Judges 1:1-2:9, Luke 21:29-22:13, Psalms 90:1-91:16, Proverbs 13:24-25
Today is the 23rd day of April welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you today as we do what we do and take the next step forward no matter what as day by day this journey pulls us forward and forward and forward through the Scriptures and through a year. And today is an interesting day because we’re kind of turning the corner in the Scriptures. We are moving into a new book, the book of Judges, but we’re also moving into a new era.
Introduction to the book of Judges:
Let’s talk about that for a minute because we really are turning the page. We’ve had kind of a singular leader for a while like Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and…and although they were family and tribal leaders, we knbw their stories. And then Moses comes onto the picture and we’re traveling with him and then Joshua. Things are gonna change now. Like, basically, that whole era is coming to an end and the time of the judges is emerging, and on the other side of the time of the judges will be the time of the monarchy, like they’ll want a singular leader again, they’ll want a king. So, we go into this book called judges and we can, by its name think, “well this is gonna be a book of judgment.” It’s actually more kind of a quick overview of the centuries that occurred after Joshua. So, Joshua has died, the land has been settled. Obviously, there's…he's…there’s still some land that isn’t settled and conquered but the tribes have been all given their inheritance and things are settling down, but there wasn’t a dominant leader that was installed. You know, like, Joshua comes after Moses. Moses puts Joshua in place and Joshua had been like the right-hand man of Moses for a long time. So, he took the reins of leadership but there was no dominant leader after Joshua. So, the tribes were just basically ruling themselves doing what they think is right in their own eyes, but a decline begins and they begin to do everything they were warned not to do - all of the mixture, the way that they were seduced…will be seduced away to false gods and who God uses, who God uses to bring the people back to rescue the people. Even those people, like we’ll go into their stories and go, like “wow! Very, very different character than Moses and Joshua.” But we’ll be able to see that the people are just doing what they…whatever they want. So, basically Moses and Joshua made things very, very clear - very clear who God is, very clear who their identity is, very clear where they’re going, very clear who they belong to. And there’s all kinds of rituals and statutes and laws that kind of govern this awareness. And Judges will give us a picture of…well…of how that can disintegrate, and we’ll find a lot in the book of Judges for our own lives. So, let’s dive into this new era. The page had turned. We’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. Judges chapter 1 verse 1 through 2 verse 9 today.
Father, we thank You for Your word and as we…as we do kind of move into this new book, the book of Judges, review the last…the last things in Joshua’s life and prepare to move forward and meet some new people, some interesting and some strange people, we invite Your Holy Spirit, We feel the changing of the seasons in the world and the seasons are changing in the Bible as well. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit into all of it in the days ahead. Come Jesus we pray in Your mighty name, we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Abba’s Grace I just had to call in because I just heard Val. I’ve been looking at the days and I’m like she said the 15th of every month, she’s got a call in to let us know that she is okay. And I’m just so glad to hear your voice. I was just overwhelmed with your call, not even because of what you are struggling with physically but mostly and mainly because of the lies that were consuming you at the time that you called just covered in shame, just…just like Adam and Eve were at the very beginning of time. The same exact lies that deceived us then is still carrying on today. And I just felt so sad and by how we were feeling from within, your inner man. So, thank you, thank you so much for calling just to hear your voice and just hear that praise and your encouragement to others stating that if He could do it for you, He could do it for all of us. He has done it for all of us. It’s done and it’s finished. All of us are loved. All of us have been rescued whether our physical body is being attacked or not, we can rejoice in the fact that our soul has been set free and that our Spirit is currently completely whole, completely healed, completely delivered. May we all awaken to that this year. That’s what this year is about. It’s about that awakening of the truth of what was finished on the cross.
Hello this is Jackie Saved by His Grace in Oregon. I wanted to thank Silver Lining Cindy in Seattle for her advice. Honestly, it’s made me look around and thank God for so many things that I just took for granted in the past. I think all of us are doing that and it’s drawing us closer to God and I know that God did not bring this virus, but He does have a purpose in that this virus is gonna draw…make many people closer to God. I just recently read a couple about to get a divorce that they’d been in the house together and got to know each other all over again and they canceled the court date. So, I want to thank God for all these things and especially Brian and his family and the Daily Audio Bible. Bye.
Dear God, I just want to pray for the anonymous lady that phoned in on April 20th 36 minutes into the program just crying out to You for help and for comfort for the emotional pain that she’s going through. Oh God, I can feel her pain and sister I want you to know that I feel your pain and I feel for you and more than that Jesus feels it. Jesus has felt your pain and carried you. Oh, dear God, I pray that this sister would feel Your arms around her, I pray that she would feel Your comfort. And thank You God for being there near her. Please hold her together and take her through this and please bring her back to a place of stability and safety and peace. God, please let her know that she’s loved. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Sister, please know that you are loved and not just by Jesus but through all of us who…who love Him and who love you. God bless you sis. Love you.
Good morning holy and beloved children of God who listen to the DAB. This is Allison from England. Although I’m a longtime listener I very rarely call in, but I just wanted to say how grateful I am that the DAB has been in my life this year as a constant, as a challenge, as an encouragement and I thank you for the relationship that I have with God through being in His word through this resource. I pray for you all, I listen to all your prayers and I join my heart with yours in vibrant prayer. Lord, so many people are frightened and afraid, so I want to wish hope for this community and for all those lives that are touched by the people of the DAB. May we know the joy and the peace and the hope that can only come from God as we follow You in our lives. Oh, Father son and Holy Spirit we praise Your holy name and we offer You our whole lives to be used in Your service. Support us, be with us, that we may be people of Your kingdom. Amen.
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This is Sharon from Kansas City. I just finished listening to April 20th and a lady called in in extreme emotional turmoil and could barely get words out for her tears. And I just felt so strongly that this is torment from the enemy and that she does not have to…to fight this battle on her own. The battle belongs to the Lord. And, so right, now I just take authority over these…this demonic attack against her that is influencing her emotions to cause her this emotional turmoil as she called it but it’s more than that it is torment and it is painful. And, so, I speak to that torment and I tell you to stop in Jesus’ name. Stop it right now in Jesus’ name. And I speak peace. Peace to your heart, to your emotions, to your thoughts, and we take them captive to the thoughts of Jesus Christ. We ask Lord that she would realize that she has been given a Spirit not of fear or torment or timidity or even pain but one of power and of love and of a sound mind. I speak a sound mind to you. Rest in the Lord. Trust in His name. Thank you, Lord.