Scripture:   Joshua 8:34   Afterward Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law.  

35   There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the foreigners who lived among them. 

Observation:   Moses was dead and Joshua had taken over the leadership of Israel.  But in reality, Joshua was not the leader; God was the leader.  Here Joshua does as Moses had previously commanded him; he gathered all the people of Israel and read the scriptures.  A parallel today would be if the President of the United States called all the people together and read to them the Constitution with all its amendments which included the Bill of Rights. 

Application:   When I read the scriptures, I need to be careful not to just read what I like and to skip over the portions I do not like.  I treasure God when I read His word and arrange my life to fit His plan.  After all, I know what I like; He knows what I need!

Prayer:   Lord, Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)  I will hide its words in my heart that I may not sin against you!  (Psalm 119:11)   Amen 

Pastor Leon
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