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Joshua 11:1-12:24 ~ Luke 17:11-37 ~ Psalm 84:1-12 ~ Proverbs 13:5-6
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Old Testament – An interesting note on Joshua 11 verse 21 – “During this period, Joshua destroyed all the descendants of Anak, who lived in the hill country of Hebron, Debir, Anab, and the entire hill country of Judah and Israel.” The descendants of Anak were the giants the Israelite spies feared some 40 years earlier in Numbers chapter 13 verses 32 & 33 – and you’ll recall these verses kept the Israelites wandering in the desert for the next 40 years… “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Interesting to see how the fear of 40 years prior had turned into the faith and confidence here in Joshua.
Below is a good map of the nations of Canaan at the time of the conquest:
New Testament – Wow. I love Jesus’ teaching in Luke chapter 17 verses 20 & 21 – “Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God isn’t ushered in with visible signs. You won’t be able to say, `Here it is!’ or `It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is among you.”” And truly, of course, literally the Kingdom of God was amongst those Jesus was speaking to with this verse – Jesus himself was there. But, also the Kingdom of God is still amongst us today. Jesus has risen from the dead. He lives in the hearts of men and women. We do not need to look for visible signs to which we can say – here it is! Truly, the Kingdom of God can be within you. And once the Kingdom of God is within you it is amazing to see how Jesus can transform your life and those around you through his peace, grace and power.
Psalms – Today in Psalm 84:5 we read: “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.”
Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 13 verse 5 – “Those who are godly hate lies; the wicked come to shame and disgrace.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10 NIV
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