Through the Bible Week 17, 2 Kings 6 – 25


The Kingdom of Israel has been carried away into captivity and scattered among the nations to this day. The Kingdom of Judah survived a little longer before being carried away to Babylon. Both committed the same sin. They turned from the Lord their God to false gods and performed wickedness in God’s land and among God’s people. Most of this sin was lead by their Kings. The Kingdom of Israel had no good kings after their split from Judah. The Kingdom of Judah had but a few good kings. Towards the end of the Kingdom of Judah, one king emerged that out-shined them all. His name was Hezekiah.

2 Kings 18:5 (NKJV) — 5 [Hezekiah] trusted in the LORD God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him.

That is an amazing statement in scripture. There were none like him before or after in the Kingdom of Judah. Just before this, the Bible says he was like his father David.

2 Kings 18:3 (NKJV) — 3 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done.

The Bible continues to explain exactly what it was that he did.

2 Kings 18:6 (NKJV) — 6 For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.

He did not depart from following God, but kept the commandments that God gave through Moses. This is important. You see, the kingdom will eventually lose the Bible, literally. It becomes misplaced somewhere in the Temple. Hezekiah’s son Manasseh that reigns after him is quite possibly one the most wicked men ever to reign on the earth. It is likely during his evil reign that the Bible is lost. They lose the book that contains the Holy Scriptures and the commandments God gave to Moses. They lose the book that chronicled their covenant promises from God. It will not be found until Hezekiah’s great grandson sits on the throne.

But Hezekiah followed the word and didn’t depart from it.

Neglecting the word is the most dangerous place you can be. By neglecting the word, evil and wickedness will slip into your life. Chaos and disaster are the rule of the day. When you don’t know either the commandments or the promises of God, you can’t help but to slip into sin.  But, we are called to be holy, separated unto God, separated from the world. This is only possible through His Word. By being in His Word and letting Him speak through the Holy Spirit to us, we are drawn into a relationship with Him in Jesus Christ. Hezekiah had a relationship. That is what made him hold fast to the Lord.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – 1 Chronicles 1-2
  2. Day 2 – 1 Chronicles 3-5
  3. Day 3 – 1 Chronicles 6
  4. Day 4 – 1 Chronicles 7-8
  5. Day 5 – 1 Chronicles 9-11
  6. Day 6 – 1 Chronicles 12-14
  7. Day 7 – 1 Chronicles 15-17

Through the Bible Week 16, 1 Kings 10 – 2 Kings 5


After the split of Israel into the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah, the Northern Kingdom continued to fall away and rebel against God. They turned to pagan gods and followed wicked rituals and practices. As a result, God used the nations around them to harass them and attack them and constantly be at war in order to teach Israel to return to the one true God. A nation that God used constantly to do this was Syria. Israel seemed to be constantly at war with Syria.

Now, God used a commander named Naaman to give great victory to Syria. We find his story in 2 Kings 5. But, Naaman had a spot of leprosy. First, just having leprosy was trial enough, but having the stigma of being a leper while also being the commander of the army of Syria made it worse. Now, Naaman was not a godly man. He was a pagan idle worshiper with a temper problem. He had great pride as we will see. Naaman took an Israelite girl captive during a raid into Israel and brought her back and put her into slavery. Even through God allowed this to happen as chastisement to Israel, we know in His word that he will punish the wicked who take part in it. But it seems that God is going to bless Naaman. He is not going to bless him because Naaman deserves it or is righteous. God is going to bless Naaman because it will glorify God in the eyes of Israel and Syria.

This slave girl from Israel tells Naaman that he can be healed in the land of Israel. Naaman tells the King of Syria and the King of Syria sends Naaman and a letter to the King of Israel.

2 Kings 5:3–6 (NKJV) — 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.” 5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.

Now the King of Israel freaks out about this.

