The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday April 20, 2019 (NIV)

Joshua 21:1-22:20

The Towns Given to the Levites

21 Then the leaders of the tribe of Levi came to consult with Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders of the other tribes of Israel. They came to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan and said, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us towns to live in and pasturelands for our livestock.” So by the command of the Lord the people of Israel gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own grants of land.

The descendants of Aaron, who were members of the Kohathite clan within the tribe of Levi, were allotted thirteen towns that were originally assigned to the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin. The other families of the Kohathite clan were allotted ten towns from the tribes of Ephraim, Dan, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

The clan of Gershon was allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

The clan of Merari was allotted twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.

So the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s command to Moses and assigned these towns and pasturelands to the Levites by casting sacred lots.

The Israelites gave the following towns from the tribes of Judah and Simeon 10 to the descendants of Aaron, who were members of the Kohathite clan within the tribe of Levi, since the sacred lot fell to them first: 11 Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah, along with its surrounding pasturelands. (Arba was an ancestor of Anak.) 12 But the open fields beyond the town and the surrounding villages were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.

13 The following towns with their pasturelands were given to the descendants of Aaron the priest: Hebron (a city of refuge for those who accidentally killed someone), Libnah, 14 Jattir, Eshtemoa, 15 Holon, Debir, 16 Ain, Juttah, and Beth-shemesh—nine towns from these two tribes.

17 From the tribe of Benjamin the priests were given the following towns with their pasturelands: Gibeon, Geba, 18 Anathoth, and Almon—four towns. 19 So in all, thirteen towns with their pasturelands were given to the priests, the descendants of Aaron.

20 The rest of the Kohathite clan from the tribe of Levi was allotted the following towns and pasturelands from the tribe of Ephraim: 21 Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim (a city of refuge for those who accidentally killed someone), Gezer, 22 Kibzaim, and Beth-horon—four towns.

23 The following towns and pasturelands were allotted to the priests from the tribe of Dan: Eltekeh, Gibbethon, 24 Aijalon, and Gath-rimmon—four towns.

25 The half-tribe of Manasseh allotted the following towns with their pasturelands to the priests: Taanach and Gath-rimmon—two towns. 26 So in all, ten towns with their pasturelands were given to the rest of the Kohathite clan.

27 The descendants of Gershon, another clan within the tribe of Levi, received the following towns with their pasturelands from the half-tribe of Manasseh: Golan in Bashan (a city of refuge for those who accidentally killed someone) and Be-eshterah—two towns.

28 From the tribe of Issachar they received the following towns with their pasturelands: Kishion, Daberath, 29 Jarmuth, and En-gannim—four towns.

30 From the tribe of Asher they received the following towns with their pasturelands: Mishal, Abdon, 31 Helkath, and Rehob—four towns.

32 From the tribe of Naphtali they received the following towns with their pasturelands: Kedesh in Galilee (a city of refuge for those who accidentally killed someone), Hammoth-dor, and Kartan—three towns. 33 So in all, thirteen towns with their pasturelands were allotted to the clan of Gershon.

34 The rest of the Levites—the Merari clan—were given the following towns with their pasturelands from the tribe of Zebulun: Jokneam, Kartah, 35 Dimnah, and Nahalal—four towns.

36 From the tribe of Reuben they received the following towns with their pasturelands: Bezer, Jahaz,[a] 37 Kedemoth, and Mephaath—four towns.

38 From the tribe of Gad they received the following towns with their pasturelands: Ramoth in Gilead (a city of refuge for those who accidentally killed someone), Mahanaim, 39 Heshbon, and Jazer—four towns. 40 So in all, twelve towns were allotted to the clan of Merari.

41 The total number of towns and pasturelands within Israelite territory given to the Levites came to forty-eight. 42 Every one of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it.

43 So the Lord gave to Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 And the Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had solemnly promised their ancestors. None of their enemies could stand against them, for the Lord helped them conquer all their enemies. 45 Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.

The Eastern Tribes Return Home

22 Then Joshua called together the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. He told them, “You have done as Moses, the servant of the Lord, commanded you, and you have obeyed every order I have given you. During all this time you have not deserted the other tribes. You have been careful to obey the commands of the Lord your God right up to the present day. And now the Lord your God has given the other tribes rest, as he promised them. So go back home to the land that Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave you as your possession on the east side of the Jordan River. But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went home.

Moses had given the land of Bashan, east of the Jordan River, to the half-tribe of Manasseh. (The other half of the tribe was given land west of the Jordan.) As Joshua sent them away and blessed them, he said to them, “Go back to your homes with the great wealth you have taken from your enemies—the vast herds of livestock, the silver, gold, bronze, and iron, and the large supply of clothing. Share the plunder with your relatives.”

So the men of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh left the rest of Israel at Shiloh in the land of Canaan. They started the journey back to their own land of Gilead, the territory that belonged to them according to the Lord’s command through Moses.

The Eastern Tribes Build an Altar

10 But while they were still in Canaan, and when they came to a place called Geliloth[b] near the Jordan River, the men of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh stopped to build a large and imposing altar.

11 The rest of Israel heard that the people of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had built an altar at Geliloth at the edge of the land of Canaan, on the west side of the Jordan River. 12 So the whole community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and prepared to go to war against them. 13 First, however, they sent a delegation led by Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, to talk with the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. 14 In this delegation were ten leaders of Israel, one from each of the ten tribes, and each the head of his family within the clans of Israel.

15 When they arrived in the land of Gilead, they said to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, 16 “The whole community of the Lord demands to know why you are betraying the God of Israel. How could you turn away from the Lord and build an altar for yourselves in rebellion against him? 17 Was our sin at Peor not enough? To this day we are not fully cleansed of it, even after the plague that struck the entire community of the Lord. 18 And yet today you are turning away from following the Lord. If you rebel against the Lord today, he will be angry with all of us tomorrow.

19 “If you need the altar because the land you possess is defiled, then join us in the Lord’s land, where the Tabernacle of the Lord is situated, and share our land with us. But do not rebel against the Lord or against us by building an altar other than the one true altar of the Lord our God. 20 Didn’t divine anger fall on the entire community of Israel when Achan, a member of the clan of Zerah, sinned by stealing the things set apart for the Lord[c]? He was not the only one who died because of his sin.”

Footnotes:

  1. 21:36 Hebrew Jahzah, a variant spelling of Jahaz.
  2. 22:10 Or to the circle of stones; similarly in 22:11.
  3. 22:20 The Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Luke 20:1-26

The Authority of Jesus Challenged

20 One day as Jesus was teaching the people and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him. They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”

“Let me ask you a question first,” he replied. “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human?”

They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn’t believe John. But if we say it was merely human, the people will stone us because they are convinced John was a prophet.” So they finally replied that they didn’t know.

And Jesus responded, “Then I won’t tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Parable of the Evil Farmers

Now Jesus turned to the people again and told them this story: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and moved to another country to live for several years. 10 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers attacked the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. 11 So the owner sent another servant, but they also insulted him, beat him up, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 A third man was sent, and they wounded him and chased him away.

13 “‘What will I do?’ the owner asked himself. ‘I know! I’ll send my cherished son. Surely they will respect him.’

14 “But when the tenant farmers saw his son, they said to each other, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ 15 So they dragged him out of the vineyard and murdered him.

“What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do to them?” Jesus asked. 16 “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others.”

“How terrible that such a thing should ever happen,” his listeners protested.

17 Jesus looked at them and said, “Then what does this Scripture mean?

‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’[a]

18 Everyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.”

19 The teachers of religious law and the leading priests wanted to arrest Jesus immediately because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the people’s reaction.

Taxes for Caesar

20 Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent spies pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus. 21 “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You teach the way of God truthfully. 22 Now tell us—is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23 He saw through their trickery and said, 24 “Show me a Roman coin.[b] Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

25 “Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

26 So they failed to trap him by what he said in front of the people. Instead, they were amazed by his answer, and they became silent.

Footnotes:

  1. 20:17 Ps 118:22.
  2. 20:24 Greek a denarius.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Psalm 89:1-13

Psalm 89

A psalm[a] of Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever!
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
Your unfailing love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.

The Lord said, “I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant.
I have sworn this oath to him:
‘I will establish your descendants as kings forever;
they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.’” Interlude
All heaven will praise your great wonders, Lord;
myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.
For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord?
What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord?
The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God.
He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies!
Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?
You are entirely faithful.

You rule the oceans.
You subdue their storm-tossed waves.
10 You crushed the great sea monster.[b]
You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
everything in the world is yours—you created it all.
12 You created north and south.
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon praise your name.
13 Powerful is your arm!
Strong is your hand!
Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.

