Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Josh. 22-24


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Joshua Chapter Twenty-Two

  1. Following the national Conquest of the land of Canaan, Joshua dismissed Reuben, Gad, and ½ Manasseh to return to their land in the trans-Jordan (Josh. 22:1-9).
  2. On the way back to their own land, Reuben, Gad, and ½ Manasseh built a large replica altar at the Jordan river (Josh. 22:10).
    1. They did so as a memorial, to stand as a reminder of the their part in Israel to future generations (Josh. 22:21-29).
    2. The other 9½ tribes assumed it was an idolatrous altar (Josh. 22:11-20).
  3. Phinehas, and the elders of Israel accept the explanation that Reuben, Gad, & ½ Manasseh offered (Josh. 22:30,31).
  4. The satisfaction of Phinehas and the elders was sufficient for Israel to hold off on a planned civil war against Reuben and Gad (Josh. 22:32-34).

Joshua Chapter Twenty-Three

  1. Joshua prepares to die in much the same manner that Moses prepared to die—by gathering Israel together and teaching them Bible Class.
  2. He challenges them in the work that yet remains (Josh. 23:4,5).
  3. He warns them to not associate with the Canaanites (Josh. 23:6-8).  They are to cling to the Lord.  דָּבַק dābaq #1692: to cling, cleave, join to (Gen. 2:24).
  4. Past victories do not guarantee future victories.  Each generation must make volitional decisions each day (Josh. 23:9-13).
  5. Joshua warns them that every word of the Lord is faithfully fulfilled, and that will also include their judgment if they are faithless towards Him (Josh. 23:14-16).

Joshua Chapter Twenty-Four

  1. Joshua gathers all Israel to Shechem, for a final Bible class in full view of Mt. Blessing and Mt. Cursing (Josh. 24:1; Josh. 8:33).
  2. His introduction was a Walk-Through the Bible, from the call of Abraham to the Conquest of Canaan (Josh. 24:2-13).
    1. You were idolaters in Ur of the Chaldees (Josh. 24:2).
    2. I gave Abraham the promise of land, but no land.  I gave him Isaac (Josh. 24:3).
    3. I gave Isaac the promise of land, but no land.  I gave him Jacob and Esau (Josh. 24:4a).
    4. I gave Esau a land grant, but sent Jacob to Egypt (Josh. 24:4b), where you became idolaters again (Josh. 24:14).
    5. I brought you out of Egypt, and gave you the land that was promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Josh. 24:5-13).
  3. Like Moses did, Joseph lays it out in an either/or message (Josh. 24:14,15).
  4. The people promise to serve the Lord (Josh. 24:16-18).
  5. Joshua warns them against forsaking the Lord because of His jealousy, and points out that they still were in possession of their Egyptian idols (Josh. 24:19-24).
  6. Joshua recorded Israel’s promise, and established a memorial stone to bear witness to their intentions (Josh. 24:25-28).
  7. The Book closes with the death of Joshua, Eleazar, and that entire generation (Josh. 24:29-33).