2 Kings 5:7 (NKJV) — 7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”

The King of Israel was afraid. He believed the King of Syria was using this to start a war with him. The problem here is that the King of Israel was so wicked that he didn’t even think to call on Elisha the prophet. But, Elisha hears about it anyway and comes to the king.

2 Kings 5:8 (NKJV) — 8 So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

So Naaman goes to meet Elisha.

2 Kings 5:9–12 (NKJV) — 9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

Naaman was totally insulted. He thought he was important enough that Elisha should at least come out and meet him personally. But, Elisha doesn’t think Naaman is all that important and sends a servant to tell Naaman what to do to be clean. Naaman storms off in a fury. Also, Naaman doesn’t want to get in the Jordan River. Now, I have been in the Jordan River and I understand where Naaman is coming from, it is quite dirty. This just added to the insult. Luckily for Naaman, his servants have cooler heads and intervene.

2 Kings 5:13–14 (NKJV) — 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman would have done a mighty deed if Elisha had told him to do so. He was a mighty man and had done mighty deeds before. But Elisha gave him something simple to do and it was beneath Naaman. After the intervention of his servants, Naaman finally gives in and is healed. Naaman’s response to all this…belief. Naaman turns to the living God. He knows now that there is no God in the world but the God of Israel.

It is amazing to me that we in the Church want to do great things. We want to be seen as doing mighty things for God. The truth is that this is just pride and flesh. This kind of heart won’t be used by God. The mighty deed was not done by Naaman, it was done by God. If it had been done by Naaman, Naaman would have the credit. But as it is, God received all the credit. In fact, even Elisha couldn’t get the credit because he didn’t even go out and meet the man. God always receives the credit. Men cannot take His glory from Him.

Notice also that the humble servants throughout this episode are the holy ones. The humble servants didn’t let pride get in the way. The Israelite girl that was Naaman’s slave could have let him suffer but she didn’t. Naaman’s servants could have let him storm back to Syria in a rage, but they didn’t. It is the servant that always makes the difference.

Jesus Christ, God and Creator, came to this earth and lowered Himself to be a servant to all mankind. He calls us to be servants. If you want to do mighty things, then serve one another. There is nothing mightier.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – 2 Kings 6-8
  2. Day 2 – 2 Kings 9-11
  3. Day 3 – 2 Kings 12-14
  4. Day 4 – 2 Kings 15-17
  5. Day 5 – 2 Kings 18-19
  6. Day 6 – 2 Kings 20-22
  7. Day 7 – 2 Kings 23-25

Through the Bible Week 15, 2 Samuel 16 – 1 Kings 9


As we enter the section of the Kings of Israel (1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles), we start with Solomon. David, God’s chosen king, has reigned for 40 years and he passes his kingdom to his son Solomon. While David was alive, he wanted to build the temple for God. He wanted to build the Lord’s house. But, God would not let him. David recounts this to Solomon and tells him to build the temple.

1 Chronicles 22:8–10 (NKJV) — 8 but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. 10 He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’

It is interesting that we translate this “His name shall be Solomon”, but this isn’t the literal translation. The name Solomon means peace. The literal translation is “His name shall be Peace”. This prophecy from God was meant about an even greater king, but Solomon was a foreshadow of Him.  Now, David had not sinned by being a man of war, it was simply that he was a man chosen for war. God had chosen his son Solomon to be the king of peace and only then would his temple be built. So when Solomon becomes king, he begins the building.

1 Kings 5:3–5 (NKJV) — 3 You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the LORD put his foes under the soles of his feet. 4 But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence. 5 And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to my father David, saying, “Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for My name.”

Solomon says a very interesting thing here. He explains that the temple couldn’t be built “until the Lord put his foes under the soles of his feet.” Again, we see the Lord only permitting a house to be built for Him when peace reigns in Israel.

