Friday, July 23, 2021

 

THE LORD SENT JUDGES TO DELIVER THEM

 

PROCLAMATION

 

 

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were written under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God by the Prophet Samuel.  Because this new generation of Israelites who did not know The Lord served Baal, they aroused The Lord’s anger and He allowed their surrounding enemies to defeat, raid, and plunder them.  When they were in great distress, The Lord raised up judges to save them from their enemies. (Judges 3:10-16)  But when the judge died, the Israelites returned to their evil ways and were even more corrupt than their ancestors. (Judges 3:19) 

 

APPLICATION

 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

THEY DID EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD

PROCLAMATION

“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers and there arose another generation after them, which knew not The Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel.  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of The Lord, and served Baalim;”  Judges 2:10-11 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were written under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God by the Prophet Samuel.  Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, (Exodus 14:21-22) to the edge of the promise land. (Exodus 16:35)  Because of their lack of faith, that generation wandered in the wilderness for forty years until the adults all died. (Numbers 14:16)  Joshua then led their children, the next generation, across the flooded Jordan River into the promise land (Joshua 3:15-17) and through a series of victorious battles over the inhabitants of the promised land. (Joshua 12:1-24)  Then he divided the lands that they conquered among the tribes of Israel, (Joshua 13:8 to 19:51) and that generation served The Lord God.  After the death of Joshua, the Israelites fought and defeated the remaining Canaanites on their west side, but they did not drive out the Canaanites who were living among them. (Judges 1:1-36)  When this generation died off, the next generation did not know The Lord God or what He had done for their parents and grandparents.  This new generation of Israelites did not serve The Lord God as their ancestors had, and they did evil in the sight of The Lord. (Judges 2:10-11)

 

APPLICATION

It is our responsibility as believers to teach our children, the next generation, about The Lord God and all that He has done. (Leviticus 10:11, Deuteronomy 6:7, and Proverbs 22:6)  It is our job to raise up our children in the fear and admonition of The Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)  We should not only tell them about His many miracles and His commandments, but we should be living examples of His Holy Word.  Our children should see in us that which we expect them to exemplify.  If we do not teach them the ways of The Lord God, then we should not be surprised when they stray and begin to do that which is evil in His sight. 



THE DEATH OF JOSHUA

PROCLAMATION

“And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of The Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old.  And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnah-serah, which is in Mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.”  Joshua 24:29-30 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which written under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  In chapter twenty-three Joshua addressed all of the leaders of Israel.  In chapter twenty-four he addresses all of the people of Israel.  They gathered at Shechem because it is the place where they would conduct the solemn burial of the bones of Joseph.  The purpose of this gathering was a rededication of the people and the solemn renewing of their covenant with The Lord God. (Joshua 24:1)  Joshua told the people what thus saith The Lord.  He recounted how He took Abraham from beyond the Euphrates River and led him throughout Canaan.  He gave him many descendants.  He gave him Isaac, and to Isaac He gave Jacob who went down into Egypt. (Joshua 24:2-4)  He said that He sent Moses and Aaron to bring them out of Egypt.  He parted the Red Sea and led them into the wilderness where they lived for a long time.  Then He brought them across the Jordan River and gave them Jericho and all of the land that He promised their forefathers. (Joshua 24:5-13)  Joshua then told them to fear The Lord and serve Him faithfully.  They were to put away all of the idols that their ancestors worshiped on the other side of the Euphrates River, and while in Egypt, and the gods of the Amorites in whose land they lived.  The people said that they would serve The Lord. (Joshua 24:14-18)  Joshua made a covenant for the people with God there at Shechem then he dismissed them. (Joshua 24:19-28)  Joshua died at the age of one hundred and ten years old and was called a servant of God.  The bones of Joseph, which were brought up out of Egypt, were buried at Shechem. (Joshua 24:29-32)  

 

APPLICATION

Moses was a servant of The Lord God.  Joshua, who served Moses and took over after him, was called a servant of The Lord God but only at the end of his life.  It is an honor to be given the title “Servant of God.”  This is the title which all Christians should strive for.  At the end of our life, we all want to hear The Lord God say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant …” (Matthew 25:21)


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

JOSHUA'S FINAL FAREWELL

PROCLAMATION

“And it came to pass a long time after … that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.  And Joshua called for all Israel, and for the elders … and said to them, ‘… ye have seen all that The Lord your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for The Lord your God is He that hath fought for you.’ ”  Joshua 23:1-3 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Joshua under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  After years of peace and rest from their enemies which were all around them, Joshua calls all of Israel together.  He tells them that he is old and stricken in age.  He tells them that The Lord God has fought their battles for them and defeated all of the nations around them. (Joshua 23:1-3)  He says that God has done great things for them and they should remain close to Him and follow His commands. (Joshua 23:6-11)  Then he cautions them and says that if they turn from The Lord God they could lose the land which He has given to them. (Joshua 23:12-13)  He tells them that he is about to die and he warns them that if they transgress and serve other gods, the anger of The Lord God will burn against them and they will be driven from the land. (Joshua 23:14-16)

