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April 15 – God’s Warning about (and protection from) Horses

April 15
Joshua 11:1-12:24
Luke 17:11-37
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 13:5-6

Joshua 11:6 – Interesting to note God’s warning against trusting in chariots and horses. In Deuteronomy 17:16 God commanded that kings of Israel should not multiply horses. In Deuteronomy 11:4 Moses reminds the Israelites that God took care of the Army of Egypt and their horses and chariots. Today Joshua faces horses and chariots very many (Joshua 11:4), but God says that Joshua will hough their horses. Not capture, but disable. In 2 Samuel 8:4 David houghed most of the horses, but not all. In 2 Samuel 15:1, Absalom prepared for himself chariots and horses. In 1 Kings 4:26, Solomon built stables for 40,000 horses (a clear violation of Deuteronomy 17:16), and even worse Egyptian horses (1 Kings 10:28, Deuteronomy 17:16). However, God is not against horses – he happens to have chariots of fire (2 Kings 6:17).

Luke 17:19 – Because of the faith of the unclean Samaritan leper, he not only had physical healing, he had spiritual healing!

Luke 17:34-36From Jimmy DeYoung:

At the Rapture those who are Christians will be “taken” into the heavenlies to join Jesus, forever. However, when a passage is referring to the Second Coming the ones “taken” are the ones who go to “judgment” and the ones “left” will “rule and reign” with Christ in His Kingdom to come.
To better understand this principle Jesus gives us the last verse in Luke 17. When asked where the people would be “taken” the Lord said, to “where the eagles be gathered together”, verse 37.
In that context, you may want to read Job 39:27-30 which explains that where the “eagles gather together is a place of judgment”. Therefore, those “taken” in Matthew 24Mark 13,Luke 17 and 21 are all taken to judgment.

 The ones “left” are the ones who will join Jesus to rule and reign. At the Rapture, a different event from the Second Coming, separated by at least seven years, the ones “taken” are the Christians.

Psalm 84:2 – What is your heart longing for?

Psalm 84:11 – The chorus of a song is based on this verse:

Proverbs 13:6 – There doesn’t seem to be a middle way between righteousness and wickedness.

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April 14 – Long Days, Lachish, and Lazarus

April 14
Joshua 9:3-10:43
Luke 16:19-17:10
Psalm 83:1-18
Proverbs 13:4

Joshua 9:14 – “When we neglect prayer, we can be easily deceived and make wrong decisions. And when leaders do not pray, they also fail the people under them.” –GraceValley.org

Joshua 10:13 – What happened here? BlueLetterBible.org lists 7 theories of what happened, as well as cautioning against “reports of a “missing day” in ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Hindu sources….[and] the story of a Yale astronomer who found that the earth was twenty-four hours out of schedule.”

“Reverence for Gods Word should encourage us to suspend judgment until more evidence is available. In the meantime no single explanation can be made a test of orthodoxy (Donald H. Madvig, “Joshua,” The Expositors Bible Commentary, p. 304).”

What do we know happened? Joshua 10:14 says it was unique.

Joshua 10:32 – Lachish now entered into the Israelite orbit. “Among cities in ancient Judah, Lachish was second only to Jerusalem in importance” (Biblical Archaeology Review). Lachish is mentioned 24 times in the Old Testament.

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Main gate, Lachish archaeological site, Israel.

Luke 16:19Adrian Rogers explains from God’s perspective, no man is truly ready to live until he is no longer afraid to die.

Luke 16:20 – “In the story, Lazarus never speaks. He is silent; he’s only there for contrast. He is not the object of the story. The story is not about his experience; it’s not about heaven. It is about the rich man’s experience in hell. ” – John MacArthur

Luke 17:10 – Serving the Lord is not doing Him a favor, it is but our reasonable service (Romans 12:1).

Psalm 83:18 – Not that they may be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:14) but that they may know Who is the Most High.

Proverbs 13:4 – Will you be a sluggard or will you be diligent?

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April 13 – The Illogicality of Sin

April 13
Joshua 7:16-9:2
Luke 16:1-18
Psalm 82:1-8
Proverbs 13:2-3

Joshua 7:21 – Notice the illogicality of sin? What would you do with a Babylonish garment? You can’t wear it in public. And if you hide it under your tent, it will deteriorate. Sin relies on coveting, not on honest work.