Footnotes:

  1. 89:Title Hebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term.
  2. 89:10 Hebrew Rahab, the name of a mythical sea monster that represents chaos in ancient literature.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Proverbs 13:15-16

15 A person with good sense is respected;
a treacherous person is headed for destruction.[a]

16 Wise people think before they act;
fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.

Footnotes:

  1. 13:15 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads the way of the treacherous is lasting.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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04/19/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 19:1-20:9, Luke 19:28-48, Psalms 88:1-18, Proverbs 13:12-14

Today is the 19th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is great to be here with you today although this is the most somber day of the year in the life of a believer. Today is Good Friday. Today commemorates the day that Jesus was crucified. So, it’s important for us to keep that at the forefront of our thoughts today and maybe we’ll talk about that a little bit at the end of our reading today even though it is Good Friday it is another day and, as is our rhythm, we will take the next step forward in the Scriptures this year. And we’ve been reading from the New Living translation this week. Today Joshua chapter 19 and 20.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as I mentioned at the beginning, today is Good Friday and really, what else should or would we talk about. This is a day that we’ve been leading up to and we began to observe this season almost 40 days ago, I guess 37, 38 days ago on Ash Wednesday, which began the season of Lent and we talked about it along the way and some people observe Lent and some people don’t. And it’s not a command in the Bible. It’s a way of preparing our hearts to get here and to get through here and we can’t get to Easter, which is perhaps the most important day in the life of the believer. We would say maybe this is the most important day in human history, Easter, but we can’t get there without coming through here. And today is a day that commemorates the day that Jesus was nailed to a cross and hung in unspeakable agony, pain that I don’t even know how to…I don’t even know how to think about, but it wasn’t just a physical pain, it wasn’t just the physical torture that would eventually cause his heart stopped beating it…it was the weight of the sins of the world upon his shoulders and the utter and complete rejection of everyone, it was the weight of the verbal abuse in the lying, it was the weight of being spit upon and smacked around, it was the weight of the world upon his shoulders. And, so, thankfully, we do understand that Easter is coming. Thankfully we have that hope but if we put ourselves back with the disciples, if we put ourselves back with the people who were following Jesus at a distance, if we go back to the people who were talking about the things that Jesus was talking about and it was spreading like wildfire and they were following this man and then we get to today and rather than any other number of things that could’ve happened that this day took the life of this person and his life was taken by crucifixion, a horrible death and we don’t know that we can look forward to Easter, right? He said stuff about this, but it was all cryptic and we don’t understand. And we watch Him bow his head in death then we would properly put ourselves in the confused and black day that it is because we do certainly look forward to Easter. We certainly do understand that that’s coming but today we put ourselves in the position of understanding that the light of the world went out, was snuffed out, and that Jesus came off of the cross dead and He was wrapped with spices and put into a tomb quickly to avoid all of the problems with Passover. And they had planned to get through Passover and come back and get his body and figure out what to do. That was the plan. So, we put ourselves in that position. And even if you go to a Good Friday service today, depending on the tradition you’ll probably receive Communion or the Eucharist, but an appropriate way to end a Good Friday service is that the candle gets blown out and everything goes dark and everyone leaves in silence because what worse thing could happen? Besides the light of the world being taken out of the world, what hope would be left after that? And that’s where we leave ourselves on Good Friday. We’ve been considering during the season of Lent, the weight, the cost of our freedom and we’ve invited God to reorganize and reprioritize our lives and take out whatever doesn’t need to be there and put in whatever does to just allow ourselves to lament and sit with it. And, so, we come to this day of ultimate grief. Now we’re face-to-face with what it cost to give us our freedom. We’ve been tracking with the Bible and through the sacrificial system and all the way through all of the things that would need to be done to remind a person of how helpless they are without God and then we get to this day and we see that people could still, could still, could still try to do away with the Lord. And yet, in spite of it all what the Lord’s saying through this scene that we commemorate today is that I am doing away with sin. Sin isn’t going to be the story anymore. Once and for all this is being dealt with. We’re not going to be separated anymore. We’re going to be united. And, so, that’s what we hope in as we move toward Easter, but today. Today we experience the blackness of the day that it is. Today we consider what it would be like if there were no Easter. Today, we consider the price that was paid to take the shackles off of our lives and give us freedom and we once again consider the shackles that we keep putting back on that don’t need to be there anymore.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite You into the experience of this Good Friday. For some of us it’ll just be another day and we’ll be busy and get things done. For others of us, we’ll sit with the blackness of this day. And for most of us it’ll be something in between. We invite Your Holy Spirit to bring the year what it cost to remove sin as a part of our story to give us the freedom to walk away from a dead-end life and onto a narrow path that will lead to life. We sit with these things and we thank You Jesus. We are humbled. But the truth is the word…there aren’t the right words that at least that I know that can properly show gratitude and it be big enough. You changed our lives completely and utterly and we apologize for the shackles that we keep putting on ourselves and we ask that Your Holy Spirit lead us through this season to resurrection day and that those chains fall off once and for all. Come Holy Spirit we pray in the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

Song:

Death Be Not Proud - Audrey Assad

Death, be not proud, though the whole world fear you:

Mighty and dreadful you may seem,

But death, be not proud, for your pride has failed you

You will not kill me.

Though you may dwell in plague and poison,

You’re a slave to fate and desperate men,

So death, if your sleep be the gates to Heaven,

Why your confidence?

When you will be no more,

You will be no more,

When you will be no more.

Even death will die.

Even death will die.

Death, be not proud.

Death, be not proud.

Death, be not proud,

Cause even death will die.

04/18/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 16:1-18:28, Luke 19:1-27, Psalms 87:1-7, Proverbs 13:11

Today is the 18th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you for another day, another time that we can come in out of the cold or the heat or whatever but just come around the light of this global campfire and let God speak to us through His word. So, we’re reading from the New Living Translation this week and out today as we go back into the Old Testament we’ll read Joshua chapters 16, 17, and 18.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, we thank You for all of the ways that it speaks to us, how it touches every part of our lives at one point or another. It penetrates deep within our thoughts and motives. It penetrates deep into our hearts, our emotions. It speaks into our relationships with each other. It leads us on the narrow path that leads to life. It leads us to You. And, so. we thank You for Your word. Father, as we’re here in this week that the ends the season of Lent that also commemorates Your death and burial and resurrection, we enter into this fully here on this Thursday, a day that has been called Maundy Thursday to represent Your last meal with Your friends where You washed their feet and modeled for us to be great in God’s kingdom is to be the servant. So, come Holy Spirit as we contemplate these things today and as we continue to sit with the question from yesterday. “What do You want me to do for You?” Come Holy Spirit into these questions, into these contemplations as we move into these holy days that commemorate our very salvation. Come Jesus we pray. In Your mighty name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

It’s Dustin from Spokane Washington and it’s Friday April 12th and I just listened to the Daily Audio Bible and wow that was a good episode. I pretty much cried during both of them, my phone just downloaded it twice for some reason. Anyways, I just wanted to thank you Brian, thank you Blind Tony, thank you everyone who participates in creating the podcast and thank you for everyone that calls in. Whenever you ask for prayers I pray right then for you in your name and in Jesus’ name and that’s pretty much it. Oh, and, Brian I love you too. I just wanted to say that. I don’t think enough people say that enough. I know you say that every episode. Just another one back at you. Anyways, I love all you and take care. Bye.

Hello, my name is Don Perry, I’m calling for my son Tyler Davidson. Tyler has been diagnosed with bipolar schizo-affective disorder and he has been battling this and struggling with this for the last five years. He refuses to take his medication and has tried to self-medicating with alcohol and his life is spiraling out of control once again. He’s been in jail over this issue. He’s been in several mental institutions. He can’t get his life together because of this problem and its characteristic for this type of diagnosis that they will start taking their medications, they think they’re okay, and that they will just stop taking them because they don’t need them anymore. They get their life together and they don’t remember how it was before they started taking the medication. I raised him in church, he is a godly child, and he is a sweet, sweet man. He’s 25 years old now and I still, as a mother of course, moms always see the little boy inside of their child as they grow up forever and, you know, I just I know he’s just got so much of to give to God and to the world. And, you know, so my prayer is that you will please pray for my son. I don’t know what to do. I am putting this in God’s hands. I just thank you so much. Bye-bye.

Hey DAB family, my name is Scott, I live in Fresno California and I’m calling today…I don’t call very often but I was gonna call in for friend. Anyway, I have one particular friend who has been married for 30 years and they’ve had a lot of struggles and challenges in their marriage but this past week my friends wife asked him to leave and it’s kind of blowing him away and it kinda blows me away but in a lot of ways I see this a lot with some other people. I have, oh shoot, at least three people around me who are involved in some kind of situation like this and, honestly, sometimes I start feeling like, why bother if people just decide to do what they’re gonna do. And even with my friend that I’m mentioning to you, as I see some of my other friends and I come around him to talk with him, it doesn’t seem like there’s an awareness or even a desire to press in and pray for my friend. I want to pray for his wife. And for some reason she’s just shut down. And I’ve known my friend for a while, he’s a good guy. It’s just they’re two different people, you know. And, so, I guess I just ask that that where two or more are gathered, you know, we lift up this couple, this relationship. Lord, I just…I just ask that you bring them back…

Good morning my beautiful sisters and brothers. This is Don calling from New York but I’m actually calling from the More Conference on Sunday morning as we pack up to leave today. And my heart is so full and I’m so grateful. Thank you, thank you, for all of you who have been praying for us. This was very likely one of the most beautiful, well-crafted, __ precious women’s event that I’ve ever gone to, truly lovely, beautiful team, you amaze me, each of you, you really acted like one unit. It was pretty impressive to watch the way you all were with one another. Thank you so much for all the beautiful preparation. I wish I could tell each one of you what your contributions, your testimonies, meant to me. I want to note, Bonnie, your mentioning secondary losses was pretty incredible. And Ireland, when I think of you and your face I’m going to continue to smile because you make me smile. Communion together was very, very precious. Thank you so much for everyone praying. All right, I want to give a few shout outs to some of the lovely people I met, all my sisters on the bus on the way in, the shuttle bus from the airport. Danielle __ and her mom, dynamic duo, and Angie and the others. We all said we were gonna call in a little more, we’re gonna try. So, I’ll be listening for your voices. Angie from Salt lake City,  I’m carrying you home in my heart girl. Jennifer and the beautiful friend from Canada game who came and I love you beauties in the back row. It was great to worship with you. Beth from Texas, __ with a rocking chair, thank you sweetie. Terry and Jenna who prayed with me. God bless all of you. So many sweet, sweet people I met. And especially it was wonderful to have time with God and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for all of you praying for us and thank you to the beautiful team.

