4/21/2018 DAB Transcript

Joshua 22:21-23:16; Luke 20:27-47; Psalm 89:14-37; Proverbs 13:17-19

Today is the 21st day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is fantastic to be here with you today as we prepare to close down another week. And this is obviously 21 days into the month of April. So three weeks into this month. And we’re well on our way. And we are well on our way in the book of Joshua, which is where we’re spending our Old Testament time right now. We will be concluding the book of Joshua here. Not today, but in a couple of days. And we kind of left ourselves with a cliffhanger yesterday. Potential civil war among the different tribes of Israel as the two and a half tribes began to migrate back across the Jordan River to the land that they had inherited. They built a large altar which has everyone up in arms so we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week, which is today. Joshua chapter 22 verse 21 through 23 verse 16.

Prayer
Father, we thank you for your word. And we thank you that you have brought us through another complete week as we take this journey 52 weeks long, 365 days. The adventure of a lifetime that transforms us from the inside out and changes our lives. We thank you for this journey that we are on. And we ask that your Holy Spirit plant in our lives what we’ve heard, not only today but what we’ve heard this week. Allow our hearts to be good soil as we surrender to you. May the fruit of the Spirit grow within us a hundredfold. We ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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And that’s it for today and that’s it for this week. I’m Brian. I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community praise and prayer requests

Hi.  This is Vicious Soldier. I was just calling to pray for some of the Dabbers.  I wanted to say hi to Pastor Gene. It was so good to hear your prayer and I’m praying with you on Sharon and Asia and Micah and those that you prayed for. I also want to pray for Rebecca on the heart and I want to pray for the anonymous sister who was speaking about her husband being arrogant. Don’t let the enemy take away your joy. You gotta pray from… The Bible says a sanctified woman sanctifies her husband. Sometimes they don’t even know that they’re being arrogant and the enemy don’t want you to make it past that twenty years. Hang in there my sister. I pray with you that God changes the heart of your husband and that he sees that he needs the Lord and to let the Lord have his way and that the arrogance will go away. Gracious father, we just praise you today. We magnify you, we glorify you. Lord, for my sisters that are going through or having the challenge. Those are my Dabber’s friends and my Dabber’s family. Lord, you have your way in the name of Jesus. Lord, you heal those who are going through depression. The one that said she was ready to give up. Oh Lord, tell her to hold on a little bit longer. That when we feel that we’re weak, that God, that’s when God is strong because he’s carrying us. Lord, you touch people. Lord, you strengthen her. Let the floodgates of heaven open and touch them. And bless ‘em Lord in a mighty and special way. Give them the desires of their heart and let them keep their trust in you. You said you wouldn’t hold any good thing from anyone that loves you. Lord, you know the healing of the ones that are going through depression. You know the ones that are having heart problems. You know the ones that are having challenges in their marriages. Lord, you come in the midst, father. You are able to do exceedingly. You are still the same God yesterday today and tomorrow no matter how the world change. You are still…

Hi DAB family. It’s James here from the UK and haven’t rung in for a while. And was touched on today’s DAB podcast. There was a lady that rang in…on the 16th I think it was. And she was just talking about.  She was just being really honest.  I mean, you know, it just really struck me that sometimes we kind of hide behind our prayers and she was just really all out there being really real about stuff. And I just, I just really connect with that prayer. I could really connect with that request. And I could just really sense exhaustion really. And she was really struggling to try and fan the flames of the relationship she had with her husband and she felt a real sense of continual arrogance from her husband. You know, I can imagine that that would be really really tough for many many years. And my wife and I have been together for sixteen years now. Got three kids. There are days when things are just difficult. And my wife’s…. She really is. But we’re so different in terms of people types and character types. We see the world in very different ways sometimes. So we do need prayer for our relationships, for our marriages and I pray for you. I know you didn’t leave your name, but I’m just gonna lift you up to the Lord. Father God, we just ask that you would please continue to break the chains that bind us in our marriages. To give us that ability to speak openly and assuredly with a grounded center in you, Father God, with our spouses. We just want the courage to have those conversations and move into situations where we know there could be conflict. Holy spirit, we bring you into that moment and we ask Father God…

Hello family. This is Teresa from Florida. I want to thank God again for you guys. You have saved my life. The last six months or so I’ve been going through a lot. Anyway, it’s over now. My husband told me today on Tuesday the 18th, 17th of the month. Anyway, he told me that it’s over. That he’s done trying. He’s going to be with the other woman. He’s trying to be very admirable about this. Trying to make sure that I don’t struggle too much financially during this transition so I can find a new place to live. I don’t even know, I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried so hard, I’ve worked so hard. I’ve prayed so much and you guys have prayed with me and I know I’m gonna be fine. I thank God for that and I thank God for this family and for the realization that I’m gonna be fine. And I need your prayers. I need your prayers for strength, for patience, for not doing what my carnal…

Good morning Daily Audio Bible This is Mic from Rhode Island. And I just listened to the April 16th podcast. Oh my. I wanted to call in and say thank you to Ezekiel for his important message. That wonderful message at the end of the podcast when Brian you let him sit in your lap and talk for a little bit. What a cute little guy he must be. But his message, and your message Brian to, about trust. Trusting Jesus. And that’s exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you Ezekiel. I’ve been on this roller coaster of worry and frustration, exasperation about taxes and my healthcare.  You know, things that everybody I’m sure fears. But I’ve gotta just step back and trust in Jesus trust in God. Because, you know, I got up this morning and the sun is still shining. It’s a brand new day.  As Brian says, a shiny new day.  And I don’t know, just hearing the voice of a child, hearing Ezekiel speak this morning really really rang true with me, so thank you, thank you,  thank you, thank you Ezekiel And I hope you guys all have a great day and I love you all. Okay. Bye.

Hi Daily Audio Bible community. I just want to say first of all this is my first time calling in. This is Susan from Texas and I appreciate all of you and your prayers. I love Brian and Jill and all that they do for this wonderful community. So thank you for that. My prayers concern that I’m calling it about actually is for my son. He is a teenager and we have recently found some disturbing things on his phone. We are trying to process that, work through it, walk him through it and get him on the path to making Godly choices. Thinking about his future, not getting caught up in the things of this world tries to sabotage him with. I would just appreciate prayers for him. His name is Christopher. And I just thank you all for your prayers and concern. I wish you a blessed week. Thanks.

This is Anne from Charlotte, North Carolina and I just heard the prayers of (inaudible) from North Carolina. And I’m receiving that prayer for myself. And I thank you calling and praying it. And I don’t even know what to say, but I’m just really struggling. I struggle everyday with grief and missing my children who hate me. The last several days I’ve been volunteering for a pro-life group. The center for Bio ethical reform on the UNCC campus and I got to share the gospel with people, with students, as well as the message of the value of life and I’m sure that’s why I’m under extra attack because I just I don’t value, I don’t think I value my own life. I used to be a top sales person nationally and now I. can’t sell anything to anyone and I don’t know what to do with my life and I’m so embarrassed to be calling in and doing this. But thank you for the prayer and I’m real thankful for Daily Audio Bible. It’s one of the things that keeps me going every single day. Thank you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday April 21, 2018 (NIV)

Joshua 22:21-23:16

21 The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh answered:

22 The Lord is the greatest God! We ask him to be our witness, because he knows whether or not we were rebellious or unfaithful when we built that altar. If we were unfaithful, then we pray that God won’t rescue us today. Let us tell you why we built that altar, 23 and we ask the Lord to punish us if we are lying. We didn’t build it so we could turn our backs on the Lord. We didn’t even build it so we could offer animal or grain sacrifices to please the Lord or ask his blessing.

24-25 We built that altar because we were worried. Someday your descendants might tell our descendants, “The Lord made the Jordan River the boundary between us Israelites and you people of Reuben and Gad. The Lord is Israel’s God, but you’re not part of Israel, so you can’t take part in worshiping the Lord.”

Your descendants might say that and try to make our descendants stop worshiping and obeying the Lord. 26 That’s why we decided to build the altar. It isn’t for offering sacrifices, not even sacrifices to please the Lord.[a] 27-29 To build another altar for offering sacrifices would be the same as turning our backs on the Lord and rebelling against him. We could never do that! No, we built the altar to remind us and you and the generations to come that we will worship the Lord. And so we will keep bringing our sacrifices to the Lord’s altar, there in front of his sacred tent. Now your descendants will never be able to say to our descendants, “You can’t worship the Lord.”

But if they do say this, our descendants can answer back, “Look at this altar our ancestors built! It’s like the Lord’s altar, but it isn’t for offering sacrifices. It’s here to remind us and you that we belong to the Lord, just as much as you do.”

30-31 Phinehas and the clan leaders were pleased when they heard the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh explain why they had built the altar. Then Phinehas told them, “Today we know that the Lord is helping us. You have not been unfaithful to him, and this means that the Lord will not be angry with us.”

