Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

26 August 2018 Verse of the Day

just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Continuing Conquest of Canaan
Jdg 1:1
  After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?” 
Jdg 1:2  The LORD answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.” 
Jdg 1:3  The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them. 
Jdg 1:4  When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek. 
Jdg 1:5  It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites. 
Jdg 1:6  Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes. 
Jdg 1:7  Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there. 
Jdg 1:8  The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire. 
Jdg 1:9  After that, Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev and the western foothills. 
Jdg 1:10  They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath Arba) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai. 
Jdg 1:11  From there they advanced against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher). 
Jdg 1:12  And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 
Jdg 1:13  Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage. 
Jdg 1:14  One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” 
Jdg 1:15  She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs. 
Jdg 1:16  The descendants of Moses’ father-in-law, the Kenite, went up from the City of Palms with the people of Judah to live among the inhabitants of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad. 
Jdg 1:17  Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonites their fellow Israelites and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyed the city. Therefore it was called Hormah. 
Jdg 1:18  Judah also took Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron—each city with its territory. 
Jdg 1:19  The LORD was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron. 
Jdg 1:20  As Moses had promised, Hebron was given to Caleb, who drove from it the three sons of Anak. 
Jdg 1:21  The Benjamites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites. 
Jdg 1:22  Now the tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel, and the LORD was with them. 
Jdg 1:23  When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz), 
Jdg 1:24  the spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Show us how to get into the city and we will see that you are treated well.” 
Jdg 1:25  So he showed them, and they put the city to the sword but spared the man and his whole family. 
Jdg 1:26  He then went to the land of the Hittites, where he built a city and called it Luz, which is its name to this day. 
Failure to Complete the Conquest
Jdg 1:27  But Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land. 
Jdg 1:28  When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely. 
Jdg 1:29  Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer, but the Canaanites continued to live there among them. 
Jdg 1:30  Neither did Zebulun drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron or Nahalol, so these Canaanites lived among them, but Zebulun did subject them to forced labor. 
Jdg 1:31  Nor did Asher drive out those living in Akko or Sidon or Ahlab or Akzib or Helbah or Aphek or Rehob. 
Jdg 1:32  The Asherites lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land because they did not drive them out. 
Jdg 1:33  Neither did Naphtali drive out those living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath; but the Naphtalites too lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, and those living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath became forced laborers for them. 
Jdg 1:34  The Amorites confined the Danites to the hill country, not allowing them to come down into the plain. 
Jdg 1:35  And the Amorites were determined also to hold out in Mount Heres, Aijalon and Shaalbim, but when the power of the tribes of Joseph increased, they too were pressed into forced labor. 
Jdg 1:36  The boundary of the Amorites was from Scorpion Pass to Sela and beyond. 

Israel’s Disobedience
Jdg 2:1
  The angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, 
Jdg 2:2  and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? 
Jdg 2:3  And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.'” 
Jdg 2:4  When the angel of the LORD had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud, 
Jdg 2:5  and they called that place Bokim. There they offered sacrifices to the LORD. 
The Death of Joshua
Jdg 2:6  After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance. 
Jdg 2:7  The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel. 
Jdg 2:8  Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 
Jdg 2:9  And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 
Jdg 2:10  After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. 
Israel’s Unfaithfulness
Jdg 2:11  Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. 
Jdg 2:12  They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the LORD’s anger 
Jdg 2:13  because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. 
Jdg 2:14  In his anger against Israel the LORD gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. 
Jdg 2:15  Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress. 
The Lord Raises Up Judges
Jdg 2:16  Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. 
Jdg 2:17  Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the LORD’s commands. 
Jdg 2:18  Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. 
Jdg 2:19  But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways. 
Jdg 2:20  Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenant I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me, 
Jdg 2:21  I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died. 
Jdg 2:22  I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their ancestors did.” 
Jdg 2:23  The LORD had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



25 August 2018 Verse of the Day

Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.  (1 Peter 1:21 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Joshua’s Charge to Israel’s Leaders
Jos 23:1
  After a long time had passed and the LORD had given Israel rest from all their enemies around them, Joshua, by then a very old man, 
Jos 23:2  summoned all Israel—their elders, leaders, judges and officials—and said to them: “I am very old. 
Jos 23:3  You yourselves have seen everything the LORD your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the LORD your God who fought for you. 
Jos 23:4  Remember how I have allotted as an inheritance for your tribes all the land of the nations that remain—the nations I conquered—between the Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 
Jos 23:5  The LORD your God himself will push them out for your sake. He will drive them out before you, and you will take possession of their land, as the LORD your God promised you. 
Jos 23:6  “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left. 
Jos 23:7  Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. 
Jos 23:8  But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now. 
Jos 23:9  “The LORD has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you. 
Jos 23:10  One of you routs a thousand, because the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised. 
Jos 23:11  So be very careful to love the LORD your God. 
Jos 23:12  “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, 
Jos 23:13  then you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the LORD your God has given you. 
Jos 23:14  “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. 
Jos 23:15  But just as all the good things the LORD your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the LORD your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you. 
Jos 23:16  If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.” 

The Covenant Renewal at Shechem
Jos 24:1
  Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. 
Jos 24:2  Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 
Jos 24:3  But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac, 
Jos 24:4  and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt. 
Jos 24:5  “‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out. 
Jos 24:6  When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen as far as the Red Sea. 
Jos 24:7  But they cried to the LORD for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time. 
Jos 24:8  “‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land. 
Jos 24:9  When Balak son of Zippor, the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor to put a curse on you. 
Jos 24:10  But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand. 
Jos 24:11  “‘Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands. 
Jos 24:12  I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow. 
Jos 24:13  So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’ 
Choose Whom You Will Serve
Jos 24:14  “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 
Jos 24:15  But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” 
Jos 24:16  Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! 
Jos 24:17  It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 
Jos 24:18  And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God.” 
Jos 24:19  Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 
Jos 24:20  If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.” 
Jos 24:21  But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the LORD.” 
Jos 24:22  Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD.” “Yes, we are witnesses,” they replied. 
Jos 24:23  “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” 
Jos 24:24  And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” 
Jos 24:25  On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws. 
Jos 24:26  And Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak near the holy place of the LORD. 
Jos 24:27  “See!” he said to all the people. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.” 
Jos 24:28  Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to their own inheritance. 
Joshua’s Death and Burial
Jos 24:29  After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 
Jos 24:30  And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 
Jos 24:31  Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the LORD had done for Israel. 
Jos 24:32  And Joseph’s bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph’s descendants. 
Jos 24:33  And Eleazar son of Aaron died and was buried at Gibeah, which had been allotted to his son Phinehas in the hill country of Ephraim.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