Good morning this is Bridget from New York City. I’m calling to pray for Luke and Sharon. Dear Lord, we just pray for Luke right now Father God and I ask You Lord God that every time he comes into Your presence Lord to read Your word that You would cover that time Father God for him. Lord I just pray that as he gets distracted, as his mind becomes renewed Father that he would not allow distractions to keep him from reading Your word but would continue to read the Scripture over and over and over, following that he receives what You desire to give him through that Scripture Lord God. For Sharon, my sister, my husband, he smokes, and he has even dabbled with different types of things and my father was like that. I’ve been raised as a child by my father…not…exactly the same you experienced it but what God has taught me is that it all roots back to sin and the fact that the people that hurt me didn’t know God. Because of my mother’s choices, she allowed strangers to live in her home, which caused for those strangers to molest me and to do things to me from childhood up and my mother was an alcoholic and it all roots back to sin. And what God has taught me with my husband, in the past I personalized his smoking with him not loving me and that’s not the truth. So, I pray Father that You would reveal the truth to Sharon Lord about why her husband drinks and that she would not personalize it because You don’t personalize it God. But that she would see him from the broken place that he’s in God and that she would try to love him from that place and that through that You would deliver him God. In Jesus’ name.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday April 19, 2019 (NIV)

Joshua 19-20

The Land Given to Simeon

19 The second allotment of land went to the clans of the tribe of Simeon. Their homeland was surrounded by Judah’s territory.

Simeon’s homeland included Beersheba, Sheba, Moladah, Hazar-shual, Balah, Ezem, Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, Ziklag, Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susah, Beth-lebaoth, and Sharuhen—thirteen towns with their surrounding villages. It also included Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan—four towns with their villages, including all the surrounding villages as far south as Baalath-beer (also known as Ramah of the Negev).

This was the homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Simeon. Their allocation of land came from part of what had been given to Judah because Judah’s territory was too large for them. So the tribe of Simeon received an allocation within the territory of Judah.

The Land Given to Zebulun

10 The third allotment of land went to the clans of the tribe of Zebulun.

The boundary of Zebulun’s homeland started at Sarid. 11 From there it went west, going past Maralah, touching Dabbesheth, and proceeding to the brook east of Jokneam. 12 In the other direction, the boundary went east from Sarid to the border of Kisloth-tabor, and from there to Daberath and up to Japhia. 13 Then it continued east to Gath-hepher, Eth-kazin, and Rimmon and turned toward Neah. 14 The northern boundary of Zebulun passed Hannathon and ended at the valley of Iphtah-el. 15 The towns in these areas included Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem—twelve towns with their surrounding villages.

16 The homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Zebulun included these towns and their surrounding villages.

The Land Given to Issachar

17 The fourth allotment of land went to the clans of the tribe of Issachar.

18 Its boundaries included the following towns: Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem, 19 Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 20 Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, 21 Remeth, En-gannim, En-haddah, and Beth-pazzez. 22 The boundary also touched Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth-shemesh, ending at the Jordan River—sixteen towns with their surrounding villages.

23 The homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Issachar included these towns and their surrounding villages.

The Land Given to Asher

24 The fifth allotment of land went to the clans of the tribe of Asher.

25 Its boundaries included these towns: Helkath, Hali, Beten, Acshaph, 26 Allammelech, Amad, and Mishal. The boundary on the west touched Carmel and Shihor-libnath, 27 then it turned east toward Beth-dagon, and ran as far as Zebulun in the valley of Iphtah-el, going north to Beth-emek and Neiel. It then continued north to Cabul, 28 Abdon,[a] Rehob, Hammon, Kanah, and as far as Greater Sidon. 29 Then the boundary turned toward Ramah and the fortress of Tyre, where it turned toward Hosah and came to the Mediterranean Sea.[b] The territory also included Mehebel, Aczib, 30 Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob—twenty-two towns with their surrounding villages.

31 The homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Asher included these towns and their surrounding villages.

The Land Given to Naphtali

32 The sixth allotment of land went to the clans of the tribe of Naphtali.

33 Its boundary ran from Heleph, from the oak at Zaanannim, and extended across to Adami-nekeb, Jabneel, and as far as Lakkum, ending at the Jordan River. 34 The western boundary ran past Aznoth-tabor, then to Hukkok, and touched the border of Zebulun in the south, the border of Asher on the west, and the Jordan River[c] on the east. 35 The fortified towns included in this territory were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth, 36 Adamah, Ramah, Hazor, 37 Kedesh, Edrei, En-hazor, 38 Yiron, Migdal-el, Horem, Beth-anath, and Beth-shemesh—nineteen towns with their surrounding villages.

39 The homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Naphtali included these towns and their surrounding villages.

The Land Given to Dan

40 The seventh allotment of land went to the clans of the tribe of Dan.

41 The land allocated as their homeland included the following towns: Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir-shemesh, 42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, 43 Elon, Timnah, Ekron, 44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, 45 Jehud, Bene-berak, Gath-rimmon, 46 Me-jarkon, Rakkon, and the territory across from Joppa.

47 But the tribe of Dan had trouble taking possession of their land,[d] so they attacked the town of Laish.[e] They captured it, slaughtered its people, and settled there. They renamed the town Dan after their ancestor.

48 The homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Dan included these towns and their surrounding villages.

The Land Given to Joshua

49 After all the land was divided among the tribes, the Israelites gave a piece of land to Joshua as his allocation. 50 For the Lord had said he could have any town he wanted. He chose Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim. He rebuilt the town and lived there.

51 These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the tribal leaders allocated as grants of land to the tribes of Israel by casting sacred lots in the presence of the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle[f] at Shiloh. So the division of the land was completed.

The Cities of Refuge

20 The Lord said to Joshua, “Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses. Anyone who kills another person accidentally and unintentionally can run to one of these cities; they will be places of refuge from relatives seeking revenge for the person who was killed.

“Upon reaching one of these cities, the one who caused the death will appear before the elders at the city gate and present his case. They must allow him to enter the city and give him a place to live among them. If the relatives of the victim come to avenge the killing, the leaders must not release the slayer to them, for he killed the other person unintentionally and without previous hostility. But the slayer must stay in that city and be tried by the local assembly, which will render a judgment. And he must continue to live in that city until the death of the high priest who was in office at the time of the accident. After that, he is free to return to his own home in the town from which he fled.”

The following cities were designated as cities of refuge: Kedesh of Galilee, in the hill country of Naphtali; Shechem, in the hill country of Ephraim; and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah. On the east side of the Jordan River, across from Jericho, the following cities were designated: Bezer, in the wilderness plain of the tribe of Reuben; Ramoth in Gilead, in the territory of the tribe of Gad; and Golan in Bashan, in the land of the tribe of Manasseh. These cities were set apart for all the Israelites as well as the foreigners living among them. Anyone who accidentally killed another person could take refuge in one of these cities. In this way, they could escape being killed in revenge prior to standing trial before the local assembly.

Footnotes:

  1. 19:28 As in some Hebrew manuscripts (see also 21:30); most Hebrew manuscripts read Ebron.
  2. 19:29 Hebrew the sea.
  3. 19:34 Hebrew and Judah at the Jordan River.
  4. 19:47a Or had trouble holding on to their land.
  5. 19:47b Hebrew Leshem, a variant spelling of Laish.
  6. 19:51 Hebrew Tent of Meeting.
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Luke 19:28-48

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

28 After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. 29 As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?”

34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.

36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. 37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.

38 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”[a]

39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”

40 He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.[b]

Jesus Clears the Temple

45 Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices. 46 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”[c]

47 After that, he taught daily in the Temple, but the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders of the people began planning how to kill him. 48 But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said.

Footnotes:

  1. 19:38 Pss 118:26; 148:1.
  2. 19:44 Greek did not recognize the time of your visitation, a reference to the Messiah’s coming.
  3. 19:46 Isa 56:7; Jer 7:11.
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Psalm 88

Psalm 88

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. A song to be sung to the tune “The Suffering of Affliction.” A psalm[a] of Heman the Ezrahite.

