Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 79

The scriptures read are Joshua 4-6, Psalm 66 and Luke 24.

Joshua 4. Every tribe is to grab a rock from the river bed of the Jordan as the priests stand in the middle, keeping the water away. Then they pile the rocks in one place as a memorial to the event. I bet some kids grabbed rocks as they crossed the Red Sea. I would. What a great souvenir!

Joshua 5. First things first: gotta circumcise the new generation of Israelites. Ouch! Then they celebrate their first Passover in the Promised Land, using the produce of their new country. God turns off the manna.

The commander of the Lord's army (an angel?) appears to Joshua as a man with a drawn sword. Cool.

Joshua 6. Joshua fit the battle of Jericho and the walls come a-tumblin' down. And no one is to take the least bit of plunder. This is a holy war. The spoils go to God. So everything in the city is killed and the whole place is burned. Except Rahab and her family. They are alive and well in Israel to this day, we are told.

Psalm 66. A song of thanksgiving to God. With a reference to the Israelites crossing the Jordan on dry land!  

Luke 24. The tomb is empty. No one believes the women about the angels. Two disciples on the road to Emmaus are schooled by Jesus but don't realize it's him until he blesses and breaks the bread. Then deja vu! Then no vu.

Jesus appears to the disciples but they are too freaked out to believe it's him until he eats some fish.

Jesus ascends and the disciples depart in joy. With a mission. And orders to sit tight until they receive power from on high. To be continued in Acts.

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