24 August 2018 Verse of the Day

Do not judge so that you will not be judged.  (Matthew 7:1 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Cities and Pasturelands Allotted to Levi
Jos 21:1
  Now the family heads of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the other tribal families of Israel 
Jos 21:2  at Shiloh in Canaan and said to them, “The LORD commanded through Moses that you give us towns to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock.” 
Jos 21:3  So, as the LORD had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance: 
Jos 21:4  The first lot came out for the Kohathites, according to their clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin. 
Jos 21:5  The rest of Kohath’s descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of the tribes of Ephraim, Dan and half of Manasseh. 
Jos 21:6  The descendants of Gershon were allotted thirteen towns from the clans of the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan. 
Jos 21:7  The descendants of Merari, according to their clans, received twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun. 
Jos 21:8  So the Israelites allotted to the Levites these towns and their pasturelands, as the LORD had commanded through Moses. 
Jos 21:9  From the tribes of Judah and Simeon they allotted the following towns by name 
Jos 21:10  (these towns were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clans of the Levites, because the first lot fell to them): 
Jos 21:11  They gave them Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), with its surrounding pastureland, in the hill country of Judah. (Arba was the forefather of Anak.) 
Jos 21:12  But the fields and villages around the city they had given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession. 
Jos 21:13  So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Libnah, 
Jos 21:14  Jattir, Eshtemoa, 
Jos 21:15  Holon, Debir, 
Jos 21:16  Ain, Juttah and Beth Shemesh, together with their pasturelands—nine towns from these two tribes. 
Jos 21:17  And from the tribe of Benjamin they gave them Gibeon, Geba, 
Jos 21:18  Anathoth and Almon, together with their pasturelands—four towns. 
Jos 21:19  The total number of towns for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, came to thirteen, together with their pasturelands. 
Jos 21:20  The rest of the Kohathite clans of the Levites were allotted towns from the tribe of Ephraim: 
Jos 21:21  In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem (a city of refuge for one accused of murder) and Gezer, 
Jos 21:22  Kibzaim and Beth Horon, together with their pasturelands—four towns. 
Jos 21:23  Also from the tribe of Dan they received Eltekeh, Gibbethon, 
Jos 21:24  Aijalon and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands—four towns. 
Jos 21:25  From half the tribe of Manasseh they received Taanach and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands—two towns. 
Jos 21:26  All these ten towns and their pasturelands were given to the rest of the Kohathite clans. 
Jos 21:27  The Levite clans of the Gershonites were given: from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan (a city of refuge for one accused of murder) and Be Eshterah, together with their pasturelands—two towns; 
Jos 21:28  from the tribe of Issachar, Kishion, Daberath, 
Jos 21:29  Jarmuth and En Gannim, together with their pasturelands—four towns; 
Jos 21:30  from the tribe of Asher, Mishal, Abdon, 
Jos 21:31  Helkath and Rehob, together with their pasturelands—four towns; 
Jos 21:32  from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Hammoth Dor and Kartan, together with their pasturelands—three towns. 
Jos 21:33  The total number of towns of the Gershonite clans came to thirteen, together with their pasturelands. 
Jos 21:34  The Merarite clans (the rest of the Levites) were given: from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam, Kartah, 
Jos 21:35  Dimnah and Nahalal, together with their pasturelands—four towns; 
Jos 21:36  from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer, Jahaz, 
Jos 21:37  Kedemoth and Mephaath, together with their pasturelands—four towns; 
Jos 21:38  from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Mahanaim, 
Jos 21:39  Heshbon and Jazer, together with their pasturelands—four towns in all. 
Jos 21:40  The total number of towns allotted to the Merarite clans, who were the rest of the Levites, came to twelve. 
Jos 21:41  The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands. 
Jos 21:42  Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns. 
Jos 21:43  So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 
Jos 21:44  The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hands. 
Jos 21:45  Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. 

The Eastern Tribes Return Home
Jos 22:1
  Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh 
Jos 22:2  and said to them, “You have done all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded. 
Jos 22:3  For a long time now—to this very day—you have not deserted your fellow Israelites but have carried out the mission the LORD your God gave you. 
Jos 22:4  Now that the LORD your God has given them rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan. 
Jos 22:5  But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” 
Jos 22:6  Then Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their homes. 
Jos 22:7  (To the half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given land in Bashan, and to the other half of the tribe Joshua gave land on the west side of the Jordan along with their fellow Israelites.) When Joshua sent them home, he blessed them, 
Jos 22:8  saying, “Return to your homes with your great wealth—with large herds of livestock, with silver, gold, bronze and iron, and a great quantity of clothing—and divide the plunder from your enemies with your fellow Israelites.” 
Jos 22:9  So the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh left the Israelites at Shiloh in Canaan to return to Gilead, their own land, which they had acquired in accordance with the command of the LORD through Moses. 
The Eastern Tribes’ Altar of Witness
Jos 22:10  When they came to Geliloth near the Jordan in the land of Canaan, the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an imposing altar there by the Jordan. 
Jos 22:11  And when the Israelites heard that they had built the altar on the border of Canaan at Geliloth near the Jordan on the Israelite side, 
Jos 22:12  the whole assembly of Israel gathered at Shiloh to go to war against them. 
Jos 22:13  So the Israelites sent Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, to the land of Gilead—to Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. 
Jos 22:14  With him they sent ten of the chief men, one from each of the tribes of Israel, each the head of a family division among the Israelite clans. 
Jos 22:15  When they went to Gilead—to Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh—they said to them: 
Jos 22:16  “The whole assembly of the LORD says: ‘How could you break faith with the God of Israel like this? How could you turn away from the LORD and build yourselves an altar in rebellion against him now? 
Jos 22:17  Was not the sin of Peor enough for us? Up to this very day we have not cleansed ourselves from that sin, even though a plague fell on the community of the LORD! 
Jos 22:18  And are you now turning away from the LORD? “‘If you rebel against the LORD today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel. 
Jos 22:19  If the land you possess is defiled, come over to the LORD’s land, where the LORD’s tabernacle stands, and share the land with us. But do not rebel against the LORD or against us by building an altar for yourselves, other than the altar of the LORD our God. 
Jos 22:20  When Achan son of Zerah was unfaithful in regard to the devoted things, did not wrath come on the whole community of Israel? He was not the only one who died for his sin.'” 
Jos 22:21  Then Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh replied to the heads of the clans of Israel: 
Jos 22:22  “The Mighty One, God, the LORD! The Mighty One, God, the LORD! He knows! And let Israel know! If this has been in rebellion or disobedience to the LORD, do not spare us this day. 
Jos 22:23  If we have built our own altar to turn away from the LORD and to offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, or to sacrifice fellowship offerings on it, may the LORD himself call us to account. 
Jos 22:24  “No! We did it for fear that some day your descendants might say to ours, ‘What do you have to do with the LORD, the God of Israel? 
Jos 22:25  The LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you—you Reubenites and Gadites! You have no share in the LORD.’ So your descendants might cause ours to stop fearing the LORD. 
Jos 22:26  “That is why we said, ‘Let us get ready and build an altar—but not for burnt offerings or sacrifices.’ 
Jos 22:27  On the contrary, it is to be a witness between us and you and the generations that follow, that we will worship the LORD at his sanctuary with our burnt offerings, sacrifices and fellowship offerings. Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the LORD.’ 
Jos 22:28  “And we said, ‘If they ever say this to us, or to our descendants, we will answer: Look at the replica of the LORD’s altar, which our ancestors built, not for burnt offerings and sacrifices, but as a witness between us and you.’ 
Jos 22:29  “Far be it from us to rebel against the LORD and turn away from him today by building an altar for burnt offerings, grain offerings and sacrifices, other than the altar of the LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle.” 
Jos 22:30  When Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the community—the heads of the clans of the Israelites—heard what Reuben, Gad and Manasseh had to say, they were pleased. 
Jos 22:31  And Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, said to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is with us, because you have not been unfaithful to the LORD in this matter. Now you have rescued the Israelites from the LORD’s hand.” 
Jos 22:32  Then Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, and the leaders returned to Canaan from their meeting with the Reubenites and Gadites in Gilead and reported to the Israelites. 
Jos 22:33  They were glad to hear the report and praised God. And they talked no more about going to war against them to devastate the country where the Reubenites and the Gadites lived. 
Jos 22:34  And the Reubenites and the Gadites gave the altar this name: A Witness Between Us—that the LORD is God.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