32 Phinehas and the clan leaders left Gilead and went back to Canaan to tell the Israelites about their meeting with the Reuben and Gad tribes. 33 The Israelites were happy and praised God. There was no more talk about going to war and wiping out the tribes of Reuben and Gad.

34 The people of Reuben and Gad named the altar “A Reminder to Us All That the Lord Is Our God.”[b]

Joshua’s Farewell Speech

23 The Lord let Israel live in peace with its neighbors for a long time, and Joshua lived to a ripe old age. One day he called a meeting of the leaders of the tribes of Israel, including the old men, the judges, and the officials. Then he told them:

I am now very old. You have seen how the Lord your God fought for you and helped you defeat the nations who lived in this land. 4-5 There are still some nations left, but the Lord has promised you their land. So when you attack them, he will make them run away. I have already divided their land among your tribes, as I did with the land of the nations I defeated between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Be sure that you carefully obey everything written in The Book of the Law[c] of Moses and do exactly what it says.

Don’t have anything to do with the nations that live around you. Don’t worship their gods or pray to their idols or make promises in the names of their gods. Be as faithful to the Lord as you have always been.

When you attacked powerful nations, the Lord made them run away, and no one has ever been able to stand up to you. 10 Any one of you can defeat a thousand enemy soldiers, because the Lord God fights for you, just as he promised. 11 Be sure to always love the Lord your God. 12-13 Don’t ever turn your backs on him by marrying people from the nations that are left in the land. Don’t even make friends with them. I tell you that if you are friendly with those nations, the Lord won’t chase them away when you attack. Instead, they’ll be like a trap for your feet, a whip on your back, and thorns in your eyes. And finally, none of you will be left in this good land that the Lord has given you.

14 I will soon die, as everyone must. But deep in your hearts you know that the Lord has kept every promise he ever made to you. Not one of them has been broken. 15-16 Yes, when the Lord makes a promise, he does what he has promised. But when he makes a threat, he will also do what he has threatened. The Lord is our God. He gave us this wonderful land and made an agreement with us that we would worship only him. But if you worship other gods, it will make the Lord furious. He will start getting rid of you, and soon not one of you will be left in this good land that he has given you.

Footnotes:

  1. 22.26 sacrifices to please the Lord: See the note at 8.30-32.
  2. 22.34 named. . . God: Or “gave a name to the altar. They explained, <This altar is here to remind us all that the Lord is our God> “; most Hebrew manuscripts. A few Hebrew manuscripts and one ancient translation “named the altar <Reminder.’ They explained, <This altar is here to remind us all that the Lord is our God.’ “
  3. 23.6 Law: See the note at 8.30-32.

Luke 20:27-47

Life in the Future World

27 The Sadducees did not believe that people would rise to life after death. So some of them came to Jesus 28 and said:

Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and has no children, his brother should marry the widow. Their first son would then be thought of as the son of the dead brother.

29 There were once seven brothers. The first one married, but died without having any children. 30 The second one married his brother’s widow, and he also died without having any children. 31 The same thing happened to the third one. Finally, all seven brothers married that woman and died without having any children. 32 At last the woman died. 33 When God raises people from death, whose wife will this woman be? All seven brothers had married her.

34 Jesus answered:

The people in this world get married. 35 But in the future world no one who is worthy to rise from death will either marry 36 or die. They will be like the angels and will be God’s children, because they have been raised to life.

37 In the story about the burning bush, Moses clearly shows that people will live again. He said, “The Lord is the God worshiped by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”[a] 38 So the Lord isn’t the God of the dead, but of the living. This means that everyone is alive as far as God is concerned.

39 Some of the teachers of the Law of Moses said, “Teacher, you have given a good answer!” 40 From then on, no one dared to ask Jesus any questions.

About David’s Son

41 Jesus asked, “Why do people say that the Messiah will be the son of King David?[b] 42 In the book of Psalms, David himself says,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right side[c]
43 until I make your enemies
into a footstool for you.’

44 David spoke of the Messiah as his Lord, so how can the Messiah be his son?”

Jesus and the Teachers of the Law of Moses

45 While everyone was listening to Jesus, he said to his disciples:

46 Guard against the teachers of the Law of Moses! They love to walk around in long robes, and they like to be greeted in the market. They want the front seats in the meeting places and the best seats at banquets. 47 But they cheat widows out of their homes and then pray long prayers just to show off. These teachers will be punished most of all.

Footnotes:

  1. 20.37 “The Lord is the God worshiped by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” : Jesus argues that if God is worshiped by these three, they must be alive, because he is the God of the living.
  2. 20.41 the son of King David: See the note at 18.38.
  3. 20.42 right side: The place of power and honor.

Psalm 89:14-37

14 Your kingdom is ruled
by justice and fairness
with love and faithfulness
leading the way.

15 Our Lord, you bless those
who join in the festival
and walk in the brightness
of your presence.
16 We are happy all day
because of you,
and your saving power
brings honor to us.
17 Your own glorious power
makes us strong,
and because of your kindness,
our strength increases.
18 Our Lord and our King,
the Holy One of Israel,
you are truly our shield.

19 In a vision, you once said
to your faithful followers:
“I have helped a mighty hero.
I chose him from my people
and made him famous.
20 David, my servant, is the one
I chose to be king,
21 and I will always be there
to help and strengthen him.

22 “No enemy will outsmart David,
and he won’t be defeated
by any hateful people.
23 I will strike down and crush
his troublesome enemies.
24 He will always be able
to depend on my love,
and I will make him strong
with my own power.
25 I will let him rule the lands
across the rivers and seas.
26 He will say to me,
‘You are my Father
and my God,
as well as the mighty rock[a]
where I am safe.'

27 “I have chosen David
as my first-born son,
and he will be the ruler
of all kings on earth.
28 My love for him will last,
and my agreement with him
will never be broken.

29 “One of David’s descendants
will always be king,
and his family will rule
until the sky disappears.
30 Suppose some of his children
should reject my Law
and refuse my instructions.
31 Or suppose they should disobey
all of my teachings.
32 Then I will correct
and punish them
because of their sins.
33 But I will always love David
and faithfully keep all
of my promises to him.

34 “I won’t break my agreement
or go back on my word.
35 I have sworn once and for all
by my own holy name,
and I won’t lie to David.
36 His family will always rule.
I will let his kingdom last
as long as the sun 37 and moon
appear in the sky.”

Footnotes:

  1. 89.26 mighty rock: See the note at 18.2.

Proverbs 13:17-19

17 Whoever delivers your message
can make things better
or worse for you.

18 All who refuse correction
will be poor and disgraced;
all who accept correction
will be praised.
19 It’s a good feeling
to get what you want,
but only a stupid fool
hates to turn from evil.

4/20/2018 Transcript

Joshua 21:1-22:20; Luke 20:1-26; Psalm 88:1-13; Proverbs 13:15-16

Today is the 20th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. And it is a pleasure and it is an honor to be here with you today for the next step forward through the Scriptures as we continue to navigate our way through the peaks and valleys that the Bible takes us through as well as allowing the Scriptures to speak to the peaks and valleys of our lives. So it is a pleasure and an honor to be here. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. And we’ve been navigating for a bit now through the book of Joshua, which finally took us into the promised land. And we’re rounding the corner on the book of Joshua. A few more days and we will be through it. But we’re not there yet. Today Joshua chapter 21 verse 1 through 22 verse 20.

Commentary

Okay. So in the book of Joshua, the two and a half tribes that were given land on the other side of the Jordan River back when we were on the trail with Moses before the children of Israel ever came into the promised land… They have finally been given their leave. They’ve done their duty. They’ve become rich in the process and they get to go home. And so they do. But when they get to the Jordan River, they build this huge altar, which is causing quite a stir. In fact, so much of a stir that we have… Well, we’re gonna get the precipice of civil war. And if that breaks out, that’s gonna be a nasty battle indeed. Because these two and a half tribes who are going back across the Jordan,  these are battle-tested warriors at this point. They have been at war with their brothers taking the land all along. So this breaks out, it’s not gonna be a good scene. The other tribes, of course, send representatives along with a priest to confront them and that’s where we kind of end today. Why have you done this? Why have you built this altar? Don’t you know what’s going to happen? Don’t you know that when we turn our backs on God he holds us all responsible? What is going on here?  And so the Bible gives us a little bit of a cliffhanger. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out where the story goes.

