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Joshua 21:1-22:20 ~ Luke 20:1-16 ~ Psalm 89:1-13 ~ Proverbs 13:15-16
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Old Testament – In Joshua chapter 21 we read about the towns given to the Levites, the priestly tribe appointed in the Mosaic Law for the service of the Tabernacle and of the Temple. It seems very wise that the Levites are given towns throughout the various tribes of the Israelites. In my mind this is spreading out the priestly tribe strategically.
In Joshua chapter 22 verse 10 today we read: “Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh built a very large altar near the Jordan River at a place called Geliloth.” The place where our readings end today in verse 20 is quite a cliff-hanger! Note that verse 20 is not the end of chapter 22, and as Paul Harvey says, in tomorrow’s readings you will get “The Rest of the Story.” 🙂
New Testament – Jesus is the stone rejected by the builders – who has now become the cornerstone of our Christian faith. Nice quote by Jesus of Psalm 118 verse 22 there in Luke 20 verse 17.
Psalms – Psalm 89 verse 11 is so powerful for us to remember – “The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours–you created it all.” Everything in this world is God’s. Everything. This means every single person we meet is God’s. However… they might not realize it. But, I think it is important for us to remember that every single person we meet – no matter how “bad” they may seem or whatever – is still made in the image of God. And there is the possibility of that person getting to know they are God’s. There is the possibility of redemption – not by our human power, but by the power of God. I think sometimes we go through our day thinking the world is bad. People are bad. It all is bad. And certainly, it is a fallen world. But it is still God’s world – and yes, the devil is thrashing around his temptations as rapidly as he can in the hearts of men and women. This is the great spiritual battle. But, God is so much stronger than the devil. The name of Jesus expels the devil quicker than anything. So, know that while we are in a fallen world, it is God’s world. Everything in this world is God’s.
Psalm 89 verse 13 today – “Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.” Amen and Amen.
Proverbs – Proverbs 13 verse 16 is great – “Wise people think before they act.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.” Psalm 89:11 NIV
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