and blocked, thus allowing the first story to circulate freely and unhindered for a while truth is blocked. A lie is halfway ‘round the world before truth gets out of bed. Casting lots and throwing dice may be the least confrontational method in settling disputes, but again truth is not the primary concern when one bases a decision or choice on the throw of a die.

Grace and peace,

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