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1 Chronicles 2:6
The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol and Darda;--five in all.

These sons were listed with another father in I Kings 4:31, either because the same man had two names or because there is an obvious leap from father to grandson, as sometimes is done in Hebrew genealogies. We cannot dictate the rules for recording these things, but must study to see what the Lord has for us in them. Here are men of the same family known for wisdom and at least to be compared with Solomon ( 1 Kings). This recording of their names is just to make the list complete as the line of the Messiah is traced. May our progeny be so great for God that we are proud to be listed as their forbears! Jesus saw of the travail of His soul and was satisfied. We are proud of Him.
2 Kings 2:6
Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan."

One thinks of Naomi, who urged Ruth to remain behind when she returned to Israel, when Ruth would not be left behind. So Elijahís servant is determined to go with Elijah, even to the very end. Elisha alone is desperate to have the Spirit that Elijah had, that he might serve God in Elijahís place. He holds on, and he makes request, and he has his desire, being a witness to Elijahís being taken up to heaven. Jacob had said to the Angel, ďI will not let you go until you bless me.Ē Lord, grant us a determination to receive Your blessing. May we pray and not faint. May we persist like the widow before the unjust judge. Receive the yearnings of our hearts, and grant our desires in Your Son, Jesus.
1 Kings 2:6
Deal with him according to your wisdom,but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.

Joab had gotten away with a great deal of evil, but David was never able to repay him for what he had done. He was a good politician, and he always escaped. But it was not right, and David charges his son, Solomon to bring Joab to account, or at least to stop his evil schemes. Joab would be sure he was safe when David died, but it must not be. For his crimes, he must pay. So the judgment would be if you and I were called to account. It would be perfectly right to destroy us for our sins. But God has brought us to repentance, and provided a way whereby we may be saved. Thank You, Lord, for Jesusí death in our place.
2 Samuel 2:6
May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.

Though David had become king in Saulís place, he genuinely mourned the death of Saul, and was glad to see honor done to his body, when men had buried him. The oneĎs burying may not have known what Davidís reaction would be. They may have been afraid of his reprisal. But David is quick to reassure them, and to make appeal that they might accept his kingship in place of Saulís.
It was a heartfelt response, but it was also a wise political move. Davidís life is often characterized by political wisdom as well as submission to his God. Lord, help us this day to be wise with outsiders as well as genuine with You. Grant us Your love and wisdom, O Lord Jesus.
I Samuel 2:6
The Lord brings death and makes alive;he brings down to the grave and raises up.

These are words of Hannah, as she worships God on the occasion of delivering her son to the work of the Lord. It is interesting that she puts life and death in this orderódeath first and makes alive afterwards. Certainly the words anticipate the Gospel, though she cannot know details that we see in our Lord Jesus. He tells us we must die to self in order to live unto Him. He shows us the amazing importance of dying, that there might be life. Hannah, in her joyful praise, puts death and life in their proper order, and we rejoice with her. Lord, help us die today, that we might be made alive. Thank You for Jesusí death that we might live. We praise You this day, O living Lord.
Ruth 2:6
The foreman replied, "She is the Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi."

Who is Ruth? This is all the foreman can say because it is all he knows. ďMoabitessĒ must have had connections in his mind, since God has specifically mentioned that this people were under a curse. Why she would have come would be unknown to the foreman; he just reports what he knows. But what wonderful things we know! We see the hand of God in her life. We know what kind of person she is. We know the final outcome of her coming. Every detail is significant because God is in every detail to accomplish His will. And so with us! We are unknown to others, but God is at work. Help us today, Lord, to do with alacrity what You have laid out for us to do, trusting Jesus and glorifying Him!
Judges 2:6
After Joshua dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance.

After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance

They were dismissed from Bokin, where they had wept. An Angel of the Lord had rebuked them for failing to drive out the inhabitants of the land they had conquered, and Godís judgment had been pronounced. Now they would not be able to overcome those that remained of the lands conquered, but the presence of these former inhabitants would plague the people with annoyances and temptations with regard to their native gods. Disobedience will always bring trouble. There are always consequences. What one sows, one reaps. Lord Jesus, help us carefully to follow You, trusting Your wisdom and responding to Your promptings. Help us see the connection between our lack of trust and the subsequent results, that we may treasure Your law and seek Your face in every way.
Joshua 2:6
(But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax he had laid out on the roof.)

Rahab had intended to lie, but she didnít know that she would be believed, so she hid the men, just in case. Godís intention was to keep the men safe, and He used her lie, though he might have kept the soldierís eyes from seeing. God does not need our lies to accomplish His purposes, though He may use them in bringing about His will. Our best recourse is not to lie at all. Other consequences always come from lying, and these will attend us, whether we acknowledge it or not. Lord, give us a faith that trusts in You along with the courage to obey You no matter what. Thank You for your patience and mercy to Rahab. Help us for Jesusí sake.

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