Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24 ~ Luke 13:22-14:6 ~ Psalm 79:1-13 ~ Proverbs 12:26
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Old Testament – Today we come to the end of Moses’ life in our readings! And – we come to the end of Moses’ writings of the first five books of the Old Testament – the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I will miss reading Moses’ writings – but – we only have to wait until January 1 next year when we will all embark on the Chronological or One Year Bible adventure and read Moses’ writings once again, right?? 🙂
Today we begin the book of Joshua!
Author: Probably Joshua
Date: Either fourteenth century or twelfth century B.C.
Content: After the death of Moses, the leadership of the nation passed into the hands of Joshua and he was their commander-in-chief throughout the entire time of conquest when Israel was taking over the land. While still in the plains of Moab, Joshua mobilized his forces and prepared them for battle. There were three campaigns fought, one in the north, one in the central region, and one in the south, and all described, though not fully. After the initial victories, the land was divided among the various tribes of Israel. Joshua then exhorted the people and died in peace.
Theme: The book of Joshua shows that God is true to his promise. He had promised his people a land and they were now entering in to possess it. However, it was not automatic; God required of them that they actively engage in warfare in order to gain what he had given them. God’s judgment upon the sin of the Canaanites in the form of Israel’s armies is also a prominent feature.
Today in Joshua chapter 1 verse 9 we read one of my favourite verses in the Bible – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Incredible verse! God spoke these words to Joshua just before he was about to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. And I do believe these words can apply to us today in our lives as well. Do you believe it is possible that God has commanded you to be strong and courageous? In what areas of your life might you need to really hear this command from God? Do you believe that God will be with you wherever you go?
In verse 8 – just one verse prior to the verse above – we read – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” How does this verse speak to you today? Is it possible that you should not let the Bible depart from your mouth? Do you meditate on the Bible day and night, so that you are careful to do what is written in it? Do you believe meditating and following the truth of God as described in the Bible will allow you to be prosperous and successful?
Today in Joshua chapter 2 we read about Rahab protecting the two Israelite spies. Verses 4 through 6 tell us: “Rahab, who had hidden the two men, replied, “The men were here earlier, but I didn’t know where they were from. They left the city at dusk, as the city gates were about to close, and I don’t know where they went. If you hurry, you can probably catch up with them.” (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them beneath piles of flax.)”
New Testament – v22 Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem.”
Jesus was not side tracked by the needs of others, or the distractions of the towns he visited or passed through. His miracles, His Words were directed to a single purpose, the cross, and that could only take place in Jerusalem. When one knows his or her purpose they are not held in slavery to the agendas of others. His purpose was about doing His Father’s business and that business was acquiring our redemption.
Jesus’ discourse about the narrow gate lets me know that sitting up in church doesn’t get me into the Kingdom, doing “church” stuff also doesn’t get me in, it is doing the Will of God and finding the purpose God has created me for and “working it.” I know this because of the following statements in chapter thirteen, “Then you will stand outside knocking and pleading, `Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, `I do not know you.’ 26 You will say, `But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 And he will reply, `I tell you, I don’t know you. Go away, all you who do evil.’”
When you are following your God given assignment death, physical death, will also be given its proper perspective in the life of the believer. Jesus was not irritated by the threats of Herod because He know that life is more that the physical, and because His Father, my Father, your Father, our Father is the God of the resurrection of all dead things.
Psalms – Psalm 79 verse 13 stood out to me today – “Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.” I like that imagery of being sheep in God’s pasture. And Jesus, of course, is our Good Shepherd. Are you content with the idea of being a sheep in God’s pasture?
Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 12 verse 26 today teaches us: “The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.” This is a great opportunity for us to reflect upon what type of advice or counsel we give to our friends. Is it wise? Or are we perhaps subtly leading our friends astray in any way?
You Tube : Psalm 79:13’s discussion of praising God from generation to generation reminded me of the importance of loving our children well and modeling for them life in Christ. This reminded me of the great song by Steven Curtis Chapman about his daughter called “Cinderella:”
Are you dancing with God?
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
Pray for strength.
Pray for courage.
Pray that you will not be terrified, nor discouraged.
Pray that you know that the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go, now and forevermore.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day:
How has your journey through the first 5 books of the Bible, the Pentateuch or the Books of Law, been for you this year?
Have you ever read all 5 of these books in a row before?
Are there any new insights you have learned from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy this year?
Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?
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Love, Trust and Obey Jesus,
Bible Reading Plan For 11th April:
Josh 3:1‐4:24, Luke 14:7‐35, Ps 80:1‐19, Prov 12:27‐28