O Lord, God of my salvation,
I cry out to you by day.
I come to you at night.
Now hear my prayer;
listen to my cry.
For my life is full of troubles,
and death[b] draws near.
I am as good as dead,
like a strong man with no strength left.
They have left me among the dead,
and I lie like a corpse in a grave.
I am forgotten,
cut off from your care.
You have thrown me into the lowest pit,
into the darkest depths.
Your anger weighs me down;
with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude

You have driven my friends away
by making me repulsive to them.
I am in a trap with no way of escape.
My eyes are blinded by my tears.
Each day I beg for your help, O Lord;
I lift my hands to you for mercy.
10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead?
Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude

11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?
Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?[c]
12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?
Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?
13 O Lord, I cry out to you.
I will keep on pleading day by day.
14 O Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you turn your face from me?

15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth.
I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me.
Your terrors have paralyzed me.
17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long.
They have engulfed me completely.
18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones.
Darkness is my closest friend.

Footnotes:

  1. 88:Title Hebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term.
  2. 88:3 Hebrew Sheol.
  3. 88:11 Hebrew in Abaddon?
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Proverbs 13:12-14

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

13 People who despise advice are asking for trouble;
those who respect a command will succeed.

14 The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain;
those who accept it avoid the snares of death.

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04/17/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 15:1-63, Luke 18:18-43, Psalms 86:1-17, Proverbs 13:9-10

Today is the 17th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today as we move into the center of our week together and I guess we’re moving through kind of the three-quarter mark through the book of Joshua, which is what we’re reading in the Old Testament right now. So, let's…let’s get to it…let’s take the next step forward. We’re reading from the New Living translation this week. Joshua chapter 15.

Commentary:

Okay. So, here we are just days away from all that this weekend represents, right? So, this Friday, day after tomorrow, is Good Friday, a day when we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus, one of the darkest days, the darkest day on the Christian calendar. Of course, we know that Sunday comes but a day to truly, truly, truly, observe and reflect upon the kind of love that it would take to lay your life down and be tortured to death on behalf of the human race. And, so, as we’re reading through the Gospel of Luke at this time, we enter the story today and Jesus is passing through Jericho and He’s on His way to Jerusalem where all of His passion will unfold. And, so, we can put ourselves in this story. And we’re also coming to the end of the season of Lent. So, those of you who observe lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter that are intended for many things, one of them certainly reflecting upon the price, the cost of sin. It’s a time of fasting and lamenting and repenting. It’s also a time of completely opening our lives, our hearts, everything that we are, our entire identity to God, and just asking Him, “what do you see in my life that does not belong in my life? Where are the nooks and crannies that I’m hiding things and they’re poison and they’re seeping into my life and affecting everyone around me and affecting my relationship with you and affecting how I live in this world. I just keep them around. I don’t know why. Show me where they are so that they can be gone. And even the good things. What are the good things in my life? How does my life need to be ordered as I enter into the resurrection and commemorate your resurrection and understand that that brought me new life and I am resurrected with you into eternal life? How do I approach Easter after coming through this season of Lent new, ordered, properly ready to go into the world?” Which brings us to the story of Jesus walking through Jericho. And just as a little aside, so many of the places that we read about in the Scriptures today are places you can see in the in the Promised Land films. When we’re talking about all these different territories in the book of Joshua, so many of those places are places and Jericho where Jesus is passing through in the gospel of Luke, that’s a place, it still exists. And, so, Jesus has reached this point now where He’s been moving south out of the Galilee deep into the Jordan Valley to Jericho where He’s going to be making a right and heading west and going uphill the whole way to Jerusalem. So, He knows what is upon Him, right? He tells His disciples in the gospel of Luke. He pulls them aside and instructs them on what’s gonna happen when they get to Jerusalem and they don’t understand, right? According to the gospel of Luke they didn’t understand any of this. “The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.” That’s a quote from the gospel of Luke. So, Jesus knows what’s going to happen to Him in Jerusalem on every level, is walking toward Jerusalem isolated, no one understands. And that may have been our cry through this season of Lent or through the last five years. Nobody understands. That’s not true. Jesus actually does understand what it means to be isolated and misunderstood and we see that as He’s moving through this inside of himself. You can only imagine. What do you do when you’re walking with a bunch of your friends but you know that at the end of this trail you’re going to die and you’ve tried to tell people that but they don’t understand, but you must continue to walk forward because it is what you were born for. And, so, off you continue alone and misunderstood toward this with no one to shoulder the burden with you. Imagine that. And, so, imagine when Jesus is walking by Jericho, possibly preoccupied, I mean this would have to at least occupy a portion of your thoughts as you’re walking toward your death and through the noise of the crowd and all of the hustle and bustle around them He hears someone in the distance, yelling, “son of David! Jesus, have mercy!” And Jesus stop’s and He asks a question. And we may know this question but what will we need to do today is personalize this question. Jesus is on his way to die for the sake of the world and has a blind person asking Him to have mercy upon him, and He stops what He’s doing and allows the man to be brought to Him and He asks him, “what do you want me to do for you?” As we move through this day and into Monday Thursday, and Good Friday, and Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, may we carry this as a leading torch forward as we continue this contemplation on what it cost to make us free, allow Jesus question to penetrate your soul where nothing is off limits. “What do you want me to do for you?”

Prayer:

Jesus, we sit with the question and before we even speak because our initial reactions would probably be how we would like You to make life easier for us, how we would like an obstacle removed from our path, how we would like the treasury of heaven to open up and shower us with blessings. We would try to design for ourselves what we perceive to be an abundant life because this is what we believe that You have promised to us. And somewhere we wrote into the text that we get to define what that’s gonna look like and that we don’t have to surrender to You and just flow through life with You. Instead, we get to constructed it of our own accord. And then when You don’t show up and give us the abundant life we’ve defined then it turns backwards on us. We’re not doing any of that. We’re not even answering the question yet. We’re allowing the question to begin to peel back the layers of our lives. What do we really want You to do for us? And we invite Your Holy Spirit into the question as we seek the answer, the answer that is true, the answer that is what we really need. The blind man on the side of the road, he knew what he needed. He needed to see. And maybe that’s what we need. Maybe we need to see things as they are because we’ve been looking so narrowly at our own lives. But we feel the question continuing to penetrate, “what do You want me to do for You?” And, so, as we go with this into the next days, we invite Your Holy Spirit to reconnect us with our own hearts so that we can see what it is that we really need. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Song:

Light – Gungor

Your eyes, they opened

And love was spoken

The tears came tumbling down

Your heart was broken

The words was spoken

The tears came tumbling down

And the blind gain sight

As we met our Light

All the joy and fight

The gift of life

Your hands, the creases

Your feet, Your breathing

You’re mine, You’re perfect light

And the blind gain sight

As we met our Light

All the joy and fight

The gift of life

I can’t take my eyes off of You oh my Light

I can’t take my eyes off of You

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday April 18, 2019 (NIV)

Joshua 16-18

The Land Given to Ephraim and West Manasseh

16 The allotment for the descendants of Joseph extended from the Jordan River near Jericho, east of the springs of Jericho, through the wilderness and into the hill country of Bethel. From Bethel (that is, Luz)[a] it ran over to Ataroth in the territory of the Arkites. Then it descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as Lower Beth-horon, then to Gezer and over to the Mediterranean Sea.[b]

This was the homeland allocated to the families of Joseph’s sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

The Land Given to Ephraim

The following territory was given to the clans of the tribe of Ephraim.

The boundary of their homeland began at Ataroth-addar in the east. From there it ran to Upper Beth-horon, then on to the Mediterranean Sea. From Micmethath on the north, the boundary curved eastward past Taanath-shiloh to the east of Janoah. From Janoah it turned southward to Ataroth and Naarah, touched Jericho, and ended at the Jordan River. From Tappuah the boundary extended westward, following the Kanah Ravine to the Mediterranean Sea. This is the homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Ephraim.

In addition, some towns with their surrounding villages in the territory allocated to the half-tribe of Manasseh were set aside for the tribe of Ephraim. 10 They did not drive the Canaanites out of Gezer, however, so the people of Gezer live as slaves among the people of Ephraim to this day.

The Land Given to West Manasseh

17 The next allotment of land was given to the half-tribe of Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph’s older son. Makir, the firstborn son of Manasseh, was the father of Gilead. Because his descendants were experienced soldiers, the regions of Gilead and Bashan on the east side of the Jordan had already been given to them. So the allotment on the west side of the Jordan was for the remaining families within the clans of the tribe of Manasseh: Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These clans represent the male descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph.

However, Zelophehad, a descendant of Hepher son of Gilead, son of Makir, son of Manasseh, had no sons. He had only daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. These women came to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the Israelite leaders and said, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us a grant of land along with the men of our tribe.”

So Joshua gave them a grant of land along with their uncles, as the Lord had commanded. As a result, Manasseh’s total allocation came to ten parcels of land, in addition to the land of Gilead and Bashan across the Jordan River, because the female descendants of Manasseh received a grant of land along with the male descendants. (The land of Gilead was given to the rest of the male descendants of Manasseh.)

