Day 155 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. David relocates the Ark of the Covenant. David dances naked. The Philistines are defeated. The Holy Spirit comes upon the Apostles.

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2 Samuel 5:6-25

2 Samuel 6

Acts 1:23-26

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 69:29-36

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2 Samuel 5:6-25

David Captures Jerusalem

6 The king and his men went to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, who had long controlled that territory. The Jebusites said to David, “You will never enter our city! Even our blind and lame people could stop you.” They thought there was no way for David to take their city. 7 But David captured the fortress of Zion, which became the City of David.

8 That day David said to his men, “To attack the Jebusites, you must go up through the water tunnel. That is the only way to reach my lame and blind enemies.” That is why people now say, “The lame and blind are not allowed in the palace.”

9 David made the fortress his home and called it “The City of David”. He built up the city around the fortress, beginning from the lowest part of the hill that had to be built up and filled in. 10 David’s power increased more and more because the LORD All-Powerful was with him.

11 King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David. He also sent cedar trees, carpenters, and stonemasons. They built a house for David. 12 Then David knew that the LORD had really made him king of Israel and had made him ruler over his kingdom for the good of his people Israel.

13 David moved from Hebron to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, he married more women, some as slaves and some as wives. So David had more children who were born in Jerusalem. 14 These are the names of David’s children born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

David Fights Against the Philistines

17 When the Philistines heard that the Israelites had anointed David to be the king of Israel, they sent their whole army up to capture him. David heard about this and went down to the fortress.† 18 The Philistines came and camped all around the Rephaim Valley.

19 David asked the LORD, “Should I go and fight the Philistines? Will you help me defeat them?”

The LORD answered, “Go! I will make sure you defeat the Philistines!”

20 Then David went to Baal Perazim and defeated the Philistines there. He said, “The LORD broke through my enemies like water breaking through a dam.” David named that place Baal Perazim because it means, “The LORD breaks through.” 21 The Philistines left their idols behind at Baal Perazim, so David and his men took them away.

Another Victory Over the Philistines

22 Once again the Philistines came and camped all around the Rephaim Valley. 23 David prayed to the LORD again and got this answer: “Don’t go up the valley. Go around behind and attack them from the balsam trees. 24 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, you must act quickly. That is the sign that the LORD has gone out in front of you to defeat the Philistines.”

25 David did what the LORD commanded him to do, and he defeated the Philistines. He chased them from Gibeon to Gezer, killing them all along the way.

2 Samuel 6

God’s Holy Box Is Moved to Jerusalem

David again gathered all the best soldiers in Israel. There were 30,000 men. 2 Then David and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to take God’s Holy Box from there. People go there to call on the name of the LORD All-Powerful, who sits as king above the winged creatures that are on that Box. 3 David’s men brought the Holy Box out of Abinadab’s house on the hill. They put it on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the cart, 4 which now car- ried the Holy Box. Ahio was walking in front of it. 5 David and all the Israelites were dancing with all their might to please the LORD. They were singing and playing all kinds of musical instruments: lyres, harps, drums, rattles and cymbals. 6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out and took hold of God’s Holy Box to keep it from falling. 7 But the LORD became angry with Uzzah and struck him dead. So Uzzah died there in front of God.† 8 David was angry because the LORD had killed Uzzah in anger. David called that place “Perez Uzzah”,‡ and that’s what people still call it.

9 David began to feel afraid of the LORD that day and said, “I don’t think I should be the one to take care of God’s Holy Box.” 10 So David decided not to move the LORD’s Holy Box into Jerusalem. He took it to the house of Obed-Edom, who was from Gath.¶ 11 The LORD’s Holy Box stayed at the house of Obed-Edom for three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his family.

12 Later some people told David, “The LORD has blessed the family of Obed- Edom and everything he owns, because God’s Holy Box is there.” So David said to himself, “I will bring blessings back to my own house!”§ David was very happy and excited as he brought God’s Holy Box from Obed-Edom’s house. 13 When the men who carried the LORD’s Holy Box had walked six steps, they stopped and David sacrificed a bull and a fat calf. 14 David was dancing in front of the LORD. He was wearing a linen ephod.

