April Bible Reading 2016
“Deuteronomy 5 repeats the 10 Commandments; chapter 6 sums them up in one verse (vs. 5). The key to obedience is to have them in the heart (vs. 6).
In a day when men’s hearts are failing them for fear (Luke 21:26), take the advice of the psalmist (Psalm 56:3, 11).”
“The reason for God’s love for us lies not in our greatness but in His graciousness (Deuteronomy 7:7).
Deuteronomy 8 is an outline of American history: brought into a good land (verses 7-9); wealth and fullness (verses 10-13); claim that we did it all ourselves (verses 14-18); perishing like all others lands that did the same thing (verses 19-20).”
“God gave His children the land; they still had to go in and possess it (Deuteronomy 10:11). God’s gifts are all around for those who will reach out for them.
Many could believe that John the Baptist, Elijah, or another prophet had risen from the dead (Luke 9:19). But when Jesus really did rise, many of the same people wouldn’t consider it possibile that He had.”
“It’s claimed than man’s pollution has caused weather extremes in the last few years. Could it instead be the same things that caused weather problems in Israel—spiritual pollution (Deuteronomy 11:13-17)?
We may say, “”There is a reward for the righteous”” (Psalm 58:11), because God said it (Revelation 22:12)”
“The test of a prophet is theology, not theatrics (Deuteronomy 13:1-3). Pay most attention to what he says about God.
Vain or valiant–it all depends on whether you are trusting in man or trusting in God (Psalm 60:11-12).”
“God describes the leader He will bless an obedient nation with (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). If only one of the parties would offer such a candidate!
When you are overwhelmed (Psalm 61:2), you need a bigger rock for shelter. God will shelter you in His tabernacle (verses 3-4).”
“There was only one Prophet like Jehovah (Deuteronomy 18:15-18). He spoke Words of Life (John 6:63), until they put Him to death. Of all who reject Him will it be required (Deuteronomy 18:1 9).
It is said of man that power corrupts. In God is that rare combination of power and mercy (Psalm 11-12). He wants to help and is well able to.”
” The fathers were to take a sinful son outside the city and put him to death to put away evil (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). There’s no record of a father who wanted to put evil away so much he would put his son to death. Only in the New Testament did a Father have His Son executed to put away evil, and He had the only Son who never deserved it. He bore the curse of hanging on a tree (verses 22-23; Galatians 3:13).
“The Bible’s enemies have slanderously said that it approves of slavery. Clearly this is not so (Deuteronomy 24:7). There was a distinction made between slaves and servants, and servants were to be well treated (verse 14).
What this thirsty land needs more than anything else is a glimpse of God’s power and glory (Psalm. 63:1-2).”
“God’s people are obligated to obey what He commands (Deut. 27:9-10). And it’s not a cafeteria from which we choose ones we like (verse 1).
When Jesus will visit a place, He sends messengers ahead (Luke 10:1). Introduce Him to those in the place where He sent you. He’s coming.
The evil say, “”Who shall see us?”” (Psalm 64:5). God answers, “”Be sure your sin will find you out”” (Numbers 32:23).”
“For obeying the Lord, Israel would be blessed in their families (Deut. 28:4), in their business (verses 4-5), in their society (verse 6), in their politics and military (verse 7), and spiritually (verse 9).
But it took Him four times as long to describe the curse if they disobeyed. Maybe there’s a reason it sometimes seems like most of the preaching is negative.”
“God knows “”secrets”” that we don’t know (Deut. 29:29), but what He revealed much in the Bible, we are responsible to know and do.
Although no one ever preached like Jesus (John 7:46), the disciples didn’t say, “”Teach us to preach.”” But when they heard Him pray, their immediate response was, “”Teach us to pray”” (Luke 11:1). Imagine hearing Him pray!”
“God left us no excuse for not knowing what His will is and doing it (Deuteronomy 30:11-14). His Word is available; use it.
When God’s people have gone through the fire and the water of this world, they will be brought to a place far wealthier than anything imagined by the psalmist (Psalm 66:12).”
“One mark of a wise person is that he considers his latter end (Deuteronomy 32:29). If there’s a place where you want to end up, pay good attention to the way you are taking.
In any age, those will be the happiest who have been saved by the Lord (Deuteronomy 33:29).”
“Moses may not have been showing signs of his age (Deuteronomy 34:7), but he looked even better about 1,500 years later (Luke 9:28-31).
Anticipation of the Lord’s return is blessed; be patient even until the second or third watch (Luke 12:35-38). He is coming; He promised!
God’s people are loaden down, but with benefits instead of burdens (Psalm 68:19)—and one benefit is His help with carrying burdens.”
“The Bible is no book of theory; the reason for meditating on it is so we will know what to and succeed in doing it (Joshua 1:8).
