March 23 – Scripture of the Day

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In today’s scripture, we read the well-know story of Israel capturing Jericho…with the army marching around the city for six days, and then on the seventh day letting out a mighty scream, and the walls collapsing.

The passage that stood out to me today was Joshua 3:14-17 which says, “14 So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. 15 It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, 16 the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea[a] until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho.
17 Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground
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This story of course, is a reminder of the way the Lord parted the Red Sea to allow Israel to escape Pharaoh’s army in Egypt. And the text tells us that it was done for a similar reason…so everyone would know that it was the Lord who was doing these miraculous things.

Additionally, one other verse stood out to me, Joshua 5:12 which tells us that once Israel entered the Promised Land, they ate from the land, and manna no longer appeared. It says, “12 No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.”

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Today’s reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27
Tomorrow’s reading: Joshua 7:1-9:27

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