Devotions March

Jud 3-5

March 31, 2015

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What does it say?

The stage being set in the first two chapters, the first two cycles of sin immediately come into view (Jud 3); Israel doing evil and falling into oppression at the hand of neighboring tribes, crying out to God, who raises up a judge to deliver them.

Jud 1-2

March 30, 2015

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What does it say?

Judges are literally “bringers of justice” and correspond to tribal chieftains. Previously (Deu 16:18) the people were instructed to appoint judges for every town to settle disputes. God himself is called the Judge (11:27). No one is named to take Joshua’s leadership when he dies. Instead each tribe […]

Jos 22-24

March 29, 2015

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What does it say?

The land is now allocated and the final part of Joshua deals with settlement in the land and the passing of Joshua. The standing army has finished its mission and the two-and-a-half tribes return to their homes on the east side of Jordan (Jos 22). As they retreated, […]

Jos 19-21

March 28, 2015

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What does it say?

The land distribution flows northward as the remaining tribes receive their portions (Jos 19). Just as Caleb received a special inheritance earlier, the other faithful spy, Joshua, also receives his own land within the portion given to Ephraim.

In Numbers 35 Moses had instructed the designation […]

Jos 16-18

March 27, 2015

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What does it say?

Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph, will receive the largest portion other than Judah’s. This short chapter (Jos 16) begins by giving the boundaries of Ephraim’s land in central Canaan. Remember that half the tribe of Manasseh has already received their inheritance on the other side of […]

Jos 12-15

March 26, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapter 12 is a list of the 31 kings defeated by Israel under Joshua’s leadership in the order in which they were conquered. Chapter 13 looks forward and lists the territory yet to be conquered. Once you understand what these two chapters are about, you don’t have to labor through each and […]

Jos 9-11

March 25, 2015

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What does it say?

The Gibeonites, a neighboring tribe, hear of the fall of Jericho and are terrified to face the Israelites (Jos 9). They decide to enjoin the old refrain, “If you can’t beat them; join them.” So they send messengers disguised as though having come from a far distance begging […]

Jos 5-8

March 24, 2015

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What does it say?

Israeli males born in the wilderness had never been circumcised. Now, before crossing Jordan, they are circumcised in reaffirmation of the covenant relationship with Jehovah God (Jos 5). From Joshua’s reaction, it is clear that the man who appears to him in a private moment is a physical […]

Jos 1-4

March 23, 2015

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What does it say?

The time is approximately 1406 B.C. Tradition holds that Joshua wrote this book, although that is not directly stated. Joshua means Jehovah saves and is the Hebrew version of the Aramaic Jesus. As such, this book will suggest many ways that Joshua is an image of Jesus to […]

Deu 32-34; Psa 91

March 22, 2015

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What does it say?

Moses’ song (Deu 32) is really introduced in the preceding chapter’s final verse. This is a literary gem set in a lawsuit motif; God bringing his indictment against Israel. A narrative section follows emphasizing the seriousness of the poem’s content and also gives instructions about Moses’ impending death. […]

Deu 30-31

March 21, 2015

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What does it say?

Moses has laid out the covenant and its implications. He has warned the people of the consequences of obedience and disobedience. Now (Deu 30), he calls upon them to formally commit to the covenant as they prepare to cross the Jordan River.

Joshua has been by Moses’ […]

Deu 28-29

March 20, 2015

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What does it say?

Moses now lays out both blessings and curses in relation to Israel’s obedience or disobedience (Deu 28). Here, six blessings are balanced by six curses. But remember that Moses has just given instructions to the Levites to warn Israel of disobedience with a list of possible curses in […]

Deu 24-27

March 19, 2015

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What does it say?

Application of the eighth commandment continues (Deu 24:1-7). The prohibition against stealing expands to include protecting personal rights in various civic matters. Moses next expounds on the ninth commandment, the prohibition against stealing (24:8-22). The emphasis here protects widows, orphans and foreigners

Even criminals and animals have certain rights protected under Moses’ application […]

Deu 21-23

March 18, 2015

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What does it say?

Moses continues expanding societal applications of the sixth commandments by instructing concerning unsolved murders (Deu 21). Not as immediately obvious, the commandments about how to treat women surviving the conquests of war is also an issue concerning the preservation of human life in contrast to the atrocities often […]

Deu 17-20

March 17, 2015

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What does it say?

The applications and implications of the fifth commandment as applies to all those in authority continues (Deu 17). Instructions for executing capital punishment for blasphemers, appeal to higher authority in difficult cases and the future installation of kings are all discussed.

The Levites receive no landed […]

Deu 14-16

March 16, 2015

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What does it say?

Moses continues to teach the Ten Commandments to this new generation (Deu 14). This expands the third commandment, not to take God’s name in vain. God has chosen them to be an example of what it means to be God’s people. Fearing false gods as their neighbors do, […]

Deu 11-13

March 15, 2015

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What does it say?

Moses continues his exhortation to love God and obey him (Deu 11). Israel has witnessed the mighty acts of God and should love and obey him. The result will be entrance into the land and great blessing. God’s mission will be realized, but they must choose either blessing […]

Deu 8-10

March 14, 2015

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What does it say?

Yet again Moses warns the people to remember what they have learned through the 40 years in the desert and to beware of the pride of self-reliance (Deu 8). Then, Moses makes application to the future (8:7-20) when they would be established in the land and blessed with […]

Deu 5-7

March 13, 2015

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What does it say?

The second discourse of Deuteronomy begins as Moses restates the covenant made by God through him in Horeb, the Mosaic Covenant (Deu 5). What follows updates the Ten Commandments given to the new generation poised to enter the land. Moses put the Law in historical context (5:22-33) and […]

Deu 3-4

March 12, 2015

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What does it say?

The historical review of the Israelite’s journey continues with a reminder of the victory over Og of Bashan (Deu 3). This beautiful, fertile land becomes part of the inheritance of the two-and-a-half tribes that decide not to take their part in the Promised Land on the other side […]