Today, in the chapter of the gospel of Luke we read and appreciate how honest and accurate Jesus described what really matters and in the three chapters of Joshua, the author gave a meticulous 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 told of the consequences of sin, the importance of faith and the call of duty. Then is recorded the story of ten lepers healed but only one came back and thanked Jesus, and he was a Samaritan! Finally Jesus spoke 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 returned to their lands. On their way they built an altar by the Jordan. The Western Tribes thought by doing so they were abandoning the LORD, not so, they wee confirming “it shall be a witness between us that the LORD is God.”
Today we read one chapter of Luke and two chapters of Joshua. 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 told the parable of the unjust steward to show it is not enough to follow the practices of the land, one must be above reproach in spiritual things, even if you are following the Law and the Prophets to the letter you will fail. He ended 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’s chapter of Luke is a must read for any believer, but 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 we will read five chapters, the one chapter in Luke is important, but there is not one New Testament comment mentioned about the four chapters of Joshua, not even about Caleb! 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 no less, Jesus healed a man with dropsy. Noticing how the people competed for the best places Jesus spoke of the lowly place to be sought rather than the place of honor. Then he gave us the parable of the Great Supper and the cost of following Christ. Finally he mentioned the value of good salt and the worthlessness of 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, still in his strength at the age of 85 wanted and inherited the hilly land of Hebron.
Today’s chapter of Luke is full of Jesus teaching, and we also read two chapters pf Joshua.
April 3: Luke 13, Joshua 9, Joshua 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 13. Jesus kept telling the religious Jews “Unless you repent you all perish.” The fig tree is a symbol of Israel, and until then God has been patient with the barren Fig Tree. Moving on, like Jesus so often did, a woman was healed on a Sabbath, which made the ruler of the Synagogue angry. Jesus took issue with that, asking why can you save animals on Sabbath but not people? He then told the parable of faith like the Mustard Seed, the Leaven and the narrow Gate and explained why not all will enter. Finally Jesus lamented over Jerusalem.
Joshua 9. Without consulting the LORD, the leaders of Israel made a treaty with the Gibeonites, a very bad idea.
Joshua 10 speaks of further battles, in the battle with the Amorites the sun stood still for a full day. After the LORD gave Israel the victory, the Amorite Kings were executed, followed by the conquest of the Southland.
Today we read a much quoted chapter of Luke and one chapter of Joshua, enjoy!
April 2: Luke 12, Joshua 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 12, Jesus wass 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 claimed he is not the arbiter in worldly disputes and strongly urged people not to hoard riches here on earth. Again, do not Worry, look at the lilies, (my interpretation: Smell the roses and enjoy God’s creation). Be the faithful and watchful servant, not the evil and drunken one. Finally, Christ will bring division, even among family members, so discern the times and make peace.
Joshua 8, finally after a bitter fight Ai was conquered. Joshua Renewed the Covenant at Mount Ebel..
Today we read one chapter of Luke and one chapter of Joshua.
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. When the Jews asked for a sign Jesus answered “There shall be no sign except the Sign of Jonah,” He also proclaimed: “Your eye is the Lamp of the Body, let it shine.” Finally, Jesus proclaimed six woes.
Joshua 7, after the tremendous victory over mighty Jericho, Joshua was humiliated at Ai. Why? Was it because they tried to do it in their own strength or was it the sin of Achan?