“The descendants of Joseph came to Joshua and asked, ‘Why have you given us only one portion of land as our homeland when the Lord has blessed us with so many people?’
“Joshua replied, ‘If there are so many of you, clear out land for yourselves in the forest where the Perizzites and Rephaites live.’
“The descendants of Joseph responded, ‘But all the Canaanites in the lowlands have iron chariots,… They are too strong for us.’
“Then Joshua said to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph, ‘The forests of the hill country will be yours… Clear as much of the land as you wish, and take possession of its farthest corners. And you will drive out the Canaanites from the valleys,…even though they are strong and have iron chariots.’”
I was 14 years old and explained, “Dad, I need some more money.” I thought he’d understand.
“Get a job,” was all he said. I looked for a job along the Aurora Avenue strip of businesses on both sides of NE 130th in Seattle in 1966. I was met with rejection. I soon discovered that labor laws prevented companies from hiring 14 year old's. Surely my dad would understand that.
“Dad, I need some more money and I am too young to get a job.” Dad expanded a little on his earlier advise. “Figure it out son. You can do it. Get a job.” My dad didn’t listen very well. Primarily to prove him wrong I went door-knocking again. When I inquired at Art Lee’s Chinese Restaurant, owner Art Woo handed me an apron and pointed at a stack of unwashed dishes. I asked to borrow the phone first.
“Dad, I got a job. I’ll be earning $1.25 an hour!” I could not have been happier to prove Dad right.
The sons of Joseph asked their leader for more land. Their request seemed justified. “The LORD has blessed us with so many people.” Joshua responded, “If there are so many of you, clear out land for yourselves in the forests of the Perizzites.”
Oh no! Not the forests of the Perizzites! Those guys are “too strong for us.” They have (gasp) “iron chariots!” Like my dad, Joshua didn’t listen too well. Also like dad, Joshua was prone to repeating himself... Clear out the forests and “drive out the Canaanites… even though they are strong and have iron chariots.”
Meeting opposition? Facing resistance? Suffering rejection? Don’t stop. Do what Jesus has shown you to do. Iron chariots and dense forests make no difference. Your excuses won’t work here. Get the job done.
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In spite of the inspired efforts of prophets like Elijah and Elisha, the northern nation of Israel with its capital city of Samaria suffered under a parade of unworthy kings who led the people into destruction and captivity at the hands of Assyria approximately 722 years before the birth of Christ. The author of 2nd Kings offered this explanation…
“All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD their God” 2nd Kings 17.7
Following the persecution and dispersion of the church in Jerusalem (Acts 8.1-4), chief accuser Saul miraculously converted to Christianity and together with Barnabas was appointed by the Holy Spirit to embark on a missionary journey (Acts 13.1-3). Being rejected by the Jews, Saul (later called Paul) brought the message of Jesus to the Gentiles in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13.47).
Twenty centuries later, believers are still bringing this message of power, hope, and salvation to “the ends of the earth”…
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” Acts 16.31
Bible Reading Plan
There are 52 weeks and 260 weekdays in any given year (52 X 5 = 260). Coincidentally, there are also 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter of the New Testament every Monday through Friday, you will finish the entire New Testament in a year.
If you are a little more ambitious, you may want to read the whole Old Testament in a year on this 5 day a week reading plan.
Avid Bible students may accomplish the entire Bible each year by simply reading both Old and New Testament columns in the reading plan provided at the link below.
If you fall behind, use the weekends to catch up. If you fall far behind, don’t worry about it. Just pick up your reading for the day. The study of God’s Word should not be approached as a competition or legal requirement for believers. You don’t have to read the Bible. You get to. Enjoy your time in the Scriptures and read with a spirit of anticipation. Jesus will speak to you through His Word.
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