In the Gospel of Luke, people are asking Jesus similar kinds of questions. Who gives you the right to do the things that you are doing? By whose authority are you doing these things? It’s one of these moments.  And obviously the Scriptures tell us that Jesus (never) rolls his eyes or anything like that. We find moments where he’s exasperated. But it sort of seems like  one of those kinds of moments where  he’s gotta be thinking, is this a serious question?  I mean, the things that are being done are revealing the kingdom of God in this world. People are being restored So Tom didn’t give me the right to do these things. Jane didn’t give me the right to do these things. What kind of a question is this? Of course, Jesus knows what’s going on and there’s an incredible amount of envy and an incredible amount of fear around Jesus because he’s upsetting the apple car.  He’s messing with the authority lines. That wouldn’t be that big of a deal except for people are following Jesus now. And very very similar things had happened with John the Baptist. And this is starting to be a problem. Jesus, on the other hand, you know what I mean? We see so many instances where Jesus is asked a confrontational question and he answers back with a question. Or it seems like he answers the question in a way that’s like, he’s not answering that question. What Jesus is doing, and one of the things about being Christ-like that we need to observe in our own lives, is that Jesus is taking a moment to look at what’s really going on, right? These guys didn’t just come to Jesus and say, hey we were just curious, how is it that you have this kind of power? Can you share with us how it is that God has anointed you in this way? How did that happen? How did you get this authority? From a serious perspective, they’re confronting Jesus with the accusation embedded into the question. And the accusation is, God did not give you this authority, so who did? And embedded within that is a barb. You are not who you say you are. You are an impostor. You are deceiving and tricking these people through magic and we know your game. That’s sort of the insinuation there, right?  So Jesus knows they’re not coming and asking a straight up question from an honest place. So he knows that he can’t simply say my father gave me this authority. This is what I came to do. Because what good is that going to do? They’re not going to be like Oh oh oh, okay, cool. We were just wondering. Like that’s not how this is gonna go. So Jesus sees the entirety of the situation. And he responds to the truth of the situation. In this case, he asks a question that is going to reveal to the people around and to the people asking the question themselves their own heart in this matter. So he asks, who gave John the right to baptize? Was it God or was it a human being? Alright. A no win situation. They had asked Jesus a no win question. He couldn’t just say, my father gave me this authority. That wasn’t the answer they were looking for. It was a confrontation. So he flips it back around upon them and puts them in the situation they were trying to put him in. And Jesus wasn’t trying to humiliate them or embarrass them in any way. He was simply trying to pull out what was really going on. And when we realize that we have been given the spirit of the risen Christ, the mind of Christ, that if we will slow down, take a beat, invite the Holy Spirit to show us what’s really going on, we can be much more Christ like, much more like Jesus in our lives than when we just get all defensive or reactionary. How are we acting in these instances? Which brings us to the Proverbs, which invites us to consider how we’re acting. If you have good sense, the Proverb tells us, you will act sensibly, right? You will be sensible. If you have good sense the byproduct is that you will be sensible. But fools act like fools. So let’s look at the way that we act today. How do we respond in situations today? What is our reaction? What are our impulses? It will tell us a lot.

Prayer

And we invite you, Holy Spirit, into that. Cause a lot of the time we react defensively or any number of ways that may in fact be foolish because we didn’t just take a second to really try to understand the heart of the matter. And we don’t see examples of that happening in your life Jesus. And we wanna be like you in this world as your body, the living breathing body of Christ in this world. We wanna take our place in that story. And that will require that we be like you. And we can’t do that without your Holy Spirit obviously. So come Holy Spirit. Show us the ways that we’re living disconnected from you and oblivious to what is truly going on. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.


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Community prayer and praise

Hi all. I’m calling about the sister that called anonymously about her marriage. And oh dear sister. And you aren’t the only one. There are so many of us husbands and wives that no matter how long we’ve been in a relationship, we are just ready to give it up because we’ve done all we can. We’ve done all we could. We’ve tried and tried and tried again and it just weared us thin. The thing is now, dear sister, to just love him and to continue on. You still have a life to live even though you’re in a relationship. So I’m not sure where you are in your life, but he has been as he is that maybe you can grow as you are and move on on that and that will make it easier for you to accept or maybe make it easier for him to grow. I’m praying for you and all those like you, for relationships I know are so hard. In Jesus name, dear brothers and sisters.

Hey Daily Audio Bible. It’s Stanley from Maryland. Man, I just listened to the program and heard little Ezekiel talking to Brian, to the DAB community. And I know it was so, words can’t describe. I just think about my life and, you know, being a child, what that was like. And it’s just a beautiful beautiful thing to happen. So I really am appreciative about that and just remembering that God is waiting for me to.  He always has his arms open, you know?  I can always run to him. And it is true. I feel like I’ve always believed the lie that no one’s here for me. I’ve gotta figure things out all by myself. I’ve gotta do things and do it all by myself. What if… Just what an amazing amazing experience that was. I just want to thank you Brian. Thank you Ezekiel. Thank you God. And thank you community for just being here and sharing this time and these experiences together. God bless everyone. Bye.

My beautiful family. This is Pastor Gene from Bradenton Florida. God bless you. Please join me in prayer here. Father, you are such a good God and we love you so much. Plant this from our ( inaudible)  oh God  and may your Holy Spirit help us to pray. Father, I thank you for each and every one of my sisters who went to the More Gathering. Father, I know by my own experience that right after you return Satan will try to steal the seed that has been planted. I pray against that in the name of Jesus. I pray that my sisters will see clearly the ( inaudible) of the enemy and will refuse to let go of the truth and the liberation and the freedom that you’ve given them this weekend. Father, I thank you for my brother Robert from Indiana. Oh God I bless him. (inaudible sentence)
Oh God, I thank you that he is giving out what he received, Father, that led him to Christ. Thank you. Thank you for his passion. I pray with all of my heart, O God, that you will move mightily among them  and that you will do a special work in their lives.
To be continued

Hey DAB family. It’s Dr.  John from Jordan New York. Just wanted to let you know about Cinnamon and thank you for your prayers for her. She had to undergo an emergency C-section. Yes, you can do C-sections on sheep. And she came through that OK,  but we lost both of the lambs. The vet is considering it a miracle that she survived. She didn’t think she would be able to save Cinnamon. She thought she might be able to save the lambs. But they both died because her uterus is twisted. So thank you for your prayers on that. Thank you for your prayers for my mom. She has officially gone into hospice. She was doing little bit better. And now she’s very comfortable. She’s waiting to meet her Lord and savior. She can’t wait. But it’s gonna be a little bit for my dad to.. He’s getting used to this so we have to wait on him. So I think that’s the hold up and why mom’s still around. So pray for my dad that he will come to acceptance in terms of my mom dying and he’ll be prepared and have the people around that he needs. Thank you very much family. Love you very much. Buh-bye.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family. This is Teresa in Florida. It’s 10 pm on April the 16th. I’m on my way to work. My husband told me before I left to go out the door, a little before that I guess, he doesn’t love me. He doesn’t have any feelings. He loves me but he doesn’t have any feelings for me. I’ve been trying so hard. Anyway, I need some prayer. I feel guilty for even asking as I know everything anyway. I didn’t feel guilty. I know this is what I’m supposed to do. I need your prayers. Pray for my strength

Hi,  good evening everyone. This is Shondra calling from Maryland.  I was calling because I was listening to the community prayer. I believe it was from the fourteenth. And to be honest I came on just to listen and I have some things going on and I was hurt, angry, frustrated and I was still gonna listen to the community prayer. However, once I was just sitting there listening, I felt like the loads and the weights were lifted off of me. And I would encourage anyone else who may be going through something and they don’t know where to go where to turn just to listen. Just like the introduction says.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday April 20, 2018 (NIV)

Joshua 21:1-22:20

Levi’s Towns

21 1-2 While the Israelites were still camped at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, the family leaders of the Levi tribe went to speak to the priest Eleazar, Joshua, and the family leaders of the other Israelite tribes. The leaders of Levi said, “The Lord told Moses that you have to give us towns and provide pastures for our animals.”[a]

Since the Lord had said this, the leaders of the other Israelite tribes agreed to give some of the towns and pastures from their tribal lands to Levi. The leaders asked the Lord to show them[b] in what order the clans of Levi would be given towns, and which towns each clan would receive.

The Kohath clans were first. The descendants of Aaron, Israel’s first priest,[c] were given thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin. The other members of the Kohath clans received ten towns from the tribes of Ephraim, Dan, and West Manasseh. The clans that were descendants of Gershon were given thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and East Manasseh. The clans that were descendants of Merari[d] received twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.

The Lord had told Moses that he would show the Israelites which towns and pastures to give to the clans of Levi, and he did.

Towns from Judah, Simeon, Benjamin

9-19 The descendants of Aaron from the Kohath clans of Levi were priests, and they were chosen to receive towns first. They were given thirteen towns and the pastureland around them. Nine of these towns were from the tribes of Judah and Simeon and four from Benjamin.

