This chapter is about war against the Philistines. Other than Jonathan killing the Philistine commander, this chapter contains mostly bland details about various troop movements and armaments.
One of the Bibles on my shelf, the Good News Bible, provides additional headings to describe the various sections of any particular chapter. Today’s random chapter contains the headings:
The Descendents of Ahab Are Killed
The Relatives of King Ahaziah Are Killed
All Remaining Relatives of Ahab Are Killed
The Worshipers of Baal Are Killed
The Death of Jehu
The heading for the first section, in which 70 of Ahab’s descendants are beheaded, is a little deceptive, as the section also includes a description of how all of Ahab’s officers, close friends, and priests are also killed.
When the priest Ezra traveled to Jerusalem to enforce the Law, he was dismayed to discover Israeli men had married foreign women and had children with them. This racial intermarriage was a terrible sin, so Ezra convened a meeting of all the men in the land and commanded them to separate themselves from any foreign wives and children. The crowd chanted in approval. Soon they had compiled a list of all the guilty men, and so the women and children were “sent away.”
They say you learn something new every day. Today, I learned that there are two different places in The Bible where the story of Moses and the 10 commandments is told. This version, found in Exodus, doesn’t stop at 10, but goes on with something like 600 more commandments. This chapter is the commandment about exactly how the priest’s robes and garments are to be made and worn.
This chapter is the one with the prophecy about how the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. However, the prophecy goes on to describe the Messiah as a sword wielding soldier of the Lord who would defeat the Assyrians, like a lion among sheep, ripping them to shreds. (Note: Sorry the Daily Chapter was down for a little bit. I promise to keep it up as best I can.)
Happy New Year! Today’s chapter has instructions from God about how to properly sacrifice a perfect red cow. Detailed instructions are provided about how to spatter the blood and burn the intestines, etc. The second half of the chapter describes how to deal with a human corpse.