23 August 2018 Verse of the Day

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.  (Acts 17:11 KJV)

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The Inheritance for Simeon
Jos 19:1
  The second lot came out for the tribe of Simeon according to its clans. Their inheritance lay within the territory of Judah. 
Jos 19:2  It included: Beersheba (or Sheba), Moladah, 
Jos 19:3  Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem, 
Jos 19:4  Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, 
Jos 19:5  Ziklag, Beth Markaboth, Hazar Susah, 
Jos 19:6  Beth Lebaoth and Sharuhen—thirteen towns and their villages; 
Jos 19:7  Ain, Rimmon, Ether and Ashan—four towns and their villages— 
Jos 19:8  and all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath Beer (Ramah in the Negev). This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Simeonites, according to its clans. 
Jos 19:9  The inheritance of the Simeonites was taken from the share of Judah, because Judah’s portion was more than they needed. So the Simeonites received their inheritance within the territory of Judah. 
The Inheritance for Zebulun
Jos 19:10  The third lot came up for Zebulun according to its clans: The boundary of their inheritance went as far as Sarid. 
Jos 19:11  Going west it ran to Maralah, touched Dabbesheth, and extended to the ravine near Jokneam. 
Jos 19:12  It turned east from Sarid toward the sunrise to the territory of Kisloth Tabor and went on to Daberath and up to Japhia. 
Jos 19:13  Then it continued eastward to Gath Hepher and Eth Kazin; it came out at Rimmon and turned toward Neah. 
Jos 19:14  There the boundary went around on the north to Hannathon and ended at the Valley of Iphtah El. 
Jos 19:15  Included were Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah and Bethlehem. There were twelve towns and their villages. 
Jos 19:16  These towns and their villages were the inheritance of Zebulun, according to its clans. 
The Inheritance for Issachar
Jos 19:17  The fourth lot came out for Issachar according to its clans. 
Jos 19:18  Their territory included: Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem, 
Jos 19:19  Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 
Jos 19:20  Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, 
Jos 19:21  Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah and Beth Pazzez. 
Jos 19:22  The boundary touched Tabor, Shahazumah and Beth Shemesh, and ended at the Jordan. There were sixteen towns and their villages. 
Jos 19:23  These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Issachar, according to its clans. 
The Inheritance for Asher
Jos 19:24  The fifth lot came out for the tribe of Asher according to its clans. 
Jos 19:25  Their territory included: Helkath, Hali, Beten, Akshaph, 
Jos 19:26  Allammelek, Amad and Mishal. On the west the boundary touched Carmel and Shihor Libnath. 
Jos 19:27  It then turned east toward Beth Dagon, touched Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtah El, and went north to Beth Emek and Neiel, passing Kabul on the left. 
Jos 19:28  It went to Abdon, Rehob, Hammon and Kanah, as far as Greater Sidon. 
Jos 19:29  The boundary then turned back toward Ramah and went to the fortified city of Tyre, turned toward Hosah and came out at the Mediterranean Sea in the region of Akzib, 
Jos 19:30  Ummah, Aphek and Rehob. There were twenty-two towns and their villages. 
Jos 19:31  These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Asher, according to its clans. 
The Inheritance for Naphtali
Jos 19:32  The sixth lot came out for Naphtali according to its clans: 
Jos 19:33  Their boundary went from Heleph and the large tree in Zaanannim, passing Adami Nekeb and Jabneel to Lakkum and ending at the Jordan. 
Jos 19:34  The boundary ran west through Aznoth Tabor and came out at Hukkok. It touched Zebulun on the south, Asher on the west and the Jordan on the east. 
Jos 19:35  The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth, 
Jos 19:36  Adamah, Ramah, Hazor, 
Jos 19:37  Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor, 
Jos 19:38  Iron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath and Beth Shemesh. There were nineteen towns and their villages. 
Jos 19:39  These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Naphtali, according to its clans. 
The Inheritance for Dan
Jos 19:40  The seventh lot came out for the tribe of Dan according to its clans. 
Jos 19:41  The territory of their inheritance included: Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh, 
Jos 19:42  Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, 
Jos 19:43  Elon, Timnah, Ekron, 
Jos 19:44  Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, 
Jos 19:45  Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon, 
Jos 19:46  Me Jarkon and Rakkon, with the area facing Joppa. 
Jos 19:47  (When the territory of the Danites was lost to them, they went up and attacked Leshem, took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named it Dan after their ancestor.) 
Jos 19:48  These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Dan, according to its clans. 
The Inheritance for Joshua
Jos 19:49  When they had finished dividing the land into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun an inheritance among them, 
Jos 19:50  as the LORD had commanded. They gave him the town he asked for—Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim. And he built up the town and settled there. 
Jos 19:51  These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel assigned by lot at Shiloh in the presence of the LORD at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And so they finished dividing the land. 

