Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Joshua 22

It is good that there was on both sides a desire to seek peace, as there was a zeal for God. Some people are working for unity to defend their faith, promote godly wisdom, and destroy the spirit of arrogance and rebellion. The children of Israel was not prejudiced, but they looked upon their brethren's innocence as a token of God's presence. In Christian living, it is necessary to bend our knees in time of misunderstanding, than talking that aggravates the whole situation… Reading: Josh. 22, God bless. 

Joshua 21

The distribution of the land is the fulfillment of God's promise to the seed of Abraham, which now they possessed. None of their enemies could stand against them, because the Lord helped them conquer all their enemies. It means no one can stop God's plan and those who will not collaborate with God's intent will be eliminated. The promise of heavenly inheritance is as sure to all God's people, for it is the promise of Him who cannot lie… Reading: Josh. 21, God bless.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Joshua 20

The cities of refuge are God's provision to protect the Israelites who kill a person accidentally or unintentionally. The Levites everywhere are God's servants to help the fugitive against the avenger. It also means that God is their refuge in time of trouble. In Christianity, Jesus is our refuge and protector, both physical and spiritual. We have done great and grievous sins against our Creator, but Christ is here to lead us away from eternal destruction… Reading: Josh. 20. God bless. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Joshua 19

The men of Judah did not oppose taking away the cities within their border, when convinced that they had more than was right (v9). If a true believer has obtained an unintended and improper advantage in any thing, he will give it up with the needy without murmuring. The true love (agape) does not seek his/her own desire only, and does not behave unseemly. It will induce others to share what is lacking to their brethren… Reading: Josh 19, God bless.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Joshua 17

Joseph had two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, and each received its inheritance. The daughters of Zelophehad, though women, now reaped the benefit of their pious zeal and faithfulness to the God of their forefathers. They knew that men and women are equal and have their inheritance. Joshua told all of them to conquer even the forest and wilderness, which is parallel to our Great Commission. Those who neglect it now, will lose their inheritance for ever… Reading: Josh. 17, God bless. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Joshua 16

The land distribution continued to the children of Joseph, with its boundaries and provisions. But they failed to drive out the Canaanites. This may remind us that our situation and needs in this life, as well as our future inheritance are appointed by the only wise and righteous King who knows what is best for us. Therefore, we should be content with our portion  because all we have is more than we deserve… Reading: Josh. 16, God bless.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Joshua 15

Joshua allotted the land of Judah to his people, where most of the land in the south are dry. They are watered with rain of heaven, and the upper and lower springs that issued out of the earth. Spiritually, men are dry and only God can provide living water to spring up in their hearts. Here, the list of the cities of Judah are mentioned but we don't find Bethlehem, because it was little town among thousands of Judah (Micah 5:2), yet honored by the Lord… Reading: Josh. 15, God bless. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Joshua 14

God's promises are faithful and reliable. Caleb received his inheritance, the mountain of Hebron because it was formerly in God's promise to him, and he would let Israel knows how much he valued the promise. Those who live by faith in God's words value the God-given promises far above than what is given by God's providence to humanity. It means we should valued our ministries-gifts (God-given) more than any material thing (God-providence)… Reading: Josh. 14, God bless. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Joshua 12

With the help of God, Joshua conquered the land promised to their forefathers. As we observe today the Good Friday, let us reflect on the finished works of Jesus Christ at the cross. He did not only conquer the whole universe, he also conquered the hearts of the believers. His promise to bring us into eternity should fill our hearts with hope and confidence in His mercy, and with humble gratitude. Blessed be the name of the Lord… Reading: Josh. 12, God bless. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Joshua 11

Joshua raided the northern part including Lebanon, Syria and its surroundings, killing all the inhabitants and the Anakim (giants). The Israelites did not put off their armors, nor expect lasting peace with their neighbors, till they close their eyes in death. Similarly, the Christians must expect more heavy trials, at the same time anticipate that the Lord will not permit the spiritual enemies to assault till He has prepared the believers for battle… Reading: Josh. 11, God bless.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Joshua 10

God answered the faith of Joshua by the miraculous stay of the sun, that the day of Israel's victories had made longer. The sun appeared to the Israelites over Gibeon, but the moon over the valley of Ajalon, and both appeared to be stopped on their course of one whole day. It's hard to understand till this day, but nothing is impossible with God. Our Lord perform signs and wonders  to show that the God of Israel is indeed God… Reading: josh. 10, God bless. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Joshua 9

Joshua did not ask counsel of the Lord when they made a covenant with the Gibeonites, but hastily concluded that they were telling the truth. But when the fraud was found out, Joshua made them servants of the people. Lesson: We always make decisions, and most of the time, we made bad choices, and later carry the feeling of regret. Let this incident convince us that if we ignore the Holy  in our decisions, the outcome will always be painful… Reading: Josh. 9, God bless. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Joshua 8

