Mar 29th 15
God Gives the Victory, Bountiful Blessings and Healing
As Gideon and his army were approaching the Midianites for battle, the LORD told Gideon,
7:2 …”You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, `Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this...
Mar 26th 15
Confront and Clarify to Avert War
Joshua blessed and sent the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh back to the eastern side of the Jordan, saying…
22:5 But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the LORD your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all...
Mar 25th 15
God Confirms the Promised Land, Rest and Jesus
The last seven allotments of land were given to the remaining tribes of Israel. Then the Israelites gave Joshua land in the hill country of Ephraim. Both Caleb and Joshua were individually given choice parcels of land because of their faithfulness to God. Caleb was given the first parcel, even though he was not actually a descendent of Israel, and Joshua the...
Mar 24th 15
Boundaries are Set
Joshua had led the national conquest of the land by the power of God, but the final battles for occupation still remained within each area to be settled by the various tribes. Following the allotment of land given to the tribe of Judah, land was designated to the son’s of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh. The southern part of the central hill country from the Jordan to the...
Mar 23rd 15
Joshua Divides the Land
The next six chapters deal with the distribution of the land among the tribes of Israel. Joshua was an old man by this time. Much of the land still left to be conquered was inhabited for the most part by the Philistines. The LORD reminded Joshua,
13:6-7 …”I myself will drive these people out of the land ahead of the Israelites. So be sure to give this land to...
Mar 22nd 15
God is Victorious
Five Amorite kings joined forces to attack Gibeon for making a treaty with Israel. The Gibeonites quickly sent for help from Israel. The Lord told Joshua…
10:8 “Do not be afraid of them, for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”
10:9 Joshua traveled all night from Gilgal and took the...
Mar 20th 15
God Defeated Jericho & Turned Hearts of Others to Himself
Crossing the Jordan on dry ground gave the second generation an opportunity to experience what God had done for the first generation forty years earlier when escaping from Pharaoh.
4:14 That day the LORD made Joshua a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites, and for the rest of his life they revered him as much as they had revered...
Mar 13th 15
God is Victorious
Cities of refuge were set up on the west side of the Jordan, as they had on the east side of the river, as places of safety for those involved with the accidental death of a person.
19:3 Then anyone who has killed someone can flee to one of the cities of refuge for safety.
A person was protected from an avenging relative in the case of an accidental death. However, the death penalty was...
Mar 8th 15
God Desires Relationship Motivated by Love
In this second giving of the law, Moses cautioned the people to listen carefully.
4:2 Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God…
Adding to God’s commands has been a problem from the beginning in the garden when there was but one prohibition— You may eat from any tree but the tree of...
Feb 20th 15
God’s Warnings are Designed to Turn His People Back to Him
Chapter 26 is full of God’s personal declarations of who he is and what he has done for his people, as well as what he will do for those who obey him and what he will do for those against him, who reject him with hostility. The point of his warnings against those who reject him was to get their attention in...
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