Week 19: January 18-23
GodSpeak readings for each day are listed below. Click the link to read the section and/or listen online. A discussion question is listed below for you to use in your GodSpeak group session or for discussion with others who are reading along.
Monday, Jan 18 Joshua 8-9 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
1. Joshua 8:34 records that Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses just as they are written in the Book of the Law. All of God’s Word points us to Jesus our Savior. Relate the saving work of Jesus to the blessings and curses written in the Book of the Law. See 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Galatians 4:4.
Tuesday, Jan 19 Joshua 10 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
2. God’s willingness to act effectively to help and save His people is evidenced vividly in Joshua 10:11–14. In what two ways did God use the forces of nature to fight for His people? What does Jesus’ command over the wind & the waves reveal to us about Him (Luke 8:22–25)?
Wednesday, Jan 20 Joshua 11-12 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
3. Joshua 11 and 12 records how God gave the Promised Land to His people as an inheritance (Joshua 23). For God’s people of today, the Promised Land provides a picture of heaven. Even now those who trust in Jesus as their Savior live as citizens of heaven. See Philippians 3:20–21. What does it mean to you that —even now—you are a citizen of heaven? How does this impact your “resident alien” status while on this earth?
Thursday, Jan 21 Joshua 13-15 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
4. In Joshua 13–15 we read about Joshua and his friend Caleb, now elderly gentlemen (Joshua was between 90 and 100 and Caleb was 85). These verses remind us that God still had work for both to do (Joshua 13:1 and 14:10–12). Reflect on Caleb’s words (14:10–12) as you think about God how is or might he be at work in your life during your advanced years.
Friday, Jan 22 Joshua 16-17 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
5. In Joshua 17:17–18, Joshua urges on the people of Ephraim and Manasseh. To what source of power and strength does Joshua not refer? Why do God’s people not need to concern themselves with the iron chariots they faced? See Matthew 6:25–35. What formidable opposition needlessly concerns you?
Saturday, Jan 23 Joshua 18-19 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
6. Consider Joshua 18:7. How did the tribe of Levi differ from the rest of the tribes with regard to the inheritance they received? Relate the inheritance of the tribe of Levi to those serving God in church work careers today. See also Numbers 18:20.
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