Day 110

Standard

2 Samuel 2:1 – 3:5, 1 Chronicles 3:1-4, 2 Samuel 23:8-17, 1 Chronicles 11:10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11:20-47 (NIV) (GOD’S WORD) (Easy-to-read Version)

Pamela Fontaine, Administrative Assistant, Women’s Ministry

The first thing I asked myself when I skimmed over the passages assigned to me was “why did I get these passages to reflect upon?” One of the things that always created “mumbo jumbo” for me when reading the Bible was when I read these types of passages, because of phrases like this: Joab’s brother Asahel, Elhanan (son of Dodo) from Bethlehem, Shammoth from Harod, Helez the Pelonite, Ira (son of Ikkesh) from Tekoa.
Interesting names but how do you pronounce them?

Then I thought, “What will I ever get out of this because I did not care who was whose father, son, brother, etc. On top of that, multiple wives, killing, and such.” But what the story brought to me was loyalty. Like the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s. There are the leaders, on different levels, all playing their roles.

We all expect loyalty. Whether we are a parent, child, family member, boss, worker, co-worker or friend–and that list can go on and on. What are the expectations of loyalty?
loy·al·ty
1. the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
2. faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
3. an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like: a man with fierce loyalties.

Are we loyal? And is our loyalty in the right place? What is our role? Are we playing our role in the eyes of the Lord? HE wants our loyalty, and HE has put us in a role. How are you doing with your loyalty and your role?

Well, one thing I did learn from this “mumbo jumbo” of fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, is that I have some re-checking to do on my role and loyalty to God and to others he has placed in my path.

Advertisements

4 responses »

  1. Thanks for your honesty today Pamela, I think you will find that most of us wonder what it is that we are supposed to get from seeing the list of names of who begot who and their forefathers. Loyalty is a great lesson to glean from all of this.
    I also took notice that following the testimony of the great battles that made most of these warriors famous was these words (NIV) “and the Lord brought about a great victory”
    It would seem that their loyalty to David was surpassed by their loyalty to God and the path of faith that was put before them. How much faith would it take to stand firm against 10 or 20 soldiers? I couldn’t even fathom going against hundreds, single handedly without God’s strength and steadfast faith in Him.
    These list of names show that they were just people like the rest of us, son’s of fathers, some ones child, brother, husband, father etc. What makes them stand out was their great faith and their willingness to stand fast for who and what they believed in. Loyalty !!!
    When we loyally seek God’s will in all we do and follow His direction we can’t lose no matter how small or outnumbered we think we are.

  2. Another characteristic that stood out to me from today’s readings is Courage. These guys were a small group of warriors who took on entire armies. They followed their leader, David, even when he defected to the Philistines. They defended Israel against the Philistines and they defended David against the house of Saul. But they weren’t just excellent killing machines. When David said “fight”, they fought. When David said “run”, they ran. Many times obedience takes more courage than fighting.

  3. You make a good point of the importance of these men and their loyalty. When we look at names from the past that we cannot pronounce, imagine how people today from other countries feel about our names, but those names represent families and we all like people to know that we belong to our families. It amazes me how their history is recorded from generation to generation for years and we have a hard time going back more than 3 generations today. Great insight and challenge to each of us to check our loyalties.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s