Day 209 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. Descendants of Reuben and Gad. Romans 11: God's people are like a wild olive branch.

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1 Chronicles 4:9-43

1 Chronicles 5

Romans 11:11-32

Psalm 89:19-29

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1 Chronicles 4:9-43

9 Jabez was a very good man, who was more respected than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been very painful for her. 10 Jabez prayed to the God of Israel and said, “I pray that you would bless me and give me more land! Be near me and don’t let anyone hurt me! Then I will not have any pain.” God gave Jabez what he asked for.

11 Kelub was Shuhah’s brother and Mehir’s father. Mehir was Eshton’s father. 12 Eshton was the father of Beth Rapha, Paseah and Tehinnah. Tehinnah was the father of Ir Nahash.† These men were all from Recah.

13 The sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel’s sons were Hathath and Meonothai. 14 Meonothai was Ophrah’s father.

Seraiah was the father of Joab, the an- cestor of those who live in the Valley of the Skilled Workers.‡ The place was called this because the people there were all skilled workers.

15 Caleb was Jephunneh’s son. Caleb’s

sons were Iru, Elah and Naam. Elah’s son was Kenaz.

16 Jehallelel’s sons were Ziph, Ziphah,Tiria and Asarel.

17–18 Ezrah’s sons were Jether, Mered, Epher and Jalon. Mered married Bithiah, a daughter of the king of Egypt. They had a daughter named Miriam and two sons named Shammai and Ishbah. Ishbah first settled the town of Eshtemoa. Mered also had a wife from the tribe of Judah. She had three sons: Jered, father of Gedor; Heber, father of Soco; and Jekuthiel, father of Zanoah.

19 Hodiah’s wife was Naham’s sister.

Her sons were founders of the towns named after them: Keilah, a town of the Garmite family, and Eshtemoa, a town of the Maacathite family. 20 Shi- mon’s sons were Amnon, Rinnah, Ben Hanan and Tilon.

Ishi’s sons were Zoheth and Ben Zoheth. 21 Shelah was one of Judah’s sons. She- lah’s descendants were Er, who first settled the town of Lecah; Laadah, who settled the town of Mareshah; the tribes of linen workers, who lived in the town of Beth Ashbea; 22 Jokim and the men who lived in the town of Cozeba; and Joash and Saraph, who married Moabite women and then returned to Bethlehem.¶ The writings about this family are very old. 23 They were skilled workers who made things from clay. They lived in Netaim and Gederah and worked for the king.

Simeon’s Children

24 Simeon’s sons were Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah and Shaul. 25 Shaul’s son was Shallum. Shallum’s son was Mibsam. Mibsam’s son was Mishma.

26 Mishma’s son was Hammuel. Hammuel’s son was Zaccur. Zaccur’s son was Shimei. 27 Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but Shimei’s brothers did not have many children. So his brothers did not have large families. Their families were not as large as the other tribes in Judah.

28 Shimei’s descendants lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual, 29 Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30 Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31 Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri and Shaaraim. They lived in these towns until David became king. 32 The five villages near these towns were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Token and Ashan. 33 There were also other villages as far away as Baalath. This is where they lived. And they also wrote the history about their family.

34–38 This is the list of men who were leaders of their tribes: Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah (Amaziah’s son), Joel, Jehu son of Joshibiah, Joshibiah son of Seraiah, Seraiah son of Asiel, Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asa- iah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah and Ziza (Shiphi’s son). Shiphi was Allon’s son, and Allon was Jedaiah’s son. Jedaiah was Shimri’s son, and Shimri was Shemaiah’s son.

These men’s families grew to be very large. 39 They went to the area outside the town of Gedor to the east side of the valley. They went to that place to look for fields for their sheep and cattle. 40 They found plenty of good land there with rich soil and green pastures. The land was peaceful and quiet. Ham’s descendants had lived there in the past. 41 This happened during the time that Hezekiah was king of Judah. These men came to Gedor and fought against the Hamites. They destroyed the tents of the Hamites. They also fought against the Meunites who lived there and com- pletely destroyed them. There are no Meunites in this place even today. So these men began to live there because the land had grass for their sheep.

