March 30 – Scripture of the Day

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In today’s reading, Joshua dies at the age of 110 and is buried in the Promised Land, upon the portion he was given. But before he died, he reminded Israel of their covenant with God.

Two different passages stuck out to me today. First is Joshua 24:13-14, which says, “13 I gave you land you had not worked on, and I gave you towns you did not build—the towns where you are now living. I gave you vineyards and olive groves for food, though you did not plant them. 14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone.

This is a good reminder to us that God loved us first, and it is because of this we should love God in return. It is what God has done for us, and as a result, how we should respond to God. It’s not what we can do for God. Without him, we are nothing!

The other verse that stood out is a well known and often quoted part verse 15: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” May I also live up to this declaration!

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Today’s reading: Joshua 22:1-24:33
Tomorrow’s reading: Judges 1:1-3:30

March 24 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Joshua 7:1 which says, “But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the Lord.[a] A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the Lord was very angry with the Israelites. Achan was the son of Carmi, a descendant of Zimri[b] son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah.”

As a result of the actions of one man, Achan, the whole of Israel suffered; they were defeated when they set out to conquer Ai.

This is a good reminder to all of us that we have a responsibility to one another, and that when we do things that are selfish, we can harm our whole community.

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Today’s reading Joshua 7:1-9:27
Tomorrow’s reading: Joshua 10:1-12:6

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

March 22 – Scripture of the Day

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In today’s reading, Moses dies at 120 years old, and Joshua takes charge of leading Israel after being anointed by Moses. These passages also contain the story or Rahab the prostitute, who hides the two spies from Israel in return for a promise to spare her family when Israel takes over the land.

But the scripture that stood out to me was Deuteronomy 34:5-6 which says, “5 So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Lord had said. 6 The Lord buried him in a valley near Bethpeor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place.”

This passage stood out to me because it says that the Lord buried Moses. Perhaps this should not be surprising to us, as Moses and the Lord had an intimate relationship, Moses even having seen the Lord pass by him.

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Joshua 1:1-2:24

Tomorrow’s reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27

March 8 – Scripture of the Day

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Today’s reading included the commissioning of Joshua by Moses to lead the people. The passage that stood out to me was Numbers 27:18-19 which says, “The Lord replied, “Take Joshua son of Nun, who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him. Present him to Eleazar the priest before the whole community, and publicly commission him to lead the people.”

Also included were instructions from the Lord to Moses concerning:

  • Daily Offerings
  • Sabbath Offerings
  • Monthly Offerings
  • Offerings for Passover
  • Offerings for the Festival of Harvest
  • Offerings for the Festival of Trumpets
  • Offerings for the Day of Atonement
  • Offerings for the Festival of Shelters

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Today’s reading: Numbers 27:1-29:40
Tomorrow’s reading: Numbers 30:1-31:54