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Associates for Biblical Research believes Khirbet el-Maqatir is the Ai of Joshua

Joshua 8:1 – If you get your feelings, followers, and focus right, your fruit will follow!

Joshua 8:28 – Join Dr. Bryant Wood of Associates for Biblical Research as they search for the Lost City of AI.

Joshua 8:30 – We read earlier about Moses’ command to the Israelites to read the blessings and curses. Here it is fulfilled!

Luke 16:9 – Jesus says to take of your perishable time, talent, and treasure, and reach people who can be new citizens of heaven who will welcome you into everlasting habitations!

Psalms 82:2 – Those who take a position of importance, will be held responsible (Luke 12:48). Beware of promotion!

Proverbs 13:3 – When in doubt, say nothing! Beware of the tongue!

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April 12 – Did Jericho really fall to Joshua’s army?

April 12
Joshua 5:1-7:15
Luke 15:1-32
Psalm 81:1-16
Proverbs 13:1

Joshua 5:2 – God commanded circumcision of Abraham for all of his descendants (Genesis 17:10). He reiterated to Moses that it be done on the eighth day (Leviticus 12:3). But the wandering Israelites had not obeyed. Just when you thought you had heard all of their sins….

Joshua 5:13 – During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was asked if God was on his side. Lincoln responded, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.

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Joshua 6:20 – From Associates for Biblical Research, the leading scholarly, Bible-upholding archaeology ministry:

The battle of Jericho is one of the bloodiest episodes of the Old Testament. It’s a fantastic tale of victory through faith but is there any truth behind story? Archaeologist, Dr Bryant Wood, believes the physical evidence indicates the biblical account is true…

For Bryant Wood, Jericho is an archaeological puzzle waiting to be solved. On re-examining the evidence that was excavated, Wood, an expert in Canaanite pottery, dated its destruction to 1450 BC- the time of the Israelite conquest. But his investigation didn’t stop there, incredibly he also discovered evidence that he believes corroborates numerous aspects of the biblical version of events.

Joshua 7:6 – When Joshua faced a setback, he could have sent out a second force right away, but He turned to the LORD. Hezekiah tried to bribe his way out (2 Kings 18:14), Asa tried buying friends (2 Chronicles 16:7). Don’t go first to the natural answer, go to the Supernatural Answer!

Luke 15:2 – The dinner saga is escalating. Jesus didn’t just talk about eating with the second class citizens. He welcomed them near and ate with them!

Luke 15:20 – This is our Father! Who saw us smelling like pigs, but He had compassion, He ran to us, He kissed us, He has given us the best robe, the ring, the shoes, and is preparing a feast for us! (Revelation 19:6-9).

Luke 15:28-30 – John MacArthur preached a great message at a VCY Rally on this passage.

Psalm 81:10 – You can get a memorable recording of this verse and 32 other Scriptures from our friend Earl Martin for $7, or the whole set for $15.

Proverbs 13:1 – Listen and be wise!

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April 11 – The Distinguished Dinner Guest and His Controversial Comments

April 11
Joshua 3:1-4:24
Luke 14:7-35
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 12:27-28

Welcome to Day 101! We’re into the triple digits of faithfully reading the Bible!

Joshua 3:13 – Did you catch the phrase “Lord of all the earth”? We serve a big God!

Joshua 3:17 – God was demonstrating to Joshua that just as He was with Moses, He would be with Joshua (Joshua 3:7). How? With the same miracle that He led Israel out of Egypt with (Exodus 14:22). This miracle would also signify Elijah and Elisha’s transition at the same place (Gilgal) (2 Kings 2:8, 14).

Joshua 4:3 – At the Ark Encounter, they “aid 12 stones at the base of our life-size Noah’s Ark. These stones signify that it was built to remind future generations and the whole world of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word.”