42 Five hundred people from the tribe of Simeon went to the hill country of Seir. Ishi’s sons led these men. The sons were Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah and Uzziel. The Simeonite men fought against the people living in that place. 43 There were only a few Amalekites still living, and these Simeonites killed them. Since that time until now, the Simeonites have lived in Seir.

1 Chronicles 5

Reuben’s Descendants

1–3 Reuben was Israel’s first son.

Reuben should have received the special privileges of the oldest son. But he had sex with his father’s wife. So his privileges were given to Joseph’s sons. And in the family history, Reuben’s name is not listed as the firstborn son. It was Judah whose tribe became the most powerful, and the most important leader of all the tribes came from his family. But Joseph’s family got the privileges that belong to the firstborn son.

Reuben’s sons were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.

4 These are the names of Joel’s descendants: Shemaiah was Joel’s son. Gog was Shemaiah’s son. Shimei was Gog’s son. 5 Micah was Shimei’s son. Reaiah was Micah’s son. Baal was Reaiah’s son. 6 Beerah was Baal’s son. King Tiglath Pileser of Assyria forced Beerah to leave his home. So Beerah became the king’s prisoner. Beerah was a leader of the tribe of Reuben.

7 Joel’s brothers and all his tribes are listed just as they are recorded in the family histories: Jeiel was the first son, then Zechariah 8 and Bela. Bela was Azaz’s son. Azaz was Shema’s son. Shema was Joel’s son. They lived in the area of Aroer all the way to Nebo and Baal Meon. 9 Bela’s people lived to the east as far as the edge of the desert, near the Euphrates River. They lived there because they had many cattle in the land of Gilead. 10 When Saul was king, Bela’s people fought a war against the Hagrites and defeated them. Bela’s people lived in the tents that had belonged to the Hagrites. They lived in those tents and traveled throughout the area east of Gilead.

Gad’s Descendants

11 The people of Gad lived across the river from Reuben, in the area of Bashan. They spread all the way to the town of Salecah. 12 Joel was the first leader in Bashan. Shapham was the second leader. Then Janai became the leader.* 13 The seven brothers in their families were Michael, Meshul- lam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia and Eber. 14 They were the descendants of Abi- hail. Abihail was Huri’s son. Huri was Jaroah’s son. Jaroah was Gilead’s son. Gilead was Michael’s son. Michael was Jeshishai’s son. Jeshishai was Jahdo’s son. Jahdo was Buz’s son. 15 Ahi was Abdiel’s son. Abdiel was Guni’s son. Ahi was the leader of their family.

16 The people in the tribe of Gad lived in the area of Gilead. They lived in the area of Bashan, in the small towns

around Bashan and in all the pastures in the area of Sharon all the way to the borders.

17 During the time of Jotham and Jeroboam, all these names were recorded in the family history of Gad. Jotham was the king of Judah, and Jeroboam was the king of Israel.

Some Soldiers Skilled in War

18 From the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh there were 44,760 brave men trained for battle. They were skilled with shields and swords and with bows and ar- rows. 19 They started a war against the Hagrites and the people of Je- tur, Naphish and Nodab. 20 The men from the tribes of Manasseh, Reuben and Gad prayed to God during the war. They asked God to help them be- cause they trusted him. So God helped them. He allowed them to defeat the Hagrites and those who were with the Hagrites. 21 They took the animals that belonged to the Hagrites. They took 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep and 2000 donkeys. They also took 100,000 peo- ple. 22 Many Hagrites were killed be- cause God helped the people of Reuben win the war. Then the tribes of Man- asseh, Reuben and Gad settled in the land of the Hagrites. They lived there until the time when the Israelites were taken into captivity.

23 The half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the area of Bashan all the way to Baal Hermon, Senir and Mount Hermon. They became a very large group of people.

24 These were the family leaders from half the tribe of Manasseh: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel. They were all strong, brave and famous men, and they were leaders in their families. 25 But they sinned against the God their ancestors had worshipped. They began worshipping the false gods of the people God had destroyed, the people who had lived in the land before them.

