June 30, Reading 1 – Joshua 13

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SAA Notes

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!

Amen.

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

There are some hard words here. For us, God’s people.

Isaiah warns church leaders who take God’s people away from Him (v16) – God is against them.

But it’s v13 that seems to be a crux.

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

We see this outworked in Israel’s history. Even godly leaders such as Joshua have marks in their lives of not inquiring of the Lord.

It’s a strong word to us – ASK GOD! TALK TO GOD!

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

We can give thanks though that in Jesus, God’s anger has turned away from us. That because of Jesus His hand is not stretched out in judgement on us.

* Dear Lord God, please show us today what You want us to know from Your word.

Thank You for this passage, hard though some of the words might be.

Please uphold our church leaders, that they would only point people to Jesus.

And for all of us Your people, please mark us as disciplined in our walk with You. Daily may we come to You Lord God.

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

Amen.