Mo 7/10Tu 7/11We 7/12Th 7/13Fr 7/14Sa 7/15Su 7/16
Josh. 12–13
Ps. 145
Josh. 14–15
Pss. 146–147
Josh. 16–17
Ps. 148
Josh. 18–19
Pss. 149–150
Josh. 20–21
Acts 1
Josh. 22
Acts 2
Josh. 23
Acts 3

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

This Friday we will begin reading the book of Acts. Believe it or not, Acts (short for “Acts of the Apostles”) is a fitting companion to our recent Old Testament readings.

In the book of Joshua, Joshua leads the people of Israel into the Promised Land to lay claim to the inheritance the LORD (Yahweh) had guaranteed to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. By the power of God’s Spirit (see Deut. 34:9), Joshua succeeds in establishing God’s kingdom in the place of God’s choosing. Our reading in Joshua this week recounts the many victories God gave Israel, as well as the many cities and all the land which was successfully possessed by them. This amazing fulfillment of God’s promises could only have been accomplished through God’s power. “Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass” (Josh. 21:45).

What is even more amazing is that this conquest of Canaan was only a small part of God’s plan. All along, the Lord was intending to lay claim not just to the land of Canaan, but to the entire earth. After all, “The earth is the LORD’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Ps. 24:1). And that’s what the book of Acts is about.

Acts is about the gospel of the kingdom of Christ going out from Jerusalem and Israel to the whole world. Jesus (whose name is just a Greek transliteration of the name Joshua) is the new and better Joshua who shepherds a people not consisting of people from one nation in one land, but of people called from all nations in all lands.

VERSES TO MEDITATE ON

Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
—Luke 24:46–47

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise the Lord for His gracious offer of forgiveness to all the nations.
  • Confession – Confess specific promises of God which you have doubted would be or could be fulfilled.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for putting you in a land where the preaching of the gospel is so prevalent.
  • Supplication – Pray for the continued spread of the gospel around the world, especially in those places where the name of Christ has never been named.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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