Day 112 | Joshua takes command | Rahab of Jericho helps Israeli spies | Jesus warns about the future
Day 112 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. Joshua takes command. Rahab of Jericho helps Israeli spies. Jesus warns about the future.
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God Chooses Joshua to Lead Israel
Moses was the LORD’s servant, and Joshua son of Nun was Moses’ assistant. After Moses died, the LORD spoke to Joshua and said, 2 “My servant Moses is dead. Now you and all these people must go across the Jordan River. You must go into the land I am giving to the Israelites. 3 I promised Moses that I would give you this land, so I will give you all the land wherever you go. 4 All the land from the desert in the south to Lebanon in the north will be yours. It will reach to the great river, the Euphrates, including all the land of the Hittites. And all the land from here to the Great Sea in the west will be yours. 5 Just as I was with Moses, I will be with you. No one will be able to stop you all your life. I will not abandon you. I will never leave you.
6 “Joshua, you must be strong and brave! You must lead these people so that they can take their land. I promised their ancestors that I would give them this land. 7 But you must be strong and brave. Make sure that you obey all the commands my servant Moses gave you. If you follow his teachings exactly, you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Never stop reading what is written in that Book of the Law. Study it and talk about its teachings day and night, being sure to obey what is written there. Then things will go well for you, and you will succeed in everything you do. 9 Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua Takes Command
10 So Joshua gave orders to the leaders of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people to get some food ready. Three days from now we will go across the Jordan River and take the land that the LORD our God is giving us.”
12 Then Joshua said to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh, 13–14 “Remember what the LORD’s servant Moses told you. He said that the LORD your God would give you a place of rest, a land where you could live in peace. So he has given you this land east of the Jordan River. But now you must help your relatives get their land. Your wives and children can stay here with your animals. But all your fighting men must prepare for battle and lead the men of the other tribes across the river. 15 The LORD has given you a place to live in peace, and he will do the same for your brothers. But you must help them until they take control of the land the LORD your God is giving them. Then you can come back and settle here on the east side of the river. This is the land that the LORD’s servant Moses said would be yours.”
16 Then the people answered Joshua, “We will do whatever you command us to do. We will go wherever you tell us to go. 17 We will obey whatever you say, just as we obeyed Moses. We only ask that the LORD your God be with you just as he was with Moses. 18 Then anyone who refuses to obey your commands or turns against you will be killed. Just be strong and brave!”
Spies in Jericho
Joshua son of Nun and all the people were camped at Acacia. Joshua sent out two spies. No one knew that Joshua had sent out these men. Joshua said to them, “Go and look at the land, especially the city of Jericho.”
So the men went to the city of Jericho and stayed at the house of a prostitute named Rahab. 2 But someone told the king of Jericho, “Last night some men from Israel came to spy on our country.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Do not hide the men who came and stayed in your house. Bring them out. They have come to spy on our country.”
4 Rahab had hidden the two men, but she said, “They did come here, but I didn’t know where they came from. 5 In the evening, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don’t know where they went. But if you go quickly, maybe you can catch them.”
6 (Rahab said this, but really she had taken the men up to the roof and had hidden them in the flax† that she had piled up there.) 7 So the king’s men went out of the city, and the city gates were closed. The king’s men went to look for the two men from Israel. They went to the Jordan River and looked at all the places where people cross the river. 8 The two men were ready to sleep for the night, but Rahab went to the roof to talk to them.
9 She said, “I know that the LORD has given this land to your people. You frighten us, and everyone living in this country is afraid of you. 10 We are afraid because we have heard about the ways that the LORD helped you. We heard that he dried up the Red Sea when you came out of Egypt. We also heard what you did to the two Amorite kings, Sihon and Og. We heard how you destroyed those kings living east of the Jordan River. 11 When we heard about this, we were very afraid. And now, not one of our men is brave enough to fight you, because the LORD your God rules the heavens above and the earth below! 12 So now, I want you to make a promise to me. I was kind to you and helped you. So promise me before the LORD that you will be kind to my family. Please tell me that you will do this. 13 Tell me that you will allow my family to live—my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all their families. Promise me that you will save us from death.”
14 The men agreed and said, “We will trade our lives for yours. Don’t tell anyone what we are doing. Then, when the LORD gives us the land, we will be kind to you. You can trust us.”
15 Rahab’s house was built into the city wall,* so she used a rope to let the men down through a window. 16 Then she said to them, “Go into the hills so that the king’s men will not find you. Hide there for three days. After the king’s men come back, you can go on your way.”
17 The men said to her, “We made a promise to you. But you must do one thing, or we will not be responsible for our promise. 18 When we come back to this land, you must tie this red rope in the window you used to help us escape. You must bring your father, your mother, your brothers and all your family into your house with you. 19 We will protect everyone who stays in this house. If anyone in your house is hurt, we will be responsible. But if they go out of your house and are killed, we will not be responsible. It will be their own fault. 20 We are making this agreement with you. But if you tell anyone about what we are doing, we will be free from this agreement.”
