THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

Each day a devotion for one or two chapters is posted, beginning with chapter one of Genesis and going through chapter twenty-two of Revelation. You are free to print each page as it appears. If you miss a day, you may contact us and request that devotion. Please send your request, along with $.50 (p&h) for each page to:

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JOSHUA

CHAPTER 4

1 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, 2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, 3 And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night. 4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: 5 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: 6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? 7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. 8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the LORD spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.

This is a major milestone in the history of Israel. About 600 years ago God had promised Abraham this land would be given to him and his descendents.
Through the providence of God. Israel has become a mighty nation of some 3.5M people. And now, God is giving them this land to go and take. When they cross this Jordan River, they will be entering "the promised land."
Therefore, God tells Joshua to make a "memorial." God has already performed a major miracle by stopping the flow of waters for them. And this historic moment should be evidenced by a landmark. This is th purpose for choosing twelve men in Chapter 3:12. One man from each tribe is to take a stone out of the DRY place in the Jordan River, and carry it over to the other side. There the heap of 12 large stones will serve as a memorial. The memorial will cause questions to be asked by children, and the story will be told from generation to generation (verses 6-7).
Our idea of "cornerstones" to church buildings which hold certain mementos and/or documents may come from this.
There was a special cornerstone laid in the church of my childhood. When the church outgrew the facility, it was torn down to build a new one. Many of us had seen the old sanctuary built, and it was a very emotional time for some. We hated to see the old building torn down; but we praised God for providing the growth which necessitated the new building.
Before the old building was torn down, the cornerstone was opened, and in it were some special things. One of those things were the minutes from the church business meeting where the building committee was chosen for the old building. My grandfather was on that committee. The mementos and documents found in the cornerstone of the old building were also placed in the cornerstone for the new building. And therefore, the story will go on.
God works mighty miracles today. I can remember when the Sunday School Board of that church showed 111 enrolled and 70 (or so) in attendance each week. But when the old building was torn down, the Sunday School Board showed the enrollment of 1018 and the average attendance of about 350! You see, God had worked a GREAT miracle in that little country church.
And memorials are good! It's good to give God glory in any way we can. Especially when we memorialize His providence and grace.

9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day. 10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over.

Now Joshua makes a different memorial. He takes twelve stones and piles them in the MIDDLE of the Jordan river to commemorate the fact that the priests waded into water, but then stood on dry ground.
Isn't God GOOD? He told them to cross this swollen, and probably stormy river. Then He provided for them. But FIRST, they had to BEGIN in faith!!
That's the way God is with us today. When He gives us directions to do something, we should believe in His providence and begin in faith.

11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of the LORD passed over, and the priests, in the presence of the people. 12 And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses spake unto them: 13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.

Now here's a special little note that we might ordinarily pass over. When everyone went over Jordan, the 2 and 1/2 tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh had "armed men" who went with them. Remember, they had their home on the EAST side of Jordan, but they were commanded to send fighting men over with the other tribes to help conquer the land.
Christians have a responsibility to help other Christians in their battles of life.
According to Numbers 26, the total number of adult males for Reuben's tribe was 43,730; Gad - 40,500, and Manasseh - 52,700. If we HALF the number of Manasseh's tribe and add the three numbers together, there were 110,580 adult males in the 2 and 1/2 tribes that were ABLE to go to war.
BUT -- the Scripture says that only 40,000 went over armed!! So God was providing for the ones left behind! He did NOT TAKE ALL the armed men for the war!!

14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life. 15 And the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, 16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan. 17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up out of Jordan. 18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before. 19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. 20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. 21 And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? 22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. 23 For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: 24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

Joshua is given a blessing this day, because he is SHOWN to be the leader of Israel under God's guidance (verse 14).
It is Joshua who commands now (verse 15). And God tells him to let the priests who carried the ark come out of Jordan. That's AFTER everyone else has crossed (verses 10=11).
Here's the DATE of the crossing (verse 19), on the 10th day of the FIRST month. Just before PASSOVER. God led them across just in time to observe this very important feast.
On the 10th day of the first month they were to choose a lamb and set it aside until the 14th for Passover.
God's TIMING is ALWAYS PERFECT!!

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