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April 23, 2023

Teach Us to Number Our Days

Teach Us to Number Our Days

Day 113 One-Year KJV Bible Reading – Judges 1:1–2:9; Luke 21:29–22:13; Psalm 90:1–91:16; Proverbs 13:24-25

Teach Me to Number My Days
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
– Psalm 90:12

In our daily Bible reading today, we started reading the book of Judges. As we ended the book of Joshua, Joshua had died. The children of Israel, under his leadership, crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land. They settled though they hadn’t taken all the lands promised to them. As we finished the book, Joshua had died. The book of Judges tells us what happened next.

No one man was their leader, and the tribes of the children of Israel began to rebel against God. They began to do whatever seemed right in their own eyes. The book of Judges is the recordings of the period following the death of Joshua and the rebellion and abandonment of God by the Israelites. We will see that they suffered the repercussions of their decisions, just as Moses and Joshua had warned. We will see how they cried out to God in their agony and desperation in repentance. We will see how God answered their prayers by sending leaders (judges) to rescue them. We will read about these judges and the changes the tribes went through. Many changes are recorded because this book covers centuries. It covers the time after Joshua’s death and when Israel was granted its first king.

The accounts in Judges are of some hard times and are relatable to our lives and the issues and decisions we face still today. The children of Israel made wrong decisions and created many problems because of their rebellion, just as we still do today. This book gives us a clear picture of where rebellion leads and its consequences.

The People Lifted Up Their Voice, and Wept
And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD. And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land. And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.
 – Judges 2:1-7

All Will Be Fulfilled
And he [Jesus] spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
 – Luke 21:29-33

Watch Ye Therefore
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
 – Luke 21:36

He That Spareth His Rod
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
– Proverbs 13:24