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April 13 - Morning

"During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said,

'It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house;
it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.'

The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.)

David asked the Gibeonites,
'What shall I do for you?
How shall I make atonement so that you
will bless the Lord’s inheritance?'

The Gibeonites answered him,
'We have no right to demand silver or gold from
Saul or his family, nor do we have the right to put anyone in Israel to death.'

'What do you want me to do for you?'
David asked.

They answered the king,
'As for the man who destroyed us and plotted
against us so that we have been decimated and
have no place anywhere in Israel, let seven of his
male descendants be given to us to be killed and
their bodies exposed before the Lord at Gibeah
of Saul—the Lord’s chosen one.'

So the king said,
'I will give them to you.' "

- Second Samuel 21:1-6

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Seven Sons/Grandsons of Saul Executed to Stop a 3 Year Famine    

2 Samuel 21:1-14 contains the account of a national disasters that was the result of God’s judgment on the sins of the country’s leadership. It is similar to 2 Samuel 24:1-25. The first account in
2 Samuel 21
is national judgment for the sins of Saul and 2 Samuel 24 records a national
disaster because of the sins of David.

Early during David’s reign there was a famine on the land for three straight years. When then Lord was sought it was revealed that Saul had executed the Gibeonites in an attempt at ethnic cleansing for some reason.

The Gibeonites were natives of the land given to the tribe of Benjamin (Map HERE), but because of Joshua’s covenant with the Gibeonites they had been accepted into the nation in Joshua 9:3-27
when they manipulated a treaty with Israel, but as a result of their misrepresentation of themselves they were to serve as woodcutters and water carriers for Israel according to Joshua 9:26-27:

“Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the assembly, to provide for the needs of the altar of the Lord at the place the Lord would choose. And that is what they are to this day.”

Saul’s family not only was from the tribe of Benjamin, but Saul himself traced his genealogy from
the city of Gibeon (Jeiel>Gibeon>Ner>Kish>Saul in 1 Chron. 8:29-33) just like David traced his
from Bethlehem (Ruth 4:11-22).

Saul’s attempt to annihilate the Gibeonites is not founded in God’s command to drive the Canaanites out of the land, but are Saul’s own desires for political reasons or to simply rid his land, the land of Benjamin, of these people. Whatever the reason for Saul’s “zeal for Israel and Judah” that had led
him to attempt “to annihilate them,” the Lord held Israel accountable for this crime.

The payment to relieve the three years of famine was to honor the request of the Gibeonites was seven descendants of Saul that the Gibeonites would executed and exposed on a hill outside of Gibeon. Two of Saul’s sons born to Rizpah and five sons born to Saul’s daughter Merab where
taken to the Gibeonites for execution. Rizpah mourned by the bodies from the beginning of
harvest until the rain came (April to October).

These events seem to have happened before 2 Samuel 9 where David asks, “Is there anyone still
left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1) And, of course, when Mephibosheth is found at Lo Debar he is afraid (2 Samuel 9:6-8). Also, this shedding
of the blood of the house of Saul is a likely candidate for the situation that Shimei was shouting
about during David’s flight from Absalom in 2 Samuel 16:5-14 when Shimei curses David and,
as he hits David with stones, shouts

“Get out, get out, you man of blood…The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned…you have come to ruin because you are a man of blood!” (2 Samuel 16:7-8)

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Now is the time to call America back to God,
back to the Bible,
back to morality.”

– Jerry Falwell



Something to Ponder??

An important point concerning the doctrine of inspiration: the inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon the writers of Scripture did not end with giving them insight and thoughts; inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Scripture extends to the very words that were written (1 Corinthians 2:13).

It is important to accept that the written words are inspired, or breathed from God, because if you simply accept that God’s inspiration reached only to the thoughts of the writers you can then assume that it was possible for them to fail to properly communicate those thoughts in words they spoke or wrote.

The Bible teaches that God inspired the very words the prophets spoke and the very words the apostles recorded. Inspiration of Scripture extends to the words of Scripture.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Hagah (Hb) - Meditate (Eng) - hagah is the Hebrew word that means “to meditate,” “to moan,” “to growl,” “to speak,” “to utter.” The word refers to sounds a person in the ancient world would make while they thought deeply about something, especially, about future plans. Hagah is the sound and practice of someone meditating or thinking deeply. Hagah is used 24 times including Joshua 1:8;
Job 27:4; Psalms 1:2; Proverbs 15:28; Isaiah 8:19; and Jeremiah 48:31.


In 1Kings 17:10 Elijah goes to the city of Zarephath (means “melting houses”) in Phoenicia to stay with a widow there during the famine around 870 BC. This city was eight miles south of Sidon on a small plain close to the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Excavation has revealed fragments of broken columns and buildings for about a mile. It appears this was a place of furnaces used for making Phoenician glass.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I consider how my actions, attitudes, words and sins will effect people around me today?
How will my sins effect the next generation?
How much effect will my righteousness today have on my children and grand-children in the future?

  "One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
    another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth."

- Proverbs 13:7
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Deuteronomy 34 Second Samuel 4 First Samuel 18-19
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For joy



Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Remains of houses and rooms at the base of the Millo (Jebusite Wall, Stepped Stone Structure) from the 586 BC fires of Jerusalem set by the Babylonian conquerors.

Details and description of a Persian Coin minted before 333 BC inscribed with the Aramaic letters "YHD" or "Judah." This coin was minted by Persia for the province of Judah.

Details and description of a Persian Coin minted before 333 BC inscribed with the Aramaic letters "YHD" or "Judah." This coin was minted by Persia for the province of Judah.

Remains of houses and rooms at the base of the Millo (Jebusite Wall, Stepped Stone Structure) from the 586 BC fires of Jerusalem set by the Babylonian conquerors. (Labeled diagram here and details here and here.)
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