But David and Solomon are both shadows of someone greater coming. David, the king of war, foreshadows the coming Messiah Jesus Christ as a conquering king when he installs His kingdom on the earth. Solomon, the king of peace, foreshadows the King Jesus Christ reigning on the earth as the Prince of Peace. And this King will not build his temple until His enemies are a footstool.

Hebrews 10:12–13 (NKJV) — 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.

Once His enemies are conquered, then Jesus will raise up the great final temple. Once there is peace in Jerusalem, then there will be a true temple.

Sometimes the Lord calls us to be men of war, but in the end, He wants us to all be men of peace. The Kingdom is not established with war, but with peace.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – 1 Kings 10-11
  2. Day 2 – 1 Kings 12-14
  3. Day 3 – 1 Kings 15-17
  4. Day 4 – 1 Kings 18-20
  5. Day 5 – 1 Kings 21-22
  6. Day 6 – 2 Kings 1-3
  7. Day 7 – 2 Kings 4-5

Through the Bible Week 14, 1 Samuel 21 – 2 Samuel 15


Most people are familiar with the story of David and Bathsheba. It is found in this section of scripture. David had an affair with Bathsheba when he should have been at war with his troops. The woman’s husband is Uriah, one of David’s mighty men and closest friends. Bathsheba ends up pregnant and David commits an even worse sin by having Uriah killed in battle to cover the whole thing up.

What many people miss in this story is the character of Uriah. Let’s take a look at that. After Bathsheba becomes pregnant by David, David has Uriah sent home in hopes that he will go to his wife and make it look like she is pregnant by him.

2 Samuel 11:8–9 (NKJV) — 8 And David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah departed from the king’s house, and a gift of food from the king followed him. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.

So David sends Uriah home, but Uriah doesn’t even enter his house. He sleeps outside the door. That seems strange. Uriah has been away at war and hasn’t been with his wife in a long time. You would think he would want to be with her. But Uriah’s response is amazing.

2 Samuel 11:10–11 (NKJV) — 10 So when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” 11 And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.”

Any other time, Uriah would have gone to his wife. But, the Ark of God and the soldiers of Israel and Judah are at war, dwelling in tents. Uriah knew one thing was more important than his personal pleasure and comfort. God had work to do and Uriah hadn’t finished it. Uriah took seriously the calling of God. Uriah knew that he needed to deny himself to finish God’s work. This is the mindset that every man of God should have. We should be at war when God calls us to war and we should be serious enough about it to make it the most important thing in our life.

We find this same mindset in Jesus Christ.

Luke 9:51–53 (NKJV) — 51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.

When it was Jesus’ time to go to His death, He did not waver. He “set His face” towards his goal. This means that He would let nothing turn Him aside from what He was called to do. Uriah did the same thing. He would not even let being with his wife turn him from doing what he was called to do.

Are you steadfast in what God has called you to do? Is your face set towards the goal?

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – 2 Samuel 16-18
  2. Day 2 – 2 Samuel 19-21
  3. Day 3 – 2 Samuel 22-24
  4. Day 4 – 1 Kings 1-2
  5. Day 5 – 1 Kings 3-5
  6. Day 6 – 1 Kings 6-7
  7. Day 7 – 1 Kings 8-9

Through the Bible Week 13, Ruth 1 – 1 Samuel 20


Saul, the first king of Israel, seemed to always have trouble following the Lord’s direction. In one particular instance, God commanded Saul to destroy the Amalekites. We find this in 1 Samuel chapter 15.

1 Samuel 15:1–3 (NKJV) — 1 Samuel also said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LORD. 2 Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”

Now Saul leads the people off to war and defeats the Amalekites. But, Saul didn’t do exactly what God had commanded. Saul kept king Agag alive and kept some of the livestock alive. This is very indicative of Saul. Even when following the Lord, he always seemed to try to do it his way and not the Lord’s way. God sends Samuel to tell Saul some bad news because of this.

