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April 23 – Judges starts well, but not for long


April 23
Judges 1:1-2:9
Luke 21:29-22:13
Psalm 90:1-91:16
Proverbs 13:24-25

Judges 1:1 – The book of Judges starts on a high note! “The children of Israel asked the LORD.” Unfortunately it ends on a bad note (Judges 21:25).

Judges 2:2 – “ye have not obeyed my voice.” The pre-incarnate LORD spoke, not a messenger who said “Thus saith the LORD.” And it was a rebuke. Obedience is what God desires.

Judas sells Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Lippo Memmi, 14th Century.

Luke 22:5 – “and they were glad.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that the Lord loveth a cheerful giver, but these givers although cheerful, were not giving to the Lord, but to a man possessed by Satan who would help them kill the Lord.

Psalm 90:12 – There’s “Death Clock” websites that you can punch in your date of birth, sex, smoking habit, body mass index, personality, alcohol consumption, and country you live in, and it will tell you how much time you have left on earth, statistically speaking. When we number our days, we can stop and think about what we are putting our most valuable resource (not our talent, not our treasure, not our tools, but our time) into.

Psalm 91:2 “my God; in him will I trust”

Proverbs 13:24 – A goal of parenting is to set the appetite of your children. You want them to love good, and be repulsed by evil. Obedience brings blessing, and disobedience brings consequences. A danger is when we overemphasize the behavior from our children, the child may be tempted to lie about their improper actions to please you (or rather not infuriate you). While we are pleased with his words, he may feel rewarded for lying about doing wrong, and punished for admitting when he did wrong. Make sure that you’re not just encouraging verbal conformity, but truth telling as well!

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April 22 – Walk with the Wise!

April 22
Joshua 24:1-33
Luke 21:1-28
Psalm 89:38-52
Proverbs 13:20-23

Joshua 24:19 – In the middle of the people claiming to serve the LORD once (Joshua 24:18), twice (Joshua 24:21), and three times (Joshua 24:24), Joshua tells them they cannot serve the LORD because He is holy and jealous! But why does Joshua say He cannot forgive their sins? Similar to Jesus warning of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Luke 12:10), these passages indicate God cannot save those who have hardened their hearts against Him, only those who have repented and called upon the LORD.

Luke 21:14 – How do we reconcile this with 1 Peter 3:15? 1 Peter 3:15 is for our dispensation (the age of Grace / church age), while here Jesus is prophesying about those in Jerusalem in AD 70, according to Jimmy DeYoung.

Is this the mountains that the Judaeans are to flee to (Luke 21:21)?

Psalm 89:47 – Remember how short my time is. That’s why we need to Redeem the Time!

Proverbs 13:20 –  Let’s go to our good friend Patch the Pirate to teach us this verse! (Think this is tied to Joshua 24:31)?

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April 21 – Phinehas Has His Answer

April 21
Joshua 22:21-23:16
Luke 20:27-47
Psalm 89:14-37
Proverbs 13:17-19

Joshua 22:2 – The presumably rebel tribes are making an appeal to the LORD. The altar is non-functioning, but a witness that while they’re across the Jordan, they are one with the rest of the tribes (Joshua 22:27). Phinehas was pleased (Joshua 22:30).

Joshua 23:8 – What does it mean to cleave unto the LORD? A man is to cleave unto his wife (Genesis 2:24). Cleaving to the LORD preserves your life (Deuteronomy 4:4). We are to fear, serve, and cleave to Him (Deuteronomy 10:20). We are to love Him, walk in His way, and cleave unto Him (Deuteronomy 11:22). If we cleave to Him (Deuteronomy 13:4), the cursed will not cleave to us (Deuteronomy 13:17), nor the pestilence (Deuteronomy 28:21), or the diseases (Deuteronomy 28:60). Love, obey, and cleave (Deuteronomy 30:20).

Luke 20:31 – The Sadducees presented a hypothetical scenario featuring a woman who is best described as “bad luck.” Even though the Sadducees and Pharisees tried to entrap Jesus, He was able to appeal to some of them (Luke 20:39). But He was not enticed to softpetal His critique (Luke 20:46).

King David, Lincoln College Chapel

Psalm 89:37 – What happened to the “throne of David”? When Jesus was born the angel said “The Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:30-33).

