For being a man after God’s own heart, David had kind of a messed-up family. Considering how his kids turned out, he doesn’t look to have been all that great of a father, which is why I find it odd that he was called “a man after God’s own heart,” since Fatherhood is a pretty important part of who God is.
Really, the more I know about David, the more I like him. I had never really made the logical connection in my head before, but it’s true: David was a musician. Many of the Psalms are written by him. So not only was he a shepherd and an outlaw, but he was creative as well. Totally not king material at first glance. But I kinda wanna write a book about a guy like that. I’ve always seen David as a kind of Robin Hood. There are a lot of similarities between his life and the legends of that infamous character.
It’s a little funny how whenever a man does something to please the king in the Bible, generally the king’s first reaction is to make him general over a legion of men in his army, which he did to David. But David was a shepherd and a musician – what are the odds he knew anything at all about war? He had killed Goliath like he would kill a bear or mountain lion, not a man attacking with sword and spear.
David is a good example of the fact that there is no better way to drive your “enemies” crazy than to be nice to them. Saul literally threw a javelin at him, but David remained loyal to the king. And if I may speculate, Saul’s reign went downhill from there.
I really do wonder about how Oursler portrays the characters in this book. Some of his portrayals make sense, but on others, I can’t see the line of logic that led him to assume certain aspects of their personalities. Saul did seem like a fairly messed-up guy in some ways, but we have to remember that God chose him, and He wouldn’t have picked a king who wasn’t suited for the throne, right?
This is one of the most exciting parts of the Bible, I think, full of action and war and supernatural intervention. How long must it have taken for everyone to realize Joshua’s prayer had come true and the sun was actually standing still? It’s one of those really cool moments when God intervenes, but He does it silently, and His silent acts almost seem more world-rending than His loud ones.
In the past couple months I heard a sermon on why Moses was such a great man. I know Moses is dead by this time, but the connection I’m drawing is to Joshua, and why he isn’t considered as great as Moses was even though he led the conquest that established Israel in its Promised Land. Joshua did amazing things, too, so why is Moses considered the better leader?
The answer the sermon gave was that Moses trained a successor. He had an apprentice ~ Joshua himself ~ to whom he taught the fundamentals of leadership and to whom he left the leadership of Israel after he died. Joshua seemed to be a great leader in every other regard except for this one ~ he did not train someone to take his place when he died. That is the mark of a great leader.
Is that really how “thread” is spelled? It looks odd somehow.
I had never thought of it extensively before, but I wonder where Rahab’s family lived? Clearly they were in Jericho, but did they live with her? I always assumed she lived alone. But she did ask the spies to promise that she and her family would be spared. She was obviously the leader of her household, which in those days would mean she must have had no husband, but maybe she had children living with her?
The spies told Rahab about the mighty army of the Israelites and how God had led them to victory many times before. How appalling it must have been for Rahab to look out her window and watch the “mighty” army walk around her city for seven days! They weren’t even attacking! Not a single arrow was fired over the wall. Just a lot of marching and trumpeting. It probably looked more like a marching band than an army. I wonder if Rahab laughed within herself like Sarah did at how God was choosing to do things. The whole city of Jericho was probably laughing by the end of the week.
But then suddenly the walls began to crumble, and the Israelites rushed in, and the entire city was overtaken.
They did not see that coming.