The Cities of Refuge
Jos 20:1
  Then the LORD said to Joshua: 
Jos 20:2  “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, 
Jos 20:3  so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood. 
Jos 20:4  When they flee to one of these cities, they are to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state their case before the elders of that city. Then the elders are to admit the fugitive into their city and provide a place to live among them. 
Jos 20:5  If the avenger of blood comes in pursuit, the elders must not surrender the fugitive, because the fugitive killed their neighbor unintentionally and without malice aforethought. 
Jos 20:6  They are to stay in that city until they have stood trial before the assembly and until the death of the high priest who is serving at that time. Then they may go back to their own home in the town from which they fled.” 
Jos 20:7  So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah. 
Jos 20:8  East of the Jordan (on the other side from Jericho) they designated Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau in the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead in the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan in the tribe of Manasseh. 
Jos 20:9  Any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing among them who killed someone accidentally could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



22 August 2018 Verse of the Day

My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.  (Psalms 71:8 NIV)

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Jos 17:1  This was the allotment for the tribe of Manasseh as Joseph’s firstborn, that is, for Makir, Manasseh’s firstborn. Makir was the ancestor of the Gileadites, who had received Gilead and Bashan because the Makirites were great soldiers. 
Jos 17:2  So this allotment was for the rest of the people of Manasseh—the clans of Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher and Shemida. These are the other male descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph by their clans. 
Jos 17:3  Now Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons but only daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. 
Jos 17:4  They went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders and said, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our relatives.” So Joshua gave them an inheritance along with the brothers of their father, according to the LORD’s command. 
Jos 17:5  Manasseh’s share consisted of ten tracts of land besides Gilead and Bashan east of the Jordan, 
Jos 17:6  because the daughters of the tribe of Manasseh received an inheritance among the sons. The land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the descendants of Manasseh. 
Jos 17:7  The territory of Manasseh extended from Asher to Mikmethath east of Shechem. The boundary ran southward from there to include the people living at En Tappuah. 
Jos 17:8  (Manasseh had the land of Tappuah, but Tappuah itself, on the boundary of Manasseh, belonged to the Ephraimites.) 
Jos 17:9  Then the boundary continued south to the Kanah Ravine. There were towns belonging to Ephraim lying among the towns of Manasseh, but the boundary of Manasseh was the northern side of the ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. 
Jos 17:10  On the south the land belonged to Ephraim, on the north to Manasseh. The territory of Manasseh reached the Mediterranean Sea and bordered Asher on the north and Issachar on the east. 
Jos 17:11  Within Issachar and Asher, Manasseh also had Beth Shan, Ibleam and the people of Dor, Endor, Taanach and Megiddo, together with their surrounding settlements (the third in the list is Naphoth). 
Jos 17:12  Yet the Manassites were not able to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region. 
Jos 17:13  However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labor but did not drive them out completely. 
Jos 17:14  The people of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the LORD has blessed us abundantly.” 
Jos 17:15  “If you are so numerous,” Joshua answered, “and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites.” 
Jos 17:16  The people of Joseph replied, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.” 
Jos 17:17  But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—”You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment 
Jos 17:18  but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.” 

Allotment of the Remaining Land
Jos 18:1
  The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The country was brought under their control, 
Jos 18:2  but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance. 
Jos 18:3  So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given you? 
Jos 18:4  Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land and to write a description of it, according to the inheritance of each. Then they will return to me. 
Jos 18:5  You are to divide the land into seven parts. Judah is to remain in its territory on the south and the tribes of Joseph in their territory on the north. 
Jos 18:6  After you have written descriptions of the seven parts of the land, bring them here to me and I will cast lots for you in the presence of the LORD our God. 
Jos 18:7  The Levites, however, do not get a portion among you, because the priestly service of the LORD is their inheritance. And Gad, Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan. Moses the servant of the LORD gave it to them.” 
Jos 18:8  As the men started on their way to map out the land, Joshua instructed them, “Go and make a survey of the land and write a description of it. Then return to me, and I will cast lots for you here at Shiloh in the presence of the LORD.” 
Jos 18:9  So the men left and went through the land. They wrote its description on a scroll, town by town, in seven parts, and returned to Joshua in the camp at Shiloh. 
Jos 18:10  Joshua then cast lots for them in Shiloh in the presence of the LORD, and there he distributed the land to the Israelites according to their tribal divisions. 
The Inheritance for Benjamin
Jos 18:11  The first lot came up for the tribe of Benjamin according to its clans. Their allotted territory lay between the tribes of Judah and Joseph: 
Jos 18:12  On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan, passed the northern slope of Jericho and headed west into the hill country, coming out at the wilderness of Beth Aven. 
Jos 18:13  From there it crossed to the south slope of Luz (that is, Bethel) and went down to Ataroth Addar on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon. 
Jos 18:14  From the hill facing Beth Horon on the south the boundary turned south along the western side and came out at Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim), a town of the people of Judah. This was the western side. 
Jos 18:15  The southern side began at the outskirts of Kiriath Jearim on the west, and the boundary came out at the spring of the waters of Nephtoah. 
Jos 18:16  The boundary went down to the foot of the hill facing the Valley of Ben Hinnom, north of the Valley of Rephaim. It continued down the Hinnom Valley along the southern slope of the Jebusite city and so to En Rogel. 
Jos 18:17  It then curved north, went to En Shemesh, continued to Geliloth, which faces the Pass of Adummim, and ran down to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 
Jos 18:18  It continued to the northern slope of Beth Arabah and on down into the Arabah. 
Jos 18:19  It then went to the northern slope of Beth Hoglah and came out at the northern bay of the Dead Sea, at the mouth of the Jordan in the south. This was the southern boundary. 
Jos 18:20  The Jordan formed the boundary on the eastern side. These were the boundaries that marked out the inheritance of the clans of Benjamin on all sides. 
Jos 18:21  The tribe of Benjamin, according to its clans, had the following towns: Jericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, 
Jos 18:22  Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, 
Jos 18:23  Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 
Jos 18:24  Kephar Ammoni, Ophni and Geba—twelve towns and their villages. 
Jos 18:25  Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, 
Jos 18:26  Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah, 
Jos 18:27  Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 
Jos 18:28  Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah and Kiriath—fourteen towns and their villages. This was the inheritance of Benjamin for its clans.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



21 August 2018 Verse of the Day

Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;  (James 5:14 NASB)