Hebron, Libnah, Jattir, Eshtemoa, Holon, Debir, Ashan,[e] Juttah, and Beth-Shemesh were from Judah and Simeon. Hebron, located in the hill country of Judah, was earlier called Arba’s Town.[f] It had been named after Arba, the ancestor of the Anakim.[g] Hebron’s pasturelands went along with the town, but its farmlands and the villages around it had been given to Caleb.[h] Hebron was also one of the Safe Towns for people who had accidentally killed someone.

Gibeon, Geba, Anathoth, and Almon were from Benjamin.

Towns from Ephraim, Dan, West Manasseh

20-26 The rest of the Kohath clans of the Levi tribe received ten towns and the pastureland around them. Four of these towns were from the tribe of Ephraim, four from Dan, and two from West Manasseh.

Shechem, Gezer, Kibzaim, and Beth-Horon were from Ephraim. Shechem was located in the hill country, and it was also one of the Safe Towns for people who had accidentally killed someone.

Elteke, Gibbethon, Aijalon, and Gath-Rimmon were from Dan.

Taanach and Jibleam[i] were from West Manasseh.

Towns from East Manasseh, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali

27-33 The clans of Levi that were descendants of Gershon received thirteen towns and the pastureland around them. Two of these towns were from the tribe of East Manasseh, four from Issachar, four from Asher, and three from Naphtali.

Golan in Bashan and Beeshterah were from East Manasseh.

Kishion, Daberath, Jarmuth, and En-Gannim were from Issachar.

Mishal, Abdon, Helkath, and Rehob were from Asher.

Kedesh in Galilee, Hammothdor, and Kartan were from Naphtali. Golan in Bashan and Kedesh in Galilee were also Safe Towns for people who had accidentally killed someone.

Towns from Zebulun, Reuben, Gad

34-40 The rest of the Levi clans were descendants of Merari, and they received twelve towns with the pastureland around them. Four towns were from the tribe of Zebulun, four from Reuben, and four from Gad.

Jokneam, Kartah, Rimmonah,[j] and Nahalal were from Zebulun.

Bezer, Jazah, Kedemoth, and Mephaath were from Reuben. Bezer was located in the desert flatlands east of the Jordan River across from Jericho.[k]

Ramoth in Gilead, Mahanaim, Heshbon, and Jazer were from Gad.

Bezer and Ramoth in Gilead were Safe Towns[l] for people who had accidentally killed someone.

41-42 The people of the Levi tribe had a total of forty-eight towns within Israel, and they had pastures around each one of their towns.

Israel Settles in the Land

43 The Lord gave the Israelites the land he had promised their ancestors, and they captured it and settled in it. 44 There still were enemies around Israel, but the Lord kept his promise to let his people live in peace. And whenever the Israelites did have to go to war, no enemy could defeat them. The Lord always helped Israel win. 45 The Lord promised to do many good things for Israel, and he kept his promise every time.

The Two and a Half Tribes Return Home

22 Joshua had the men of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh come for a meeting, and he told them:

2-3 You have obeyed every command of the Lord your God and of his servant Moses. And you have done everything I’ve told you to do. It’s taken a long time, but you have stayed and helped your relatives. The Lord promised to give peace to your relatives, and that’s what he has done. Now it’s time for you to go back to your own homes in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan River.

Moses taught you to love the Lord your God, to be faithful to him, and to worship and obey him with your whole heart and with all your strength. So be very careful to do everything Moses commanded.

6-9 You’ve become rich from what you’ve taken from your enemies. You have big herds of cattle, lots of silver, gold, bronze, and iron, and plenty of clothes. Take everything home with you and share with the people of your tribe.

I pray that God will be kind to you. You are now free to go home.

The tribes of Reuben and Gad started back to Gilead, their own land. Moses had given the land of Bashan to the East Manasseh tribe, so they started back along with Reuben and Gad. God had told Moses that these two and a half tribes should conquer Gilead and Bashan, and they had done so.

Joshua had given land west of the Jordan River to the other half of the Manasseh tribe, so they stayed at Shiloh in the land of Canaan with the rest of the Israelites.

10-11 The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh reached the western side of the Jordan River valley[m] and built a huge altar there beside the river.

When the rest of the Israelites heard what these tribes had done,[n] 12 the Israelite men met at Shiloh to get ready to attack the two and a half tribes. 13 But first they sent a priest, Phinehas the son of Eleazar, to talk with the two and a half tribes. 14 Each of the tribes at Shiloh sent the leader of one of its families along with Phinehas.

15 Phinehas and these leaders went to Gilead and met with the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh. They said:

16 All of the Lord’s people have gathered together and have sent us to find out why you are unfaithful to our God. You have turned your backs on the Lord by building that altar. Why are you rebelling against him? 17 Wasn’t our people’s sin at Peor[o] terrible enough for you? The Lord punished us by sending a horrible sickness that killed many of us, and we still suffer because of that sin.[p] 18 Now you are turning your backs on the Lord again.

If you don’t stop rebelling against the Lord right now, he will be angry at the whole nation. 19 If you don’t think your land is a fit place to serve God, then move across the Jordan and live with us in the Lord’s own land, where his sacred tent is located. But don’t rebel against the Lord our God or against us by building another altar besides the Lord’s own altar.[q] 20 Don’t you remember what happened when Achan was unfaithful[r] and took some of the things that belonged to God? This made God angry with the entire nation. Achan died because he sinned, but he also caused the death of many others.

Footnotes:

  1. 21.1,2 The Lord told Moses. . . animals: See Numbers 35.1-8.
  2. 21.4 asked the Lord to show them: Hebrew “cast lots to find out.” See the note at 14.1-5.
  3. 21.4 The descendants. . . priest: Hebrew text; three ancient translations “The priests, the descendants of Aaron.” The male descendants of Aaron would also be priests.
  4. 21.4-7 Kohath. . . Gershon. . . Merari: Sons of Levi, the ancestor of the tribe of Levi.
  5. 21.9-19 Ashan: One ancient translation and the parallel in 1 Chronicles 6.59; Hebrew “Ain.”
  6. 21.9-19 Arba’s Town: See the note at 14.15.
  7. 21.9-19 Anakim: See the note at 11.21.
  8. 21.9-19 Caleb: See 14.6-14.
  9. 21.20-26 Jibleam: One ancient translation and the parallel in 1 Chronicles 6.70; Hebrew “”Gath-Rimmon.”“
  10. 21.34-40 Rimmonah: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  11. 21.34-40 Bezer. . . Jericho: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  12. 21.34-40 Bezer and Ramoth in Gilead were Safe Towns: One ancient translation; Hebrew “Ramoth in Gilead was a Safe Town.”
  13. 22.10,11 western. . . valley: Or “the town of Geliloth, which is in the land of Canaan near the Jordan River.”
  14. 22.10,11 built a huge altar. . . tribes had done: According to Deuteronomy 12.5-14, the Lord wanted the Israelites to have only one altar for offering sacrifices. To build another altar would be to disobey the Lord.
  15. 22.17 our people’s sin at Peor: See Numbers 25.
  16. 22.17 we still. . . sin: Or “There are still people in Israel who want to worship other gods.”
  17. 22.19 or against. . . altar: Or “by building another altar besides the Lord’s own altar. That would even make us into rebels along with you.”
  18. 22.20 Achan was unfaithful: See 7.1,26.

Luke 20:1-26

A Question about Jesus' Authority

20 One day, Jesus was teaching in the temple and telling the good news. So the chief priests, the teachers, and the nation’s leaders asked him, “What right do you have to do these things? Who gave you this authority?”

Jesus replied, “I want to ask you a question. Who gave John the right to baptize? Was it God in heaven or merely some human being?”

They talked this over and said to each other, “We can’t say that God gave John this right. Jesus will ask us why we didn’t believe John. And we can’t say that it was merely some human who gave John the right to baptize. The crowd will stone us to death, because they think John was a prophet.”

So they told Jesus, “We don’t know who gave John the right to baptize.”

Jesus replied, “Then I won’t tell you who gave me the right to do what I do.”

Renters of a Vineyard

Jesus told the people this story:

A man once planted a vineyard and rented it out. Then he left the country for a long time. 10 When it was time to harvest the crop, he sent a servant to ask the renters for his share of the grapes. But they beat up the servant and sent him away without anything. 11 So the owner sent another servant. The renters also beat him up. They insulted him terribly and sent him away without a thing. 12 The owner sent a third servant. He was also beaten terribly and thrown out of the vineyard.

13 The owner then said to himself, “What am I going to do? I know what. I’ll send my son, the one I love so much. They will surely respect him!”

14 When the renters saw the owner’s son, they said to one another, “Someday he will own the vineyard. Let’s kill him! Then we can have it all for ourselves.” 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Jesus asked, “What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do? 16 I’ll tell you what. He will come and kill those renters and let someone else have his vineyard.”

