Joshua 21 Cities of the Levites

In today’s reading of Joshua 21 listing the Cities of the Levites, I noticed in 21:21 that God gave Shechem to be a city of refuge from the slayer to the Levites. Although we have not yet read about Dinah’s incident in Genesis 34, the connection to Joshua 21 will become more apparent, so remember that this particular city was assigned to the Levites. Hint. Levi was involved in an event which involved circumcision, a ritual which was only to be carried out by priests.

The other verses of note in Joshua are 21:43-45 which speak to the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel.

Again because there are many place names and tribal names which are difficult to pronounce we listen to Alexander Scourby and “repeat after me” so to speak. You’ll begin to become more familiar as we proceed with these names. Don’t skip this practice. Do you like when a person mispronounces your name?

Joshua 18, 19, & 20

October 13, 2021

Note: I have not had time to listen to this particular Torah class all the way through. So if anyone does, your input would be appreciated. We are on this journey together. Please post your comments here on WordPress. If you have found a better lesson or sermon, YouTube elsewhere, please let us know.

We have included the two chapters as read by Alexander Scourby on Joshua 19 and 20 for your convenience.

https://www.torahclass.com/old-testament-studies-tc/39-old-testament-studies-joshua/309-lesson-21-joshua-18-19-20

Joshua 19. Inheritance of the tribes of Israel revealed by lot.

Joshua 20. Cities of Refuge.

Alexander Scourby Reads “Genesis 10-11 Tower of Babel and Abram

October 13, 2021

Approximate listening length 6 minutes which will cover two days of Genesis. Genesis 10 lists the nations descended from Noah. Chapter 11 Tower of Babel and the genealogy of Shem, leading to Serug, Nahor, Terah the father of Abram (who will later be renamed Abraham).

Lots of names and places. So to Alexander Scourby we go. Don’t skip it now. Read the names which will assist you in proper pronunciation. Got it? Remember every word is inspired by God, every jot and tittle. 2 Timothy 3:16 and profitable.

What amazed me as I read the names along with Scourby, was how God is so concerned with individuals and families. He knows us by name. Takes away our excuse when we meet our neighbor, “Oh, I’m bad with names.” You know, it’s just an excuse for lazy thinking. I was amazed by my old Ski racing Coach Robin Morning who remembered everyone’s name. She was on the US Olympic Ski Team.

And I am still amazed at my bride Elizabeth’s ability to do so as well! I am still working on my lazy nature!! What was his name? Immediately she will tell me.Lol. Happy listening. Listening to Scourby will definitely improve your English as well. Okay, to the Word!

“A Sure Word of Prophecy”

Just finished listening to Chuck Missler’s explanation of “the sure word of prophesy” (2 Peter 1:19) which echoes and magnifies the section on the odds of 8 prophecies coming true in Christ Jesus which I read of in Josh Macdowell’s “More Than a Carpenter”, the book our friend Laurie Matisse gave us back in 1984. All I have to say is Wow! Listening to the late Chuck Missler is like drinking out of a Biblical firehose. It’s a lot, so I took notes, but he speaks fast, so I just intently listened in on the journey he leads us on. He certainly knows the word well and exhibits a formidable mind and defended the Biblical faith with excellence.

Elizabeth and I were astounded how many items he speaks of confirm the very Scriptures we are reading this week, e.g., the daughters of Zelophehad (Hebrew) in Joshua 17:3-6).

Although wikipedia is a site with a dubious reputation at times, here’s a little quick background.


“The Daughters of Zelophehad (Hebrew: בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד‎) were five sisters – Mahlah, Noa, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah – mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, (Numbers 27:1-11) who lived at the end of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt as they prepared to enter the Promised Land and who raised before the Israelite community the case of a woman’s right and obligation to inherit property in the absence of a male heir in the family. Zelophehad (meaning “dark shadow”), a man of the Tribe of Manasseh, had five daughters but no sons, and therefore no male heirs.[1]”

Here’s the link to Chuck Missler’s lecture on the “the more sure word of prophecy.” I think this will be of assistance in understanding the nature of prophesy as it appears throughout our readings this year. You will notice prophecies are listed as they appear in the readings on the right side of the reading calendar. We suggest you print it out for your convenience and keep it by your Bible to remind you of where we are in the journey. Don’t be distracted, but discipline oneself and create a time and place where you read daily. If you already have that discipline established, congratulations! Please let us know if you have printed out the schedule in the comments below. All the videos we speak of are not intended to distract you from your daily reading nor study of the Word. They are merely supplementary resources.

