Friday, April 24, 2009

All for Nothing

Our reading today is I Chronicles 3-5. You might expect with a name like that to read a report or a list. It does not dissappoint.

For example, we read that David had 7 wives and 19 sons plus a daughter Tamar mentioned by name. She comes up later. He also had concubines in addition to the wives and had an unnumbered amount of children with them.

Plus lots of other names and lists of families.

At the end of today's reading are two paragraphs. At first, this family group trusted God and cried out to God.
18 -22 "The families of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men trained for war—physically fit and skilled in handling shield, sword, and bow. They fought against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. God helped them as they fought. God handed the Hagrites and all their allies over to them, because they cried out to him during the battle. God answered their prayers because they trusted him. They plundered the Hagrite herds and flocks: 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys. They also captured 100,000 people. Many were killed, because the battle was God's. They lived in that country until the exile."
So they flourished.
But laterthat group was not faithful to God.

23 -26 "The half-tribe of Manasseh had a large population. They occupied the land from Bashan to Baal Hermon, that is, to Senir (Mount Hermon). The heads of their families were Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel—brave warriors, famous, and heads of their families. But they were not faithful to the God of their ancestors. They took up with the ungodly gods of the peoples of the land whom God had gotten rid of before they arrived. So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria) to take the families of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He deported them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river of Gozan. They've been there ever since."
All their work and effort was for nothing.

God allowed the Assyrians (modern day Iraq) to attack, conquer and deport the entire bunch of them as foreigners and slaves.

Like the old TV show Lost in Space says: "Danger, Will Robinson. Danger!"

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