Saturday, June 22, 2019

Daily Devotion: The Jebusites Who Couldn’t See Straight

Bible Reading: II Samuel 5:1-20

Key Verse: Verse 6 - "And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.

Key Words: And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites

According to classical rabbinical literature, the Jebusites’ name arrives from the city of Jebu, which is the ancient city we know as Jerusalem. We do know that the Jebusites lived in the mountains around Jerusalem (Numbers 13:29, Joshua 11:3).

Here are some things we do know about the Jebusites.
  • They were a warlike people (Judges 19).
  • The Jebusites were defeated by Joshua at Makkedah (Joshua 10), but they still could not be driven from the land (Joshua 15:63).
  • The Jebusites contested David’s entrance into Jerusalem (II Samuel 5:6-8).
The purpose of this is that Jebusites were a warring, stubborn people. They always saw others as the problem. Reminds me of a story I heard recently...

“In 1937 architect Frank Lloyd Wright built a house for industrialist Hibbard Johnson. One rainy evening Johnson was entertaining distinguished guests for dinner when the roof began to leak. The water seeped through directly above Johnson himself, dripping steadily onto his bald head. Irate, he called Wright in Phoenix, Arizona. ‘Frank,’ he said, ‘you built this beautiful house for me and we enjoy it very much. But I have told you the roof leaks, and right now I am with some friends and distinguished guests and it is leaking right on top of my head.’ Wright’s reply was heard by all the guests, ‘Well, Hib, why don’t you move your chair?’”

That’s pretty much the way the Jebusites looked at things. The problem is not mine, but your’s!! Is that how you look at things? I hope not!

What to do:
✞ Before you evaluate others, evaluate yourself.

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