“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.
Tuesday, April 25 John 14 1st Samuel 30-31 2nd Samuel 1-2
Wednesday, April 26 John 15 2nd Samuel 3-5
Thursday, April 27 John 16 2nd Samuel 6-9
Friday, April 28 John 17 2nd Samuel 10-12
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Week 17: 1st Samuel 26 – 31; 2nd Samuel 1 – 12; John 13 – 17
The closing chapters of 1st Samuel describe with graphic detail the downfall and death of Israel’s first king, Saul. The book of 2nd Samuel provides an in-depth and intensely personal look at the life of David, the next king of the Jews.
David’s brilliant career was nearly destroyed by his self-absorbed decision to disobey the very God who elevated him from shepherd boy to ruler of a mighty nation. The king found God’s unexpected mercy when he humbled himself and admitted the truth:
“I have sinned against the Lord.” 2nd Samuel 12.13
This week’s reading in the Gospel of John is a record of the hours preceding Jesus’ arrest in the garden of Gethsemane including the washing of the disciple’s feet, a prediction of Peter’s denial, the promise of the Holy Spirit, and Christ’s timeless and faith-defining declaration:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14.6
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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