The boundary of the tribe of Manasseh extended from the border of Asher to Micmethath, near Shechem. Then the boundary went south from Micmethath to the settlement near the spring of Tappuah. The land surrounding Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but the town of Tappuah itself, on the border of Manasseh’s territory, belonged to the tribe of Ephraim. From the spring of Tappuah, the boundary of Manasseh followed the Kanah Ravine to the Mediterranean Sea.[c] Several towns south of the ravine were inside Manasseh’s territory, but they actually belonged to the tribe of Ephraim. 10 In general, however, the land south of the ravine belonged to Ephraim, and the land north of the ravine belonged to Manasseh. Manasseh’s boundary ran along the northern side of the ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. North of Manasseh was the territory of Asher, and to the east was the territory of Issachar.

11 The following towns within the territory of Issachar and Asher, however, were given to Manasseh: Beth-shan,[d] Ibleam, Dor (that is, Naphoth-dor),[e] Endor, Taanach, and Megiddo, each with their surrounding settlements.

12 But the descendants of Manasseh were unable to occupy these towns because the Canaanites were determined to stay in that region. 13 Later, however, when the Israelites became strong enough, they forced the Canaanites to work as slaves. But they did not drive them out of the land.

14 The descendants of Joseph came to Joshua and asked, “Why have you given us only one portion of land as our homeland when the Lord has blessed us with so many people?”

15 Joshua replied, “If there are so many of you, and if the hill country of Ephraim is not large enough for you, clear out land for yourselves in the forest where the Perizzites and Rephaites live.”

16 The descendants of Joseph responded, “It’s true that the hill country is not large enough for us. But all the Canaanites in the lowlands have iron chariots, both those in Beth-shan and its surrounding settlements and those in the valley of Jezreel. They are too strong for us.”

17 Then Joshua said to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph, “Since you are so large and strong, you will be given more than one portion. 18 The forests of the hill country will be yours as well. Clear as much of the land as you wish, and take possession of its farthest corners. And you will drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.”

The Allotments of the Remaining Land

18 Now that the land was under Israelite control, the entire community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tabernacle.[f] But there remained seven tribes who had not yet been allotted their grants of land.

Then Joshua asked them, “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you? Select three men from each tribe, and I will send them out to explore the land and map it out. They will then return to me with a written report of their proposed divisions of their new homeland. Let them divide the land into seven sections, excluding Judah’s territory in the south and Joseph’s territory in the north. And when you record the seven divisions of the land and bring them to me, I will cast sacred lots in the presence of the Lord our God to assign land to each tribe.

“The Levites, however, will not receive any allotment of land. Their role as priests of the Lord is their allotment. And the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh won’t receive any more land, for they have already received their grant of land, which Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave them on the east side of the Jordan River.”

As the men started on their way to map out the land, Joshua commanded them, “Go and explore the land and write a description of it. Then return to me, and I will assign the land to the tribes by casting sacred lots here in the presence of the Lord at Shiloh.” The men did as they were told and mapped the entire territory into seven sections, listing the towns in each section. They made a written record and then returned to Joshua in the camp at Shiloh. 10 And there at Shiloh, Joshua cast sacred lots in the presence of the Lord to determine which tribe should have each section.

The Land Given to Benjamin

11 The first allotment of land went to the clans of the tribe of Benjamin. It lay between the territory assigned to the tribes of Judah and Joseph.

12 The northern boundary of Benjamin’s land began at the Jordan River, went north of the slope of Jericho, then west through the hill country and the wilderness of Beth-aven. 13 From there the boundary went south to Luz (that is, Bethel) and proceeded down to Ataroth-addar on the hill that lies south of Lower Beth-horon.

14 The boundary then made a turn and swung south along the western edge of the hill facing Beth-horon, ending at the village of Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), a town belonging to the tribe of Judah. This was the western boundary.

15 The southern boundary began at the outskirts of Kiriath-jearim. From that western point it ran[g] to the spring at the waters of Nephtoah,[h] 16 and down to the base of the mountain beside the valley of Ben-Hinnom, at the northern end of the valley of Rephaim. From there it went down the valley of Hinnom, crossing south of the slope where the Jebusites lived, and continued down to En-rogel. 17 From En-rogel the boundary proceeded in a northerly direction and came to En-shemesh and on to Geliloth (which is across from the slopes of Adummim). Then it went down to the Stone of Bohan. (Bohan was Reuben’s son.) 18 From there it passed along the north side of the slope overlooking the Jordan Valley.[i] The border then went down into the valley, 19 ran past the north slope of Beth-hoglah, and ended at the north bay of the Dead Sea,[j] which is the southern end of the Jordan River. This was the southern boundary.

20 The eastern boundary was the Jordan River.

These were the boundaries of the homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Benjamin.

The Towns Given to Benjamin

21 These were the towns given to the clans of the tribe of Benjamin.

Jericho, Beth-hoglah, Emek-keziz, 22 Beth-arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, 23 Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 24 Kephar-ammoni, Ophni, and Geba—twelve towns with their surrounding villages. 25 Also Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, 26 Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah, 27 Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28 Zela, Haeleph, the Jebusite town (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah, and Kiriath-jearim[k]—fourteen towns with their surrounding villages.

This was the homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Benjamin.

Footnotes:

  1. 16:2 As in Greek version (also see 18:13); Hebrew reads From Bethel to Luz.
  2. 16:3 Hebrew the sea; also in 16:6, 8.
  3. 17:9 Hebrew the sea; also in 17:10.
  4. 17:11a Hebrew Beth-shean, a variant spelling of Beth-shan; also in 17:16.
  5. 17:11b The meaning of the Hebrew here is uncertain.
  6. 18:1 Hebrew Tent of Meeting.
  7. 18:15a Or From there it went to Mozah. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  8. 18:15b Or the spring at Me-nephtoah.
  9. 18:18 Hebrew overlooking the Arabah, or overlooking Beth-arabah.
  10. 18:19 Hebrew Salt Sea.
  11. 18:28 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads Kiriath.
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Luke 19:1-27

Jesus and Zacchaeus

19 Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.

When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”

Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”

Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man[a] came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Parable of the Ten Servants

11 The crowd was listening to everything Jesus said. And because he was nearing Jerusalem, he told them a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away. 12 He said, “A nobleman was called away to a distant empire to be crowned king and then return. 13 Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver,[b] saying, ‘Invest this for me while I am gone.’ 14 But his people hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not want him to be our king.’

15 “After he was crowned king, he returned and called in the servants to whom he had given the money. He wanted to find out what their profits were. 16 The first servant reported, ‘Master, I invested your money and made ten times the original amount!’

17 “‘Well done!’ the king exclaimed. ‘You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward.’

18 “The next servant reported, ‘Master, I invested your money and made five times the original amount.’

19 “‘Well done!’ the king said. ‘You will be governor over five cities.’

20 “But the third servant brought back only the original amount of money and said, ‘Master, I hid your money and kept it safe. 21 I was afraid because you are a hard man to deal with, taking what isn’t yours and harvesting crops you didn’t plant.’

22 “‘You wicked servant!’ the king roared. ‘Your own words condemn you. If you knew that I’m a hard man who takes what isn’t mine and harvests crops I didn’t plant, 23 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

24 “Then, turning to the others standing nearby, the king ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’

25 “‘But, master,’ they said, ‘he already has ten pounds!’

26 “‘Yes,’ the king replied, ‘and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 27 And as for these enemies of mine who didn’t want me to be their king—bring them in and execute them right here in front of me.’”

Footnotes:

  1. 19:10 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
  2. 19:13 Greek ten minas; one mina was worth about three months’ wages.
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Psalm 87

Psalm 87

A song. A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

On the holy mountain
stands the city founded by the Lord.
He loves the city of Jerusalem
more than any other city in Israel.[a]
O city of God,
what glorious things are said of you! Interlude

I will count Egypt[b] and Babylon among those who know me—
also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia.[c]
They have all become citizens of Jerusalem!
Regarding Jerusalem[d] it will be said,
“Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.”
And the Most High will personally bless this city.
When the Lord registers the nations, he will say,
“They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” Interlude

The people will play flutes[e] and sing,
“The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”

Footnotes:

  1. 87:2 Hebrew He loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. See note on 44:4.
  2. 87:4a Hebrew Rahab, the name of a mythical sea monster that represents chaos in ancient literature. The name is used here as a poetic name for Egypt.
  3. 87:4b Hebrew Cush.
  4. 87:5 Hebrew Zion.
  5. 87:7 Or will dance.
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Proverbs 13:11

11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;
wealth from hard work grows over time.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday April 17, 2019 (NIV)

Joshua 15

The Land Given to the Tribe of Judah

15 The allotment for the clans of the tribe of Judah reached southward to the border of Edom, as far south as the wilderness of Zin.

The southern boundary began at the south bay of the Dead Sea,[a] ran south of Scorpion Pass[b] into the wilderness of Zin, and then went south of Kadesh-barnea to Hezron. Then it went up to Addar, where it turned toward Karka. From there it passed to Azmon until it finally reached the Brook of Egypt, which it followed to the Mediterranean Sea.[c] This was their[d] southern boundary.

The eastern boundary extended along the Dead Sea to the mouth of the Jordan River.