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The Allotment for Judah
Jos 15:1  The allotment for the tribe of Judah, according to its clans, extended down to the territory of Edom, to the Desert of Zin in the extreme south. 
Jos 15:2  Their southern boundary started from the bay at the southern end of the Dead Sea, 
Jos 15:3  crossed south of Scorpion Pass, continued on to Zin and went over to the south of Kadesh Barnea. Then it ran past Hezron up to Addar and curved around to Karka. 
Jos 15:4  It then passed along to Azmon and joined the Wadi of Egypt, ending at the Mediterranean Sea. This is their southern boundary. 
Jos 15:5  The eastern boundary is the Dead Sea as far as the mouth of the Jordan. The northern boundary started from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan, 
Jos 15:6  went up to Beth Hoglah and continued north of Beth Arabah to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 
Jos 15:7  The boundary then went up to Debir from the Valley of Achor and turned north to Gilgal, which faces the Pass of Adummim south of the gorge. It continued along to the waters of En Shemesh and came out at En Rogel. 
Jos 15:8  Then it ran up the Valley of Ben Hinnom along the southern slope of the Jebusite city (that is, Jerusalem). From there it climbed to the top of the hill west of the Hinnom Valley at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim. 
Jos 15:9  From the hilltop the boundary headed toward the spring of the waters of Nephtoah, came out at the towns of Mount Ephron and went down toward Baalah (that is, Kiriath Jearim). 
Jos 15:10  Then it curved westward from Baalah to Mount Seir, ran along the northern slope of Mount Jearim (that is, Kesalon), continued down to Beth Shemesh and crossed to Timnah. 
Jos 15:11  It went to the northern slope of Ekron, turned toward Shikkeron, passed along to Mount Baalah and reached Jabneel. The boundary ended at the sea. 
Jos 15:12  The western boundary is the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the boundaries around the people of Judah by their clans. 
Jos 15:13  In accordance with the LORD’s command to him, Joshua gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh a portion in Judah—Kiriath Arba, that is, Hebron. (Arba was the forefather of Anak.) 
Jos 15:14  From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites—Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, the sons of Anak. 
Jos 15:15  From there he marched against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher). 
Jos 15:16  And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 
Jos 15:17  Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage. 
Jos 15:18  One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” 
Jos 15:19  She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs. 
Jos 15:20  This is the inheritance of the tribe of Judah, according to its clans: 
Jos 15:21  The southernmost towns of the tribe of Judah in the Negev toward the boundary of Edom were: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 
Jos 15:22  Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 
Jos 15:23  Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 
Jos 15:24  Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 
Jos 15:25  Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth Hezron (that is, Hazor), 
Jos 15:26  Amam, Shema, Moladah, 
Jos 15:27  Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet, 
Jos 15:28  Hazar Shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah, 
Jos 15:29  Baalah, Iyim, Ezem, 
Jos 15:30  Eltolad, Kesil, Hormah, 
Jos 15:31  Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah, 
Jos 15:32  Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain and Rimmon—a total of twenty-nine towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:33  In the western foothills: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 
Jos 15:34  Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 
Jos 15:35  Jarmuth, Adullam, Sokoh, Azekah, 
Jos 15:36  Shaaraim, Adithaim and Gederah (or Gederothaim)—fourteen towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:37  Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad, 
Jos 15:38  Dilean, Mizpah, Joktheel, 
Jos 15:39  Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 
Jos 15:40  Kabbon, Lahmas, Kitlish, 
Jos 15:41  Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah and Makkedah—sixteen towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:42  Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 
Jos 15:43  Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 
Jos 15:44  Keilah, Akzib and Mareshah—nine towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:45  Ekron, with its surrounding settlements and villages; 
Jos 15:46  west of Ekron, all that were in the vicinity of Ashdod, together with their villages; 
Jos 15:47  Ashdod, its surrounding settlements and villages; and Gaza, its settlements and villages, as far as the Wadi of Egypt and the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. 
Jos 15:48  In the hill country: Shamir, Jattir, Sokoh, 
Jos 15:49  Dannah, Kiriath Sannah (that is, Debir), 
Jos 15:50  Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 
Jos 15:51  Goshen, Holon and Giloh—eleven towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:52  Arab, Dumah, Eshan, 
Jos 15:53  Janim, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah, 
Jos 15:54  Humtah, Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) and Zior—nine towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:55  Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 
Jos 15:56  Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 
Jos 15:57  Kain, Gibeah and Timnah—ten towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:58  Halhul, Beth Zur, Gedor, 
Jos 15:59  Maarath, Beth Anoth and Eltekon—six towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:60  Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim) and Rabbah—two towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:61  In the wilderness: Beth Arabah, Middin, Sekakah, 
Jos 15:62  Nibshan, the City of Salt and En Gedi—six towns and their villages. 
Jos 15:63  Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah. 

The Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh
Jos 16:1
  The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan, east of the springs of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert into the hill country of Bethel. 
Jos 16:2  It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz), crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth, 
Jos 16:3  descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon and on to Gezer, ending at the Mediterranean Sea. 
Jos 16:4  So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance. 
Jos 16:5  This was the territory of Ephraim, according to its clans: The boundary of their inheritance went from Ataroth Addar in the east to Upper Beth Horon 
Jos 16:6  and continued to the Mediterranean Sea. From Mikmethath on the north it curved eastward to Taanath Shiloh, passing by it to Janoah on the east. 
Jos 16:7  Then it went down from Janoah to Ataroth and Naarah, touched Jericho and came out at the Jordan. 
Jos 16:8  From Tappuah the border went west to the Kanah Ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites, according to its clans. 
Jos 16:9  It also included all the towns and their villages that were set aside for the Ephraimites within the inheritance of the Manassites. 
Jos 16:10  They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people of Ephraim but are required to do forced labor.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



20 August 2018 Verse of the Day

How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.  (Psalms 119:9 NASB)

