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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 37 - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - Joshua 21 -24 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day 37 

Joshua 21 - 24

Bible Time Period: Conquest and Judges 
You led Israel triumphantly into the Promised Land.  They failed to teach their children, and instead did what was right in their own eyes:  Help me to keep my eyes on you and teach others what is truly right. 

"As for me and my household, 

we will serve the Lord."
 (Joshua 24:15)

Almighty Lord, Joshua’s advice to the Israelites in his last public address is good advice for us on this side of salvation history “to banish all false gods from our lives and to cling to You regardless of the personal cost.  It is a personal and communal commitment that includes rejecting the false gods of materialism, secularism and the desire to put self-interest above Your will for our lives.  Like Isaiah, we confess that we are sinners who live among a sinful people, but like St. Paul we are committed to working out our salvation with fear and trembling, in reverent fear of offending you but at the same time with hope and confidence that You are in control of our destinies and of the destiny of mankind as a whole.  Please send Your Holy Spirit to guide us in our last lesson on the amazing account of the mission of Joshua and the Israelites to conquer the land You promised their ancestors.  We pray in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.  (Agape Catholic Bible Study, Joshua Lesson 10)

Joshua makes it clear that the conquest of Canaan was the fulfillment of God's oath to Abraham that Abraham's descendants would wrest the land of Canaan from the inhabitants who dwelt there.  The promise was the foundation of Israel's hope for a new homeland at the time of the Exodus.  God himself played a crucial role in the campaign by guiding his people to victory and intervening on their behalf at key moments.  God showed himself faithful to his covenant promises, and through the conquest of Canaan he brought Israel closer to realizing the divine plan of redemption.  But the Israelites would prove unfaithful to their covenant promise:  they lapsed into the indigenous idolatry of the Canaanites, and the result was the repeated cycle of apostasy, punishment, and repentance in the time of the Judges. (Catholic Bible Dictionary, Scott Hahn General Editor, page 479)

Today's Reading
Joshua 21 - 24

Discussion Boards Day 37
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Joshua 20 - 22
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Joshua 23 - 24


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