Through the Bible, March 8

Reading: Judges1:1-3:6 Summary: We praise and thank God for effective leaders.  Joshua was just such a man (see Judges 2:7).  But what happens when no good leaders are found to replace the ones who die?  The time of the Judges is a sad answer to that question.  “[T]here arose another …

Through the Bible, March 6

Reading: Joshua 22-24 Summary: Two important events highlight the critical need for faithfulness as this nation enters a new phase of its existence. First, the tribes settling east of Jordan must remind themselves and their descendants of their rightful place as God’s people (chapter 22). Second is Joshua’s emotionally charged …

Through the Bible, March 5

Reading: Joshua 16:1-18:10 Summary: The process for dividing the land among the tribes seems a bit curious as it involved the casting of lots.  This, perhaps, was done in faith believing that God was acting through those lots to provide each tribe their lands (see Prov. 16:33). Today’s reading is …

Through the Bible, March 4

Reading: Joshua 13:1-15:19 Summary: Apparently a number of years have passed as Joshua is now identified as “old and advanced in years” (13:1). As the land is conquered and its inhabitants driven out–almost to the Lord’s specifications (see Joshua 15:63; 17:12-13)–the tribes begin to settle the land.  Two and half …

Through the Bible, March 3

Reading: Joshua 9-11 Summary: Divide and Conquer As the conquest of the land continues Joshua experiences both a bitter failure and an extraordinary success.  His mistake in regard to the Gibeonites mars his record while the incident at Gibeon demonstrates the nearness of God to the commander of His people. …

Through the Bible, March 2

Reading: Joshua 5-8 Summary: Last Preparations, Jericho and Ai It’s fitting that two events transpire once Israel has crossed Jordan into Canaan: the males are circumcised and the Passover is observed.  Both of these events are primary reminders of the Israelites’ identity, the God whom they serve, and His great …

Through the Bible, March 1

Reading: Joshua 1-4 Summary: Joshua Commissioned, Jordan Crossed, and Canaan Entered The time has come.  Joshua receives his charge as the sole leader of Israel to take them across Jordan and to possess this land. Advance spies are sent out secretly (notice the difference between this sending of spies and the …