On January 1, my Bible open to Genesis chapter 1, I started the journey through the Bible using the “Our Daily Bread” reading schedule. If all goes as planned, I’ll finish Malachi and Revelation on December 31. It isn’t as if this is the first time I’ve done this. I suppose that had I counted, this has been done approximately 30 times or more in my 52 years of being a Christian.
For some reason, this year has been different. Now, it seems as if Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Caleb, Joshua, and an assortment of ladies, are friends. I really hated saying goodbye to Moses. To ease my loneliness I designed a simple outline of his life, and am using it as a theme for my regular Thursday morning Bible study group. It just happened to fall into place that this week, we will study the Passover. How about that for timing! We are all Gentiles in the group, but it does us well to respect the Jewish Passover.
This morning I said “Goodbye” to Joshua. In personality I found Joshua full of tough love. Most mornings I listen to the Bible and read simultaneously. Bible Gateway allows me to choose the dramatized version. Maybe they influenced me as I hear the reader depict Joshua’s voice as thunderous. Even in his departing speech in chapter 24 there is the hint of military leadership, yet tempered with love and a tinge of gentleness. The introduction to his farewell address is a history lesson.
Moses will continue to pop up in narrative; Joshua, not so much. I hated saying goodbye to him this morning. Now, I will move unto the judges and get to know them better.
When Moses passed the baton of leadership to Joshua he challenged him: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth. . .” (Joshua 1:8). How very difficult it must have been for Joshua to say “Goodbye” to his mentor.
If you are not reading your Bible through, I challenge you to do so. Just start today and end on March 26 next year. It is never too late to start. Most of the time I have read my Bible through from birthday to birthday instead of the calendar year. It doesn’t matter; just do it.