Reading #1 – Joshua 1
Reading #2 – Psalms 126
Reading #3 – Proverbs 22
Reading #4 – Luke 23
Reading #5 – 2 Samuel 2
Joshua 1 – Preparing to Cross the Line. Joshua is now in charge and has given direction to his commanders to get the people ready to go. The Holy Spirit encouraged Joshua with these words: “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go (6-9).” The 2.5 tribes were reminded of their responsibilities and they willingly complied “They answered Joshua, “We will do whatever you command us, and we will go wherever you send us. 17 We will obey you just as we obeyed Moses. And may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses. Anyone who rebels against your orders and does not obey your words and everything you command will be put to death. So be strong and courageous (16-18)!
2 Samuel 2 – David anointed King over Judah. Asahel, brother of Joab, was killed at the hands of Abner. While his death was tragic, Asahel was warned repeatedly but he would not stop chasing Abner. Joab would seek retribution for his brother but it would only mean having blood on his hands.
Psalms 126 – The Return of the Exiles. When the LORD brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said, “What amazing things the LORD has done for them.” Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us! What joy (1-3).
Proverbs 22 – Which Reputation Do You Chose for Yourself? A good reputation will bring stability to your life and you will never fear bad days. When your ways analyzed, you will not fear being found out because there will be nothing for the analyst to find. Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips (17-18).
Luke 23 – On Trial Before Pilot. Jesus had nothing wrong and there was no feined charge that would convince Pilot. Yet because of the outrage of the Jews, he committed Jesus to death and released a prisoner instead. This creates a very difficult problem because it gives in to demand.