Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 22 - Joshua 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 16. 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?)

  • This chapter details the land that is allotted to Ephraim and Manasseh, groups of people who descended from a guy named Joseph. Joseph's story is told in the book of Genesis. (You can read more about him in the book of Genesis, starting with chapter 41).
  • The width of these lands spanned from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.
  • Verse 10 tells us that part of the land was already occupied by another group of people, the Canaanites. The Canaanites were allowed to keep this area as Ephraim and Manasseh built around them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • It can feel tedious to read through all of these geographical assignments, but one of the cool things about the Bible is how specific it is with historical details and evidence.
  • Because of this, we should feel free to examine claims the Bible makes. It's not a made-up book or a book with fairy tales. This is especially important when it comes to the life and death and resurrection of Jesus, which are well documented.

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

  • How familiar are you with the evidence for why we believe what we believe? You don't have to be a scholar, but the more you know, the more it can bolster your faith.
  • If you want to become better versed in some of this supporting evidence, you could check out a series we did at Verve called Verdict. You can also find resources on our web site's "Exploring Faith" page.