“Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a peaceful and unsuspecting people. They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city. There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob.”
The people of Dan felt squeezed. They were the last tribe to roll the dice for an inheritance in Canaan. Stuck between four other tribes, Dan got the property leftovers. Besides being the smallest portion of land, “the Danites had difficulty taking possession of their territory” (Joshua 19.40-48). Apparently the original inhabitants were hard to dislodge. So Dan sent 600 warriors to locate a less protected piece of real estate. Israelite spies found Laish at the northern tip of Palestine “where they saw that the people were living in safety,… unsuspecting and secure. And since their land lacked nothing, they were prosperous. Also, they lived a long way from the Sidonians and had no relationship with anyone else” (Judges 18.7).
Perfect! Just what the soldiers of Dan were looking for. The people of Laish thought they were secure and “living in safety.” They were “prosperous” and “lacked nothing,” but they were also naïve and“unsuspecting.”
False security is easily breached. Laish had no idea what was about to happen. They lost everything and it could have been avoided. Laish could have developed allies of neighboring cities for just such a time as this. Instead they were all alone and “had no relationship with anyone else.” This made the city an easy target for war-savvy Israelites. Laish was destroyed “with the sword and burned” to the ground.
I attended a dance at my high school somewhere around 1968. A couple of long haired guys from another school cornered me and I felt threatened. Ned noticed my plight. He quietly strolled over and asked if everything was all right. Ned was a big guy. He was a lineman for the Ingraham football team and best of all, Ned was my friend. The bullies quickly got the picture and vanished. Thank you Ned.
Laish had no such friend. Do you? There will come a time when you wish you did. -
Tuesday, April 25 John 14 1st Samuel 30-31 2nd Samuel 1-2
Wednesday, April 26 John 15 2nd Samuel 3-5
Thursday, April 27 John 16 2nd Samuel 6-9
Friday, April 28 John 17 2nd Samuel 10-12
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Week 17: 1st Samuel 26 – 31; 2nd Samuel 1 – 12; John 13 – 17
The closing chapters of 1st Samuel describe with graphic detail the downfall and death of Israel’s first king, Saul. The book of 2nd Samuel provides an in-depth and intensely personal look at the life of David, the next king of the Jews.
David’s brilliant career was nearly destroyed by his self-absorbed decision to disobey the very God who elevated him from shepherd boy to ruler of a mighty nation. The king found God’s unexpected mercy when he humbled himself and admitted the truth:
“I have sinned against the Lord.” 2nd Samuel 12.13
This week’s reading in the Gospel of John is a record of the hours preceding Jesus’ arrest in the garden of Gethsemane including the washing of the disciple’s feet, a prediction of Peter’s denial, the promise of the Holy Spirit, and Christ’s timeless and faith-defining declaration:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14.6
Bible Reading Plan
There are 52 weeks and 260 weekdays in any given year (52 X 5 = 260). Coincidentally, there are also 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter of the New Testament every Monday through Friday, you will finish the entire New Testament in a year.
If you are a little more ambitious, you may want to read the whole Old Testament in a year on this 5 day a week reading plan.
Avid Bible students may accomplish the entire Bible each year by simply reading both Old and New Testament columns in the reading plan provided at the link below.
If you fall behind, use the weekends to catch up. If you fall far behind, don’t worry about it. Just pick up your reading for the day. The study of God’s Word should not be approached as a competition or legal requirement for believers. You don’t have to read the Bible. You get to. Enjoy your time in the Scriptures and read with a spirit of anticipation. Jesus will speak to you through His Word.
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