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Joshua 16-18 Deep Diving Bible Study by Gordon Ramsay

Joshua 1-4 Deep Diving Bible Study

Good Friday Morning Siblings!!

Today’s readings are Joshua 16-18

Rabbit Trails (they are baby bunnies today)

Below is a map of the Promised land as it was divided among the tribes. 

Source bible.ca

🌿You’ll notice at the beginning of Joshua 18 that there were still seven tribes who had not accepted their inheritance of land. Of course, they had an opportunity to already but had put this off.

🌿Why? Accepting their inheritance of land meant accepting responsibility to finish conquering it. It did not mean they were going to just go into land that was move in ready but that they were now responsible for this land that needed to be cleared (there was still some fighting to do for that), taken control of, moved into, and governed.

They had reached the promised land and their inheritance had been given to them, but there was still much (hard) work to do.

The same goes for us when we accept our Messiah as our savior. We can’t just sit around. Along with this gift comes duties and responsibilities which we must take on if we are ever to truly inhabit the place the Lord has made for us.

🌿Backtracking: This is a good time to backtrack a bit to the Deuteronomy 13 test. This teaches that if any prophet rises up from among us and encourages us to go after other Gods or to follow commandments other than those given to us by our Father, He is a false prophet. 

Did you hear that? If anyone tries to lead us away from the teachings of the Father, they do not represent the Father and we are not to follow them. 

Now, here is the cool part. Shawn Parris pointed this out last week. Check out this verse about Messiah from Deuteronomy: 

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I order him. Whoever doesn’t listen to my words, which he will speak in my name, will have to account for himself to me. ~Deuteronomy 18:1819

And now, read as Messiah proves Himself according to the Deut 13 test.

So Yeshua gave them an answer: “My teaching is not my own, it comes from the One who sent me. If anyone wants to do His will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or I speak on my own.” ~John 7:1617

It cannot be stressed enough, and we need to fully think this over so that we can wrap our heads around it and grasp it – Messiah never contradicted YHWH. We need to be very mindful of saying He changed, contradicted, or taught others to disobey YHWH because when we do these things, we are declaring our Messiah to be a false prophet.

Below is a jarring image of how many treat Messiah’s love for us: 


If you missed my live chat this week, the focus was on Wholeheartedly seeking Him and what that looks like versus being a Hobby Believer.

May YHWH bless the reading of His Word. May He plant seeds of understanding within each of us and may He cause our hearts to seek wholeheartedly after His.

Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21

We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!

May YHWH bless the reading of His Word!

Today’s recipe: Snowball Cookies

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Joshua 19-21 Deep Diving Bible Study by Gordon Ramsay

Joshua 19-21 Deep Diving Bible Study


Hey siblings! 

Sunday’s readings are Joshua 19-21

Rabbit Trails

I’m sharing more of Aletha Karen Bass‘s notes with you! She left these on Friday morning’s readings.

~~~~~From Aletha~~~~~~

As I’ve been reading in Joshua, I’ve tried to be in the “happenings” as they move into the promised land. As I read, my heart soared at Jericho & Ai. Through all the battles, I’ve felt the exultation that came from seeing a long held promise fulfilled. (I’ve always loved history & would do this type of study technique.) It’s a thrilling time. Imagine you are marching around Jericho, for example. Around the town you go each day for 6 days, one time a day. On the 7th day, you go around 7 times. Then with a great shout, the walls come down. Can you picture it? Now, take up residence in Jericho & climb up on the wall. Watch the Israelites circle the city each day. Can you feel what the inhabitants must have felt? Be on the wall, watching on the 7th day. Imagine seeing all the Israelites circling the towns 7 times. Can you imagine the feeling of the residents? They had to have been terrified! Imagine being in the home of Rahab, knowing what was happening.

I can put myself into the camps as the land is being divided to the tribes. There is fighting to be done, yes, & hard work to come, but can you feel the anticipation? They are HOME despite the work to be done! There was jubilation mixed with other emotions.

Have you ever been on a trip only to come home? What do you feel when you return from your trip? I feel jubilation that I’m home & relief that traveling is over. Or you are moving into a new home. What emotions fill you? Joy? Worry over the work, the struggle to settle in? Thankfulness?

I imagine all these emotions were present. I also think that there was gratitude beyond imagination in the people as they realized the end to wandering & the fulfillment of God’s promises.

~~~~~ End Aletha’s notes~~~~

I had a lot of folks ask about the Wholehearted verses I used in my weekly coffee chat that I shared yesterday. I’m going to list them below and I challenge you to set aside some time, look each up, and underline whatever word your Bible uses for Wholehearted. 

  • Deut 6:5 – being said by YHWH
  • Matthew 22:37 – Messiah quoting YHWH
  • Mark 12:30 – Messiah quoting YHWH
  • Luke 10:27 – Messiah quoting YHWH
  • Deut 13:3
  • Deut 30:6
  • 1 Samuel 12:20
  • 1 Samuel 12:24
  • Deut 10:12
  • Deut 11:13
  • Joshua 22:5
  • 1 Chronicles 28:9
  • Psalm 86:11
  • Deut 4:29
  • Jeremiah 29:13
  • Psalm 119:10
  • Deut 30:10
  • 1 Samuel 7:3
  • Psalm 119:58
  • Psalm 138:1
  • Deut 30L2
  • Deut 26:16
  • 2 Kings 23:3
  • Psalm 119:34
  • Psalm 119:69
  • 1 Chronicles 29:9
  • 1 Kings 14:8
  • 1 Kings 15:14
  • 2 Kings 23:25
  • Joel 2:12
  • Acts 11:23
  • 1 Kings 2:4
  • 1 Kings 8:48

I hope you have a wonderful week, filled with Shalom!

Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21

We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!

May YHWH bless the reading of His Word!

Today’s recipe: Honey Ramen Snack Mix

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Joshua 12-15 Deep Diving Bible Study by Gordon Ramsay

Joshua 1-4 Deep Diving Bible Study



Today’s readings are Joshua 12-15

🌿We begin our reading with a list of every king that Israel conquered. All told there are thirty one kings. Although the text being so brief over this may lead us to believe that this happened all at once, no doubt this took place over a period of time, likely a lengthy one. Rather than just a glance over this chapter, I encourage you to take a moment and really think about each and every king listed. The sheer volume of kings, lands, and people that Israel was able to conquer is awe inducing. This is a direct result of the hand of the God of Israel and these lands are discovering just how mighty He is. 

🌿Inheritance of Levi (pronounced Leh-vee)

Joshua 13:14 Notice, again, that Levi has no inheritance in this world. They are counted as heirs only to the Father and not only does He provide for them but He is their inheritance. As we get older and as our parents and grandparents age before us, we have been privy to more and more tales of bitter family battles over things left behind by family members who have passed. I’ve seen people grow increasingly bitter over material goods, money, and property, when they felt they weren’t getting their proper due of the assets. More often than not it turns into a tug of war over who deserves more. Each time I see this, I separate myself as far as I can from it. When this happens, these assets quickly show themselves to be the bringer of curses on a family.

I have told anyone who may have the power to do so that I want no mention of my name in any will. Let those who love the world’s curses have my share! I just want to remind you that, if you follow the one true God wholeheartedly, your inheritance will not be found in this world. He will provide for you and He will be your inheritance!

🌿Now THIS is a testimony we should all seek to give, notice the bold! 

I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. 8 But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed YHWH my God. And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed YHWH my God.’ Joshua 14:7-9

Wholehearted. There are masses of people who treat following the Father as if it were a hobby they enjoy from time to time.

Don’t be a hobby believer. Be a WHOLEHEARTED one. THAT is how you inherit the wisdom, love, and grace of the Father! 

🌿In order to follow the Father, we must do so on His terms, not our own. Heaven forbid we risk having this interaction with our savior: 

22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:22-23

🌿A rabbit trail within my rabbit trails: 

I study a lot of different books of the Bible throughout my week so I’m often ruminating over at least a couple of parts of the Bible at once and one of the things I’ve really been thinking on this week is the patterns of YHWH.

Now, this is one of my husband’s favorite topics so I generally grin and roll my eyes whenever he starts in on a new pattern he’s found but this week I’ve been slowing down a bit and taking time to think over the wonder of how our Father operates in this way.

The Father works in patterns. What does this tell us? He is predictable. He is unchanging. Just as he says in Malachi 3:6.

I am YHWH, I do not change.

From all of this we should realize another key principle that is so obvious we may miss it:

  • YHWH WANTS us to know Him. 
  • Which means we CAN know Him.

How exciting is that? I mean, just think about it a moment.

He wants us to know Him so well that we know how He will view a certain situation, event, country, people, culture, or time. He wants us to be able to look at events and see where His hand was in them. To know when to expect Him to act and to immediately recognize when He does. And on the flip side of that, to know when we have or are considering doing something that will grieve Him and to know what to expect as a result.

YHWH is a god of patterns. Now some people seem to behave as if we can’t possibly know God. Well, that is true. We can live our entire lives without ever really knowing Him simply by doing one thing – never opening all of the letters He has left behind for us.

Now when I say “letters” I am doing so in a figurative sense as a reference to Scripture. I am not relating Scripture to actual letters, such as Paul’s writings were.

The Father gave us Scripture, His instructions, in His Words, spoken with His divine breath, and these should be as intimate and meaningful to us as if they were personal letters written by His Holy hand specifically to each one of us. 

I look at my Bible as if there is a letter from our Father waiting for me on my kitchen table each and every morning. 

How eager would we be to wake up and open that!

Seriously y’all, this is EXCITING!

The Word of YHWH is a treasure. Our relationship with Him is as well. I want to read and re-read His word every day of of my life, seeking His face in all that I do, so that I am so close, so divinely in tune with His spirit, that I can see the world clearly through His very eyes. And the amazing thing is, this is what He wants as well!

We’ve seen YHWH establish and act in patterns many times up until this point, I’m not even sure we could count them all. Keep your eyes open as we move forward, for more of YHWH’s unchanging and steadfast love, guidance, deliverance, grace, and judgement.

He has told us He does not change – and I Believe! 

-I am God, I do not change. Malachi 3:6

-The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Psalm 33:11

-Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17

-Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

May we seek Him with all our lives and see Him in all we put our hands to.

Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21

We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!

May YHWH bless the reading of His Word!

Today’s recipe: Mama’s Simple Eggnog

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