Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 21:10-14. Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, took sackcloth, and spread it out on the rock for her. She kept watch over the bodies of Saul’s sons from the beginning of the harvest until the rain came down on them from heaven. She didn’t allow the birds to rest on them during the day, or the beasts to bother them at night.
David heard what Rizpah had done. She was the daughter of Aiah, who was Saul’s concubine.
David went and took the bones of Saul and Jonathan, his son, from the men of Jabeshgilead. They stole them from the street at Bethshan, where the Philistines hanged them, when the Philistines slew Saul in Gilboa.
David gathered the bones of Saul and Jonathan; and the bones of the men who were hanged.
They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the tomb of Kish, Saul’s father. They did exactly as the king commanded. Once this task was completed, God answered their prayers concerning the land.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 21:10-14
10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.
11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.
12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:
13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.
14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.
Things to think about:
- What was special about these bones?
- What was Ripzah’s role in this story? Who was she?
- What did David do?
- How did David honoring the bodies of Saul and his sons change God’s perspective? Why?
Prayer of the Day:
As we read this Scripture in the book of 2 Samuel we see that both Ripzah and David honored the remains of Saul and his sons. Help us to understand how honoring Your people can bring blessings on our lives. Help us to honor those who You have put in authority over us. Help us to show respect for them as the leaders that You chose them to be. Help us to realize that in honoring Your people we honor You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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