 

APPLICATION

Sometimes the worst thing that can happen to us is to be blessed with success, prosperity, and plenty.  We tend to get an over inflated image of ourselves and we forget about God.  We have all been blessed in more ways than we can count and we should be grateful and thank Him daily.  If we do not acknowledge The Lord God and give Him praise, honor, and glory for all that He has done, then we may lose the blessing which we have been given.  If we turn from Him, He will withdraw from us and we will also lose the protection from our enemies.  All that we have, and all that we are, is the result of the goodness of God and we need His continued grace and mercy in order to maintain what we have.



Monday, July 19, 2021

RETURNING HOME AND MISUNDERSTOOD

PROCLAMATION

“And now The Lord your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as He promised them; therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of The Lord gave you on the other side of Jordan.”  Joshua 22:4 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Joshua under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  Now that all of the battles had been won and all of the promised land allocated to the various tribes, Joshua called together the tribes which had been given land on the other side of the Jordan River. (Joshua 22:1)  He told them that they had been faithful, that they had done all that was asked of them, and the could not return home to the land which had been given to them. (Joshua 22:2-4)  Joshua blessed each clan, told them to remain faithful, and sent them on their way. (Joshua 22:5-9)  After they had crossed the Jordan River, they built an altar on their side of the Jordan similar to the one that was built when they all first crossed the Jordan. (Joshua 22:10)  When the children of Israel heard about the altar they were upset and wanted to go to war with them.  They thought that the altar was for idle worship and they sent a priest and ten men as a convoy to find out why they had done such a thing.  (Joshua 22:11-20)  The children of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh answered them saying that it was built as a reminder for their children and future generations of what The Lord had done for them. (Joshua 22:21-29)  When the priest and the princes heard this they were pleased and returned home.  The children were also pleased when they heard this and there was peace in the land for the altar was for a witness between us that The Lord is God. (Joshua 22:30-34)

 

APPLICATION

Soldiers returning home after having been at war can be misunderstood.  Some behave strangely suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  Some were greeted as heroes, the World War II veterans, while others were vilified because the war in which they fought was unpopular, the Viet Nam veterans.  Years later, after some meeting of the minds, we now have memorials to all of the veterans.  We should thank The Lord God, and thank veterans, for the freedoms that we enjoy today in our land.



Sunday, July 18, 2021

LEVITICAL CITIES

PROCLAMATION

“Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua … saying, ‘The Lord commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle.’  And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance …”  Joshua 21:1-3 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Joshua under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  The Levites were not granted land as an inheritance because their royal priesthood was their inheritance. (Joshua 14:3 and 18:7)  Instead they were given towns to live in within the lands allocated to each of the tribal clans of Israel. (Joshua 21:3)  The Levites did not inherit any land but they were give land to live on.  Chapter twenty-one list the cities which were given to the Levites from each of the tribes of Israel. (Joshua 21:3-45)

 

APPLICATION

The Lord God provided for His people, the children of Israel, all of the land that He promised to their forefathers, (Joshua 21:43) and He also provided for His servants, the Levites, the priests and men of God. (Joshua 21:3)  He kept His promises in years long past, and He still keeps His promises today.  The Bible is full of the promises of God, and not one of them has been broken.  Heaven and earth will pass away before one portion of His word is unfilled. (Matthew 5:18)  He keeps His promises, all that remains is for us to live up to our end of the bargain and keep our promises to Him. 



Saturday, July 17, 2021

SAFE HAVENS

PROCLAMATION

“Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses; That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither; and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.’ ”  Joshua 20:2-3 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Joshua under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  After dividing up the promised land, The Lord God spoke to Joshua and told him to designate several cities of refuge to be safe haven for individuals who had accidentally killed a person and was seeking to flee from someone seeking revenge. (Joshua 20:1-3)  He that flees shall present himself to the elders of that city and they shall take him in and give him a place to stay and dwell among them.  If someone pursues him, the elders will not turn him over to them because what he did was accidental. (Joshua 20:4-6)  There six such cities of refuge designated for the children of Israel. (Jordan 20:7-9)

 

APPLICATIONS                                                                          

There are no such cities of refuge for us today.  The closest thing we have to a save haven is under the protective wings of our Lord and Savior. (Psalm 17:8, 36:7, and 91:4)  He offers us protection from all that would do us harm for whatever reason they might have.  That which He does not keep from us, He will go with us through whatever it is and protects us.  We are never alone (Hebrews 13:5) for He is always with us. (Matthew 28:20)  He can calm the storm or just keep us safe through the storm. (Mark 4:37-41)