15 David and all the Israelites were excited—they shouted and blew trumpets as they brought the LORD’s Holy Box into the city. 16 Saul’s daughter Michal was looking out the window as the LORD’s Holy Box was being carried into the city. When she saw David jump- ing and dancing before the LORD, she felt disgusted with him.

17 They brought the LORD’s Holy Box

and put it in its place in the middle of the tent that David had set up for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the LORD.

18 After David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD All-Powerful. 19 Then he gave food to the whole Israelite crowd. He gave a loaf of bread, a lump of dates and a lump of raisins to every man and woman there. Then all the people went home.

David Responds to Michal’s Complaint

20 David went back to bless his house, but Saul’s daughter Michal came out to meet him. She said, “The king of Is- rael did not honour himself today! You looked like a worthless fool out there, taking off your clothes without shame in front of the servant girls!”

21 Then David said to Michal, “The LORD chose me, not your father or any- one from his family. The LORD chose me to be leader of his people, the Israelites. So I will continue dancing and celebrat- ing in front of the LORD. 22 I might do things that are even more embarrassing! Maybe you will not respect me, but the girls you are talking about are proud of me!”

23 Saul’s daughter Michal lived her whole life without having any children.

Acts 1:23-26

23 They put two men before the group.

One was Joseph Barsabbas. He was also called Justus. The other man was Matthias. 24–25 They prayed, “Lord, you know the minds of all people. Show us which one of these two men you choose to do this work. Judas turned away from it and went where he belongs. Lord, show us which man should take his place as an apostle!” 26 Then they used lots to choose one of the two men. The lots showed that Matthias was the one the Lord wanted. So he became an apostle with the other eleven.

Acts 2:1-21

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

2 Suddenly a noise came from heaven. It

sounded like a strong wind blowing. This noise filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw something that looked like flames of fire. The flames were separated and stood over each person there. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages. The Holy Spirit was giving them the power to do this.

5 There were some godly Jews in Jerusalem at this time. They were from every country in the world. 6 A large crowd came together because they heard the noise. They were surprised because everything they heard was in their own language.

7 They were all amazed at this. They did not understand how this could happen. They said, “Look! These people we hear speaking are all from Galilee.‡ 8 But we hear them in our own languages. How is this possible? We are from all these different places: 9 Parthia, Media, Elam, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the areas of Libya near the city of Cyrene, Rome, 11 Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and some have chosen to worship God like Jews. We are from these different countries, but we can hear these men in our own languages! We can all understand what they are saying about the great things God has done.”

12 The people were all amazed and confused. They asked each other, “What is the meaning of all this?” 13 But others were laughing at the apostles, saying they were drunk from too much wine.

Peter Speaks to the People

14 Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles. He spoke loudly so that all the people could hear. He said, “My Jewish brothers and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen carefully to me. I will tell you something you need to know. 15 These men are not drunk as you think; it’s only nine o’clock in the morn- ing. 16 But Joel the prophet wrote about what you see happening here today. This is what he wrote:

17 ‘God says: In the last days

I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions,

and your old men will have special dreams.

18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit

on my servants, men and women, and they will prophesy.

19 I will work wonders in the sky above

and cause miraculous signs on the earth below.

There will be blood, fire and thick smoke.

20 The sun will become dark,

and the moon as red as blood,

just before the great and glorious day that the Lord comes.

21 And the Lord will save everyone

who asks him for help.’

Psalm 69:29-36

29 I am sad and hurting.

God, lift me up and save me!

30 I will praise God’s name in song

and honor him by giving him thanks.

31 The LORD will be happier with this

than with the offering of an ox or a full-grown bull as a sacrifice.

32 Poor people, you came to worship God.

You will be happy to know these things.

33 The LORD listens to poor, helpless people.

He does not turn away from those who are in prison.

34 Praise him, heaven and earth!

Sea and everything in it, praise him!

35 God will save Zion.

He will rebuild the cities of Judah. The people will settle there again, and they will own the land.

36 The descendants of his servants will get that land.

Those who love his name will live there.