21 Rahab answered, “I will do just what you said.” She said goodbye, and the men left her house. Then she tied the red rope in the window. 22 The men left her house and went into the hills. They stayed there for three days. The king’s men looked all along the road. After three days, they stopped looking and went back to the city. 23 Then the two men went back to Joshua. They left the hills and crossed the river. They went to Joshua and told him everything that they had learned.
24 They said to him, “The LORD really has given us all the land. All the people in that country are afraid of us.”
Jesus Warns About the Future (Matt. 24:1-14; Mark 13:1-13)
5 Some of the people there were talking about how beautiful the Temple buildings were. They were noticing how they were built with the finest stones and decorated with all the gifts that people had offered to God. 6 But Jesus said, “The time will come when all that you see here will be de- stroyed. Every stone of these buildings will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another.”
7 They asked Jesus, “Teacher, when will these things happen? What will show us that it is time for these things to happen?”
8 Jesus said, “Be careful! Don’t be fooled. Many people will come and pre- tend to be me. They will say, ‘I am the Messiah’ and ‘The right time has come!’ But don’t follow them. 9 When you hear about wars and riots, don’t be afraid. These things must happen first. But the end will not come right away.”
10 Then Jesus said to them, “Nations will fight against other nations. Kingdoms will fight against other kingdoms. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in many places, people will suffer from starvation or widespread disease. Terrible things will happen, and amazing things will appear from heaven to warn people.
12 “But before all these things happen, people will arrest you and do bad things to you. They will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. They will do all these things to you because you are my followers. 13 But this will give you an opportunity to tell about me. 14 Decide now not to worry about what you will say to defend yourselves. 15 I will give you the wisdom to say things that none of your enemies can answer. 16 Even your parents, brothers, relatives and friends will turn against you. They will have some of you killed. 17 Everyone will hate you because you follow me. 18 But you will suffer no harm, not even the loss of a hair from your head. 19 You will save yourselves by continuing strong in your faith through all these things.
The Destruction of Jerusalem (Matt. 24:15-21; Mark 13:14-19)
20 “When you see armies all around Jerusalem, you will know that the time for its destruction has come. 21 That’s when the people in Judea should run away to the mountains. Anyone still in Jerusalem should leave quickly. If you are near the city, don’t go in! 22 The prophets wrote many things about the time when God will punish his people. The time I am talking about is when all these things must happen.
23 During that time, it will be hard for women who are pregnant or have small babies, because very bad times will come to this land. God will be angry with these people. 24 Some of the people will be killed by soldiers. Others will be made prisoners and taken to all the different countries. The city of Jerusalem will be under the power of foreigners until their time is completed.
Don’t Fear (Matt. 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27)
25 “Amazing things will happen to the sun, moon, and stars. And people all over the earth will be troubled and confused by the noise of the sea and its crashing waves. 26 They will faint from fear and dread of what they see happening to the world. And the powerful forces in the sky will be shaken. 27 Then people will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to happen, be filled with courage and hope. Know that it is almost time for God to free you!”
My Words Will Live Forever (Matt. 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31)
29 Then Jesus told this story: “Look at all the trees. The fig tree is a good example. 30 When it turns green, you know that summer is very near. 31 In the same way, when you see all these things happening, you will know that God’s kingdom is very near. 32 “I assure you that all these things will happen while some of the people of this time are still living. 33 The whole world, earth, and sky, will be destroyed, but my words will last forever.
Be Ready All the Time
34 “Be careful not to spend your time having parties and getting drunk or worrying about this life. That will only dull your minds, and the end might come when you don’t expect it. 35 It will come as a surprise to everyone on earth. 36 So be ready all the time. Pray that you will be able to get through all these things that will happen and stand faithful before the Son of Man.”
37 During the day Jesus taught the people in the Temple area. At night he went out of the city and stayed all night on the hill called Mount of Olives. 38 Every morning all the people got up early to go and listen to Jesus at the Temple.
11 Words that bring life flow from good people, but the words of the wicked hide their violent plans.
12 Hate stirs up arguments, but love forgives and forgets.
13 A person with understanding speaks words of wisdom; a person who says something stupid will be punished.
14 Wise people are quiet and learn new things, but fools talk and bring trouble on themselves.
15 Wealth protects the rich, but poverty destroys the poor.
16 What good people do brings life, but wicked people produce only sin.
17 Those who accept correction show others how to live. Those who reject correction lead others the wrong way.
18 People sometimes lie to hide their hatred, but saying bad things about someone is even more foolish.
19 A person who talks too much gets into trouble. A wise person learns to be quiet.
20 Words from good people are like pure silver, but thoughts from the wicked are worthless.
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