When the people heard this, they said, “This must never happen!”

17 But Jesus looked straight at them and said, “Then what do the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘The stone that the builders tossed aside is now the most important stone of all’? 18 Anyone who stumbles over this stone will get hurt, and anyone it falls on will be smashed to pieces.”

19 The chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses knew that Jesus was talking about them when he was telling this story. They wanted to arrest him right then, but they were afraid of the people.

Paying Taxes

20 Jesus' enemies kept watching him closely, because they wanted to hand him over to the Roman governor. So they sent some men who pretended to be good. But they were really spies trying to catch Jesus saying something wrong. 21 The spies said to him, “Teacher, we know that you teach the truth about what God wants people to do. And you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are. 22 Tell us, should we pay taxes to the Emperor or not?”

23 Jesus knew that they were trying to trick him. So he told them, 24 “Show me a coin.” Then he asked, “Whose picture and name are on it?”

“The Emperor’s,” they answered.

25 Then he told them, “Give the Emperor what belongs to him and give God what belongs to God.” 26 Jesus' enemies could not catch him saying anything wrong there in front of the people. They were amazed at his answer and kept quiet.

Psalm 88:1-13

(A song and a psalm by the people of Korah for the music leader. To the tune “Mahalath Leannoth.”[a] A special psalm by Heman the Ezrahite.)

A Prayer When You Can’t Find the Way

88 You keep me safe, Lord God.
So when I pray at night,
please listen carefully
to each of my concerns.

I am deeply troubled
and close to death;
I am as good as dead
and completely helpless.
I am no better off
than those in the grave,
those you have forgotten
and no longer help.

You have put me in the deepest
and darkest grave;
your anger rolls over me
like ocean waves.
You have made my friends turn
in horror from me.
I am a prisoner
who cannot escape,
and I am almost blind
because of my sorrow.

Each day I lift my hands
in prayer to you, Lord.
10 Do you work miracles
for the dead?
Do they stand up
and praise you?
11 Are your love and loyalty
announced
in the world
of the dead?
12 Do they know of your miracles
or your saving power
in the dark world below
where all is forgotten?

13 Each morning I pray
to you, Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 88 To. . . Leannoth: Or “For the flutes,” one possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Proverbs 13:15-16

15 Sound judgment is praised,
but people without good sense
are on the way to disaster.[a]
16 If you have good sense,
you will act sensibly,
but fools act like fools.

Footnotes:

  1. 13.15 people. . . disaster: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

04/19/2018 DAB Transcript

Joshua 19:1-20:9; Luke 19:28-48; Ps. 88:1-18; Pr. 1:12-14

Today is the 19th day of April.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful as it always is to be together around the global campfire that is our community. The Word of God is burning bright. And we all come in out of the cold or whatever the distraction of the day has been and warm ourselves together as it washes over us. So I’m glad and thankful and deeply grateful that we can have another day in the Scriptures. And today we’ll be journeying back out into the book of Joshua where the Promised Land is being settled. From the Contemporary English Version this week,  Joshua chapter 19 and 20 today.

Commentary
Okay. So in the book of Proverbs today we come to a very very famous very quotable Proverb. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life. And hope is something that we’re looking at in the Scriptures this year. And if we look back from where we are now, right?  We’re about thirty percent through the Bible this year. So if rather than facing forward to the next day, if we just turn around and look at where we’ve been. In all of these stories that we see, where would any of them lead without hope? If we look at Abraham who had a promise that he was never going to see but aimed his life accordingly. Would that have ever worked if there were no hope?  What about this son of promise,  Isaac. About this time next year you will be holding your own son,  Sarah was told. And she laughed, right?  Because that was a hopeless declaration in her mind. But she was told again,  no,  this is what is going to happen and it did. And that changed things. If we go through the story of Isaac, if we go through the story of Jacob working for a couple of decades for his uncle, hoping one day to return to the land of his birth. How would that story have ever played out without hope?  If we look at the story of Joseph who was human trafficked by his own family into Egypt. How would that story have ever worked without hope?  If we look at the story of the Exodus. How would that story work without hope? If we look at the children of Israel in the wilderness, grumbling and complaining, we see when they lose their hope and we see God continue to restore them. How do we even get into the book of Joshua where we are now in the Promised Land without hope? The Proverb tells us hope delayed or deferred makes the heart sick. I mean, all we have to do is look in our own lives, look at our own situations and know that that’s the truth. And what we’re not talking about is anticipation,  right?  Like you order something from Amazon and it’s not Amazon Prime. It’s like you’re gonna have to wait all week for it. And you’re jumping up and down because this is the thing that’s gonna change your life and you gotta wait. It’s delayed.  It’s deferred. And then you look and you find out, ahh it was supposed to be delivered today but it’s not. It’s gonna be maybe in the next day or two. So, yeah, that’s a bummer, but that’s just your anticipation showing itself, right?  You still believe it’s going to arrive. This package is going to get here. It’s taking longer than it was supposed to, but it is going to get here.  Hope deferred is when you’re not sure it’s actually going to come. So you are anticipating something in your life. It’s probably not going to be a package. You are anticipating something, a trajectory, a dream fulfilled, something that you believe you’ve been promised or something that you’ve been aiming toward for a long time. And hope actually is the engine that keeps you taking steps forward. Hope is actually the thing, the bridge between you and that outcome. It’s the thing that keeps you where you are right now but connected to that thing in the future that you believe will be yours. When that gets deferred or delayed you become heartsick. And there’s a reason. Because fear has washed down the gully and washed your bridge away. You’re not sure anymore that this really will happen. And usually with hope, there’s threads of it still kind of reaching across that washed out gully to what you had hoped for. And so we have terms like,  I’m holding on by a thread. But what we’re actually saying is the possibility that this is not going to come to fruition has been introduced and now it is growing inside of me producing fear within me. And fear is like Kryptonite to your hope just like it was the sapping of the strength of Superman. I’m not big into sports analogies or Marvel comics or anything like that. But I can remember that as a kid. I can remember playing Superman having this rock. That this was the kryptonite. And the kryptonite would make Superman normal, right?  He wouldn’t have any of his special powers. That’s what fear does to or hope. So pretty much if your hope is deferred and your heart is sick, you don’t have to look too far to find fear. And you start looking at fear and you’re gonna find it all around the situation. And that is what is stealing your hope. I mean, it may not materialize as terror, like what we would associate fear with, some sort of terror. It is simply the idea that this might not work out. And the child of that fear, that thought, that introduction into the equation, is only going to be anxiety. So if your life right now is full of fear, that anxiety that can’t be really named that’s just churning inside of you continually, than your hope is probably deferred. And just being able to say that out loud, just being able to name that is really helpful. Because it’s not a resolution, right?  Hope is your connection to something that is not, but you want it to be. You are believing that it will be. Nothing has changed. Fear has washed down the gully and washed away your hope so that you are hanging by a thread, which has produced an incredible amount of anxiety. But nothing has really changed here. Hope is always going to be out in front of you.  You don’t have to hope for what you already have. Hope is the thing that brings near. Hope is the road that faith drives on. But a road that’s been washed out is a closed road, right?  It needs to be repaired. And a road that’s just left unmaintained is gonna get full of potholes and all kinds of other problems and will eventually deteriorate into nothing. Hope has to be repaired. And hope has to be maintained. And it’s gonna be stretched. Sometimes, you know, when a wall of fear comes pounding down upon your bridge of hope, you have to hold on for dear life and whether the storm and then fix it. But I also know from the Scriptures and from life itself there is always hope. It’s never unavailable. But our hope will first need to be in God and not in that thing or that event or that outcome that we are looking for. If all of our attention and obsession and hope is in an outcome and not in God to bring about the outcome, we’re going to get washed out. So some things to think about today. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Prayer

Father, we acknowledge that you are very clear about why you came. That we might have life. But we’re also pretty clear from our own life experience that that isn’t going to work disconnected from you. Which requires that the very hope of life itself is in you and you alone. And so we mend those fences, ask your Holy Spirit to come and show us where we’re just holding on by a thread even to that. Our hope is in you and in you alone because there is no other place to put our hope. We can put our hope anywhere we want but it’s not going to work if our hope is not in you. And so all of the things that we’re hoping for, all the things that we’re wishing for, all that’s out in front of us pulling us forward. All those things are real. But we acknowledge that our hope for any of it is in you and you alone. Because you are the source of life. We invite your Holy Spirit to make this a reality for us today. Something that peels back the layers and gets us down to our foundation. Because hope is a foundational thing to our very existence. So come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name we ask. And we put all of our hope in you and you alone. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Community prayer and praise

Good morning. This is Steve from Manchester, New Hampshire.  And I’m calling in regards to, I hope I get the name right,  Nicola from New York who called in regards to her sister Rebecca who has been dealing with health issues for many years. When your request came in my heart was moved and quickened to me was a Scripture from Luke 13 verse 16. And it says, and ought not this woman being a daughter of Abraham whom Satan kept bound loe these 18 years be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? And I want to pray that your sister be loosed from all the health issues, the thyroid problem and (oppression) that has been caused as a result of these health issues. Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray for every assignment that the enemy has against Rebecca to be broken in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Chains be broken now. In Jesus name. And we pray the Rebecca would be free, spirit, soul and body. In Jesus mighty name. God bless.

