“Let this be a caution to you not always to hold your head so high. Stoop, young man, stoop–as you go through this world–and you’ll miss many hard thumps!”
Summary of passage: A description of the path Assyria takes on its way to Jerusalem. But the Lord stops them at Nob and Lebanon falls as well.
Here’s some links to two maps I found online so you can get a better grasp of where exactly these towns are located with respect to Jerusalem. I couldn’t find all the towns listed in the passage but at least these are some.
11a) Ramah trembles, Gibeah of Saul flees, the people of Madmenah is in flight, people of Gibim take cover but they are stopped at Nob. It sounds like utter chaos and destruction like war usually is. I picture a huge army destroying everything in its path and the people fleeing before them for their lives.
b) At the hill at Nob which I picture as overlooking the city and temple. Because God stopped them.
12a) Personal question. My answer: Pride is excessive self-esteem and conceit. Pride causes you to rely more on yourself than God. You think you know best and can do best without consulting the Supreme Authority so you turn to God less, do not allow others to help you (something God calls us to do so you deny them God’s calling), and nations believe they can take over other nations without consulting God first.
b) Humbleness. Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Philippians 2:3-11 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. Proverbs 3:34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble. Matthew 23:12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Conclusions: God hates pride when it usurps Him. This is so prevalent a topic in the Bible (pride and humility) that I only listed a few passages here but there are many more so feel free to share your favorites. This is something I need to work on. I do think I can do stuff better than most and I get easily offended when offered help. So I got a lot out of this lesson.