Luke 14:15 – Many people like to name drop the famous people they have eaten dinner with. But this man was able to eat dinner at the home of one of the chief Pharisees – but far more special – with the LORD Jesus the Messiah!  He heard the teaching and wanted to say something to this distinguished guest. But the distinguished guest is criticizing the guests who were fighting for the seats at the main table. And if that isn’t enough he’s criticizing the guest list! The unnamed host of Luke 14:15 tries to make a spiritual comment. Maybe he thought, I may not be the chief Pharisee, but even the mediocre Pharisees should be at the upcoming heavenly feast. Jesus proceeds to say that all the proper guests of the kingdom will be distracted with lands (Luke 14:18), goods (Luke 14:19), or relationships (Luke 14:20), and be replaced with not just the poor, maimed, halt, and blind (Luke 14:13, 21); but even those out in the highways and hedges. Jesus then leaves the feast (Luke 14:25) and says if you want to come with me to the kingdom – be willing to give up your family, yourself, and be horribly crucified. Don’t follow me. Sit down and do the math – are you willing to give up all?

Psalm 80:19 – Three times in this chapter the people cry out to the LORD. As we read in Jeremiah 17:14 the LORD is capable of saving. How can we be saved? By calling on the LORD! (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13).

Proverbs 12:28 – Eternal life is the result of the way of righteousness. The Righteous One is the Way! (John 14:6)

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April 10 – Knowing God Face to Face

April 10
Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24
Luke 13:22-14:6
Psalm 79:1-13
Proverbs 12:26

Deuteronomy 34:1 – The view from Mount Nebo today

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Deuteronomy 34:10 – Jacob saw God face to face (Genesis 32:30). Gideon saw the angel of the LORD face to face (Judges 6:22). One day the LORD will plead with his people face to face (Ezekiel 20:35). So why does the Lord say He knew Moses face to face? (Sidenote – Bodie Hodge addresses those who say “No one has seen God at any time“). Perhaps because 105 times in the Bible we see the phrase “And the LORD spake unto Moses.” God spoke to others in the Old Testament as well (partial list), but as far as I can tell no one as much as Moses.

Moses only had 5 books of the Bible and limited access to God. We have 66 books and unlimited access to His throne. What are you waiting for?

Joshua 1:2– The LORD told Joshua to Go (Joshua 1:2), take the Gift (Joshua 1:3), a Great gift (Joshua 1:4), with His Guarantee (Joshua 1:5). We have a similar guarantee (Matthew 28:20).

Also note the LORD told Joshua twice (Joshua 1:6, Joshua 1:9) to be strong and of good courage!

Joshua 1:8 – The only place success is found in the Bible is in this verse. By meditating on the Torah – the only books of the Bible that Joshua had – he could be prosperous and successful. How exactly?

  • Be strong (Joshua 1:6)
  • Go straight (don’t swerve) (Joshua 1:7)
  • Be searching (Joshua 1:8a)
  • Be submitting (Joshua 1:8b)

Joshua 2:10 – Isn’t it great to hear that people are testifying not of how wonderful we are but of how amazing the LORD is? This leads people to recognize who the LORD is – (Joshua 2:11).

Also notice the LORD’s earthly ownership (Joshua 2:9a), emotional ownership (Joshua 2:9b), and eternal ownership (Joshua 2:11).

Luke 13:26 – Sobering words from our Lord.

Luke 13:31 – Jesus had an interesting relationship with Herod as well as the Pharisees. Here it seems that the Pharisees are trying to protect Jesus – and in Luke 14:1 – one of the chief Pharisees is hosting Jesus.

Psalm 79:8 – An echo of Psalm 51

Proverbs 12:26 – Seduce:

attract (someone) to a belief or into a course of action that is inadvisable or foolhardy.


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April 9 – Jeshurun

April 9
Deuteronomy 33:1-29
Luke 13:1-21
Psalm 78:65-72
Proverbs 12:25

Deuteronomy 33:5 – John MacArthur has an interesting insight:

King in JeshurunSince Moses is nowhere else in Scripture referred to as king, most interpret this as a reference to the Lord as King over Israel. However, Moses is the closest antecedent of the pronoun “he” in this clause, and the most natural understanding is that Moses is being referred to as a king. Moses certainly exercised kingly authority over Israel and could be viewed as a prototype of the coming King. Thus, united in the figure of Moses, the coming Prophet like unto Moses (18:15) would be the Prophet-King.

