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03/26/2018 — Joshua Chapters 12-15

These chapters contain another fulfillment  of a promise of the Lord as the conquered lands are distributed to the tribes, except to the Levites who were prohibited from owning land by the Lord. We see that 1/2 of Manasseh, the Reubenites, and the Gadites were granted the land east of the Jordan just as Moses

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03/25/2018 — Joshua Chapters 9-11

All miracles recorded in scripture are awe-inspiring.  On a personal note Chapter 10 of Joshua contains a miracle that never fails to marvel me. 13 So the sun stood still,     and the moon stopped,     till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,                                                                        as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the

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03/24/2018 — Joshua Chapter 5-8

Have you even considered the Lord a “military strategist?”  In Chapter 8:1-3 we see Joshua exercise a basic military movement instructed by the inspiration of the Lord: 8 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I

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03/23/2018 — Joshua Chapters 1-4

Well, if you are like me you learn something new about God’s will every time you read the inspired word.  I certainly did as we read through the books of the law — Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  But I am pleased to be heading back into some of the books of history.  Joshua is one

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03/22/18 — Deuteronomy Chapters 32-34 & Psalms 91

In these verses there are elegant, inspired words of praise as Moses, even though his death is imminent, recognizes the glory of the Lord.  Deuteronomy 32:3-4 I will proclaim the name of the Lord.     Oh, praise the greatness of our God! 4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,     and all his ways are just.

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03/21/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 30-31

As I read through these chapters even though we only read “words” I was taken by the emotions of  Moses that these words expressed.  We all know what it is like to leave friends behind & the emotions involved.  This is what I feel in these words. But Moses not only expresses his sentiment towards

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03/20/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 28-29

I see a New Testament parallel when I read Deuteronomy 29:2-6: 2 Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them: Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land. 3 With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great

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03/19/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 24-27

The historical significance of the area close to the two mountains named in Deuteronomy 27, Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim, is immense.  For lying between these two mountains is the city of Schechem. Genesis  12:6 tells us that 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at

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3/18/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 21-23

As we have seen with many others of God’s laws Chapter 21 contains instructions for caring for “your brother.” If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. 2 If they do not live near you or if you do not

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3/17/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 17-20

I was not very far into this reading when I came across a passage that helps explain so many of the laws the Lord gave the Israelites through Moses.  Reading from Chapter 17:7 — The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting that person to death, and then the hands of all

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3/16/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 14-16

As we have seen in other chapters of Deuteronomy there is much repetition of what we have read in earlier books. And as we read Chapter 14:28-29 we see the Lord’s continued care for who we may consider “forgotten” people of that time: At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of

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3/15/2018 – Deuteronomy Chapters 11-13

Do the verses in Deut. 11: 18-20 sound familiar:   18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie

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03/14/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 8-10

Chapter 8:17-18 records:  17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

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03/13/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 5-7

In these verses we, again, see Moses repeat a teaching from Exodus — the ten commandments.  But the words are slightly different.  Does this mean that scripture conflicts with itself?  I am sure this is not the case and the following quote from a commentator summarizes my own thoughts.  We must keep in mind that

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03/12/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 3-4

Do the following verses from Deuteronomy 4:1-2 sound familiar?:  1 Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what

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03/11/2018 — Deuteronomy Chapters 1-2

When I begin reading any book (not just Biblical based) I like to know the background of the book and, if possibly, the author.  One commentary on Deuteronomy penned: The title of Deuteronomy in Hebrew is Debarim, “words,” from its opening phrase. The English title comes from the Septuagint of 17:18, deuteronomion, “copy of the

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03/10/2018 — Numbers Chapters 35-36

What I saw as I read through these verses is the continued reality that the Lord not only cared for the Nation of Israel — he cared for each individual. In Chapter 35:3-4  he set aside “pastureland” for the Levites; in Chapter 35:22-23 he set aside an arrangement for justice for those whose actions may

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03/09/2018 — Numbers Chapters 33-34

The very end of Chapter 33 continues the instruction the Lord gave His people to remain “sanctified” and separate from the peoples they were conquering.  Reading Numbers: 33:55-56 — 55 “‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in

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03/08/2018 — Numbers Chapters 31-32

Wow! As I read Chapter 31 and come across verses 14-18 my thought was how harsh this instruction was:  14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle. 15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who

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03/07/2018 — Numbers Chapters 28-30

If you are like me you may be thinking — there is certainly a lot of repetition in Numbers.  We read about all of the feast, festivals, etc. and how they are to be performed (Lev. chapters 1-7); the different festivals (Lev. chapter 23,) etc.  So why are they summarized here?  A commentator from “bible-studys.org”

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