“We will not return to our homes until every one of the children of Israel has received his inheritance. For we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has fallen to us on this eastern side of the Jordan.”
The leaders of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the 1/2 tribe of Manasseh approached Moses with a proposition. They wanted to claim their property inheritance in the region of the Transjordan, on the east side of the Jordan River. Moses immediately misunderstood their request and compared them to the ten spies who, 40 years earlier, gave a discouraging report and convinced an entire generation to forsake God. He branded them a “brood of sinners” and warned…
“If you turn away from following Him, He will once more abandon
them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all these people.”
Numbers 32.15 NASU
But the leaders of Reuben, Gad, and east Manasseh stood their ground, promising to assist their brothers before claiming their new territory.
“We will not return to our homes until every one
of the children of Israel has received his inheritance.”
God has a home for you. It’s in heaven. Jesus promised…
“There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home….
I’m on my way to get your room ready.”
John 14.2 “The Message”
But you can’t go there yet. Your home is ready and your inheritance is secure. You will enjoy eternity on the “eastern side of the Jordan,” but there’s still work to be done here in the land of promise. You must help others inherit their possession before you can have yours. When your work is done, then you can go home.
Reuben, Gad, and the 1/2 tribe of Manasseh would not claim their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan until “every one of the children of Israel… received his inheritance” on the west side of the river. They could not go home until the work was done. Neither can you. Your work on earth is not finished. You have an eternity to rest in the loving arms of Jesus. Until then, stay busy in the work of advancing the kingdom of God. Your sisters and brothers need you.
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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