1 Samuel 15:22–23 (NKJV) — 22 So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”

The kingdom was being stripped from Saul because of his persistent disobedience. God says that obeying Him is much more important than sacrifice. Obeying Him is much more important than service. Obeying Him is much more important than giving. In fact, He has harsh words for disobedience. Rebellion is as witchcraft and stubbornness is like idolatry. This ranks simple disobedience up there with the worst of all sinful natures. When you disobey God, you are flat out rejecting the word of the Lord.

Psalm 51:16–17 (NKJV) — 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.

God wants us each to have a broken and a contrite heart. This means He wants us to be humble and seek His will in all things. This is how we seek true wisdom. The evidence of true wisdom is obedience.

James 1:5 (NKJV) — 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 3:13–17 (NKJV) — 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Wisdom is given by God without limit and without reproach. God will never be angry with you for asking for wisdom and will give you all the wisdom you need. Saul never seemed to get this. Saul was always trying to act in his own wisdom and never sought the counsel of God. We can tell by the evidence. Saul fell into bitterness and self-seeking. James says this is demonic and earthly.

In fact, many people in the church think they have wisdom. They think God has given them special knowledge or discernment towards people. What I see is that this is usually driven by bitterness and pride. Not only does God expressly forbid this kind of behavior, He tells us through James that this didn’t come from God, it comes from demons. Oh how often do we claim the work of the enemy is the work of God and vice versa.

So what is the evidence of true wisdom? We find it in James 3:17 above.

  1. Pureness – Truly wise people seek holiness and avoid sin.
  2. Peacefulness – Truly wise people cause no division, they don’t walk around making accusations and aren’t the “sword” for God.
  3. Gentleness – Truly wise people do all things in a gentleness of love. They are not harsh.
  4. Willingness to Yield – Truly wise people are willing to yield to God and to the authority He has set up in the world.
  5. Mercifulness – Truly wise people are the most merciful. They do not seek retribution or to give out punishment for sin.
  6. Fruitfulness – Truly wise people bear good fruit. They do not seem to be wise by doing many works, they let God produce the result.
  7. Without Impartiality – Truly wise people are able to judge righteously and with humility no matter the circumstances.
  8. Without Hypocrisy – Truly wise people don’t look at the world as if they have no sin. They look at the world through the eyes of a redeemed sinner.

Pray for wisdom and let God transform you.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1- 1 Samuel 21-24
  2. Day 2 – 1 Samuel 25-26
  3. Day 3 – 1 Samuel 28-31
  4. Day 4 – 2 Samuel 1-3
  5. Day 5 – 2 Samuel 4-7
  6. Day 6 – 2 Samuel 8-12
  7. Day 7 – 2 Samuel 13-15

Through the Bible Week 12, Judges 3 – 21


There are many great stories in the Book of Judges. In this book, we have the history of Israel after the death of Moses and Joshua and before the kings. Here we find the nation going through seven great sin cycles. They completely turn away from the Lord in sin. The Bible says every man did what was right in his own eyes. Sounds a lot like the world today, doesn’t it? But God, being ever faithful to fulfill His promises, always sends a deliverer and the nation returns to Him. One of these deliverers is a man named Gideon.

Now Gideon was a nobody. He wasn’t a warrior by trade. He wasn’t a spiritual leader. He was just a farmer.  The Lord comes to Gideon while he is threshing wheat in a winepress. He is doing this in a winepress to keep it secret from the Midianites. The Midianites were destroying every crop they could find. God was using the Midianites as a tool of correction for His chosen nation, but now He was ready to deliver them from this oppression. God tells Gideon that He is going to deliver Israel. Unfortunately, Gideon is not a faithful man. I don’t mean he wasn’t following God, I mean he lived his life with overwhelming fear and doubt. Four times Gideon asks God to prove himself instead of Just following Him.

Judges 6:14–22 (NKJV) — 14 Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” 15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.” 17 Then he said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me. 18 Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set it before You.” And He said, “I will wait until you come back.” 19 So Gideon went in and prepared a young goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him under the terebinth tree and presented them. 20 The Angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so. 21 Then the Angel of the LORD put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. 22 Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the LORD. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face.”