Jericho knew about the old victory over Pharaoh, but also about the recent victory over Sihon and Og (Joshua 2:10). Don’t lean on old victories; have some new ones as a testimony to God.
God is always ready to do a wonder among the sanctified (Joshua 3:5).”
“When God placed Israel in a desert which was not conducive for growing crops, He sent manna. When they were placed in a fertile land, they were expected to grow food themselves, as God had told Adam (Joshua 5:11-12; Genesis 3:19). Work was ordained to meet our needs.”
“God had promised Israel the land, but they fled before Ai (Joshua 7:5). When it seems that God is not keeping His promise, be sure that the reason lies in you, not in Him (verse 11). “”There hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant”” (I Kings 8:56).
“Modernists try to compare Israel’s conquest of Canaan to modern genocides. But this was not genocide; it was judgment. God personally brought about the death of more Canaanites than did Joshua’s army (Joshua 10:11). He even prolonged a day so the job could be completed. Clearly this battle was the Lord’s (Joshua 11:20). We do not see anything like this in today’s events.”
“Most of the Anakims (giants) were destroyed. Could it hurt if a few remained (Joshua 11:21-22)? A giant from Gath would cause Israel much trouble later (I Samuel 17:4). Don’t fail to deal with any sin in your life.
Sometimes dealing with the needs of people interrupts our religious routine (Luke 13:10-14). Those who get indignant about that ought to be ashamed (verse 17).”
“Joshua had led well, but his time was up, and there was still much to do (Joshua 13:1). God intended for the work to go forward (verse 2). Our ancestors in the faith accomplished much, but God expects us to carry on in their absence.
If one is zealous for the Lord, the reproaches of those who hate God will fall upon him (Psalm 69:9). Take comfort; God knows all about it (vs. 19).”
“Achsah asked her father for springs, and he gave her more than she had asked for (Joshua 15:19). Our Father is no less generous: “”Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things”” (Jeremiah 33:3). Pray!
You can exalt yourself, but it is only temporary. It is much better to let God give a promotion that will last forever (Luke 14:11).”
“Joseph’s tribes complained that they had received too little space for so many people. Joshua’s advice was to go conquer more (Josh. 17:14-18). It worked for Dan (19:47). A harvest is better than a handout.
Some came to hear what Jesus said; some same to complain about who He was saying it to (Luke 15:1-2). Who do you suppose got the most from the sermon that day?”
“The cities of refuge were divided with one in the north, one in the central area, and one in the south on either side of Jordan (Judges 20:7-8). God wants His refuge easily reached by all who seek shelter.
Faithfulness is determined by character on the inside, not by the size of the job on the outside (Luke 16:10-12). A faithful one will be faithful.
We might retire from a job but never from serving the Lord (Ps. 71:18).”
“The Levites were to teach the Word of God, so they were scattered throughout the tribes (Joshua 21:2-3), and all the cities of refuge were theirs. What better refuge than the Word of God?
Don’t limit your forgiving; God doesn’t—but it takes faith (Luke 17:4-5).
Oh, to have a ruler who can pray like David did (Psalm 72:20). His son was to rule in righteousness (vs. 2) , picturing the future Son of David.”
“Israel was rightly prepared to fight against the arising of apostasy among their people (Joshua 22:12). But they also rightly sent to find out the facts of the case before acting (verses 13-14). How many fights take place unnecessarily because of misunderstandings?
Maybe you can’t do something alone, but God can do it (Luke 18:27). So surely you could do it working with God.”
“No one was able to stand before the army of Israel (Joshua 23:9). Nor can the gates of Hell prevail against the church (Matthew 16:18). But both victories depended on obeying God. In disobedience we can lose.
Envying the wicked is a slippery slope (Psalm 73:2-3). Before getting on it, consider where it ends (verses 17-19). We have a good life here and a better life awaiting us (verse 24).”
“Failure to completely obey God led to a regression—Canaanites were in Israel’s land (Judges 1:29); then Israel was in the Canaanites’ land (verse 32), then the Canaanites wouldn’t let them among them (verse 34). When we let the world dwell among us, it gradually takes over.
The Lord having need of something is reason enough for us to let go of it (Luke 19:31)—no other explanation needed.”
“Israel served Mesopotamia for 8 years (Judges 3:8); they served Moab for 18 years (verse 14); they served Canaan for 20 years (4:2-3). Every servitude was longer and to a nation closer to them. Every rebellion brought a harder bondage. The time to get victory over sin is before it gets a firm hold. Each time you give in to it, it gets more difficult to be free.
“God avenged His people—when they willingly offered themselves (Judges 5:2). They had an example set by their leaders (verse 9). The fact that some didn’t join the battle did not stop them from fighting (verses 16-17).
The poorest and smallest can be used of God to bring deliverance if God is with him (6:15-16). He has even chosen to use such (I Cor. 1:27).”
Notations and thoughts by Terry Frala