The Kingdom of God in the past then will be re-established with Christ as it’s king – but at this future time ALL nations will be in subjection to it. This Kingdom will bring peace to the earth and all peoples will know about God and want to please Him. We are given a few glimpses in the Bible of what this wonderful kingdom on earth will be like: –TheGospelTruth

Proverbs 13:18 – Nothing is harder than accepting reproof … but that will be honoured!

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April 20 – Phinehas returns to punish the wrongdoers!

April 20
Joshua 21:1-22:20
Luke 20:1-26
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 13:15-16

Joshua 21:45 – This is a verse that deserves to be highlighted! There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

Joshua 22:5 – Heed the Law, Love God, Walk His Way, Cleave to God, Serve God.

Joshua 22:13 – Phinehas, the bold defender of truth! Phinehas was born in Exodus 6:25, punished the wrong doers in Numbers 25:8, and was the reason God spared Israel in Number 25:11, given an covenant of peace in Numbers 25:12, an everlasting priesthood in Numbers 25:13, led the battle with the Midianites in Numbers 31:6, and now is leading the dignitaries to confront these tribes that are building an altar – that they believe should be destroyed according to Exodus 34:13 and Deuteronomy 7:5. What happens? Come back tomorrow!

Tyree AME Church. This medieval stone church was originally built around 1870, with the north addition completed around 1885.

Luke 20:17-18 – Jesus spent the passage yesterday referencing the destruction of the very stones of the temple, and now today He is saying He is the new Cornerstone!

Psalm 89:1 – Will you sing of the mercies of the Lord?

Psalm 87:9 – We pointed out earlier the fulfillment of this claim to God’s omnipotence!

Proverbs 13:15 – The biggest lie of sin is that it’s not a big deal. No, the way of transgressors is hard.

Sin will take you farther than you want to go,

keep you longer than you want to stay,

and cost you more than you want to pay

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April 19 – Cities of Refuge

April 19
Joshua 19:1-20:9
Luke 19:28-48
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 13:12-14

1897 Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us by Charles Foster

Joshua 20:2 – What’s the big deal with these Cities of Refuge? Moses spent a whole chapter (Numbers 35) talking about them! John Barnett of Discover the Book explains that Hebrews 6:17-20 talks about those who have fled for refuge to Jesus. Here’s an excerpt from this great sermon on Christ, Our City of Refuge.

The elders of the city would investigate the case. If he was acquitted of intentional killing he must remain within the city until the death of the high priest. We have fled to Jesus Christ, and He is our eternal refuge. As our High Priest, He will never die (Heb. 7:23-25); and we have eternal salvation….

  1. God Himself appointed these cities of refuge (John 3:16)
  2. God’s Word announced these cities of refuge (Joshua 20:7-8, Acts 4:12)
  3. Anyone could access these cities of refuge (Joshua 20:9, John 3:16)


Luke 19:38 – Jesus the King enters as Zechariah 9:9 prophesied. He also rebuts the Pharisees by referencing Habakkuk 2:11, part of the passage prophesying judgment coming upon Israel (Habakkuk 2:8).

Luke 19:43-44 – Jesus the Prophet foretells the destruction of Jerusalem, as reported by Adam Clarke:

Cast a trench about thee – This was literally fulfilled when this city was besieged by Titus. Josephus gives a very particular account of the building of this wall, which he says was effected in three days, though it was not less than thirty-nine furlongs in circumference; and that, when this wall and trench were completed, the Jews were so enclosed on every side that no person could escape out of the city, and no provision could be brought in, so that they were reduced to the most terrible distress by the famine which ensued. The whole account is well worth the reader’s attention. See Josephus, War, book v. chap. xxii. sec. 1, 2, 3.

Luke 19:45 – Jesus the Priest cleansed the temple again, in preparation for the destruction of Jerusalem. Joel McDurmon has a long post on why Jesus cleansed the temple twice.

Jesus [is] fulfilling the role of the High Priest visiting and inspecting the touch of affliction/corruption in the house. This is described in Leviticus 14:33–53. It accounts for the multiple visitations and the repeated act of removing the corruption, then finally pronouncing the house (temple) unclean and decreeing the total destruction of the house.

Psalm 88:1 – What to do when in despair facing destruction? Call out to the Lord daily! (Psalm 88:9).

Proverbs 13:14 – What chapter of the Bible does this sound like? Perhaps Psalm 119?

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