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I Chronicles 1-2:17

Two things caught my eye in today’s read, the kings of Edom (1:43-50) did not rule by generational succession, and Judah’s middle son (2:3) is not mentioned as also having had his life “taken” by God (Genesis 38:9-10), I wonder why?

Family values are all over the place in this listing. David’s sisters, Zeruiah, and Abigail gave birth to four warriors, Abishai, one of the Mighty Men of Valor, the text states he was the most famous one (II Sam 23:19); Joab was David’s general, however he is not listed as one of the men of Valor. The third son of Zeruiah was Asahel also one of the Mighty Men but he was killed by Saul’s general and cousin Abner (II Sam 2:20-30), who was latter killed by Joab (II Sam 3:27). Then latter, after Absalom was killed by Joab, the son he of Abigail, Amasa, who became Absalom’s general is killed by his cousin, Joab (II Sam 20:10).

Family get togethers or reunions must have been a real blow out with this in this family.

Acts 23:111-35

When things don’t go smoothly we have the tendency to think we are in sin, but it just could be we are in the will of God and that is why the heat is being turned up. Paul’s life is an example for us that difficult circumstances, dangerous situations and hostile people may not be about us doing the wrong thing but about us being on the right rode. If Paul had not been locked up in prison so much we would not have the letters he wrote to the churches and to Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

Psalm 3:1-8

Interesting that David wrote this after his son Absalom sought to kill him while wresting the throne away from his father. Did David write this before or after Absalom death? Either way David knew who to turn too and because he trusted God he did not miss out on his necessary rest, sleep.

Proverbs 18:14-15

15 Intelligent people are always open to new ideas. In fact, they look for them.

I’ve read this but never saw this. So often people who have done great things, great teachers who have taught for a couple of decades, hold onto the things that first made them great and we think, “They were fabulous, intelligent, and wise all those years ago, so they must know what they are talking about now despite them not keeping up with new discovers and methodologies. Yet this proverb states intelligence continually looks for and is open to things that are new.

I’ve heard this saying and have used and applied it to my life and in counseling others.

“When change is necessary failure to change is destructive.”

Change can only come about when new information is presented and accepted.

Grace and peace,

Good morning! Wow new chapter today and book! 1 Chronicles. I love having read through the Bible this year and see names I recognize and it makes more sense and understanding of geneol9gy.

Acts Paul..love his mission and purpose fulfilled and Jesus speaking to him and confirming his assignment for Rome.

Psalm 3- dur8ng or after Absoloms life and David seeking comfort in arms of his Savior and asking for peace and protection while he sleeps.

Proverbs 18..I feel like people are skeptical of change. Change is eminent to see growth. We need to be constantly be growing and not be stagnant. When you think you know it all is when you get prideful, they becomes your destruction.

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