Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 17 - Joshua 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 5. 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?)

  • For generations, the sign of the Israelites being God’s people was that they circumcised their male babies. But this current generation of Israelite men had not been circumcised. Joshua has this situation righted (verses 2-9).
  • In verses 10-12, the troops stop to remember God’s goodness by eating Passover meal.  This was a meal designed to help the Israelites remember how God had saved them (and, specifically, their firstborn sons) when they were in slavery in Egypt.
  • On the way to Jericho, Joshua encounters God’s actual presence.  God shows up to remind Joshua and his army that they are not fighting alone (verses 13-15).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • For years the Israelites hadn’t been doing what they had committed to God they would do. It’s easy for entire generations to lose their focus on God.
  • The Passover was a meal designed to help people remember how God had saved them. Similarly, communion is a meal we have been given to help us remember how God saved us.
  • We can have great confidence and courage in this life because God’s presence is always with us (see Psalm 23:4).

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

  • Take some time to thank God for sending Jesus to die for you.  Because of His sacrifice, we are more than conquerors.  Reflect on Romans 8:31-39 this week. And think about how you approach communion.  Do you take the time to really reflect on and thank Jesus for His sacrifice for you?
  • How has God’s presence helped you overcome obstacles and difficulties? How could it give you courage to face your future?