The northern boundary began at the bay where the Jordan River empties into the Dead Sea, went up from there to Beth-hoglah, then proceeded north of Beth-arabah to the Stone of Bohan. (Bohan was Reuben’s son.) From that point it went through the valley of Achor to Debir, turning north toward Gilgal, which is across from the slopes of Adummim on the south side of the valley. From there the boundary extended to the springs at En-shemesh and on to En-rogel. The boundary then passed through the valley of Ben-Hinnom, along the southern slopes of the Jebusites, where the city of Jerusalem is located. Then it went west to the top of the mountain above the valley of Hinnom, and on up to the northern end of the valley of Rephaim. From there the boundary extended from the top of the mountain to the spring at the waters of Nephtoah,[e] and from there to the towns on Mount Ephron. Then it turned toward Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim). 10 The boundary circled west of Baalah to Mount Seir, passed along to the town of Kesalon on the northern slope of Mount Jearim, and went down to Beth-shemesh and on to Timnah. 11 The boundary then proceeded to the slope of the hill north of Ekron, where it turned toward Shikkeron and Mount Baalah. It passed Jabneel and ended at the Mediterranean Sea.

12 The western boundary was the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea.[f]

These are the boundaries for the clans of the tribe of Judah.

The Land Given to Caleb

13 The Lord commanded Joshua to assign some of Judah’s territory to Caleb son of Jephunneh. So Caleb was given the town of Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), which had been named after Anak’s ancestor. 14 Caleb drove out the three groups of Anakites—the descendants of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the sons of Anak.

15 From there he went to fight against the people living in the town of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher). 16 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.” 17 Othniel, the son of Caleb’s brother Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife.

18 When Acsah married Othniel, she urged him[g] to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What’s the matter?”

19 She said, “Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

The Towns Allotted to Judah

20 This was the homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Judah.

21 The towns of Judah situated along the borders of Edom in the extreme south were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23 Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24 Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25 Hazor-hadattah, Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor), 26 Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27 Hazar-gaddah, Heshmon, Beth-pelet, 28 Hazar-shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah, 29 Baalah, Iim, Ezem, 30 Eltolad, Kesil, Hormah, 31 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah, 32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon—twenty-nine towns with their surrounding villages.

33 The following towns situated in the western foothills[h] were also given to Judah: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34 Zanoah, En-gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36 Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, and Gederothaim—fourteen towns with their surrounding villages.

37 Also included were Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal-gad, 38 Dilean, Mizpeh, Joktheel, 39 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40 Cabbon, Lahmam, Kitlish, 41 Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah—sixteen towns with their surrounding villages.

42 Besides these, there were Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43 Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44 Keilah, Aczib, and Mareshah—nine towns with their surrounding villages.

45 The territory of the tribe of Judah also included Ekron and its surrounding settlements and villages. 46 From Ekron the boundary extended west and included the towns near Ashdod with their surrounding villages. 47 It also included Ashdod with its surrounding settlements and villages and Gaza with its settlements and villages, as far as the Brook of Egypt and along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

48 Judah also received the following towns in the hill country: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, 49 Dannah, Kiriath-sannah (that is, Debir), 50 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 51 Goshen, Holon, and Giloh—eleven towns with their surrounding villages.

52 Also included were the towns of Arab, Dumah, Eshan, 53 Janim, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah, 54 Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior—nine towns with their surrounding villages.

55 Besides these, there were Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56 Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 57 Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah—ten towns with their surrounding villages.

58 In addition, there were Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor, 59 Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Eltekon—six towns with their surrounding villages.

60 There were also Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim) and Rabbah—two towns with their surrounding villages.

61 In the wilderness there were the towns of Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah, 62 Nibshan, the City of Salt, and En-gedi—six towns with their surrounding villages.

63 But the tribe of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites, who lived in the city of Jerusalem, so the Jebusites live there among the people of Judah to this day.

Footnotes:

  1. 15:2 Hebrew the Salt Sea; also in 15:5.
  2. 15:3 Hebrew Akrabbim.
  3. 15:4a Hebrew the sea; also in 15:11.
  4. 15:4b Hebrew your.
  5. 15:9 Or the spring at Me-nephtoah.
  6. 15:12 Hebrew the Great Sea; also in 15:47.
  7. 15:18 Some Greek manuscripts read he urged her.
  8. 15:33 Hebrew the Shephelah.
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Luke 18:18-43

The Rich Man

18 Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. 20 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’[a]

21 The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

22 When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23 But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

24 When Jesus saw this,[b] he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”

27 He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

28 Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, 30 will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

31 Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. 32 He will be handed over to the Romans,[c] and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. 33 They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.”

34 But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. 36 When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him that Jesus the Nazarene[d] was going by. 38 So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”

42 And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” 43 Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.

Footnotes:

  1. 18:20 Exod 20:12-16; Deut 5:16-20.
  2. 18:24 Some manuscripts read When Jesus saw how sad the man was.
  3. 18:32 Greek the Gentiles.
  4. 18:37 Or Jesus of Nazareth.
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Psalm 86

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.

No pagan god is like you, O Lord.
None can do what you do!
All the nations you made
will come and bow before you, Lord;
they will praise your holy name.
10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
You alone are God.

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.[a]

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
a violent gang is trying to kill me.
You mean nothing to them.
15 But you, O Lord,
are a God of compassion and mercy,
slow to get angry
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
16 Look down and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant;
save me, the son of your servant.
17 Send me a sign of your favor.
Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

Footnotes:

  1. 86:13 Hebrew of Sheol.
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Proverbs 13:9-10

The life of the godly is full of light and joy,
but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

10 Pride leads to conflict;
those who take advice are wise.

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04/16/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 13:1-14:15, Luke 18:1-17, Psalms 85:1-13, Proverbs 13:7-8

Today is the 16th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it’s great to be back together with you today around the global campfire taking our next step forward and our next step forward will lead us back into the book of Joshua. And we’re reading from the New Living Translation this week. Today Joshua chapter 13 and 14.

Commentary:

Okay. So, there’s some fascinating wisdom embedded into what we just read from the book of Proverbs today about being false, basically, about being a poser. So, maybe you have those kind people in your life, you know, people that pretend to be something that they’re not, right? People who fully curate their lives for social media and you just look at them and you’re like, okay, you’ve got a perfect life, I don’t have a perfect life, I don’t measure up to you. But it’s charade. We all…every single one of us…all of us have our struggles…all of us and our culture pulls us to live this way because we’re seeing pictures of something that has been made whole and every marketing ad that’s thrown at us, right? If you will get this product you will be made whole in this way. And, so we see all this perfection. And, so, when we’re…we were pulled toward being false in so many areas of our lives and often this kind of behavior is really just our insecurity and wounding speaking or our attempt to get an identity by comparing ourselves to somebody else and ultimately what we’re after is that we are perceived differently than we really are, that we are perceived as our ultimate best self, not as we normally live because everybody else seems to be doing better than we are; however, when the whole cultures posing then all we are as people is a house of cards that’s gonna eventually tumble down. And the book of Proverbs gives us a little bit of a riddle concerning this kind of posing, right? So, “some who are poor pretend to be rich. Others who are rich pretend to be poor. The rich can pay around some for their lives but the poor won’t even get threatened.” So, if we look at all of the options that are laid out in these couple of sentences we see that there’s only one scenario that is completely unsustainable and it’s those who are pretending to be more than they really are. So, let’s go back through it. “Some who are poor pretend to be rich.” So, there posing. “Others who are rich pretend to be poor”. They’re also posing but they’re pretending to be less than they are. “The rich can pay a ransom for their lives. The poor won’t even get threatened.” So the truly poor have nothing to worry about, they won’t be held for ransom. The truly rich don’t have much to worry about, they can pay the ransom. It’s the one pretending to be more than they are that would find themselves in trouble in this scenario because they’re pretending to be rich and if they’re held for ransom, they’re poor, there’s no escape. So, may we consider what’s being presented us in the book of Proverbs today. In what ways are we exposing ourselves by pretending to be more than we are when we have been given full permission to be nothing more or nothing less than what is true. In fact, what we are invited into through the gospel of Jesus is the honor of living noble and true and not having anything to hide.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we invite You into that. We confess that we’re posers in certain areas of our lives, some to greater degrees, some to lesser degrees but we acknowledge that there is a pull toward falseness and what we’re learning for the Proverbs is that that simply exposes us. It’s not real, it doesn’t let us live true, it only exposes us to further danger. So, Holy Spirit, come into this. What are the ways that we are over embellishing who we are or trying to pretend to be an ideal of ourselves that we think would be perfect when the only perfection we will ever find is my becoming lost in You where our identity is You? Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, this is Johnny Silver from Colorado and I am not the greatest Christian or believer, but I am a believer and today it’s not about me, it’s about my friend Nick at school. And we’re in junior high and he’s going through a very rough time and I told him that we’ll have a big community, have a bunch of people to back him up because this is __. His family is in a court case and he’s going into foster care for 1 to 6 months at least. And I’m adopted, I was in foster care but I was a very lucky person and God helped me through it and __ family. __ and my parents, they…they…my dad’s in college and so my mom said __. And so there’s a lot of things like that going on __ and we’re not able to bring him in properly. And, so, I’m just asking you as the DAB community to please pray for Nick and with everything that he needs and support because he’s going through such a rough time with just him and he needs somebody, and he needs God’s guidance __. When I heard about this and just helping to the best of my ability, but I need more, and I need more people to help me. So, I just need you all to pray for him and to help him find the right home and the right family and to help his family get through what’s going on to live a blessed and full life and what he can do for others as well as what others ca do for him. So, I just ask to pray for him and just have a wonderful day and I pray with you guys. All right. Bye-bye.

