January 3, 2023
DAY 3 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses for Today: Joshua 1:7-9
Today, we begin our journey through the book of Joshua. Joshua is Hosea, the son of Num. He began life as a slave in Egypt. Hosea’s faithfulness to the God of Israel allowed him to rise to leadership among his people. Moses, whom God chose to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, changed Hosea’s name to Joshua (Yeshua in Hebrew) which means “the Lord is Salvation,” after returning with 11 other spies from a spying mission into Canaan, which we will read about later in the year.
Take a moment and pray, asking for understanding of today’s reading. Read Joshua 1-5. Let’s journey!
Joshua 1-5: The Book of Joshua would be a best seller on the New York Times book review, with the book taking off quickly in the first five chapters. The Book of Joshua begins with God addressing Joshua concerning what is expected of him and the people of Israel in preparation to cross the Jordon River into the promised land: Canaan. Military preparation is made by sending two spies into Canaan to assess the military preparedness of their adversaries. The spies make an allegiance with a prostitute, Rahab. The spies return to Joshua with a good report. The Israelites prepare and cross the Jordan River, making camp at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho where, under the stewardship of Joshua and pursuant to God’s instructions, spiritual and strategic preparations are made for the attack on Jericho. (Joshua 1:1-5:15)
Our focus verses for today:
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7-9, NIV)
The above verses are God speaking to Joshua, giving him encouragement and direction before leading the Hebrew nation into the land flowing with milk and honey, the promised land: Canaan. Joshua was a man who studied, meditated, and prayed over God’s commands. God was first in Joshua’s life. Is God first in your life? How do you show it?
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