In Jericho, God told them to put away the accursed thing, but here at Ai, the spoil was not to be destroyed because God wants to reward them for their obedience. It shows that they need to pass the test first, to keep from what He forbids, so they can be recompensed and honored by God. Then Joshua went to the valley to pray for God's blessings seeking His strategies to win the battle. Lesson: Let's seek first God's kingdom and His righteousness to win our battles in this world… Reading: Josh. 8, God bless. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Joshua 7

The love of the world is the root of downfall and destruction, so that when Achan took some of the spoil of Jericho, the nation of Israel was defeated, at the same time his life was destroyed. God cannot work with people whose passion is self satisfaction and materialism. The schism inside the church is because of some people like Achan that abuse the grace of God into excuses of their own sloth and self-indulgence… Reading: Josh. 7, God bless. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Joshua 6

The people of Jericho resolved that they would not allow the Israelites to be their master. As God's people marched around the city 7 times, they shouted greatly and the walls of Jericho collapsed. These Canaanite people were destroyed as the Lord instructed Joshua, except Rahab and her family. Lesson: We need to listen to God's instruction carefully, and as we obey Him fully, we can see and experience the miracles to happen… Reading: Josh. 6, God bless. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Joshua 5

There are 3 main things today, the Israelites were circumcised not only in flesh but also in heart. We can't be servant of God unless the removal of fleshly nature took place in our lives. The 2nd is the commemoration of Passover that signifies the deliverance from Egypt to the promised land; from darkness to light. Finally is the theophany of God in bodily form as the Commander of the army. Like Joshua, our earnest desire is to know the perfect will of God in our plans… Reading: Joshua 5, God bless.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Joshua 4

The miraculous works of the Lord are so worthy of remembrance, because man's heart is so prone to forget them. So the memorial stones were to set up reminding the children of Israel of this great works of God. In our lives, it is important to look back always on our past, so that we may be reminded about the salvation God has done in our lives. Gob honored Joshua that he may be feared by the people, and to make it appear that God is with Him as He was with Moses… Reading: Joshua 4, God bless. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Joshua 3

As God was with Moses, so as with Joshua; same God, same power, same promise. He needs to depend on the Lord, while the people were to follow the ark, the symbol of the Spirit's  direction. Thus, the waters of Jordan river was cut off, a repeated miracle when God divided the Red sea. God used the same power to finish the deliverance and salvation of His people. And it shows that the WORD of God was truly with Joshua… Reading: Josh. 4, God bless. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Joshua 2

God directed the spies to the house of Rahab, the harlot. Like the people of Jericho, she heard the news about the demonstration of God's power. She knew that there is no way of escape except by submitting to God's plan and join His people. So the spies made important conditions, to bind a scarlet cord in the window, like the blood upon the doorpost at the passover. Rahab was saved by faith to the God of Israel through obedience, including her family… Reading: Josh. 2, God bless.  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Joshua 1

Joshua had just come from 40 years in the wilderness, witnessing the demonstration of God's power. He is now the leader of the children of Israel, but trained up under command. To encourage Joshua, the Lord spoke to him and gave him full assurance of success and protection. Joshua has to make the law of God his rule. He is charged to meditate therein day and night, that his orders and judgments must be according to the Book… Reading: Joshua 1, God bless. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Deuteronomy 34

Moses was ready to die at 120, and his burial site was unknown to this day. Moses died in honor, in peace and easy manner.  Unlike Jesus, the Lord died upon the disgraceful and torturing cross. God had declared that he should not enter Canaan, but showed him all the good land. It shows that when we have done all our works in God's kingdom, we must all die and go home, with cheerfulness, in the faith of Christ, and in the hope of heaven… Reading: Deut. 34, God bless. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Deuteronomy 33

To all his precepts, warnings, and prophecies, Moses added a solemn blessing and encouragements to the tribes. He begins with a description of the glorious appearances of God at Sinai, in giving the law. God's law works like fire. If received, it is melting, purifying, and burns up the junk of corruption; if rejected, it hardens, brings pain, and destroys. The Holy Spirit came down as of fire, and the gospel is a fiery law written in our hearts… Reading: Deut. 33, God bless. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Deuteronomy 32

The song of Moses begins with the expression of God's Divine power, faithfulness, and love that form the foundation of God's people which cannot be changed or moved. "He is the Rock, His work is perfect." Under His protection, we may find refuge from all our troubles and enemies. God's words are not suggestions but a matter of life and death; that we are made forever if we mind it, but forever undone if we neglect it… Reading: Deut. 32, God bless.   

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Deuteronomy 31

Moses inaugurated Joshua to be the next leader of Israel. The servant-leader of God is the one whose wisdom, courage and affection should be seen and felt by all. Joshua is well pleased to be admonished by Moses to be strong and of good courage. He knew that God's constant presence is the assurance of their victory. As Christian servants, let us do valiantly through the power of the Holy Spirit by possessing the promised blessings for us… Reading: Deut. 31, God bless.