Hi DABbers, this is Kara from Denver and I want to focus this call on a prayer for moving and relocating. I heard Maggie May call on the line. It was so nice to hear your voice Maggie May. I hope you can hear the full DAB. I would try restarting my phone, maybe check…if you’re on a phone…or restarting your computer or device. The DAB used to do that for me when I first started listening for some reason. It works now. So, I don’t know, but it was so lovely hearing your voice and you sound great. And I just…I have a move coming up myself and I’ve been in the place I’m in now for three years and about a third of that I was using. I’m in recovery now and a lot has gone on in this place and there’s really a lot I need to leave behind when I move. And I just want to pray now. Yeshua, son of my Father, my heavenly Father, please sanctify this move Lord. Let the old life die and a new one begin with this relocation. With this change of scenery, let me see You a new Yeshua. Surround me with Your love as I remember You in the way that I arrange my new place, when I see my new neighbors, let me remember You. Give me eyes to see You in this new environment. Sanctify the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom, the bedroom, and every nook and cranny in this place. Be with me Jesus, be my roommate and I welcome You to be my most awesome roommate in this new place. Changes can be jarring, they can be exciting, and also stressful…

How you guys doing, it’s the Prodigal calling in. I just want to say that I’m praying for all the people struggling with marriage problems. I had them for years. They got so bad my wife left and it’s irreparable. So, if you’re still together just work hard at it, pay attention to it. I didn’t, and I just thought I was right and couldn’t have been more wrong, turns out. So, that’s leads to the reason I’m calling today. I was convicted at church today. Just came up…knocked me down like I was hit by a 2 x 4. Every single bad thing that’s ever happened to me in my life, every single sin, every single bad decision, every single…you name it…catastrophe has been a direct result of my pride, including, up to and including the loss of my marriage, the loss of my beautiful wife. And it’s all been about my pride. I’ve been…for some reason I grew up thinking I was better than everybody else, or I could do better than everybody else, or whatever. Maybe it’s the way I was raised. It really doesn’t matter, it’s just the way it is. And, so it just struck me just like lightning at church today. So, I want to confess and today is the first day of Holy Week. It’s a day of reconciliation and went and confessed to the priest and…good guy…good guy. He said, “you know John, humility tuff, but you need to work on it. And, so, I’m praying and I ask your prayers for me to be more humble, not to like be more successful but so I can make up for all the mistakes in the past. But I just want to let you know I’m praying for all of you all, Blind Tony, Joe the Protector, happy grandpa day, and everybody, Viola, Victoria Soldier, you name it, you guys know who you are. Your beautiful people and for everybody else who’s struggling out there, all I can say is I’m praying for you all every time you make a call. So, know that I’m praying for and you might not hear from me. And my voice is always terrible. So, anyway, you all have a blessed day. Love you all. Bye.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family, this is Bridget from New York City. I’m calling to pray for Emmanuel and Selena. Emmanuelle God’s with you. I know what it is to be a wife and to stay to a husband. My husband…I wanted a divorce and when there are children involved…it’s just painful. So, Lord I just…I cover this marriage Father. Lord I just pray for both hearts involved in this marriage Lord. I pray Father for Karina right now Lord God and I ask You Lord God to touch her heart Father God. Lord we are so emotional as women and we do get to a place where we become so weary Father that we want to give up completely but Father I pray Lord that You did not give her that spirit of giving up, that You do not let her give up on her marriage Father, that she would look at her children, that she would look at the long-term effects that this would have Father, that she would look at the covenant that she has chosen to stick by because she decided to marry this man Lord God. I pray Father Lord for a softening of her heart towards her husband Father God. I pray Lord for her to see him in a new light. I pray that the anger would be completely subsided Lord God. I ask You to give her a heart of forgiveness Father God. I ask You to give her a heart of discernment Father God. I pray for Emmanuel Father God, not to give up on her Lord God. I pray that Emmanuel Father God will have strength to receive the hurt and the pain, that she shares the truth and I pray that Father God she would share every single thing that is in her heart so that she can let out what is troubling her Lord. As Your word says Father God that when we confess it heals us Father God. So I pray that she confesses her pain. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hey DAB brothers and sisters this is Byron from out in Florida. I need your help with something. As a lot of you know, my wife suffers from anxiety and depression as well as chronic pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia and I’ve done my best to support her in that and support my family as we go through that but it is hard and yesterday a wrinkle developed which I won’t get into here that pushed me a little past my limit to soon and I reacted in a way that I regret. So, now I’m having to…needing to patch things up with my wife as well as deal with this new development. And, as always, I appreciate your prayers and encouragement. By the grace of God, I’ve been able to take care of my family, take care by wife and all of the other responsibilities that I have, and she’s never stopped being good, He’s never stopped being there. And, so, that’s why I come here, ask for you guys prayers. But it is hard, and I just need to get my eyes back on Him and stop looking at the circumstances, but He’s good and I’m maintaining. I love you all and I’ll talk you later. Bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday April 16, 2019 (NIV)

Joshua 13-14

The Land Yet to Be Conquered

13 When Joshua was an old man, the Lord said to him, “You are growing old, and much land remains to be conquered. This is the territory that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and the Geshurites, and the larger territory of the Canaanites, extending from the stream of Shihor on the border of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron. It includes the territory of the five Philistine rulers of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron. The land of the Avvites in the south also remains to be conquered. In the north, the following area has not yet been conquered: all the land of the Canaanites, including Mearah (which belongs to the Sidonians), stretching northward to Aphek on the border of the Amorites; the land of the Gebalites and all of the Lebanon mountain area to the east, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath; and all the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, including all the land of the Sidonians.

“I myself will drive these people out of the land ahead of the Israelites. So be sure to give this land to Israel as a special possession, just as I have commanded you. Include all this territory as Israel’s possession when you divide this land among the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh.”

The Land Divided East of the Jordan

Half the tribe of Manasseh and the tribes of Reuben and Gad had already received their grants of land on the east side of the Jordan, for Moses, the servant of the Lord, had previously assigned this land to them.

Their territory extended from Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Gorge (including the town in the middle of the gorge) to the plain beyond Medeba, as far as Dibon. 10 It also included all the towns of King Sihon of the Amorites, who had reigned in Heshbon, and extended as far as the borders of Ammon. 11 It included Gilead, the territory of the kingdoms of Geshur and Maacah, all of Mount Hermon, all of Bashan as far as Salecah, 12 and all the territory of King Og of Bashan, who had reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei. King Og was the last of the Rephaites, for Moses had attacked them and driven them out. 13 But the Israelites failed to drive out the people of Geshur and Maacah, so they continue to live among the Israelites to this day.

An Allotment for the Tribe of Levi

14 Moses did not assign any allotment of land to the tribe of Levi. Instead, as the Lord had promised them, their allotment came from the offerings burned on the altar to the Lord, the God of Israel.

The Land Given to the Tribe of Reuben

15 Moses had assigned the following area to the clans of the tribe of Reuben.

16 Their territory extended from Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Gorge (including the town in the middle of the gorge) to the plain beyond Medeba. 17 It included Heshbon and the other towns on the plain—Dibon, Bamoth-baal, Beth-baal-meon, 18 Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaath, 19 Kiriathaim, Sibmah, Zereth-shahar on the hill above the valley, 20 Beth-peor, the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth-jeshimoth.

21 The land of Reuben also included all the towns of the plain and the entire kingdom of Sihon. Sihon was the Amorite king who had reigned in Heshbon and was killed by Moses along with the leaders of Midian—Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba—princes living in the region who were allied with Sihon. 22 The Israelites had also killed Balaam son of Beor, who used magic to tell the future. 23 The Jordan River marked the western boundary for the tribe of Reuben. The towns and their surrounding villages in this area were given as a homeland to the clans of the tribe of Reuben.

The Land Given to the Tribe of Gad

24 Moses had assigned the following area to the clans of the tribe of Gad.

25 Their territory included Jazer, all the towns of Gilead, and half of the land of Ammon, as far as the town of Aroer just west of[a] Rabbah. 26 It extended from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Lo-debar.[b] 27 In the valley were Beth-haram, Beth-nimrah, Succoth, Zaphon, and the rest of the kingdom of King Sihon of Heshbon. The western boundary ran along the Jordan River, extended as far north as the tip of the Sea of Galilee,[c] and then turned eastward. 28 The towns and their surrounding villages in this area were given as a homeland to the clans of the tribe of Gad.

