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I Chronicles 11-12:18

Today in my readings, I seem to be focused on trivial things, or are they? Let’s see, Joab became David’s commander not because of his skill and loyalty but because he was the first to lead an attack against the Jebusites. (11:6). He and his brothers were loose cannons and David had trouble controlling them (II Sam 3:39).

I’m a little confused, and have been for awhile, about the “three” who were part of David’s Mighty Men. I’ve always seen the names of two, Jashobeam and Eleazar; however who is the third, is it David himself? As I read through the descriptions and exploits of the Mighty Men like David and Eleazar taking out an enemy’s, army while the rest Israel’s army fled (11:12-14), I was reminded of the verse in Zechariah,

"This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.” (4:6)

I have also noted that some of the men were more skillful in combat; however, those who received honor and tribute did not have the highest skills (11:20-25).

In the twelfth chapter, David picked up defectors from Saul’s army. Hmmm, how one is perceived in history is determined by who gets to right the final chapter. Did these men know that Samuel had anointed David King or did they just evaluate the character of the two men and choose accordingly?

Acts 28:1-31

In this chapter, I kept noticing how the number three kept coming up. Does it have a meaning, other than Jesus spending three days and three nights in the grave, or is it just a number that just happens to show up here?

1) On the Island the inhabitants welcomed and fed the shipwrecked crew for “three days.” (7)
2) They set sail again three months after the shipwreck (11)
3) While in at the Forum on the Appian Way Paul’s group met other believers at The Three Taverns.
4) When Paul arrived in Rome he waited three days and then invited the local Jewish leaders.

Mike you said then asked, “They were first cursing him, then suddenly worshiping him. I wonder if we do this in our lives too?”

I’m not sure of something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, judging, but I believe when we do what you have stated, we are doing the kind of “judging” Jesus warns us about: judging someone’s spiritual condition. I think we confuse judging someone’s spiritual condition with judging someone’s actions or behavior. We use the oft misquoted and misapplied, “Judge not or you will be judged,” and say, “Well we all sin so I’m not supposed to judge.” We have to make judgments everyday. We judge whether we will get out of bed or stay; we have to judge if we will come along side and join a particular group, behavior or job, or reject the association, conduct or offer.

Moreover, at the last day, everyone will be judged, either as unbelievers at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:10-12), or as believers at the Throne of the Lamb (Rev. 7:9).

Psalm 9:1-12

When I wrote above about judging I didn’t realize that the following was in this Psalm,

3 My enemies turn away in retreat;
they are overthrown and destroyed before you.

4 For you have judged in my favor;
from your throne, you have judged with fairness.

Proverbs 19:1-3

2 Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way.

I’ve heard this stated, “Motivation if good if you know what you are motivated toward. But what if you motivate an idiot?”

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