Hi. This is Joanne from? Valley. And it’s April 16. I just heard a call from anonymous saying that she’s tired of her husband. I kind of felt that way too. He drove me crazy he (was) very self centered, he didn’t have much nice to say to me. He never hurt me. I never felt unsafe with him, but I just got tired of taking care of him, being ignored by him. And then one day he died right on front of me. And I remember widows saying to me you’ll feel differently when he’s gone. And I just kind of laughed, but you do. I know that in his family he was kind of ignored and his father didn’t pay much attention to his mother, he was very arrogant so I understand where he’s coming from now. But I also remember times when I think I could have reached out to him because he was so arrogant he was trying to hide…
To be continued.


My name is Mad go. I’m a first time caller from Iowa. I’m calling for prayers please for my marriage. I’ve been married about seven years. My husband and I are not on the same page as far as a church home. It’s very devisive and very painful in my family. Would you please pray that God would show him how abandoned we feel by him spiritually. Please pray that he will stop living in denial and please pray that God would heal some wounds that he has carried since childhood. Anonymous, you called in. Your message was played on 4/16 and I am praying for you. You’ve been married for twenty some years and you were asking for prayer for your arrogant husband and I just want you to know that my heart goes out to you. Arrogance takes many forms. Sometimes it’s denial, but it is still hurtful. So sister, I am praying for you. Thank you all for praying for my family from Iowa.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is wrapped in His unfailing love. And I first of all want to thank I believe it was Elaine and Dwayne who prayed for my son Brian and thank you for all those who prayed for Brian. He’s doing much better and continue to keep him in your prayers. I’m calling today for anonymous. And I had to chuckle a little bit that you’re tired of your husband and I’m sure there are many women that feel that way. But, you know, I just wanna encourage you. You have your husband. And there’s so many of us that, I for one, that would just love to have one more day with mine. I think it really is about love and respect. Men need to be respected and women need love and we all need that. We all wanna feel cherished. So I’m gonna encourage you to find something that you can be thankful for everyday that you have a partner to walk through life with. That God would just bless you, anonymous. That you would realize the blessing you have in him and that he would realize the blessing he has in you. That you’re walking together and he’s a man of faith and you’re a woman of God. And love is just not a feeling its a commitment. And you have that. So Lord, I lift up anonymous and her marriage to you. And I ask that you would bless her richly in love for her husband and he for her. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


Hi Daily Audio Bible. I was listening on April 16 2018 to anonymous caller that is tired in her marriage. I just want to let you know I’m praying for you. I’m with you in this and the Lord has laid you on my heart. And also I’m going through the same thing. So lifting you up and I appreciate you sharing what’s on your heart. Thank you.

Hi everybody. This is Cherry Chase Cherry Pie I hope everybody is?? I am calling in for the? Today. It’s Monday. Oh Lord, it’s the 17th 16th. I don’t know. But it’s Monday. I’m calling in. We had an anonymous call called in? I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing with you, called in about you husband with, you know, your nerves honey. I am glad that you are so transparent. A lot of us feel the same way but a lot of is not gonna say it. I just had this conversation the other day with someone. And it’s great that you’re transparent. I am definitely gonna lift you up into prayer. In prayer I’m gonna keep you covered, girl. Keep pushing. It’s gonna be okay. We’ve all (getting in)  a hard place in our marriage. And I know you said you’ve been married for years. I’ve been married going on five and let me tell you sometimes it gets hard. Sometimes I wanna run and I.

To be continued

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday April 19, 2018 (NIV)

Joshua 19-20

Simeon’s Land

19 Simeon was the second tribe chosen to receive land, and the region for its clans was inside Judah’s borders. 2-6 In one region of Simeon’s tribal land there were the following thirteen towns with their surrounding villages:

Beersheba, Shema,[a] Moladah, Hazar-Shual, Balah, Ezem, Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, Ziklag, Beth-Marcaboth, Hazar-Susah, Beth-Lebaoth, and Sharuhen.

In another region, Simeon had the following four towns with their surrounding villages:

Enrimmon,[b] Tachan,[c] Ether, and Ashan.

Simeon’s land also included all the other towns and villages as far south as Baalath-Beer, which is also called Ramah of the South.

Simeon’s tribal land was actually inside Judah’s territory. Judah had received too much land for the number of people in its tribe, so part of Judah’s land was given to Simeon.

Zebulun’s Land

10-12 Zebulun was the third tribe chosen to receive land. The southern border for its clans started in the west at the edge of the gorge near Jokneam. It went east to the edge of the land that belongs to the town of Dabbesheth, and continued on to Maralah and Sarid. It took in the land that belongs to Chislothtabor, then ended at Daberath.

The eastern border went up to Japhia 13 and continued north to Gath-Hepher, Ethkazin, and Rimmonah,[d] where it curved[e] toward Neah 14 and became the northern border. Then it curved south around Hannathon and went as far west as Iphtahel Valley.

15 Zebulun had twelve towns with their surrounding villages. Some of these were Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Jiralah,[f] and Bethlehem.[g]

16 This is the tribal land, and these are the towns and villages of the Zebulun clans.

Issachar’s Land

17-23 Issachar was the fourth tribe chosen to receive land. The northern border for its clans went from Mount Tabor east to the Jordan River. Their land included the following sixteen towns with their surrounding villages:

Jezreel, Chesulloth, Shunem, Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, Debirath,[h] Kishion, Ebez, Remeth, En-Gannim, Enhaddah, Beth-Pazzez, Tabor,[i] Shahazumah and Beth-Shemesh.[j]

Asher’s Land

24-26 Asher was the fifth tribe chosen to receive land, and the region for its clans included the following towns:

Helkath, Hali, Beten, Achshaph, Allammelech, Amad, and Mishal.

Asher’s southern border ran from the Mediterranean Sea southeast along the Shihor-Libnath River at the foot of Mount Carmel, 27 then east to Beth-Dagon. On the southeast, Asher shared a border with Zebulun along the Iphtahel Valley. On the eastern side their border ran north to Beth-Emek, went east of Cabul, and then on to Neiel, 28 Abdon,[k] Rehob, Hammon, Kanah, and as far north as the city of Sidon. 29-31 Then it turned west to become the northern border and went to Ramah[l] and the fortress-city of Tyre.[m] Near Tyre it turned toward Hosah and ended at the Mediterranean Sea.

Asher had a total of twenty-two towns with their surrounding villages, including Mahalab,[n] Achzib, Acco,[o] Aphek, and Rehob.

Naphtali’s Land

32-34 Naphtali was the sixth tribe chosen to receive land. The southern border for its clans started in the west, where the tribal lands of Asher and Zebulun meet near Hukkok. From that point it ran east and southeast along the border with Zebulun as far as Aznoth-Tabor. From there the border went east to Heleph, Adami-Nekeb, Jabneel,[p] then to the town called Oak in Zaanannim,[q] and Lakkum. The southern border ended at the Jordan River, at the edge of the town named Jehudah.[r] Naphtali shared a border with Asher on the west.

35-39 The Naphtali clans received this region as their tribal land, and it included nineteen towns with their surrounding villages. The following towns had walls around them:

Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Chinnereth, Adamah, Ramah,[s] Hazor, Kedesh, Edrei,[t] Enhazor, Iron, Migdalel, Horem, Beth-Anath, and Beth-Shemesh.[u]

Dan’s Land

40-46 Dan was the seventh tribe chosen to receive land, and the region for its clans included the following towns:

Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir-Shemesh,[v] Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, Elon, Timnah, Ekron, Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, Jehud, Azor,[w] Beneberak, Gath-Rimmon, Mejarkon, and Rakkon.

Dan’s tribal land[x] went almost as far as Joppa. 47-48 Its clans received this land and these towns with their surrounding villages.

Later, when enemies[y] forced them to leave their tribal land, they went to the town of Leshem. They attacked the town, captured it, and killed the people who lived there. Then they settled there themselves and renamed the town Dan after their ancestor.

Joshua’s Land

49-51 The Israelites were still gathered in Shiloh in front of the sacred tent,[z] when Eleazar the priest, Joshua, and the family leaders of Israel finished giving out the land to the tribes. The Lord had told the people to give Joshua whatever town he wanted. So Joshua chose Timnath-Serah in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people gave it to him. Joshua went to Timnath-Serah, rebuilt it, and lived there.

