Daily Reading 2/9 Day 20

Today’s Readings: Genesis 21, Judges 5, Psalms 26, Matthew 17

Pastor Tim’s Thoughts:

Genesis 21

– 21:6-7, Isaac means “he laughs”

– 21:9, “laughing” although the Hebrew word can have a few different connotations, given the context, it should probably be taken to mean that Ishmael was mocking Isaac.

– It’s interesting that Ishmael’s name is not mentioned in this passage.

– In Galatians 4 Paul uses this episode as an allegory to explain the difference between those under the Law and those of the Promise. 

– Although the word used to describe Ishmael is “child”, he is actually about 16 years old at this time.

– 21:16, “about the distance of a bowshot”  Some have said that Hagar was near making the decision to shoot her son rather than watch him die of thirst or starvation. 

– 21:17,  It would be interesting to know how many times throughout scripture the LORD responds to those who cry out in need.

– 21:31, Beersheba means either “well of seven” or “well of the oath” (sheba means “seven”, shebuah means “oath”)

Judges 5

– 5:6-8, before Deborah arose as judge in Israel, the streets were silent because of Israel’s submission to her oppressors. 

– 5:10, this is a celebration for both the rich and the poor

– 5:14-18 recounts the contributions (or lack thereof) of each tribe of Israel in defeating Jabin, king of Canaan.

– 5:24, Jael receives the glory for the battle in this song (rather than Barak)

– 5:28-30, Deborah speculates about the mother of Sisera and how she might have pondered why he delayed in coming home from battle.  Perhaps she peered out the window in worry thinking that maybe something terrible had happened to Sisera.  No doubt her friends would comfort her saying that Sisera was delayed because his victory was so great and it was taking so long to divide the spoil.

Psalms 26

– 26:4-5, “sit with” would infer scheming or giving and taking counsel.  He does not speak with the wicked in a way that might affect his judgement. 

– From chapter 25 we know that David is not claiming to be sinless.  Rather, he knows that being counted right is only possible when forgiveness comes to the one who has “trusted in the LORD without wavering” vs. 1

Matthew 17

– At the transfiguration Peter, James, and John are allowed to see Jesus in His eternal glory (fulfilling 16:28)

– 17:3, the presence of Moses and Elijah is likely to represent the Law and the Prophets bearing witness to Jesus as the Christ.

– 17:5, echoes the voice that was heard at Jesus’ baptism. 

– 17:11, The name Elijah means “Yahweh, my God”.  Jesus could be referring to the meaning of Elijah’s name before transitioning into the explanation that John fulfilled the prophecy of Elijah’s coming.  If so, in verse 11 Jesus would be saying “Yahweh, my God, does come, and he will restore all things.”

– 17:20, The exercise of their faith must be very small since even if they have faith as small as a mustard seed they would have authority over mountains.

– 17:22, “delivered into the hands of men” is an amazing statement demonstrating the ironic way that God will save mankind.  The only righteous man that ever lived, who has the authority of God, will be judged and condemned by sinful men.

– 17:24-27, This tax is not the Roman tax.  This tax was taken to support the work of the Temple.  That’s why Jesus uses this analogy with Peter.  Jesus is the Son of God, and the temple is the house of God.  Therefore, Jesus does not owe taxes for the temple service.  However, He pays for Himself and Peter “not to give offense to them…”