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Suggested Readings To Read The Bible Through In A Year

Friday   April 9, 2010    Joshua 23-24 and Psalm 56

Joshua 23:14

"Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.

This is the testimony of an old man (those are his words). Joshua was at Moses right hand for forty years before the mantle of leadership was placed on him and he led the Israelites into the promised land. Joshua is able to say that he is a witness to the faithfulness of God. Not one of the promises that God has made has failed to come to pass . . . not one! We can count on the Word of God.

In chapter 23 Joshua is doing his best to set up the leaders who will succeed him for success. In his speech to them (maybe we could even call it a sermon) he makes at least four major points.

  Point one - God has promised to drive out the remaining nations that are living in the land that God has promised to Abraham. It is God who has given them the land they have possessed thus far, and God’s promise is that he will continue to enable them to possess the rest of their inheritance.

  Point two - Joshua exhorts the leaders to be very strong and to be very careful to obey God’s Word . . . all of it! Don’t allow yourselves to compromise the truth – don’t become involved with the people who serve man made gods. His exhortation is to hold fast to God. That is the only way to ensure continued success and prosperity.

  Point three - He reminds them that is has been the Lord who has driven out the nations that occupied the land. He reminds them that because of the power of God they have been able to do far more than is humanly possible. He reminds them that God has done everything that he has promised.

  Point four - He gives them a warning. If they fail to follow hard after God – if they fail to obey his commands, then God will also keep the promises that he made through Moses to bring judgment on Israel. In Moses final address to the Israelites he told the people of the blessings that God wanted to give to them, and he also told them of the curses that would come upon them if they decided to do their own thing (see Deuteronomy 28) Joshua warned them that if they broke covenant with God that His anger would burn against them and they would lose what God had given them.

  A promise - an exhortation - a reminder - and a warning. That is probably a pretty good summary of the responsibility of spiritual leaders (including parents). We need to continually declare the promises of God, and encourage each other to pursue the appropriation of those promises. We need to remind each other often of what the Lord has already done, and be reminded that God’s grace is not a license to live any way that we want. We need to be warned about the results of disobedience to the Word of the Lord.

  I am reminded again this morning of these facts: Doing God’s thing is very good for me. Doing my own thing is very bad for me. And God has a plan that works.

Suggested Readings To Read The Bible Through In A Year

Saturday  April 10, 2010   Matthew 1-4 and Psalm 57

Sunday    April 11, 2010   Matthew 5-7 and Psalm 58

Monday   April 12, 2010   Matthew 8-9 and Psalm 59

Tuesday  April 13, 2010   Matthew 10-11 and Psalm 60


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