The Safe Towns

20 One day the Lord told Joshua:

When Moses was still alive, I had him tell the Israelites about the Safe Towns. Now you tell them that it is time to set up these towns. 3-4 If a person accidentally kills someone and the victim’s relatives say it was murder, they might try to take revenge.[aa] Anyone accused of murder can run to one of the Safe Towns and be safe from the victim’s relatives. The one needing protection will stand at the entrance to the town gate and explain to the town leaders what happened. Then the leaders will bring that person in and provide a place to live in their town.

One of the victim’s relatives might come to the town, looking for revenge. But the town leaders must not simply hand over the person accused of murder. After all, the accused and the victim had been neighbors, not enemies. The citizens of that Safe Town must come together and hold a trial. They may decide that the victim was killed accidentally and that the accused is not guilty of murder.

Everyone found not guilty[ab] must still live in the Safe Town until the high priest dies. Then they can go back to their own towns and their homes that they had to leave behind.

The Israelites decided that the following three towns west of the Jordan River would be Safe Towns:

Kedesh in Galilee in Naphtali’s hill country, Shechem in Ephraim’s hill country, and Kiriath-Arba in Judah’s hill country. Kiriath-Arba is now called Hebron.

The Israelites had already decided on the following three towns east of the Jordan River:

Bezer in the desert flatlands of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead, which was a town that belonged to Gad, and Golan in Bashan, which belonged to Manasseh.

These Safe Towns were set up, so that if Israelites or even foreigners who lived in Israel accidentally killed someone, they could run to one of these towns. There they would be safe until a trial could be held, even if one of the victim’s relatives came looking for revenge.

Footnotes:

  1. 19.2-6 Shema: One ancient translation and some manuscripts of another ancient translation (see also the list at 15.21-32); Hebrew and some manuscripts of one ancient translation “Sheba.” The list in 1 Chronicles 4.28 does not have either “Shema” or “Sheba.”
  2. 19.7 Enrimmon: Some Hebrew manuscripts and one ancient translation; most Hebrew manuscripts “Ain, Rimmon.”
  3. 19.7 Tachan: Some manuscripts of one ancient translation; the Hebrew text does not have this word.
  4. 19.13 Rimmonah: Or “Rimmon.”
  5. 19.13 Rimmonah. . . curved: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  6. 19.15 Jiralah: Some Hebrew manuscripts and two ancient translations; most Hebrew manuscripts “Idalah.”
  7. 19.15 Bethlehem: This town is different from the Bethlehem in 15.58,59.
  8. 19.17-23 Debirath: One ancient translation; Hebrew “Rabbith.” Debirath is probably the same place as Daberath in verse 12.
  9. 19.17-23 Mount Tabor. . . Tabor: In Hebrew the name “Tabor” is used only once. It was probably intended as the name of a town located at the foot of Mount Tabor and which formed one point on the northern border of Issachar.
  10. 19.17-23 Beth-Shemesh: Not the same Beth-Shemesh as in 15.10 or 19.35-39.
  11. 19.28 Abdon: A few Hebrew manuscripts and one ancient translation; most Hebrew manuscripts “Ebron.”
  12. 19.29-31 Ramah: Not the same “Ramah” as in 18.25-28 or 19.35-39.
  13. 19.29-31 fortress-city of Tyre: Tyre was a walled city built on an island about half a mile from shore.
  14. 19.29-31 Mahalab: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  15. 19.29-31 Acco: One ancient translation; Hebrew “Ummah.”
  16. 19.32-34 Jabneel: This town is not the same Jabneel as in 15.11.
  17. 19.32-34 the town. . . Zaanannim: Or “the oak tree in the town of Zaanannim.”
  18. 19.32-34 at. . . Jehudah: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  19. 19.35-39 Ramah: Not the same “Ramah” as in 18.25-28 or 19.29-31.
  20. 19.35-39 Edrei: Not the same Edrei as the town in Bashan east of the Jordan River where King Og had lived (see 12.4; 13.11,12,30,31).
  21. 19.35-39 Beth-Shemesh: Not the same Beth-Shemesh as in 15.10 or 19.17-23.
  22. 19.40-46 Ir-Shemesh: Possibly the same town as the Beth-Shemesh of 15.10.
  23. 19.40-46 Azor: Some manuscripts of one ancient translation; the Hebrew text does not have this word.
  24. 19.40-46 Gath-Rimmon, Mejarkon, and Rakkon. Dan’s tribal land: Or “Gath-Rimmon, and Rakkon. Dan’s tribal land also included the Yarkon River and.”
  25. 19.47,48 enemies: Probably the Philistines.
  26. 19.49-51 sacred tent: Or “meeting tent.”
  27. 20.3,4 revenge: At this time in Israel’s history, the clan could appoint a close male relative to find and kill a person who had killed a member of their clan.
  28. 20.6 not guilty: If the person was found to be guilty of murder, the citizens of the Safe Town were to let the victim’s relatives kill the murderer (see Deuteronomy 19.11-13).

Luke 19:28-48

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

28 When Jesus had finished saying all this, he went on toward Jerusalem. 29 As he was getting near Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples on ahead. 30 He told them, “Go into the next village, where you will find a young donkey that has never been ridden. Untie the donkey and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks why you are doing that, just say, ‘The Lord[a] needs it.’”

32 They went off and found everything just as Jesus had said. 33 While they were untying the donkey, its owners asked, “Why are you doing that?”

34 They answered, “The Lord[b] needs it.”

35 Then they led the donkey to Jesus. They put some of their clothes on its back and helped Jesus get on. 36 And as he rode along, the people spread clothes on the road[c] in front of him. 37 When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, his large crowd of disciples were happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. 38 They shouted,

“Blessed is the king who comes
in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven
and glory to God.”

39 Some Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, make your disciples stop shouting!”

40 But Jesus answered, “If they keep quiet, these stones will start shouting.”

41 When Jesus came closer and could see Jerusalem, he cried 42 and said:

It is too bad that today your people don’t know what will bring them peace! Now it is hidden from them. 43 Jerusalem, the time will come when your enemies will build walls around you to attack you. Armies will surround you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will level you to the ground and kill your people. Not one stone in your buildings will be left on top of another. This will happen because you did not see that God had come to save you.[d]

Jesus in the Temple

45 When Jesus entered the temple, he started chasing out the people who were selling things. 46 He told them, “The Scriptures say, ‘My house should be a place of worship.’ But you have made it a place where robbers hide!”

47 Each day, Jesus kept on teaching in the temple. So the chief priests, the teachers of the Law of Moses, and some other important people tried to have him killed. 48 But they could not find a way to do it, because everyone else was eager to listen to him.

Footnotes:

  1. 19.31,34 The Lord: Or “The master of the donkey.”
  2. 19.31,34 The Lord: Or “The master of the donkey.”
  3. 19.36 spread clothes on the road: This was one way that the Jewish people welcomed a famous person.
  4. 19.44 that God had come to save you: The Jewish people looked for the time when God would come and rescue them from their enemies. But when Jesus came, many of them refused to obey him.

Psalm 88

(A song and a psalm by the people of Korah for the music leader. To the tune “Mahalath Leannoth.”[a] A special psalm by Heman the Ezrahite.)

A Prayer When You Can’t Find the Way

88 You keep me safe, Lord God.
So when I pray at night,
please listen carefully
to each of my concerns.

I am deeply troubled
and close to death;
I am as good as dead
and completely helpless.
I am no better off
than those in the grave,
those you have forgotten
and no longer help.

You have put me in the deepest
and darkest grave;
your anger rolls over me
like ocean waves.
You have made my friends turn
in horror from me.
I am a prisoner
who cannot escape,
and I am almost blind
because of my sorrow.

Each day I lift my hands
in prayer to you, Lord.
10 Do you work miracles
for the dead?
Do they stand up
and praise you?
11 Are your love and loyalty
announced
in the world
of the dead?
12 Do they know of your miracles
or your saving power
in the dark world below
where all is forgotten?

13 Each morning I pray
to you, Lord.
14 Why do you reject me?
Why do you turn from me?
15 Ever since I was a child,
I have been sick
and close to death.
You have terrified me
and made me helpless.[b]

16 Your anger is like a flood!
And I am shattered
by your furious attacks
17 that strike each day
and from every side.
18 My friends and neighbors
have turned against me
because of you,
and now darkness
is my only companion.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 88 To. . . Leannoth: Or “For the flutes,” one possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. 88.15 and made me helpless: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Proverbs 13:12-14

12 Not getting what you want
can make you feel sick,
but a wish that comes true
is a life-giving tree.
13 If you reject God’s teaching,
you will pay the price;
if you obey his commands,
you will be rewarded.

