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Apr 21, 2020

Yesterday we started the book of Joshua, named after the man God chose as Moses’ successor. In this book we will see the victory of the Chosen People in conquering the Promised Land (chapters 1-12) and then the occupation of the Promised Land (chapters 13-24). Three times in Deuteronomy 31, we heard the charge, “Be determined and confident,” and that command was repeated three more times to Joshua in chapter 1.

PSALM 68b:
This Psalm starts with the words Moses spoke whenever the Ark of the Covenant was taken up to be moved to another place:

“1 Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies.”
And David adds, “Let those who hate God run for their lives.”

ACTS 20a:
Yesterday we heard of how Demetrius— the silver-smith shrine-making businessman, incited a riot against Paul.

GNT Translation notes:
Ps. 68 [Again I read this from the CEV because it translates the pronouns/nouns in such a way that one understands the whole poem as a prayer.]
Acts 20:11 Then [Paul//he] went back upstairs, broke bread, and ate. After talking with them for a long time, even until sunrise, Paul left.