Gideon needed a sign before he was willing to do anything. God provided that sign, but it wasn’t good enough for Gideon.

Judges 6:36–38 (NKJV) — 36 So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said— 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water.

Before Gideon would go to war, he wanted another sign from God.  God provided that sign, but it still wasn’t good enough for Gideon.

Judges 6:39–40 (NKJV) — 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.

Finally, after this sign Gideon does what the Lord says and takes the nation to battle against the Midianites. But, his faith fails him again. God tells Gideon that He is going to destroy the whole army of the Midianites, but Gideon needs another sign.

Judges 7:9–15 (NKJV) — 9 It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, 11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp. 12 Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude. 13 And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.” 14 Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.” 15 And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.”

Finally, after this fourth sign, Gideon believes God, overcomes his fear, and attacks the Midianites. Gideon then gets to see God give a great victory.

Do you live like this? I hear people all the time say they are waiting for a sign. “I put a fleece out before the Lord” they say. Put a fleece out? Gideon was showing total unbelief when he put a fleece out. This is a sure sign of your unbelief. Believe God and get up and go. The great thing for us, though, is that God has sent a deliverer to us. This is a great and final deliverer. His name is Jesus Christ. Unlike Gideon, Jesus is perfectly faithful.

Let us look to Jesus and follow him in faithfulness, not fear and doubt.

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Ruth 1-4
  2. Day 2 – 1 Samuel 1-3
  3. Day 3 – 1 Samuel 4-8
  4. Day 4 – 1 Samuel 9-12
  5. Day 5 – 1 Samuel 13-14
  6. Day 6 – 1 Samuel 15-17
  7. Day 7 – 1 Samuel 18-20

In His Service, Scott

Through the Bible Week 11, Joshua 5 – Judges 2


At the beginning of this section of scripture, Joshua has taken the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the promised land. They are about to attack Jericho, the first city to be conquered. Before they can though, God has the men of the nation circumcised. These men, born during the wilderness wandering, were not circumcised like their fathers. It is now that all the old reproach, the reproach of Egypt, has been rolled away from them. Their old sins are forgotten. The crossing over the Jordan is representative of the nation of Israel being born a new nation. The nation then takes and celebrates the Passover with food of the new land they are in.

In this we have a picture of the sinner coming to believing faith in Jesus Christ. As we come into a new life, being born-again, we are marked by the Holy Spirit like Israel was marked by circumcision. It is then that the Lord casts off and rolls away our old reproach, the reproach of the world, the reproach of sin. We take part in His Passover, in His death and resurrection as the sacrificial Lamb who takes away our sin.

John 1:29 (NKJV) — 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Jesus takes away our reproach just like He took away Israel’s reproach. After this, something just as remarkable happens to Israel.

Joshua 5:13–15 (NKJV) — 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.

We must understand, wherever the Angel of the Lord stands is holy ground. The only Holy ground we find in the Bible is with the Angel of the Lord. The Angel of the Lord is worshipped and called Lord and speaks in the first person as God. The Angel of the Lord is God incarnate. He is God the Son in person.

After we are born-again and brought into the body of Christ, into a promised life with Him, He then becomes our protector. He then is the Commander of the Lord’s Army in our lives and leads us into a life with him and a life of victory. Because we are His, we are blessed. If we let him lead the battles, we can’t be conquered.

David, the great conquerer understood well where his victory came from.

Psalm 121:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Do you look to let the Lord lead the victory or do you try to take it yourself?

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Judges 3-5
  2. Day 2 – Judges 6-7
  3. Day 3 – Judges 8-9
  4. Day 4 – Judges 10-12
  5. Day 5 – Judges 13-15
  6. Day 6 – Judges 16-18
  7. Day 7 – Judges 19-21

In His Service, Scott