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https://youtu.be/8maQCszE91c

Joshua 16 & 17

As we read Genesis 9:24-27 today notice Noah’s curse of Canaan where he says, “So he (Noah) awoke from his wine and knew what his younger son (Canaan, the son of Ham) had done to him. Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants he shall be to his brethren. And he said: Blessed be the LORD the God of Shem and may Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth and may he dwell in the tents of Shem and may Canaan be his servant.”

And in Joshua 16:10, notice the binding fulfillment of this curse many centuries later. “And they did not drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer, but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day and have become forced laborers.” In the King James version it is even clearer as it says, “And they drove not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer, but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.” The term “serve under tribute” is particularly descriptive of Noah’s curse. A tribute is a payment required from people who are under the rule of another. Such was the case for Israel when they were under the rule of Babylon and other empires.

The Book of Joshua was written in diary form covering the years 1415 B.C. to 1389 B.C. Genesis covers 2165 B.C. to 1800 B.C. Note the over 400 year span between the two books, but how perfectly intertwined are the two, Scripture verifying Scripture wherein the Curse of Noah spoken to Canaan are fulfilled in the Book of Joshua over 4 centuries later. And even then the time of Noah preceded it being spoken of in the Book of Genesis. Is that clear to you?

Here is Alexander Scourby’s reading of today’s Scripture reading of Joshua 16.

Also notice in Joshua 17:13 again the forced labor of the Canaanites.

Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar

Greetings fellow Readers!!

As you may know, our EGL2021-2022 #BibleReading journey begins on October 2 using the Reading Calendar. You’re welcome to share it with your church, colleagues, neighbors, friends and family who desire to read through the Word this year. There is no fee.

Here’s the link to the Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1523XkfNhUqxtnn5G1Gy41-r8tI1YwH1a/view?usp=sharing

Our one year reading calendar is a bit different from other calendars in that it commences in the fall according to an ancient Jewish reading regimen of the Torah which begins anew each year following the fall feast known as the Feast of Tabernacles. It is different though in that it also contains daily readings from the Old Testament historic books and Prophets, the Psalms, Proverbs and readings from the New Testament.

The calendar we use is the western calendar, but it also lists appropriate holydays from the Hebrew Calendar as well as the Christian calendar for those who come from the various Christian and Messianic traditions.

You may also wish to subscribe to our Exploring God’s Library Facebook group which enables you to join us on Tuesday evenings for a one hour coaching session from 6-7 pm Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles, California) based on that week’s readings.

Please Subscribe here to the private EGL FB Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1871385569648323/?ref=share

If you are unable to attend the session because of time differences or if you are not on Facebook, we will also post it on the Exploring God’s Library YouTube channel on Thursday. We recommend that everyone subscribe to the channel so that you are automatically notified.

Please subscribe here to the EGL YouTube channel. https://youtube.com/channel/UCx236kaMv50VylKKDYvneMA

Looking forward to being on the journey with you this year.

In Christ’s refuge and strength,

James and Elizabeth Stephens

Continue reading Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar

Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar

Greetings fellow Readers!!

As you may know, our EGL2021-2022 #BibleReading journey begins on October 2 using the Reading Calendar. You’re welcome to share it with your church, colleagues, neighbors, friends and family who desire to read through the Word this year. There is no fee.

Here’s the link to the Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1523XkfNhUqxtnn5G1Gy41-r8tI1YwH1a/view?usp=sharing

Our one year reading calendar is a bit different from other calendars in that it commences in the fall according to an ancient Jewish reading regimen of the Torah which begins anew each year following the fall feast known as the Feast of Tabernacles. It is different though in that it also contains daily readings from the Old Testament historic books and Prophets, the Psalms, Proverbs and readings from the New Testament.

The calendar we use is the western calendar, but it also lists appropriate holydays from the Hebrew Calendar as well as the Christian calendar for those who come from the various Christian and Messianic traditions.

