Bible in one year

April 7

Joshua 3:1-17
1. Early the next morning Joshua and all the Israelites left Acacia and arrived at the banks of the Jordan River, where they camped before crossing.
2. Three days later, the Israelite leaders went through the camp
3. giving these instructions to the people: "When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD your God, follow them.
4. Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about a half mile behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don't come any closer."
5. Then Joshua told the people, "Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do great wonders among you."
6. In the morning Joshua said to the priests, "Lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the river." And so they started out.
7. The LORD told Joshua, "Today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites. Now they will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses.
8. Give these instructions to the priests who are carrying the Ark of the Covenant: `When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop.'"
9. So Joshua told the Israelites, "Come and listen to what the LORD your God says.
10. Today you will know that the living God is among you. He will surely drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites.
11. Think of it! The Ark of the Covenant, which belongs to the Lord of the whole earth, will lead you across the Jordan River!
12. Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe.
13. The priests will be carrying the Ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth. When their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will pile up there in one heap."
14. When the people set out to cross the Jordan, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them.
15. Now it was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river's edge,
16. the water began piling up at a town upstream called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the city of Jericho.
17. Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the LORD's covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by them. They waited there until everyone had crossed the Jordan on dry ground.

Joshua 4:1-24
1. When all the people were safely across the river, the LORD said to Joshua,
2. "Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe.
3. Tell the men to take twelve stones from where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan and pile them up at the place where you camp tonight."
4. So Joshua called together the twelve men
5. and told them, "Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the LORD your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder--twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes.
6. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future, your children will ask, `What do these stones mean to you?'
7. Then you can tell them, `They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the LORD's covenant went across.' These stones will stand as a permanent memorial among the people of Israel."
8. So the men did as Joshua told them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe, just as the LORD had commanded Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there.
9. Joshua also built another memorial of twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, at the place where the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant were standing. The memorial remains there to this day.
10. The priests who were carrying the Ark stood in the middle of the river until all of the LORD's instructions, which Moses had given to Joshua, were carried out. Meanwhile, the people hurried across the riverbed.
11. And when everyone was on the other side, the priests crossed over with the Ark of the LORD.
12. The armed warriors from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh led the Israelites across the Jordan, just as Moses had directed.
13. These warriors--about forty thousand strong--were ready for battle, and they crossed over to the plains of Jericho in the LORD's presence.
14. That day the LORD made Joshua great in the eyes of all the Israelites, and for the rest of his life they revered him as much as they had revered Moses.
15. The LORD had said to Joshua,
16. "Command the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant to come up out of the riverbed."
17. So Joshua gave the command.
18. And as soon as the priests carrying the Ark of the LORD's covenant came up out of the riverbed, the Jordan River flooded its banks as before.
19. The people crossed the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month--the month that marked their exodus from Egypt. They camped at Gilgal, east of Jericho.
20. It was there at Gilgal that Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River.
21. Then Joshua said to the Israelites, "In the future, your children will ask, `What do these stones mean?'
22. Then you can tell them, `This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'
23. For the LORD your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over.
24. He did this so that all the nations of the earth might know the power of the LORD, and that you might fear the LORD your God forever."

Psalms 42:1-5
1. As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
2. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and stand before him?
3. Day and night, I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, "Where is this God of yours?"
4. My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks--it was the sound of a great celebration!
5. Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and

Proverbs 13:17-18
17. An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing.
18. If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept criticism, you will be honored.

Luke 9:1-17
1. One day Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases.
2. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the coming of the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3. "Don't even take along a walking stick," he instructed them, "nor a traveler's bag, nor food, nor money. Not even an extra coat.
4. When you enter each village, be a guest in only one home.
5. If the people of the village won't receive your message when you enter it, shake off its dust from your feet as you leave. It is a sign that you have abandoned that village to its fate."
6. So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.
7. When reports of Jesus' miracles reached Herod Antipas, he was worried and puzzled because some were saying, "This is John the Baptist come back to life again."
8. Others were saying, "It is Elijah or some other ancient prophet risen from the dead."
9. "I beheaded John," Herod said, "so who is this man about whom I hear such strange stories?" And he tried to see him.
10. When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida.
11. But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. And he welcomed them, teaching them about the Kingdom of God and curing those who were ill.
12. Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, "Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this deserted place."
13. But Jesus said, "You feed them.Impossible!" they protested. "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?"
14. For there were about five thousand men there. "Just tell them to sit down on the ground in groups of about fifty each," Jesus replied.
15. So the people all sat down.
16. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God's blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples to give to the people.
17. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!