14 Sensible instruction
is a life-giving fountain
that helps you escape
all deadly traps.

4/18/2018 DAB Transcript

Joshua 16-18; Luke 19:1-27; Psalm 87; Proverbs 13:11

Today is the 18th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian as I am everyday. It’s good to be here with you and I’m excited as I normally am that we can take this next step forward in the Scriptures together as we move through this month and this week as a community. So we’ve been working our way through the book of Joshua. And, you know, we can see it’s a totally different kind of thing than early stories that we read and the giving of the law and all of that that we went through. This is a different kind of thing. We’re in a new era. And so we will continue with the children of Israel as they settle in the promised land. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. Joshua chapter 16 through chapter 18 today.

Prayer

Thank you, Father, for your Word. Lord, thank you for another day in your Word as we gather together around this global campfire that is the community of the Daily Audio Bible. Thank you that we can come in out of the chaos of life no matter where we are, no matter what time it is and allow your Word to wash over us and wash us clean and reorient our perspectives. Cause there’s plenty of things pulling at us for attention. And a lot of them are stressful and a lot of them are anxiety ridden and a lot of them bring us into dark places where we’re not sure what’s going on. And everyday your Word, your Word brings peace and it brings comfort. It brings guidance and direction. It confronts us. It’s not afraid to stare us in the face and say you’re not doing this right. This is not going anywhere. And we thank you for that. And we thank you for the community that we share with each other that has just grown up around it organically. We thank you that we have each other. And no matter what we’re going through we know we’re not going through it alone. We know we have brothers and sisters who are willing to pray for us. We know that we are all on a journey through life at the same time on planet earth. And that we’re all facing similar kinds of challenges and that your Holy Spirit is present in and among us. So come, Holy Spirit, we pray. Plant the words that we’ve heard deep into our lives today. And we open ourselves fully to their transformational power inside of us. Come Jesus we pray. In your precious name we ask. Amen

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello Daily Audio Bible family. This is Cameron from Detroit. I’m a listener but this is my first time calling. And I’m calling for Karen on April 13th. Karen, I wanted to reach out and let you know that I had MS like symptoms for years and years with headaches and numbness and tingling and the Lord healed me. He brought me through different things and led me to diagnoses and the help that I needed. And I wanted to reach out and leave my information. And maybe I could help medically point you somewhere or at the very least I could give encouragement. So please email me cameronms1@yahoo.com. And also keep praying for Jordan. Jordan is an incredible young man and I know that the Lord is good doing great things in his life. So, I just encourage everyone to keep praying for him. Thank you all so much. This community is incredible and I’m glad to be a part of it. God bless.

Shalom DAB family. This is Blessed from New Jersey and it’s April 15th. If you’ve not listened to today’s readings from Brian, take the time to go back and especially listen to Luke 17, then pray and ask God what does He want you to know from the story of the 10 lepers. Before I heard Brian’s commentary earlier this morning at church I had a strong desire to do something for Jesus to show my gratefulness in a way that only He would be pleased. So, I volunteered to serve in our upcoming DBS. I know to most of you this seems no big deal; however, for me it stepping out on faith. My job requires me to be able to travel. And, so, I’m rarely home during the week and in my opinion I’m not the best with kids. Brian challenged us today to be that one to turn back and thank Jesus for what He has done as opposed to the other nine that were healed but just kept going. My commitment to DBS, or vacation Bible school, is all about Jesus wanting us to serve and leaving the what if’s to Him. So, Father I thank you that Your word speaks personally to us every single day, every single time we need it no matter what season of life we are in. Bless Brian for sharing Your thoughts about how You value our things as was evident when You asked, where were the other nine that receive the same healing as the one that returned to give you praise. I thank You for this in Jesus name. Shalom. This is Blessed from New Jersey.

Hi family this is His Little Sharee from Canada. And today Brian read the story about the 10 lepers who were healed and the one who returned to thank the Lord and how important it is for us to be deliberate about noticing our blessings and thanking the Lord. And I just wanted to share a gratitude game, I call it, that has really helped me to be more deliberate about gratitude. So, every day I keep a gratitude list handy and I jot down specific things that happen during the day that I’m thankful for, big or small, and there’s usually about five or six things. And then at the end of the day I post that note on my bulletin board until I’ve got a months’ worth. And at the end of each month I take down all those notes and read through them. And it’s amazing to read through a months’ worth of gratitude. But then from all those notes I pick out a few of the things that seem very significant to me and I write them on slips of paper that go in my jar for the year. And at the end of the year, usually New Year’s Day, I make sure that I have some time and that I won’t be disturbed and I sit on my bed and I dump out all those notes from the whole year and I read through them. And it never fails to overwhelm me, reading through a years’ worth of blessings and miracles. And I’m just reminded how much God has done for me over the year. So, I’ve done this for couple of years now and I am basically addicted to it now. And maybe some version of this kind of gratitude game will help you. So, thank you for listening family. God bless you. Bye for now.

Hi neighbors. This is Lisa the Encourager. I wanted to call in pray for Diana’s sister who has had a 19 year battle with liver disease. And I decided to read a little bit about our liver and again, just being in awe of God and the creation that he gave each one of us in our body. So, our amazing liver, it’s the second largest organ next to the skin. So, it’s actually bigger than the heart, which I thought was interesting. And it’s like a supercomputer itself, it’s like a supercomputer because it performs over 200 functions simultaneously inside of your body. It stores nutrients and creates protein and it’s a detoxifier, you know, for things like alcohol so it won’t hurt our body. And also, it creates blood in the body. So, we would not survive without our liver. And it also converts medication, like prescribed medications, it converts them and helps so that they can be healthy for our body. And so, I just thought it was amazing, because it’s an amazing organ inside of our body that God created. I’m so thankful that I have a healthy liver. And an honor of Diana’s sister I want to pray for her today. Dear God, I thank You so much for having the privilege to pray for our dear sister, Diana’s sister, who is having the battle of the disease of her liver God. And I just pray and lift her up in Your almighty more powerful name. And I know that You can heal her and rid her of this awful disease God. And I know and believe that. And I pray God that Diana will be a blessing to her sister and that she will love her sister and hold her hand and believe with her that she can be healed Lord. And I just pray God that You will help her to be a light in her every day, every time she’s around her…

It is about 10:30 on the East Coast at night and the spirit of prayer and intercession fell on me. And in my spirit, I heard that I should call the daily audio Bible and pray for those who are in the midst of depression, who are battling suicidal thoughts. And I just wanted to reach out to you in this moment and be obedient to the Holy Spirit to let you know that there is hope. And I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that He will begin to make you a prisoner of hope, that you would realize that God is the lifter of your head, He is the strength of your faith, and your life is not over, but there is purpose and destiny yet on board. And God has you in the midst of His hands. So, for all those who find themselves in the low place know that God himself is coming to see about you, that He is going to give you joy for the ashes, He’s going to give you beauty for the ashes, and He’s going to allow the spirit of praise to come upon you. And, so, I come against the spirit of heaviness and I bind it in the mighty name of Jesus. And I loose the mighty name of Jesus upon you now and I pray that His angels will go before you, that He will dispatch His ministering angels to minister unto you and to uplift your heart and infuse it with hope and with joy and peace. Hold on. Do not give up because joy is coming in the morning. Hallelujah. Be blessed, be encouraged, keep the faith, and know that God is fighting for you and in you and through you and your greatest moments are yet before you and not behind you. Dear DABbers and Bible family community, be encouraged. I love you. This is Prophetic Intercessor from North Carolina. Be blessed. In Jesus’ name.

Hi DABbers. It’s Margo from Australia. I am just calling today, I’ve been listening to the community prayer and I had a few thoughts on a couple of things. There are a couple of people, a couple of our DABbers at the moment who are talking about having a relationship with someone who isn’t a Christian. And they are really in love with the person, genuinely in love I’m sure, and even would maybe like to get married. There’s also a couple of our DABbers who have been ringing in with spouses who aren’t saved. And there’s a lot of pain and a lot of suffering in that situation. I want to point out to those of you that are in a relationship with an unsaved person that, I guess you’ve been sort of describing it as a choice of what to do, but really, according to the Bible, and I say this in love, there is no choice. You know what to do. The Bible says do not be yoked to an unbeliever. So, you have before you a right choice or a wrong choice. I can only encourage you that when you do the right thing God will be with you. He will give you His peace. It will not be easy. If you’re going to break off a relationship with someone because they’re not saved it’s going to be very painful, but that’s kind of inconsequential. We do right, regardless. There’s a reason they call it the straight and narrow road. It’s not an easy road. If you are with someone and your unequally yoked, please choose right. If you make the wrong decision there will always be consequences and there will be very great pain. God is your number one priority and what He says in His word is your priority. I pray for each of you that He will help you to do the right thing. I’m really praying for you guys. Love you all. Bye.