You may also wish to subscribe to our Exploring God’s Library Facebook group which enables you to join us on Tuesday evenings for a one hour coaching session from 6-7 pm Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles, California) based on that week’s readings.

Please Subscribe here to the private EGL FB Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1871385569648323/?ref=share

If you are unable to attend the session because of time differences or if you are not on Facebook, we will also post it on the Exploring God’s Library YouTube channel on Thursday. We recommend that everyone subscribe to the channel so that you are automatically notified.

Please subscribe here to the EGL YouTube channel. https://youtube.com/channel/UCx236kaMv50VylKKDYvneMA

Looking forward to being on the journey with you this year.

In Christ’s refuge and strength,

James and Elizabeth Stephens

Continue reading Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar

Scripture for 9.27.2021

TORAH –  And this is the blessing  (Vezot Haberakhah) 

Deuteronomy 33:12-17

PROPHETS

Zachariah 7 & 8

THE GOSPELS & LETTERS

——–

Wisdom
Psalm of the Day 48

Psalm 146

Proverbs 30:21-23

If you are on the journey with us reading through the Bible, welcome to day 347

or if you are joining us now welcome and be prepared for a life changing experience.

(We have a 5 lesson introduction to the Bible on youtube) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rhhVJDQQLR6hyPAqiP1XzP3 

There is a recap/coaching session every Tuesday night 6-7pm pst on facebook and after it will be put on Youtube.

Below are the links to the book information & other resources for your library for your lifetime of study.

The books, commentaries and film resources for the upcoming readings will be posted  here before we get there to be ahead and not behind. See the weekly class session posts for all the information. 

Please share this reading schedule & resources with others. 

Questions?  Please email us at: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com. 

Or write to us at: Exploring God’s Library   Post Office Box 116 Sierra Madre, CA 91025

Our links:

on facebook live 6-7pm pst  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1871385569648323

on youtube  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=exploring+god+library

The following are the texts and commentaries we are reading and studying through. We have provided the ISBN numbers for your convenience. Please visit and support your local Christian bookstore. (Grace Bookstore  http://www.gracebooks.com/?ss360Query=9780785223320             Or call 800.472.2315)

Bible
Study Bible by John MacArthur
0849912229

Psalms
The Treasury of David by C. H. Spurgeon  0825437121

Proverbs
Proverbs by Charles Bridges 085151088

Westminster Confession of Faith

Deuteronomy

The Book of Deuteronomy by Peter C. Craigle

Zechariah 

Feinberg, Charles L. The Minor Prophets. Moody. 1976

Scripture for 9.26.2021

TORAH –  And this is the blessing  (Vezot Haberakhah) 

Deuteronomy 33:6-11

PROPHETS

Zachariah 5 & 6

THE GOSPELS & LETTERS

——–

Wisdom
Psalm of the Day 24

Psalm 145

Proverbs 30:20

If you are on the journey with us reading through the Bible, welcome to day 346

or if you are joining us now welcome and be prepared for a life changing experience.

(We have a 5 lesson introduction to the Bible on youtube) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rhhVJDQQLR6hyPAqiP1XzP3 

There is a recap/coaching session every Tuesday night 6-7pm pst on facebook and after it will be put on Youtube.

Below are the links to the book information & other resources for your library for your lifetime of study.

The books, commentaries and film resources for the upcoming readings will be posted  here before we get there to be ahead and not behind. See the weekly class session posts for all the information. 

Please share this reading schedule & resources with others. 

Questions?  Please email us at: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com. 

Or write to us at: Exploring God’s Library   Post Office Box 116 Sierra Madre, CA 91025

Our links:

on facebook live 6-7pm pst  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1871385569648323

on youtube  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=exploring+god+library

The following are the texts and commentaries we are reading and studying through. We have provided some ISBN numbers for your convenience. Please visit and support your local Christian bookstore.

Bible
Study Bible by John MacArthur
0849912229

Psalms
The Treasury of David by C. H. Spurgeon  0825437121

Proverbs
Proverbs by Charles Bridges 085151088

Westminster Confession of Faith

Deuteronomy

The Book of Deuteronomy by Peter C. Craigle

Zechariah 

Feinberg, Charles L. The Minor Prophets. Moody. 1976