5/2/11

Fetch!


But I just said "fetch" and look what happened!!!  How was I to know he would take me seriously???  Sometimes life is full of surprises and so it is with this dog.  People are like that too; sometimes they amaze you!!!  Here are a few examples...

2 Samuel 23:8-39 (WEB)


8) These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb Basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite, against eight hundred slain at one time.

9) After him was Eleazar the son of Dodai the son of an Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines who were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away.

10) He arose, and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand froze to the sword; and Yahweh worked a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to take spoil.

11) After him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. The Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Philistines.

12) But he stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and Yahweh worked a great victory.

13) Three of the thirty chief men went down, and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam; and the troop of the Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim.

14) David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

15) David longed, and said, “Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”

16) The three mighty men broke through the army of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but he would not drink of it, but poured it out to Yahweh.

17) He said, “Be it far from me, Yahweh, that I should do this! Isn’t it the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. The three mighty men did these things.

18) Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the three. He lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name among the three.

19) Wasn’t he most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: however he didn’t attain to the three.

20) Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow.

21) He killed an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.

22) Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did these things, and had a name among the three mighty men.

23) He was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn’t attain to the three. David set him over his guard.

24) Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

25) Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

26) Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

27) Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

28) Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

29) Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

30) Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash.

31) Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

32) Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

33) Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite,

34) Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

35) Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

36) Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

37) Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor bearers to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

38) Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

39) Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.

Talk about your "A" team!!!  Its hard to fathom what the first few in the list did.  Even the last one in the list (Uriah the Hittite) was someone who had quite an attitude toward war.  After looking at all this, I wonder how the God of Heaven looks at what I have done with my life.  Good question and somehow the word "fetch" will never quite seem the same to me again.

OT Bible Reading 5/2

May 2


Deuteronomy 19, 20

Deu 19:1 When Yahweh your God shall cut off the nations, whose land Yahweh your God gives you, and you succeed them, and dwell in their cities, and in their houses;

Deu 19:2 you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land, which Yahweh your God gives you to possess it.

Deu 19:3 You shall prepare you the way, and divide the borders of your land, which Yahweh your God causes you to inherit, into three parts, that every manslayer may flee there.

Deu 19:4 This is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee there and live: whoever kills his neighbor unawares, and didn't hate him in time past;

Deu 19:5 as when a man goes into the forest with his neighbor to chop wood, and his hand fetches a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the handle, and lights on his neighbor, so that he dies; he shall flee to one of these cities and live:

Deu 19:6 lest the avenger of blood pursue the manslayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and strike him mortally; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as he didn't hate him in time past.

Deu 19:7 Therefore I command you, saying, You shall set apart three cities for yourselves.

Deu 19:8 If Yahweh your God enlarges your border, as he has sworn to your fathers, and gives you all the land which he promised to give to your fathers;

Deu 19:9 if you keep all this commandment to do it, which I command you this day, to love Yahweh your God, and to walk ever in his ways; then you shall add three cities more for yourselves, besides these three:

Deu 19:10 that innocent blood not be shed in the midst of your land, which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be on you.

Deu 19:11 But if any man hates his neighbor, and lies in wait for him, and rises up against him, and strikes him mortally so that he dies, and he flees into one of these cities;

Deu 19:12 then the elders of his city shall send and bring him there, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.

Deu 19:13 Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with you.

Deu 19:14 You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which they of old time have set, in your inheritance which you shall inherit, in the land that Yahweh your God gives you to possess it.

Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall a matter be established.

Deu 19:16 If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing,

Deu 19:17 then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before Yahweh, before the priests and the judges who shall be in those days;

Deu 19:18 and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness is a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother;

Deu 19:19 then you shall do to him as he had thought to do to his brother: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

Deu 19:20 Those who remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil in the midst of you.

Deu 19:21 Your eyes shall not pity; life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Deu 20:1 When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than you, you shall not be afraid of them; for Yahweh your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

Deu 20:2 It shall be, when you draw near to the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people,

Deu 20:3 and shall tell them, Hear, Israel, you draw near this day to battle against your enemies: don't let your heart faint; don't be afraid, nor tremble, neither be scared of them;

Deu 20:4 for Yahweh your God is he who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Deu 20:5 The officers shall speak to the people, saying, What man is there who has built a new house, and has not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.

Deu 20:6 What man is there who has planted a vineyard, and has not used its fruit? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man use its fruit.

Deu 20:7 What man is there who has pledged to be married a wife, and has not taken her? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.

Deu 20:8 The officers shall speak further to the people, and they shall say, What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return to his house, lest his brother's heart melt as his heart.

Deu 20:9 It shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking to the people, that they shall appoint captains of armies at the head of the people.

Deu 20:10 When you draw near to a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace to it.

Deu 20:11 It shall be, if it makes you answer of peace, and opens to you, then it shall be, that all the people who are found therein shall become tributary to you, and shall serve you.

Deu 20:12 If it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it:

Deu 20:13 and when Yahweh your God delivers it into your hand, you shall strike every male of it with the edge of the sword:

Deu 20:14 but the women, and the little ones, and the livestock, and all that is in the city, even all its spoil, you shall take for a prey to yourself; and you shall eat the spoil of your enemies, which Yahweh your God has given you.

Deu 20:15 Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.

Deu 20:16 But of the cities of these peoples, that Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes;

Deu 20:17 but you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; as Yahweh your God has commanded you;

Deu 20:18 that they not teach you to do after all their abominations, which they have done to their gods; so would you sin against Yahweh your God.

Deu 20:19 When you shall besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them; for you may eat of them, and you shall not cut them down; for is the tree of the field man, that it should be besieged of you?

Deu 20:20 Only the trees of which you know that they are not trees for food, you shall destroy and cut them down; and you shall build bulwarks against the city that makes war with you, until it fall.

NT Bible Reading 5/2, 5/3

May 2, 3


Luke 18



Luk 18:1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,

Luk 18:2 saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man.

Luk 18:3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'

Luk 18:4 He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,

Luk 18:5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.' "

Luk 18:6 The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.

Luk 18:7 Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?

Luk 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

Luk 18:9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.

Luk 18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.

Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

Luk 18:12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'

Luk 18:13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'

Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Luk 18:15 They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

Luk 18:16 Jesus summoned them, saying, "Allow the little children to come to me, and don't hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Luk 18:17 Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."

Luk 18:18 A certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luk 18:19 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one-God.

Luk 18:20 You know the commandments: 'Don't commit adultery,' 'Don't murder,' 'Don't steal,' 'Don't give false testimony,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' "

Luk 18:21 He said, "I have observed all these things from my youth up."

Luk 18:22 When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me."

Luk 18:23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.

Luk 18:24 Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!

Luk 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."

Luk 18:26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"

Luk 18:27 But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

Luk 18:28 Peter said, "Look, we have left everything, and followed you."

Luk 18:29 He said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake,

Luk 18:30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life."

Luk 18:31 He took the twelve aside, and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed.

Luk 18:32 For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on.

Luk 18:33 They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again."

Luk 18:34 They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said.

Luk 18:35 It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging.

Luk 18:36 Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.

Luk 18:37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.

Luk 18:38 He cried out, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"

Luk 18:39 Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"

Luk 18:40 Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,

Luk 18:41 "What do you want me to do?" He said, "Lord, that I may see again."

Luk 18:42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you."

Luk 18:43 Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.