Day 94 – Judges 13-15

Day 94
Judges 13-15

During the period of the Judges, the Israelites were oppressed by virtually every surrounding nation. In the last major period of oppression, Israel suffered at the hands of Philistine domination for forty years (13:1). The Philistines were a hawkish people who occupied the region southwest of Israel between the Mediterranean Sea and the


Day 93 – Judges 10-12

Day 93
Judges 10-12

Following Abimelech’s reign of terror, Israel needed rescue and rest. The Lord provided both in two judges who led Israel for a combined 45 years: Tolah, from the tribe of Issachar (10:1-2), and Jair, a Gileadite (10:3-5). Both men may have been unspectacular but, as it happened, they steered the ship of state with a steady hand. They inherited a


Day 92 – Judges 8-9

Day 92
Judges 8-9

Some of the judges of Judges, who were inducted into the Bible’s Hall of Faith (cf. Hebrews 11:32), also embodied the spirit of the age. Gideon was filled with the Spirit of God and led his little band of 300 men to an extraordinary victory against the Midianites. Yet, cracks in his character began to appear that spelled trouble over time. Like


Day 91 – Judges 6-7

Day 91
Judges 6-7

The time of the Judges was a spiritually dark and gloomy period. In the midst of this darkness, God was not without a witness. On one occasion, He sent an unnamed prophet to rebuke the Israelites for their disobedience (6:7-10). In addition, out of His staggering mercy, God would also select a man or a woman to bring the Israelites deliverance.


Day 90 – Judges 3-5

Day 90
Judges 3-5

The Lord arranged for the Israelites to live among five different Philistine nations, along with a host of Canaanites for two reasons: to test their spiritual faithfulness, and to train the new generation how to wage warfare the Lord’s way. In regards to the first, the Israelites failed terribly. They forgot the Lord, ignored His prohibitions against


Day 89 – Judges 1-2

Day 89
Judges 1-2

Judges. The book covers the period of time that began after the death of Joshua and continued until Saul was crowned king of Israel. The twelve or thirteen judges, whose achievements form the narrative structure of the book, were mainly Spirit-filled military leaders known for their heroics in delivering the Israelites from oppression. The


Day 88 – Joshua 22-24

Day 88
Joshua 22-24

The first phase of the conquest of Canaan was over. Joshua commended the warriors of the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for their service and then released them, allowing them to return to their familes and their inheritance on the eastern side of the Jordan (22:1-9). When these two and a half tribes had first


Day 87 – Joshua 19-21

Day 87
Joshua 19-21

The land of Canaan was divided according to God’s will. After the Tabernacle was moved to Shiloh, the seven remaining tribes received their allotment of land by the casting of lots. The first of the seven was Benjamin (18:11-28). The second tribe was Simeon, whose inheritance was in the midst of the tribe of Judah (19:1-9; cf. also


Day 86 – Joshua 16-18

Day 86

Joshua 16-18
The right kind of leadership makes a difference. The right coach can turn a losing team into a winner. In a similar way, Spirit-filled leadership is used by God to make a difference in the work of the Kingdom. The era of Joshua was uniquely blessed by God. It was not without its challenges but the favor of God was evident upon his leadership.


Day 85 – Joshua 12-15

Day 85

Joshua 12-15
The second half of the book of Joshua is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In Genesis 12, God promised to bless Abraham and to give him numerous descendants with a land in which they could dwell. The first half of the book was about the conquest of the land. The second half of the book will be about the