The Land Given to the Half-Tribe of Manasseh

29 Moses had assigned the following area to the clans of the half-tribe of Manasseh.

30 Their territory extended from Mahanaim, including all of Bashan, all the former kingdom of King Og, and the sixty towns of Jair in Bashan. 31 It also included half of Gilead and King Og’s royal cities of Ashtaroth and Edrei. All this was given to the clans of the descendants of Makir, who was Manasseh’s son.

32 These are the allotments Moses had made while he was on the plains of Moab, across the Jordan River, east of Jericho. 33 But Moses gave no allotment of land to the tribe of Levi, for the Lord, the God of Israel, had promised that he himself would be their allotment.

The Land Divided West of the Jordan

14 The remaining tribes of Israel received land in Canaan as allotted by Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the tribal leaders. These nine and a half tribes received their grants of land by means of sacred lots, in accordance with the Lord’s command through Moses. Moses had already given a grant of land to the two and a half tribes on the east side of the Jordan River, but he had given the Levites no such allotment. The descendants of Joseph had become two separate tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim. And the Levites were given no land at all, only towns to live in with surrounding pasturelands for their livestock and all their possessions. So the land was distributed in strict accordance with the Lord’s commands to Moses.

Caleb Requests His Land

A delegation from the tribe of Judah, led by Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb said to Joshua, “Remember what the Lord said to Moses, the man of God, about you and me when we were at Kadesh-barnea. I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God. So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.’

10 “Now, as you can see, the Lord has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old. 11 I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. 12 So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the Lord said.”

13 So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave Hebron to him as his portion of land. 14 Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 (Previously Hebron had been called Kiriath-arba. It had been named after Arba, a great hero of the descendants of Anak.)

And the land had rest from war.

Footnotes:

  1. 13:25 Hebrew in front of.
  2. 13:26 Hebrew Li-debir, apparently a variant spelling of Lo-debar (compare 2 Sam 9:4; 17:27; Amos 6:13).
  3. 13:27 Hebrew Sea of Kinnereth.
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Luke 18:1-17

Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer[b]: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Jesus Blesses the Children

15 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him.

16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

Footnotes:

  1. 18:8 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
  2. 18:11 Some manuscripts read stood and prayed this prayer to himself.
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Psalm 85

Psalm 85

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

Lord, you poured out blessings on your land!
You restored the fortunes of Israel.[a]
You forgave the guilt of your people—
yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude
You held back your fury.
You kept back your blazing anger.

Now restore us again, O God of our salvation.
Put aside your anger against us once more.
Will you be angry with us always?
Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?
Won’t you revive us again,
so your people can rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying,
for he speaks peace to his faithful people.
But let them not return to their foolish ways.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
so our land will be filled with his glory.

10 Unfailing love and truth have met together.
Righteousness and peace have kissed!
11 Truth springs up from the earth,
and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.
Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
13 Righteousness goes as a herald before him,
preparing the way for his steps.

Footnotes:

  1. 85:1 Hebrew of Jacob. See note on 44:4.
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Proverbs 13:7-8

Some who are poor pretend to be rich;
others who are rich pretend to be poor.

The rich can pay a ransom for their lives,
but the poor won’t even get threatened.

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04/15/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 11:1-12:24, Luke 17:11-37, Psalms 84:1-12, Proverbs 13:5-6

Today is the 15th day of the month of April. I’m Brian, it’s great to be here with you today. I was just thinking, are we in the middle of the month? And I guess we’re about dead center in the middle of the month of April already. So, three and a half months into this journey together and what an adventure, what a joy to be together with you every day around this global campfire that we call home and let God’s word speak to us. So, let’s get to that. We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week. We’re working our way through the book of Joshua, which of course is the story of what comes after Moses, right? Moses was responsible for leading people out of slavery and Egypt and through the wilderness for more than a generation, bringing them right to the precipice of the of the Jordan River. And then he stepped back and Joshua took leadership and is taking the people into the land of promise and we have been witnessing all of the intriguing conspiracy about that, how different kings would ally themselves and attack Israel and then Israel would defeat them and take the land. And, so, we are moving our way through of the conquest of the promised land. Today Joshua chapter 11 and 12.

Commentary:

Okay. Today we have the story in the gospel of Luke of Jesus moving through the border between Galilee and Samaria. So, Samaria, Samaritans, right, the remnant of the northern kingdom who were…they were not really accepted as Hebrews at all because they were very, very intermixed and we’ve kind of covered that territory before, but the tension between the two camps was and is apparent in the Scriptures. And, so, there’s these ten lepers, they’re not identifying as Hebrew or Samaritan or anything else, they’re just unclean and outcast because they’ve got a degenerative disease and Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priest, right? And t’s the one, it’s the Samaritan one, it’s the one on the way, who realizes that he’s healed that comes back to talk to Jesus and Jesus asks, “where are the other nine?” And the implications are fairly apparent. It’s a well-known story and yet, I can’t read this well-known story, even though I’ve known this story as long as I can remember. This is a Sunday school story and I grew up in Sunday school. So, this is a flannel board story for sure. I still, even having known this all my life, I’m still struck by why the other nine people would continue forward. Like, they were gonna die from this disease, it was gonna eat them alive, literally waste them away, disfigure them until they were unrecognizable and kill them. So, if you see and you look down and your skin is clean, I mean, on the one hand, I guess you go to the priest and you get declared clean. I guess what maybe picks me a little bit, pricks me little bit about the story is how entitled we can be as believers. We will claim who we are in Christ and we will work on our identity and we will claim and wield our authority and we just expect like, you know, we’ll claim, “I am a child of the most-high God.” And it’s all true. And yes, we are supposed to have that identity. And yes, it’s true nut then we just come to expect God to kind of be the pushover father that just happens to be rich and just really wants…will write the check to keep us from bothering him and so we come to expect this stuff. And, so, easily we can just take and take and take and take and still be dissatisfied, right? Take and take and take the provision of the Lord and it still not be enough and it never is enough, and we’re always dissatisfied and we’re always grumbling to God about what else we need rather than being like the one and looking down and seeing, “hang on a second. I’m clean and I know what filthy feels like inside and out and I’m clean” and just go fall at Jesus feet. We’re clean, we’re not owed something, we’ve received something that is eternal. So, as you go into your day give that some thought. Invite the Holy Spirit into the places that you are overwhelmingly blessed and it’s still not enough and you are ungrateful in spite of it all. And on one level or another that’s probably all of us. Let’s lay that down as we continue through this season of repentance and sitting with what it cost to offer us our salvation as we move toward Easter. Let’s sit with this today.

And then also in the book of Luke today, Jesus kind of drops a bomb. It’s very common, we know it well, but when we sit down and think of the implications it’s pretty huge stuff. Everyone’s asking Jesus about when this kingdom, He keeps talking about when this is gonna happen, when is the kingdom gonna come because they’re looking for this. Like, they are looking for the kingdom of God and they are looking for a messianic leader to usher in the kingdom. And, for them, it’s the restoration of ancient Israel, for them, it’s the reclamation of the land so that they can self-govern and get rid of all the mixture and get the Romans out and try to wash away all the Greek influence in the Hellenistic era that…they want to start over with a Messiah that will lead them back to God and give them their kingdom back. And, so, they are certainly interested in what Jesus is saying because he’s talking about the kingdom of God. And, so, the obvious question is, “okay, you’re saying the right things, when is this going to happen?” And we do kind of wonder the same thing, “when is this gonna finally happen? When’s He gonna show back up? When’s he gonna establish His kingdom upon the earth? When will this happen?” And Jesus answers the question and it should rivet us, it should give us pause. “The kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. Just let that sink in. Won’t be able to say here it is or it’s over there for the kingdom of God is already among you this let that sink in. If this is the first time you can…it’s becoming apparent. It’s already happening. We are it. It’s already upon the earth. We are the sons and daughters of the most-high God. We have the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead living within us according to the Scriptures. It’s now. The state of the kingdom is in our hands. Is it on earth as it is in heaven? This is our prayer, but this is also our work. So, although we’re contemplating how we can be ungrateful and how we can be entitled toward God and how we should run back to God because we’re clean be like the one, we also must understand as we take that posture of humility before the Savior realizing we are clean and made new that it is onto something, it is for something, it is because we are here to perpetuate the good news and bring the kingdom, reveal it, make it apparent, make it seen. It’s here and we must reveal it and we do that through our lives. So, at some point we have to decide whether we’re gonna to continue this mixture of light and darkness within ourselves. And that’s going to be the story, is our own personal struggle against our own personal darkness is or if we’re gonna surrender to the light utterly so that all that comes from us, all that emits out of us is light and life and good news because we are like our Savior, we have become Christ like in this world. Big thoughts for today, big thoughts as we head into our workweek.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You, we thank You for the rhythm of Your word and how it will just lull us and comfort us and tell us stories that we can see ourselves in and then it will also confront us head on and force us to actually examine what it is we’re doing here and what it is we believe and what it is Your word is telling us is. And, so, Father, we first humble ourselves and come to You as the one. We know what it’s like to be dirty, filthy, diseased, wasting away, dying inside and You washed us clean, You restored us. We are thankful, and our response is to be in this kingdom that no one can say it’s over there or here it is, because it’s already among us. Come Holy Spirit, may we reveal Your kingdom today in this world. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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