Deuteronomy 33:22 – Many equate this with the taking of Laish, but there are other interesting observations:

The tribe of Dan headed one of the four groups of three tribes each into which the Children of Israel were organized for travel through the desert on the way from Egypt to Canaan (described in the Book of Numbers).  On the one hand, as an older child, Dan led the group, but on the other hand, his was the last group to travel, and, among other things, it was responsible for taking in all the stragglers who couldn’t keep up.
When the Twelve Tribes settled in Canaan, Dan continued to be a border tribe.  On the one hand, this is a very responsible position, protecting others from attack and from harm.  On the other, it is away from the heart of the country, the center to which all around relate as leader.

Deuteronomy 33:26 – This is the third time Moses uses the word “Jeshurun.” From GotQuestions:

The name Jeshurun means “upright one” or “blessed one.” In the parallelism of Isaiah’s poetry, Jeshurun is a synonym for Jacob in the previous line. So we see that Jeshurun is a poetic reference to the nation of Israel. It is a term of endearment; the Greek Septuagint translates Jeshurun as “beloved one,” using a form of the word agape. The name Jeshurunis used four times in the books of Deuteronomy and Isaiah. In each case the name occurs in a poetic setting and refers to Israel, God’s beloved people.

Deuteronomy 32:27 – Are you leaning on the everlasting arms?

Luke 13:1 – From David Guzik:

There is a similar incident before the ministry of Jesus, Pilate wanted to build an aqueduct from the Pools of Solomon to the city of Jerusalem. To pay for it, he demanded money from the temple treasury, money that had been dedicated to God-and this outraged the people. When the Jews sent a delegation to beg for their money back, Pilate sent into the crowd soldiers dressed as common people, and at a certain signal they took out daggers and attacked the people asking for the money.

Luke 13:7 – I heard a message in my teens on this passage “Are you a waste of dirt?”

Psalm 78:68 – We’ve read earlier about the place God would put His name – that is Mount Zion!

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Proverbs 12:25 – Take time to hear a good word and be glad!

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April 8 – Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

April 8
Deuteronomy 32:28-52
Luke 12:35-59
Psalm 78:56-64
Proverbs 12:24

Deuteronomy 32:29 – What does wisdom do? It helps people understand what’s really important.

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Deuteronomy 32:35 – This was the text for Jonathan Edward’s famous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.

Despite the fact he had delivered “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” to his own congregation with little effect, he felt led to use it again at Enfield.

His techniques were unimpressive. He always read his sermons in an even voice, but with great conviction. He shunned shouting and theatrical antics. Impressing the listener with the power of truth and his desperate need for God was Edwards’ goal.

Nothing in his style or presentation could account for what happened that day at Enfield. An eyewitness, Stephen Williams, wrote in his diary, “We went over to Enfield where we met dear Mr. Edwards of Northampton who preached a most awakening sermon from these words, Deuteronomy 32:35, and before the sermon was done there was a great moaning and crying went out through ye whole House…. ‘What shall I do to be saved,’ ‘Oh, I am going to Hell,’ ‘Oh, what shall I do for Christ,’ and so forth. So yet ye minister was obliged to desist, ye shrieks and cry were piercing and amazing.” –Enrichment Journal

Luke 12:37 – The Lord will serve His servants! In John 13:5 Jesus demonstrates this Himself.

Luke 12:46-48 – This image of Jesus conflicts with the “soft and gentle” motif that we are presented with (Luke 12:51 reiterates this point). Few beatings, many beatings, or being cut in sunder! It seems as if the Lord is emphasizing that this is worth paying attention to!

Psalm 78:58 – Which of the Ten Commandments was this that they violated? (Now you know why we’ve emphasized learning the mnemonics!)

Proverbs 12:24 – Most business books (“How to be successful”) – are just restatements of Proverbs with recent illustrations.

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April 7 – 14 Hour Marathon Oral Reading Session!

April 7
Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27
Luke 12:8-34
Psalm 78:32-55
Proverbs 12:21-23

Deuteronomy 31:7 – We’ll see a theme in this chapter – Be Strong! In Numbers 13:28 the spies said the people of the land “be strong.” But in Deuteronomy 11:8 Moses commanded the people of Israel to “be strong” as he did in Deuteronomy 31:6, and Joshua specifically in Deuteronomy 31:7; and Joshua again in Deuteronomy 31:23. The LORD commanded Joshua in Joshua 1:6, 1:9, and then the officers answered Joshua encouraging him to be strong in Joshua 1:18. Finally in Joshua 10:25 does Joshua himself encourage the people with the admonition to “Be Strong!”