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Land Still to Be Conquered
Jos 13:1
  When Joshua had grown old, the LORD said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over. 
Jos 13:2  “This is the land that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and Geshurites, 
Jos 13:3  from the Shihor River on the east of Egypt to the territory of Ekron on the north, all of it counted as Canaanite though held by the five Philistine rulers in Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron; the territory of the Avvites 
Jos 13:4  on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, from Arah of the Sidonians as far as Aphek and the border of the Amorites; 
Jos 13:5  the area of Byblos; and all Lebanon to the east, from Baal Gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo Hamath. 
Jos 13:6  “As for all the inhabitants of the mountain regions from Lebanon to Misrephoth Maim, that is, all the Sidonians, I myself will drive them out before the Israelites. Be sure to allocate this land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have instructed you, 
Jos 13:7  and divide it as an inheritance among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh.” 
The Inheritance East of the Jordan
Jos 13:8  The other half of Manasseh, the Reubenites and the Gadites had received the inheritance that Moses had given them east of the Jordan, as he, the servant of the LORD, had assigned it to them. 
Jos 13:9  It extended from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and included the whole plateau of Medeba as far as Dibon, 
Jos 13:10  and all the towns of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, out to the border of the Ammonites. 
Jos 13:11  It also included Gilead, the territory of the people of Geshur and Maakah, all of Mount Hermon and all Bashan as far as Salekah— 
Jos 13:12  that is, the whole kingdom of Og in Bashan, who had reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei. (He was the last of the Rephaites.) Moses had defeated them and taken over their land. 
Jos 13:13  But the Israelites did not drive out the people of Geshur and Maakah, so they continue to live among the Israelites to this day. 
Jos 13:14  But to the tribe of Levi he gave no inheritance, since the food offerings presented to the LORD, the God of Israel, are their inheritance, as he promised them. 
Jos 13:15  This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Reuben, according to its clans: 
Jos 13:16  The territory from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and the whole plateau past Medeba 
Jos 13:17  to Heshbon and all its towns on the plateau, including Dibon, Bamoth Baal, Beth Baal Meon, 
Jos 13:18  Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaath, 
Jos 13:19  Kiriathaim, Sibmah, Zereth Shahar on the hill in the valley, 
Jos 13:20  Beth Peor, the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth Jeshimoth— 
Jos 13:21  all the towns on the plateau and the entire realm of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled at Heshbon. Moses had defeated him and the Midianite chiefs, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—princes allied with Sihon—who lived in that country. 
Jos 13:22  In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination. 
Jos 13:23  The boundary of the Reubenites was the bank of the Jordan. These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Reubenites, according to their clans. 
Jos 13:24  This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Gad, according to its clans: 
Jos 13:25  The territory of Jazer, all the towns of Gilead and half the Ammonite country as far as Aroer, near Rabbah; 
Jos 13:26  and from Heshbon to Ramath Mizpah and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Debir; 
Jos 13:27  and in the valley, Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah, Sukkoth and Zaphon with the rest of the realm of Sihon king of Heshbon (the east side of the Jordan, the territory up to the end of the Sea of Galilee). 
Jos 13:28  These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Gadites, according to their clans. 
Jos 13:29  This is what Moses had given to the half-tribe of Manasseh, that is, to half the family of the descendants of Manasseh, according to its clans: 
Jos 13:30  The territory extending from Mahanaim and including all of Bashan, the entire realm of Og king of Bashan—all the settlements of Jair in Bashan, sixty towns, 
Jos 13:31  half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei (the royal cities of Og in Bashan). This was for the descendants of Makir son of Manasseh—for half of the sons of Makir, according to their clans. 
Jos 13:32  This is the inheritance Moses had given when he was in the plains of Moab across the Jordan east of Jericho. 
Jos 13:33  But to the tribe of Levi, Moses had given no inheritance; the LORD, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them. 

The Inheritance West of the Jordan
Jos 14:1
  Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritance in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel allotted to them. 
Jos 14:2  Their inheritances were assigned by lot to the nine and a half tribes, as the LORD had commanded through Moses. 
Jos 14:3  Moses had granted the two and a half tribes their inheritance east of the Jordan but had not granted the Levites an inheritance among the rest, 
Jos 14:4  for Joseph’s descendants had become two tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim. The Levites received no share of the land but only towns to live in, with pasturelands for their flocks and herds. 
Jos 14:5  So the Israelites divided the land, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. 
Caleb’s Request and Inheritance
Jos 14:6  Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 
Jos 14:7  I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 
Jos 14:8  but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. 
Jos 14:9  So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’ 
Jos 14:10  “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 
Jos 14:11  I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. 
Jos 14:12  Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” 
Jos 14:13  Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. 
Jos 14:14  So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. 
Jos 14:15  (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.) Then the land had rest from war.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



19 August 2018 Verse of the Day

There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. (Luke 12:2-3 NIV)

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Conquests in Northern Canaan
Jos 11:1
  When Jabin king of Hazor heard of this, he sent word to Jobab king of Madon, to the kings of Shimron and Akshaph, 
Jos 11:2  and to the northern kings who were in the mountains, in the Arabah south of Kinnereth, in the western foothills and in Naphoth Dor on the west; 
Jos 11:3  to the Canaanites in the east and west; to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites and Jebusites in the hill country; and to the Hivites below Hermon in the region of Mizpah. 
Jos 11:4  They came out with all their troops and a large number of horses and chariots—a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore. 
Jos 11:5  All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel. 
Jos 11:6  The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.” 
Jos 11:7  So Joshua and his whole army came against them suddenly at the Waters of Merom and attacked them, 
Jos 11:8  and the LORD gave them into the hand of Israel. They defeated them and pursued them all the way to Greater Sidon, to Misrephoth Maim, and to the Valley of Mizpah on the east, until no survivors were left. 
Jos 11:9  Joshua did to them as the LORD had directed: He hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots. 
Jos 11:10  At that time Joshua turned back and captured Hazor and put its king to the sword. (Hazor had been the head of all these kingdoms.) 
Jos 11:11  Everyone in it they put to the sword. They totally destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed, and he burned Hazor itself. 
Jos 11:12  Joshua took all these royal cities and their kings and put them to the sword. He totally destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded. 
Jos 11:13  Yet Israel did not burn any of the cities built on their mounds—except Hazor, which Joshua burned. 
Jos 11:14  The Israelites carried off for themselves all the plunder and livestock of these cities, but all the people they put to the sword until they completely destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed. 
Jos 11:15  As the LORD commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses. 
Jos 11:16  So Joshua took this entire land: the hill country, all the Negev, the whole region of Goshen, the western foothills, the Arabah and the mountains of Israel with their foothills, 
Jos 11:17  from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, to Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings and put them to death. 
Jos 11:18  Joshua waged war against all these kings for a long time. 
Jos 11:19  Except for the Hivites living in Gibeon, not one city made a treaty of peace with the Israelites, who took them all in battle. 
Jos 11:20  For it was the LORD himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the LORD had commanded Moses. 
Jos 11:21  At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns. 
Jos 11:22  No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive. 
Jos 11:23  So Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war. 

