Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 18 - Joshua 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 6. 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?)

  • God has the Israelites ready to finally move into Jericho, as they get to the end of their long journey to the Promised Land.
  • Rather than trying to knock down the wall that surrounded Jericho with their physical strength, God instructs the Israelites to march around it quietly, and then finally to shout with victory. At their shout, the walls would miraculously fall down. That is what the Israelites do, and that is exactly what happened.
  • The Israelites take the city of Jericho, but, as they promised, spare Rahab, the prostitute who helped them back when they were spying on the land (verses 23 and 25).
  • It was clear that the victory came because the Lord was with them (verse 27).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Why did God have the Israelites march quietly around the wall instead of forcefully attempting to knock it down? Probably so it would be absolutely clear that it was God’s power, not the power of the Israelites, that accomplished this feat.  God’s power is greater than our power, so relying on it is wise.  And when God gives victory rather than people just doing it themselves, God gets the glory, as it should be.
  • We see the Israelites celebrate their victory.  Similarly, Christians are playing for a winning team.  Jesus has overcome the world (see John 16:33).  At the end of this life, Jesus overcomes all that is evil (see Revelation 17:14).  Because of this victory, we can walk confidently in life.

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

  • In the things you have to do (job, marriage, parenting, etc.) and the challenges you face (overcoming bad habits, getting out of debt, etc.), what would it look like for you to rely on God’s power rather than only on your own?
  • How has being on a winning team given you greater confidence in your life?  How should it?