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Friday, April 21


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Joshua 22:21-23:16

21Then the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh answered and spoke to the heads of the families of Israel.22“The Mighty One, God, the LORD, the Mighty One, God, the LORD! He knows, and may Israel itself know. If it was in rebellion, or if in an unfaithful act against the LORD do not save us this day!23“If we have built us an altar to turn away from following the LORD, or if to offer a burnt offering or grain offering on it, or if to offer sacrifices of peace offerings on it, may the LORD Himself require it.24“But truly we have done this out of concern, for a reason, saying, ‘In time to come your sons may say to our sons, “What have you to do with the LORD, the God of Israel?25“For the LORD has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you sons of Reuben and sons of Gad; you have no portion in the LORD.” So your sons may make our sons stop fearing the LORD.’

26“Therefore we said, ‘Let us build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice;27rather it shall be a witness between us and you and between our generations after us, that we are to perform the service of the LORD before Him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, so that your sons will not say to our sons in time to come, “You have no portion in the LORD.”’28“Therefore we said, ‘It shall also come about if they say this to us or to our generations in time to come, then we shall say, “See the copy of the altar of the LORD which our fathers made, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; rather it is a witness between us and you.”’29“Far be it from us that we should rebel against the LORD and turn away from following the LORD this day, by building an altar for burnt offering, for grain offering or for sacrifice, besides the altar of the LORD our God which is before His tabernacle.”

30So when Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the congregation, even the heads of the families of Israel who were with him, heard the words which the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the sons of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them.31And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is in our midst, because you have not committed this unfaithful act against the LORD; now you have delivered the sons of Israel from the hand of the LORD.”

32Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest and the leaders returned from the sons of Reuben and from the sons of Gad, from the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the sons of Israel, and brought back word to them.33The word pleased the sons of Israel, and the sons of Israel blessed God; and they did not speak of going up against them in war to destroy the land in which the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad were living.34The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad called the altar Witness; “For,” they said, “it is a witness between us that the LORD is God.”

Joshua’s Farewell Address

1Now it came about after many days, when the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies on every side, and Joshua was old, advanced in years,2that Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders and their heads and their judges and their officers, and said to them, “I am old, advanced in years.3“And you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the LORD your God is He who has been fighting for you.4“See, I have apportioned to you these nations which remain as an inheritance for your tribes, with all the nations which I have cut off, from the Jordan even to the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun.5“The LORD your God, He will thrust them out from before you and drive them from before you; and you will possess their land, just as the LORD your God promised you.6“Be very firm, then, to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left,7so that you will not associate with these nations, these which remain among you, or mention the name of their gods, or make anyone swear by them, or serve them, or bow down to them.8“But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.9“For the LORD has driven out great and strong nations from before you; and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.10“One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.11“So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God.12“For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you,13know with certainty that the LORD your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you.

14“Now behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the LORD your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed.15“It shall come about that just as all the good words which the LORD your God spoke to you have come upon you, so the LORD will bring upon you all the threats, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you.16“When you transgress the covenant of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, then the anger of the LORD will burn against you, and you will perish quickly from off the good land which He has given you.”

Luke 20:27-47

27Now there came to Him some of the Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection),28and they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that IF A MANS BROTHER DIES, having a wife, AND HE IS CHILDLESS, HIS BROTHER SHOULDMARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP CHILDREN TO HIS BROTHER.29“Now there were seven brothers; and the first took a wife and died childless;30and the second31and the third married her; and in the same way all seven died, leaving no children.32“Finally the woman died also.33“In the resurrection therefore, which one’s wife will she be? For all seven had married her.”

34Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,35but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;36for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.37“But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB.38“Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.”39Some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.”40For they did not have courage to question Him any longer about anything.

41Then He said to them, “How is it that they say the Christ is David’s son?42“For David himself says in the book of Psalms,

‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,

“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,

43UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET.”’

44“Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord,’ and how is He his son?”

45And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples,46“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,47who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

Psalm 89:14-37

14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;

Lovingkindness and truth go before You.

15How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!

O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

16In Your name they rejoice all the day,

And by Your righteousness they are exalted.

17For You are the glory of their strength,

And by Your favor our horn is exalted.

18For our shield belongs to the LORD,

And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19Once You spoke in vision to Your godly ones,

And said, “I have given help to one who is mighty;

I have exalted one chosen from the people.

20“I have found David My servant;

With My holy oil I have anointed him,

21With whom My hand will be established;

My arm also will strengthen him.

22“The enemy will not deceive him,

Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

23“But I shall crush his adversaries before him,

And strike those who hate him.

24“My faithfulness and My lovingkindness will be with him,

And in My name his horn will be exalted.

25“I shall also set his hand on the sea

And his right hand on the rivers.

26“He will cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,

My God, and the rock of my salvation.’

27“I also shall make him My firstborn,

The highest of the kings of the earth.

28“My lovingkindness I will keep for him forever,

And My covenant shall be confirmed to him.

29“So I will establish his descendants forever

And his throne as the days of heaven.

30“If his sons forsake My law

And do not walk in My judgments,

31If they violate My statutes

And do not keep My commandments,

32Then I will punish their transgression with the rod

And their iniquity with stripes.

33“But I will not break off My lovingkindness from him,

Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.

34“My covenant I will not violate,

Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.

35“Once I have sworn by My holiness;

I will not lie to David.

36“His descendants shall endure forever

And his throne as the sun before Me.

37“It shall be established forever like the moon,

And the witness in the sky is faithful.”

Selah.

Proverbs 13:17-19

17A wicked messenger falls into adversity,

But a faithful envoy brings healing.

18Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline,

But he who regards reproof will be honored.

19Desire realized is sweet to the soul,

But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.