Kings Defeated by Moses
Jos 12:1
  These are the kings of the land whom the Israelites had defeated and whose territory they took over east of the Jordan, from the Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon, including all the eastern side of the Arabah: 
Jos 12:2  Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon. He ruled from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge—from the middle of the gorge—to the Jabbok River, which is the border of the Ammonites. This included half of Gilead. 
Jos 12:3  He also ruled over the eastern Arabah from the Sea of Galilee to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea), to Beth Jeshimoth, and then southward below the slopes of Pisgah. 
Jos 12:4  And the territory of Og king of Bashan, one of the last of the Rephaites, who reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei. 
Jos 12:5  He ruled over Mount Hermon, Salekah, all of Bashan to the border of the people of Geshur and Maakah, and half of Gilead to the border of Sihon king of Heshbon. 
Jos 12:6  Moses, the servant of the LORD, and the Israelites conquered them. And Moses the servant of the LORD gave their land to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh to be their possession. 
Kings Defeated by Joshua
Jos 12:7  Here is a list of the kings of the land that Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir. Joshua gave their lands as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel according to their tribal divisions. 
Jos 12:8  The lands included the hill country, the western foothills, the Arabah, the mountain slopes, the wilderness and the Negev. These were the lands of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. These were the kings: 
Jos 12:9  the king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai (near Bethel), one; 
Jos 12:10  the king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one; 
Jos 12:11  the king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one; 
Jos 12:12  the king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one; 
Jos 12:13  the king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one; 
Jos 12:14  the king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one; 
Jos 12:15  the king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one; 
Jos 12:16  the king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one; 
Jos 12:17  the king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one; 
Jos 12:18  the king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one; 
Jos 12:19  the king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one; 
Jos 12:20  the king of Shimron Meron, one; the king of Akshaph, one; 
Jos 12:21  the king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one; 
Jos 12:22  the king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam in Carmel, one; 
Jos 12:23  the king of Dor (in Naphoth Dor), one; the king of Goyim in Gilgal, one; 
Jos 12:24  the king of Tirzah, one; thirty-one kings in all.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



18 August 2018 Verse of the Day

Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.  (Jeremiah 17:14 NIV)

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The Gibeonite Deception
Jos 9:1
  Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things—the kings in the hill country, in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Mediterranean Sea as far as Lebanon (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites)— 
Jos 9:2  they came together to wage war against Joshua and Israel. 
Jos 9:3  However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, 
Jos 9:4  they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. 
Jos 9:5  They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. 
Jos 9:6  Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.” 
Jos 9:7  The Israelites said to the Hivites, “But perhaps you live near us, so how can we make a treaty with you?” 
Jos 9:8  “We are your servants,” they said to Joshua. But Joshua asked, “Who are you and where do you come from?” 
Jos 9:9  They answered: “Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports of him: all that he did in Egypt, 
Jos 9:10  and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan—Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. 
Jos 9:11  And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, ‘Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, “We are your servants; make a treaty with us.”‘ 
Jos 9:12  This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is. 
Jos 9:13  And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey.” 
Jos 9:14  The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. 
Jos 9:15  Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath. 
Jos 9:16  Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them. 
Jos 9:17  So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim. 
Jos 9:18  But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders, 
Jos 9:19  but all the leaders answered, “We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now. 
Jos 9:20  This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that God’s wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them.” 
Jos 9:21  They continued, “Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers in the service of the whole assembly.” So the leaders’ promise to them was kept. 
Jos 9:22  Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, “Why did you deceive us by saying, ‘We live a long way from you,’ while actually you live near us? 
Jos 9:23  You are now under a curse: You will never be released from service as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.” 
Jos 9:24  They answered Joshua, “Your servants were clearly told how the LORD your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you. So we feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this. 
Jos 9:25  We are now in your hands. Do to us whatever seems good and right to you.” 
Jos 9:26  So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. 
Jos 9:27  That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the assembly, to provide for the needs of the altar of the LORD at the place the LORD would choose. And that is what they are to this day. 

The Sun Stands Still
Jos 10:1
  Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon had made a treaty of peace with Israel and had become their allies. 
Jos 10:2  He and his people were very much alarmed at this, because Gibeon was an important city, like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were good fighters. 
Jos 10:3  So Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem appealed to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish and Debir king of Eglon. 
Jos 10:4  “Come up and help me attack Gibeon,” he said, “because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.” 
Jos 10:5  Then the five kings of the Amorites—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon—joined forces. They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it. 
Jos 10:6  The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us.” 
Jos 10:7  So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men. 
Jos 10:8  The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” 
Jos 10:9  After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. 
Jos 10:10  The LORD threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon. Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon and cut them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 
Jos 10:11  As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the LORD hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites. 
Jos 10:12  On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” 
Jos 10:13  So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 
Jos 10:14  There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel! 
Jos 10:15  Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal. 
Five Amorite Kings Executed
Jos 10:16  Now the five kings had fled and hidden in the cave at Makkedah. 
Jos 10:17  When Joshua was told that the five kings had been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah, 
Jos 10:18  he said, “Roll large rocks up to the mouth of the cave, and post some men there to guard it. 
Jos 10:19  But don’t stop; pursue your enemies! Attack them from the rear and don’t let them reach their cities, for the LORD your God has given them into your hand.” 
Jos 10:20  So Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely, but a few survivors managed to reach their fortified cities. 
Jos 10:21  The whole army then returned safely to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah, and no one uttered a word against the Israelites. 
Jos 10:22  Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me.” 
Jos 10:23  So they brought the five kings out of the cave—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon. 
Jos 10:24  When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks. 
Jos 10:25  Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” 
Jos 10:26  Then Joshua put the kings to death and exposed their bodies on five poles, and they were left hanging on the poles until evening. 
Jos 10:27  At sunset Joshua gave the order and they took them down from the poles and threw them into the cave where they had been hiding. At the mouth of the cave they placed large rocks, which are there to this day. 
Jos 10:28  That day Joshua took Makkedah. He put the city and its king to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho. 
Conquest of Southern Canaan
Jos 10:29  Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Makkedah to Libnah and attacked it. 
Jos 10:30  The LORD also gave that city and its king into Israel’s hand. The city and everyone in it Joshua put to the sword. He left no survivors there. And he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho. 
Jos 10:31  Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Libnah to Lachish; he took up positions against it and attacked it. 
Jos 10:32  The LORD gave Lachish into Israel’s hands, and Joshua took it on the second day. The city and everyone in it he put to the sword, just as he had done to Libnah. 
Jos 10:33  Meanwhile, Horam king of Gezer had come up to help Lachish, but Joshua defeated him and his army—until no survivors were left. 
Jos 10:34  Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Lachish to Eglon; they took up positions against it and attacked it. 
Jos 10:35  They captured it that same day and put it to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it, just as they had done to Lachish. 
Jos 10:36  Then Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron and attacked it. 
Jos 10:37  They took the city and put it to the sword, together with its king, its villages and everyone in it. They left no survivors. Just as at Eglon, they totally destroyed it and everyone in it. 
Jos 10:38  Then Joshua and all Israel with him turned around and attacked Debir. 
Jos 10:39  They took the city, its king and its villages, and put them to the sword. Everyone in it they totally destroyed. They left no survivors. They did to Debir and its king as they had done to Libnah and its king and to Hebron. 
Jos 10:40  So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings. He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded. 
Jos 10:41  Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza and from the whole region of Goshen to Gibeon. 
Jos 10:42  All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. 
Jos 10:43  Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



