Today we read four chapters, one chapter of Luke, the Pentateuch is read and the historical writings begin, starting with Joshua. Enjoy!
March 30: Luke 9, Joshua 1, Joshua 2, Joshua 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
In Luke 9 Jesus sent out the twelve apostles, Herod tried to meet with Jesus because his fame was rising, at one time he fed the Five Thousand (besides women and children). Peter Confessed Jesus to be “The Christ of God”. A week later followed the Transfiguration and the next day a boy with an evil spirit was healed. The disciples argued about who would be the greatest. Jesus spoke against sectarianism, and on their way to Jerusalem they met Samaritan opposition. Finally Jesus told the disciples there is a cost of following Him.
Joshua 1 tells of God’s Commission to Joshua. The LORD gave the order to Cross the Jordan, “Only be strong and of a good courage”.
Joshua 2 tells the story of the innkeeper Rahab and the spies. From this story we get the idiom “a scarlet thread”.
In Joshua 3 the Israelites were finally crossing the Jordan.
If you ever feel overwhelmed by the China virus, that has now gotten a name COVID19, remember what the LORD told Joshua,
Looking at it like in a mirror we get
It feels better already.
Today there are three chapters, finishing up Joshua.
April 8: Luke 18, Joshua 23, Joshua 24 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 18 starts by Jesus telling the parable of the persistent widow, meaning we should always pray, then he adds: “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” After that he teaches humility with the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector, reinforced by Jesus blessing of little children. A rich young ruler wants to inherit eternal life but is not willing to pay the price to follow Jesus. With men it is impossible to have eternal life , but all things are possible with God. Then Jesus predicts His Death, and finally a blind beggar receives his sight.
Joshua 23 retells Joshua’s farewell address.
Joshua 24. The Covenant is renewed at Shechem, at which time Joshua recants their history thus far, and then comes the death of Joshua, ans also the death of Eleazar, Aaron’s son.
Today there are four chapters, Read them and appreciate how honest and accurate Jesus describes what really matters and Joshua’s detailed description of the division of the land and the towns, mostly still standing.
April 7: Luke 17, Joshua 20, Joshua 21, Joshua 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 17. Jesus begins with telling of the consequences of sin, the importance of faith and the call of duty. Then comes the story of ten lepers healed but only one came back and thanked Jesus, and he was a Samaritan! Finally Jesus tells of the Coming of the Kingdom of God and the end times.
Joshua 20 lists the cities of refuge, three West of Jordan and three East of Jordan.
Joshua 21 lists the 48 towns given to the Levites, they received no land, Finally God’s promise to Israel was fulfilled and the land had rest for a while.
Joshua 22. The Eastern tribes return to their lands. On their way they build an altar by the Jordan. The Western Tribes think they are abandoning the LORD, but not so, they are confirming that “it shall be a witness between us that the LORD is God.”
Today there are three chapters, Read them and appreciate how honest and accurate Jesus describes what really matters and Joshua’s detailed description of the division of the land.
April 6: Luke 16, Joshua 18, Joshua 19 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 16. Jesus tells the parable of the unjust steward to show it is not enough to follow the practices of the land, but one must be above reproach in spiritual things. Following the Law and the Prophets you will fail. He ends with the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.
Joshua 18 gives a description of how the rest of the land was to be divided, beginning with the land of Benjamin, continuing with
Joshua 19, Simeon’s inheritance with Judah, the land of Zebulon, the land of Issachar, the land of Asher, the land of Naphtali, the land of Dan and finally Joshua’s Inheritance..
Today there are four chapters, there is not one New Testament comment in the three chapters of Joshua. Read them as history and Geography and enjoy!
April 5: Luke 15, Joshua 15, Joshua 16, Joshua 17 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 15 is deceptively simple. Just three parables, the lost sheep, the lost coin, and finally the lost son, the most famous story of redemption of them all.
Joshua 15, more geography: the land of Judah, Caleb occupies Hebron and Debir and a listing of the cities of Judah.
Joshua 16 describes the land that belongs to the half tribe of Manasseh, west of Jordan, and also the land of Ephraim.
Joshua 17 describes in more detail what is named in previous chapter.
Today there are five chapters, there is not one New Testament comment in the four chapters of Joshua. Read them as history and Geography and enjoy!
April 4: Luke 14, Joshua 11, Joshua 12, Joshua 13, Joshua 14 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 14, again, on the Sabbath, at a Pharisee’s house Jesus heals a man with dropsy. Noticing how the people competed for the best places Jesus spoke of the lowly Place to be sought. Then he gave the parable of the Great Supper, the cost of following Christ and finally a few words of the value of good salt and salt that lost its savor.
Joshua 11 tells of the Northern Conquest and gives a summary of all the conquests.
Joshua 12 sums up the Kings conquered by Moses and the Kings conquered by Joshua.
Joshua 13 describes the land to be conquered; the land divided East of Jordan: The land of Reuben, the land of Gad and the land of Manasseh East of Jordan.
Joshua 14 describes the land Divided West of Jordan and that Caleb in his strength inherits Hebron.
Today there are three chapters, enjoy!
April 3: Luke 13, Joshua 9, Joshua 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 13. Unless you repent you all perish, but God has been patient with the barren Fig Tree. Then, like Jesus so often does a woman is healed on Sabbath, which made the ruler of the Synagogue angry. Jesus takes issue with that saying you can save animals on Sabbath but not people? Then comes the parable of faith like the Mustard Seed, the Leaven and the narrow Gate, not all will enter. Finally Jesus laments over Jerusalem.
Joshua 9. Without consulting the LORD the Israel makes a treaty with the Gibeonites.
Joshua 10, Further battles, The Sun Stands Still, The Amorite Kings Executed and the conquest of the Southland.
Today there are only two chapters, enjoy!
April 2: Luke 12, Joshua 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 12, Jesus is teaching: “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees,” “even very hairs of your head are all numbered,” “His eyes are on the sparrow,” “acknowledge me before men” and “anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” “Do not worry, the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say when you are persecuted for my sake”. Jesus is not the arbiter in worldly disputes, and don’t hoard riches here on earth. Again, do not Worry, look at the lilies, (my comment, smell the roses and enjoy God’s creation). Be the faithful and watchful servant, not the evil and drunken one. Finally, Christ brings division, even among family members, discern the times and make peace.
Joshua 8, finally after a bitter fight Ai is conquered. Joshua Renews the Covenant at Mount Ebel..
Today there are only two chapters, enjoy!
April 1: Luke 11, Joshua 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 11, The disciples asked Jesus on how to pray and he gave them the pattern prayer, also called “The Lord’s prayer.” On prayers, be importune, ask, seek, knock, the key verse is: “ If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Jesus healed a mute man and some said it was by Beelzebub (the lord of flies). Furthermore Jesus states that he who hears the word of the Father is blessed. There shall be no sign except the Sign of Jonah, Your eye is the Lamp of the Body, let it shine. Finally, Jesus proclaims six woes.
Joshua 7, after the tremendous victory over mighty Jericho comes the defeat at Ai. Why? Was it they tried to do it in their own strength or was it the sin of Achan?