January 9, 2024
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DAY 010: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, our journey through the book of Joshua continues with Israel beginning their entry into the Promised Land. We also see the consequences of failing to obey the Lord and failing to consult the Lord.
Take a moment and pray, asking for understanding of today’s reading. Read Joshua 6-10. Let’s journey!
The book of Joshua is believed to take place between the years 1400 BC and 1100 BC. It begins immediately following the death of Moses, with the Israelites preparing to enter the Promised Land. God is in control!
Joshua 6-10: Today’s reading is filled with shock and awe! Chapter 6 has the Israelites conquering Jericho, in an unconventional manner. (What would your reaction be if a group started doing that to your city?!) In Chapter 7 the consequences of sin are clearly revealed to any Israelite who may have wondered: Death! Thirty-six Israelite soldiers we killed as Israel lost the battle with Ai. Achan sinned against God by taking sacred things from the plunder of Jericho. (God clearly instructed the Israelites not to plunder Jericho – Achan did, disobeying God). Achan and his entire family were put to death, then burned by fire. It is difficult for mere mortal minds to understand how the sin of one man resulted in Israel being defeated by Ai and the total destruction of Achan’s family. Sin is disobeying God. Sin affects has consequences for others around you. In Chapter 8, Ai is destroyed. In Chapter 9, the Gibeonites get a peace treaty by deceiving Joshua and the leaders of Israel. And in Chapter 10 the Israelites go to war against five kingdoms because Joshua and the leaders of Israel vowed to God to protect Gibeon against their enemies. This is another consequence of not consulting God. Joshua, prayed to God, asking Him to stop time to allow Israel to totally defeat the Kingdoms of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon – the Kingdoms that planned to attack Gibeon. Joshua’s prayer was granted, time stopped, the sun stood still and the moon stopped, allowing Israel additional time to totally defeat the five Kingdoms that day. (Joshua 6:1-10:43)
Read chapters 6 through 10, and ask yourself these questions: Throughout today’s reading, how do you see that God is in control? How do the Israelites recognize that God is in control of what is to happen? Do you see God’s control in your life?
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