Bible in one year

April 7

Joshua 3:1-17
1. Early the next morning, Joshua and all the Israelites got up and left Acacia. They traveled to the Jordan River and camped there before they crossed it.
2. After three days the leaders went through the camp.
3. They gave orders to the people: "When you see the Levite priests carrying the Box of the Agreement of the Lord your God, follow them.
4. But do not follow too closely. Stay about 1000 yards behind them. You have not been here before, but if you follow them, you will know where to go."
5. Then Joshua told the people, "Make yourselves pure. Tomorrow the Lord will use you to do amazing things."
6. Then Joshua said to the priests, "Take the Box of the Agreement and go across the river in front of the people." So the priests lifted the Box and carried it in front of the people.
7. Then the Lord said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to make you a great man for all the Israelites to see. Then the people will know that I am with you just as I was with Moses.
8. The priests will carry the Box of the Agreement. Tell them this, 'Walk to the shore of the Jordan River and stop just before you step into the water.'"
9. Then Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come and listen to the words of the Lord your God.
10. Here is proof that the living God is really with you and that he will surely defeat your enemies. He will defeat the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites; he will force them to leave their land.
11. The Box of the Agreement of the Lord of the whole world will go before you as you cross the Jordan River.
12. Now choose twelve men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
13. The priests will carry the Holy Box of the Lord. He is the Lord of the whole world. They will carry that Box in front of you into the Jordan River. When they enter the water, the water of the Jordan River will stop flowing and fill behind that place like at a dam."
14. The priests carried the Box of the Agreement, and the people left the place they had camped. The people started going across the Jordan River.
15. (During harvest time the Jordan River overflows its banks. So the river was at its fullest.) The priests who were carrying the Box came to the shore of the river. When they stepped into the water,
16. immediately the water stopped flowing and filled behind that place like at a dam. The water piled up high a long way up the river—all the way to Adam (a town near Zarethan). And the water flowing down to the sea of Arabah (the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. The people crossed the river near Jericho.
17. The ground at that place became dry, and the priests carried the Box of the Agreement of the Lord to the middle of the river and stopped. They waited there while all the Israelites walked across the Jordan River on dry land.

Joshua 4:1-24
1. After all the people had crossed the Jordan River, the Lord said to Joshua,
2. "Choose twelve men, one from each tribe.
3. Tell them to look in the river where the priests were standing and get twelve rocks from that place. Carry these rocks with you and put them where you stay tonight."
4. So Joshua chose one man from each tribe. Then he called the twelve men together.
5. He said to them, "Go out into the river where the Holy Box of the Lord your God is. Each of you must find one rock. There will be one rock for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Carry that rock on your shoulder.
6. These rocks will be a sign for you. In the future, your children will ask you, 'What do these rocks mean?'
7. You will tell them that the Lord stopped the water from flowing in the Jordan River. When the Holy Box of the Lord's Agreement crossed the river, the water stopped flowing. These rocks will help the Israelites remember this forever."
8. So the Israelites obeyed Joshua. They carried twelve rocks from the middle of the Jordan River. There was one rock for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. They did this the way the Lord commanded Joshua. The men carried the rocks with them. Then they put the rocks at the place where they made their camp.
9. (Joshua also put twelve rocks in the middle of the Jordan River. He put them at the place where the priests had stood while carrying the Lord's Holy Box. These rocks are still there today.)
10. The Lord had commanded Joshua to tell the people what to do. This is what Moses had said Joshua must do. So the priests carrying the Holy Box stood in the middle of the river until everything was done. Meanwhile, the people hurried across the river.
11. After the people finished crossing the river, the priests carried the Lord's Holy Box to the front of the people.
12. The men from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh obeyed Moses. These men crossed the river in front of the other people. These men were prepared for war. They were going to help the rest of the Israelites take the land God had promised to give them.
13. About 40,000 soldiers, prepared for war, passed before the Lord. They were marching toward the plains of Jericho.
14. That day the Lord made Joshua a great man to all the Israelites. They respected Joshua from that time on, just as they did Moses.
15. Then the Lord said to Joshua,
16. "Command the priests carrying the Box that holds the Agreement to come out of the river."
17. So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come out of the Jordan River."
18. The priests obeyed Joshua. They carried the Box with them and came out of the river. When their feet touched the land on the other side of the river, the water in the river began flowing again. The water again overflowed its banks just as it had before the people crossed.
19. The people crossed the Jordan River on the tenth day of the first month and camped at Gilgal, east of Jericho.
20. They carried with them the twelve rocks that they had taken from the Jordan River, and Joshua set them up at Gilgal.
21. Then Joshua told the Israelites, "In the future your children will ask you, 'What do these rocks mean?'
22. Tell them, 'These rocks help us remember the way the people of Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry land.'
23. The Lord your God caused the water in the Jordan River to stop flowing so that you could cross it on dry land—just as the time the Lord stopped the water at the Red Sea so that we could cross it on dry land.
24. The Lord did this so that all the people in this country would know that he is very powerful. Then they will always be afraid of the Lord your God."

Psalms 42:1-5
1. To the director: A maskil from the Korah family. Like a deer drinking from a stream, I reach out to you, my God.
2. My soul thirsts for the living God. When can I go to meet with him?
3. Instead of food, I have only tears day and night, as my enemies laugh at me and say, "Where is your God?"
4. My heart breaks as I remember the pleasant times in the past, when I walked with the crowds as I led them up to God's Temple. I remember the happy songs of praise as they celebrated the festival.
5. Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I tell myself, "Wait for God's help! You will again be able to praise him, your God, the one who will save you." In my sadness I say, "I will remember you from here on this small hill, where Mount Hermon and the Jordan River meet."

Proverbs 13:17-18
17. Disaster will catch up to the wicked messenger, but a runner who can be trusted will bring peace.
18. If you refuse to learn from your mistakes, you will be poor, and no one will respect you. If you listen when you are criticized, you will be honored.

Luke 9:1-17
1. Jesus called his twelve apostles together. He gave them power to heal sicknesses and power to force demons out of people.
2. He sent them to tell about God's kingdom and to heal the sick.
3. He said to them, "When you travel, don't take a walking stick. Also, don't carry a bag, food, or money. Take for your trip only the clothes you are wearing.
4. When you go into a house, stay there until it is time to leave.
5. If the people in the town will not welcome you, go outside the town and shake the dust off your feet as a warning to them."
6. So the apostles went out. They traveled through all the towns. They told the Good News and healed people everywhere.
7. Herod the ruler heard about all these things that were happening. He was confused because some people said, "John the Baptizer has risen from death."
8. Others said, "Elijah has come to us." And some others said, "One of the prophets from long ago has risen from death."
9. Herod said, "I cut off John's head. So who is this man I hear these things about?" Herod continued trying to see Jesus.
10. When the apostles came back, they told Jesus what they had done on their trip. Then he took them away to a town called Bethsaida. There, he and his apostles could be alone together.
11. But the people learned where Jesus went and followed him. He welcomed them and talked with them about God's kingdom. He healed the people who were sick.
12. Late in the afternoon, the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, "No one lives in this place. Send the people away. They need to find food and places to sleep in the farms and towns around here."
13. But Jesus said to the apostles, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Do you want us to go buy food for all these people?" There are too many!
14. (There were about 5000 men there.) Jesus said to his followers, "Tell the people to sit in groups of about 50 people."
15. So the followers did this and everyone sat down.
16. Then Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish. He looked up into the sky and thanked God for the food. Then he broke it into pieces, which he gave to the followers to give to the people.
17. They all ate until they were full. And there was a lot of food left. Twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of food that were not eaten.