26 The God of Israel made King Pul of Assyria want to go to war. He was also called Tiglath Pileser. He fought against the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. He took them all away as captives. Pul took them to Halah, Habor, Hara and near the Gozan River. Those tribes from Israel have lived in those places since that time until today.

Romans 11:11-32

11 So I ask: when God’s people failed to listen to him, did their failure destroy them? Certainly not! But their mistake brought salvation to those who are not Jews. The purpose of this was to make the Jews jealous. 12 Their mistake and their loss brought rich blessings to the world—to the non-Jewish people. So imagine how much greater the blessings will be for the world when enough Jews become the kind of people God wants.

13 Now I am saying this for you people who are not Jews. Since I am the one God appointed as an apostle to the non- Jewish people, I will do my best to hon- our his trust. 14 I hope I can make my own people jealous. That way, maybe I can help some of them to be saved. 15 God turned away from them. When that happened, he became friends with the other people in the world. So when he accepts the Jews, it will be like bring- ing people to life after death. 16 If the first piece of bread is offered to God, then the whole loaf is made holy. If the roots of a tree are holy, the tree’s branches are holy too.

17 It is as if some of the branches from an olive tree have been broken off, and the branch of a wild olive tree has been joined to that first tree. If you are not a Jew, you are the same as that wild branch, and you now share the strength and life of the first tree. 18 But don’t act as if you are better than those branches that were broken off. You have no reason to be proud of yourself because you don’t give life to the root. The root gives life to you. 19 You might say, “Branches were broken off so that I could be joined to their tree.” 20 That is true. But those branches were broken off because they did not believe. And you continue to be part of the tree only because you believe. Don’t be proud, but be afraid. 21 If God did not let the natural branches of that tree stay, he will not let you stay if you stop believing.

22 So you see that God is kind, but he can also be very strict. He punishes those who stop following him. But he is kind to you, as long as you continue trusting in his kindness. If you stop depending on him, you will be cut off from the tree. 23 And if the Jews will believe in God again, he will accept them back. He is able to put them back where they were. 24 It is not natural for a wild branch to become part of a good tree. But you, as a non-Jew, are like a branch cut from a wild olive tree. And you were joined to a good olive tree. But those Jews are like branches that grew from the good tree. So surely they can be joined to their own tree again.

25 I want you to understand this secret truth, brothers and sisters. This truth will help you see that you don’t know everything. The truth is this: part of Israel has been made stubborn, but that will change when enough non-Jewish people have come to God. 26 And that is how all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say,

“The Saviour will come from Zion; he will take away all evil from the descendants of Jacob.

27 And I will make this agreement with those people when I take away their sins.”

28 For now, the Jews who refuse to accept the Good News are God’s enemies. This has happened to help you who are not Jews. But they are still God’s chosen people, and he loves them because of the promises he made to their ancestors. 29 God never changes his mind about the people he calls. He never decides to take back the blessings he has given them. 30 At one time you too refused to obey God. But now you have received mercy because the Jews refused to obey. 31 And now they are the ones who refuse to obey because God showed mercy to you. But this happened so that they can also receive mercy from him. 32 God has locked everyone up together in the prison of disobedience. But he has done this so that he can show mercy to all.

Psalm 89:19-29

19 Lord, you once spoke in a vision

to your faithful people:

“I have made a young soldier strong.

From among my people I chose him for an important position.

20 I have found my servant David

and anointed him as king with my special oil.

21 I will support him with my right hand,

and my arm will make him strong.

22 So no enemy will ever control him; the wicked will never defeat him.

23 I will destroy his enemies before his eyes;

I will defeat those who hate him.

24 I will always love and support him. I will always make him strong.

25 I will put him in charge of the sea.

He will control the rivers.

26 He will say to me, ‘You are my father. You are my God, my Rock, my Saviour.’ 27 And I will make him my firstborn son.

He will be the highest of all the rulers on earth.

28 I will always show my faithful love to him.

My agreement with him will never end.

29 I will make his family continue forever.

His kingdom will continue as long as the skies.