Today’s Reading: Joshua 8
Key Verse: Joshua 8:30
Now Joshua built an altar to the Lord God of Israel in Mount Ebal…
In building an altar, Joshua is obeying the instructions given in Deuteronomy 11:29 & 27:4-8. The offerings presented on Mt Ebal, the mount of cursing, provided a message that the curse of sin, would be pictured as lifted, and peace would result. When Israel entered the Promised Land, the supernatural provision of manna ceased. It seems that God backed off. Now they had to eat the produce of the land which included corn, etc. They also took on the responsibility to make decisions for war and peace. Divine inspiration of Scripture means that in the original language, the record of events is correct. Early archaeologists disputed that accuracy, but later scholarship confirms that the biblical account is right. Dr. Bryant Wood (PhD, University of Toronto), who has been a guest of mine on the 100 Huntley Street telecast, conducted excavations beginning in 1995, which meet all the requirements for the biblical city of Ai. As we read the history of Israel, we can be confident that we are learning what actually happened.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, there is so much I don’t understand. I’m looking back 3500 years in today’s reading. But what I do understand is that I must visit daily my personal altar, and also my family altar. Please help me, by Your grace, to be faithful in this commitment. In the Name of the One who is always faithful, the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
If you have a response to the horrors of war such as I experience, you struggle with understanding God’s role in human history. In my lifetime I’ve seen genocide in Europe. I’ve visited the death camps where men, women and children perished. Rwanda in Africa and Cambodia in Asia experienced unspeakable man-made destruction of human life. I could go on and on with such events throughout the entirety of human history. Nevertheless, I am confident that God looks at history through the lens of eternity, and God, who will put the final period to the last human history book, will provide justice for every man, woman, and child whose human life was destroyed, but whose eternal soul is in God’s hands. This knowledge gives me peace.