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Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Deuteronomy 31:11 – Every 7 years, the Israelites would spend 14 hours listening to the law. Once Joshua arrived at Mount Ebal, he read the entire law, yes every word! (Joshua 8:34-35). Josiah had it read to him (2 Kings 22:10). Later after the Exile, they discovered this commandment and followed it in Nehemiah 8:18 – possibly for the first time since Joshua!

Deuteronomy 31:12 – 4 Duties; Hear, Learn, Fear, Obey.

Deuteronomy 31:19 – Now you know why we try to include Scripture Songs!

Deuteronomy 32:18 – Have you noticed how many times we’ve referred to the Rock so far? In the New Testament Paul will expound this in 1 Corinthians 10:4.

Luke 12:8-9 – Half of churchgoers have never heard of the Great Commission. Far fewer can identify it. Do you share Jesus with others or do you deny knowing Him?

Luke 12:15 – Which of the Ten Commandments is Covetousness? (If you need a refresher try the finger-based mnemonic videos! – there are several – find one that works for you!)’

Psalm 78:35 – Did you catch Who was their Rock?

Proverbs 12:22 – Again we see Solomon focusing on the power of the tongue!

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April 6 – The Covenant with the Unborn

April 6
Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20
Luke 11:37-12:7
Psalm 78:1-31
Proverbs 12:19-20

Deuteronomy 29:2 – Thousands of years after Jesus came to earth, we think how much easier it would be to believe if we were there with Jesus. If instead of watching a performance of passion week, if we could see Jesus with our own eyes. The Israelites saw all that God did. Plagues in Egypt. Parting of the Red Sea. Manna from Heaven. And yet they murmured, complained, wished to go back to Egypt (Numbers 14:4), and wished they died back in Egypt (Exodus 16:3).

Deuteronomy 29:6 – Ephesians 5:18 contrasts being drunk with wine to being filled with the Spirit. The Israelites drank neither wine nor strong drink but were provided with water from the Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4). By the way – check out Psalm 78:16 – today’s Psalm talks about this as well!

Deuteronomy 29:15 -While the Mosaic Covenant extended to the unborn descendants of the children of Israel, we too are part of a covenant with God (Hebrews 8:6).

Deuteronomy 30:3 – Daniel realized that God would accomplish His promise (Daniel 9:2) – even though they had been exiled, the exile would not last forever (Jeremiah 25:11). Interestingly, since July 5th, 1950, the children of Israel have officially begun regathering into Israel. Verse 5 begins the “Land Covenant” according to Jimmy DeYoung.

Deuteronomy 30:6 – The Abrahamic Covenant, inherited into the Mosaic Covenant required circumcision of the flesh (Genesis 17:10). Moses prophesies what Paul writes about in Romans 2:29. Unfortunately up to 67% of modern Israel’s Jewish population identifies as secular.  Romans 11:26 has yet to be fulfilled.

Deuteronomy 30:11 – Following God isn’t complex, but even though it is simple, it may be hard.

Deuteronomy 30:20 – This is the tenth time in Deuteronomy we are urged to love the LORD our God. Choose Life and Love God (v.19).

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James Tissot [No restrictions or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Luke 11:42 – Why did Jesus have such harsh words for the Pharisees? They knew the law of Moses, but they didn’t follow the greatest commandment – to love the LORD their God!

Luke 11:46 – The lawyer felt left out so he thought he should speak up (Luke 11:45). But the expert in Mosaic law was decried because even though they loved the law and built monuments to prophets, their fathers had killed the prophets.

Luke 12:5 – I’m thankful for those who defend our religious liberties, but we need to make sure we are using them! Today is not the day to bewail the loss of freedom and the fact we may suffer consequences for speaking God’s Word, today is the day to speak the Word of God!

Psalm 78:6 – Deuteronomy 29:15 included the descendants in the covenant, and those who follow the Lord will not hide these truths (Psalm 78:4), but make them known to their children (Psalm 78:5), so future generations will (Psalm 78:6) so they may trust and obey the Lord (Psalm 78:7)!

Psalm 78:31 – God’s wrath is real.

Proverbs 12:19 – One of the themes of Proverbs seems to be the use of the tongue. Use yours carefully today!

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