Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 11 - Joshua 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 4. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • In this chapter, God commands Joshua to have his people build two stone memorials.  The first memorial will be at their current camp just off of the Jordan River (verse 8).  The second memorial will be at their second camp in Gilgal (verse 19).  
  • The purpose of the first memorial is for Israel’s descendants to know the miraculous way God helped the people cross the river.  (verses 6-7).
  • The purpose of the second memorial was for people to realize the power of God and to fear and respect His power (verse 24).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • It can be easy to forget the things God has done for us. When we forget, we can find ourselves living like there is no God, worrying and living in fear.
  • It’s not just that we need to remember what God has done, if we have kids, the single most important responsibility for every Christian parent is to help their kids know of God and His greatness, and to pass on their faith to their children (see Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Proverbs 22:6; and Ephesians 6:4). 
  • It’s also our primary responsibility as Christians is to make Jesus known (see Matthew 28:18-20).  The point of our lives is to point to God (see 1 Peter 2:12).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • The Israelites built memorials. What can you do to help you not forget what God has done for you?
  • How are you actively passing on your faith to your children?
  • How are you making Jesus famous at your work, school, neighborhood, and community?