17 August 2018 Verse of the Day

For this is what the high and exalted One says; he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.  (Isaiah 57:15 NIV)

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Israel Defeated at Ai
Jos 7:1
  But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the LORD’s anger burned against Israel. 
Jos 7:2  Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. 
Jos 7:3  When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.” 
Jos 7:4  So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, 
Jos 7:5  who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water. 
Jos 7:6  Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads. 
Jos 7:7  And Joshua said, “Alas, Sovereign LORD, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! 
Jos 7:8  Pardon your servant, Lord. What can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? 
Jos 7:9  The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will you do for your own great name?” 
The Sin of Achan
Jos 7:10  The LORD said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 
Jos 7:11  Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. 
Jos 7:12  That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. 
Jos 7:13  “Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them. 
Jos 7:14  “‘In the morning, present yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe the LORD chooses shall come forward clan by clan; the clan the LORD chooses shall come forward family by family; and the family the LORD chooses shall come forward man by man. 
Jos 7:15  Whoever is caught with the devoted things shall be destroyed by fire, along with all that belongs to him. He has violated the covenant of the LORD and has done an outrageous thing in Israel!'” 
Jos 7:16  Early the next morning Joshua had Israel come forward by tribes, and Judah was chosen. 
Jos 7:17  The clans of Judah came forward, and the Zerahites were chosen. He had the clan of the Zerahites come forward by families, and Zimri was chosen. 
Jos 7:18  Joshua had his family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was chosen. 
Jos 7:19  Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.” 
Jos 7:20  Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 
Jos 7:21  When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” 
Jos 7:22  So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath. 
Jos 7:23  They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out before the LORD. 
Jos 7:24  Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor. 
Jos 7:25  Joshua said, “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The LORD will bring trouble on you today.” Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. 
Jos 7:26  Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the LORD turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since. 

The Fall of Ai
Jos 8:1
  Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land. 
Jos 8:2  You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king, except that you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the city.” 
Jos 8:3  So Joshua and the whole army moved out to attack Ai. He chose thirty thousand of his best fighting men and sent them out at night 
Jos 8:4  with these orders: “Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don’t go very far from it. All of you be on the alert. 
Jos 8:5  I and all those with me will advance on the city, and when the men come out against us, as they did before, we will flee from them. 
Jos 8:6  They will pursue us until we have lured them away from the city, for they will say, ‘They are running away from us as they did before.’ So when we flee from them, 
Jos 8:7  you are to rise up from ambush and take the city. The LORD your God will give it into your hand. 
Jos 8:8  When you have taken the city, set it on fire. Do what the LORD has commanded. See to it; you have my orders.” 
Jos 8:9  Then Joshua sent them off, and they went to the place of ambush and lay in wait between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai—but Joshua spent that night with the people. 
Jos 8:10  Early the next morning Joshua mustered his army, and he and the leaders of Israel marched before them to Ai. 
Jos 8:11  The entire force that was with him marched up and approached the city and arrived in front of it. They set up camp north of Ai, with the valley between them and the city. 
Jos 8:12  Joshua had taken about five thousand men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city. 
Jos 8:13  So the soldiers took up their positions—with the main camp to the north of the city and the ambush to the west of it. That night Joshua went into the valley. 
Jos 8:14  When the king of Ai saw this, he and all the men of the city hurried out early in the morning to meet Israel in battle at a certain place overlooking the Arabah. But he did not know that an ambush had been set against him behind the city. 
Jos 8:15  Joshua and all Israel let themselves be driven back before them, and they fled toward the wilderness. 
Jos 8:16  All the men of Ai were called to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were lured away from the city. 
Jos 8:17  Not a man remained in Ai or Bethel who did not go after Israel. They left the city open and went in pursuit of Israel. 
Jos 8:18  Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Hold out toward Ai the javelin that is in your hand, for into your hand I will deliver the city.” So Joshua held out toward the city the javelin that was in his hand. 
Jos 8:19  As soon as he did this, the men in the ambush rose quickly from their position and rushed forward. They entered the city and captured it and quickly set it on fire. 
Jos 8:20  The men of Ai looked back and saw the smoke of the city rising up into the sky, but they had no chance to escape in any direction; the Israelites who had been fleeing toward the wilderness had turned back against their pursuers. 
Jos 8:21  For when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city and that smoke was going up from it, they turned around and attacked the men of Ai. 
Jos 8:22  Those in the ambush also came out of the city against them, so that they were caught in the middle, with Israelites on both sides. Israel cut them down, leaving them neither survivors nor fugitives. 
Jos 8:23  But they took the king of Ai alive and brought him to Joshua. 
Jos 8:24  When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the wilderness where they had chased them, and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai and killed those who were in it. 
Jos 8:25  Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai. 
Jos 8:26  For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin until he had destroyed all who lived in Ai. 
Jos 8:27  But Israel did carry off for themselves the livestock and plunder of this city, as the LORD had instructed Joshua. 
Jos 8:28  So Joshua burned Ai and made it a permanent heap of ruins, a desolate place to this day. 
Jos 8:29  He impaled the body of the king of Ai on a pole and left it there until evening. At sunset, Joshua ordered them to take the body from the pole and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And they raised a large pile of rocks over it, which remains to this day. 
Joshua Renews the Covenant
Jos 8:30  Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the LORD, the God of Israel, 
Jos 8:31  as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the Israelites. He built it according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses—an altar of uncut stones, on which no iron tool had been used. On it they offered to the LORD burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings. 
Jos 8:32  There, in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua wrote on stones a copy of the law of Moses. 
Jos 8:33  All the Israelites, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the LORD, facing the Levitical priests who carried it. Both the foreigners living among them and the native-born were there. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD had formerly commanded when he gave instructions to bless the people of Israel. 
Jos 8:34  Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law. 
Jos 8:35  There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the foreigners who lived among them.  (NIV)

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Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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