June 30, Reading 1 – Joshua 13


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Joshua could not deliver everything. He was a limited Saviour and Judge for God’s people. His old age and death stopped his effectiveness. Thank God that He sent Jesus, who is alive forevermore at the Father’s right hand! Jesus’ saving work will be completed!

SJA Notes

We step back a little now, with the Lord speaking to Joshua and then a recounting of the inheritance of the tribes across the Jordan.

It is interesting to note that the previous wars with and victories over the kings seem to have taken up some time, as Joshua is now old and advanced in years.

And there is still more to do!

The Lord outlines His plan for the future, and commands Joshua to stay the course and allot the land to those tribes who were to receive their inheritance inside the land (nine plus a half).

Twice though the inheritance of Levi is rung like a bell across the span of years for everyone who reads it.

They had no inheritance in the land, none at all. Their inheritance was the LORD God of Israel (including making offerings to Him).

We are like Levi. We have no inheritance on this earth, no physical place we stake our claim on as God’s people. This world is passing away.

Instead our claim, our stake, our inheritance is with the Lord – With our saviour Jesus!

We read in Ephesians 1:11,

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,”

* Father God,

Thank You and we praise You that through and in Jesus we inherit eternal life – Thank You Lord! What a loving God You are, what gifts You give!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour You are!


June 30, Reading 2 – Isaiah 9:8-10:4


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Wickedness provides its own fire! Injustice produces thorns and thistles as its crop. It is the litter of injustice and wickedness that provides fuel for a coming judgment. Such a nation has no resistance of spirit and heart, when the Hitlers and Stalins arise.

SJA Notes

* Living God, please show us today what You want for us to know.

“The people did not turn to him who struck them, nor inquire of the LORD of hosts.”

This is a hard word for God’s people.

We see this outworked in Israel’s history. Even godly leaders such as Joshua have marked instances of _not_ inquiring of the Lord God.

So this is a strong word to us – ASK GOD! TALK TO GOD!

Each day we are to be turning over our lives to the Lord, asking for His help, casting our cares on Him.

It is because of Jesus in turning God’s anger from us that His hand is not stretched out in judgement on us.

This is something we can always and earnestly give thanks to God for!

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for saving us! Thank You that Your anger is no longer our destiny – Because of what You did at the cross!

Please mark us as a faithful people, walking daily with You.

Soften our proud hearts, bend our stubborn wills to You.


June 30, Reading 3 – 1 Thessalonians 1


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This city is called Salonika today and is in Macedonia. It was the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia. These are the people of Alexander the Great. Read Acts 17:1-9. These people were one focus for Paul’s prayers. What should we pray for each other?

SJA Notes

* God of Light and Love, thank You for Your mercy to us seen best of all in Jesus. Please teach us today.

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, …”

Today’s passage has a good practical reminder for our prayer lives.

Sometimes we can get caught up in praying through lists, items for this person or that family.

Paul encourages us here in the GIVING OF THANKS.

Thanksgiving, being thankful, has benefit across many areas of life, including our spiritual health.

And Paul highlights here the pattern of giving thanks in our prayers for others!

Let’s do that now.

* Father God,

Thank You for the pattern and faith of believers that is etched on our hearts, those close to us here on earth, and those dearly departed to be with You.

Thank You for the work of Your people across this world.

Thank You for our church families.

Please help us to be a continually thankful people, both to You as our Creator and Sustainer God, and for those of Your people around us and in our lives.

Thank You Lord!