Monthly Archive: March 2017


Judges 8-9

Daily Reading Judges 8-9 Daily Thought God delivers the Israelites from slavery to Egypt and Moses breaks out in song, thirty-two verses begin with, “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our […]


Judges 6-7

Daily Reading Judges 6-7 Daily Thought Gideon’s leadership was far from stellar: “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15); “Show me a sign that it is you who speak with me” (Judges 6:17); “Because he was […]


Judges 3-5

Daily Reading Judges 3-5 Daily Thought “And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” Again. That’s putting it mildly. The verse is Judges 3:12, but it’s also Judges 2:11; 3:7; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; and 13:1; and that’s just the book of Judges. What is astonishing, however, is they  do […]


Judges 1-2

Daily Reading Judges 1-2 Daily Thought The Bible is filled with stories of violent conquest. “Then Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek” (Judges 1:4). One of many wars in the pages of Israel’s history. Why all the wars, […]


Joshua 22-24

Daily Reading Joshua 22-24 Daily Thought We all follow someone or something, each of us must choose, and there are only two choices: God and not-God. From the words of Jesus, “Whoever is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30), and, “For the one who is not against us is for us” (Mark 9:40). You cannot […]


Joshua 19-21

Daily Reading Joshua 19-21 Daily Thought Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass (Joshua 21:45). I looked up some streaks. Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight baseball games. He was a good bet for a hit, but […]


Joshua 16-18

Daily Reading Joshua 16-18 Daily Thought As the tribes of Israel divide the land and draw boundaries (Joshua 16-18), their disobedience continues. Israel permitted the ungodly to live among them and share the land, “they did not drive out the Canaanites” (Joshua 16:10; 17:13). This was partly to their advantage; the Canaanites provided an additional […]


Joshua 12-15

Daily Reading Joshua 12-15 Daily Thought God made it clear, the land is filled with evil. Drive out all of the evil from the land. “Yet the people of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maacathites, but Geshur and Maacath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day” (Joshua 13:13). They […]


Joshua 9-11

Daily Reading Joshua 9-11 Daily Thought Joshua 10 describes the fantastic defeat of five armies from five cities. Israel battled and God threw hailstones from heaven and the armies ran. To annihilate them, Joshua requested of God, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon,” and the “sun stopped in the midst of heaven […]


Joshua 5-8

Daily Reading Joshua 5-8 Daily Thought God says to his people, “For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:45). Israel is to be holy, and God is teaching them what holiness looks like. As […]

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