Dale Ralph Davis on Joshua (Re-release)
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In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy sits down with Dale Ralph Davis at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, where, in his “retirement” he serves as minister in residence or, as senior pastor Derek Thomas calls him, “the preacher of the night.” Davis is a long-time pastor and former professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Davis's book, No Falling Words, has long been a must-have commentary on Joshua.

We sat down with him as he was reworking his messages on Joshua for an upcoming conference to talk about “the strange God” of Joshua as well as:

  • old promises fulfilled in Joshua;
  • the meaning of the land;
  • God’s command to destroy the Canaanites;
  • the unlikely recipient of mercy;
  • the grace demonstrated and response to grace commanded in Joshua.

Here are some additional audio resources that you may find helpful in preparing to teach Joshua:

For further study, here are some books you may find helpful, including titles from Crossway, the sponsor of Help Me Teach the Bible:

The Daily Liturgy Podcast
The Daily Liturgy Podcast
Coram Deo Church Community
January 19, 2021
Scripture: Jonah 3, Romans 1:16-32, Psalm 27 Writers: Mike Kresnik, Bob Thune, Darby Whealy, Tyler Anderson Narrators: Charlotte Bertrand, Gary Nebeker, Bob Thune, Darby Whealy, Kevin Huddleston Music: Dan Phelps and William Ryan Fitch Production: Mike Kresnik, Bethany Gilbert Sources: The Worship Sourcebook; The Valley of Vision; The Book of Common Prayer; + original contributions by the authors. OPENING PRAYER Search me, O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. CONFESSION OF SIN & PRAYER FOR GRACE Father, I come before you this day with a humble and contrite heart, which you will not despise. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight. Wash me, that I may be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean heart, and renew in me a right spirit. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and give me a willing spirit to sustain me. Amen.     OT READING: Jonah 3 THE LORD’S PRAYER NT READING: Romans 1:16-32 PRAYER OF ADORATION:  Almighty God: I praise you for your righteous character. Since the creation of the world, your eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen. Because humans have suppressed the truth, you have given us over to our own lusts; this, too, is a manifestation of your righteousness. Thank you that you are the same yesterday, today, and forever.  PSALM READING: Psalm 27 PRAYER OF CONSECRATION O Lord, this Psalm is such good news for those who are afraid; those who feel opposed; those who feel forsaken. David wrote this psalm when he was under military threat. He had every reason to fear for his life, yet he responded by preaching to himself that the Lord was his stronghold. As I read this psalm, I invite it likewise to read me, to act as my teacher and guide. O Lord, give me the grace to seek your face earnestly. Strengthen my confidence that I’ll see your goodness in the land of the living. In all the places where I feel forsaken and let down; in all the instances when I feel alone; lift high my head and give me great confidence in your love for me. “Teach me your way O Lord, and lead me on a level path.” Let me not turn aside toward temptation and sin today; help me walk faithfully with you.  BENEDICTION And now may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and always, until the day of Christ's return.
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Knowing Faith
Knowing Faith
Training The Church
#98 – The Mega Q&A Episode
We go over the following questions: * When you say that we’re asking Genesis questions that it’s not asking itself...is that literal? How would I apply that to other books of the Bible? * How would you describe/define the imago dei in light of disability? * Who’s your favorite person to talk theology with other than each other? * New ESV translation of Genesis 3:16? * When was the promise of the land fulfilled in the Abrahamic Covenant? Was it fulfilled during David or Solomon’s reign? * If God is the one who gives faith, and He wishes that none should perish-why doesn’t He give the gift of faith to everyone? * How do you strike a balance between reading the Bible and Christian books or books about the bible? * When is it ok to leave a church? * What are some practical tips for starting a theological program for women at your church? * What did you think about the West Wing reunion? * Could you explain the doctrine of the sufficiency of scripture? * What are your favorite hymns? * Do you think God made another world before this one? * What is discipleship and how/where does discipleship happen? What does it mean to make disciples? * Is doubt a sin? * What advice do you give to someone just starting out as pastor? * If you could have a table discussion with any 3 theologians, past or present, who would be at your table? Don't forget to support the show and have access to merch, monthly newsletters, behind-the-scenes, and more at Patreon.com/KnowingFaith Follow us on social media on Instagram @knowingfaithpodcast, Twitter @KnowingFaithPod, and on Facebook at Knowing Faith.
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ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
January 19: Genesis 34–35; Psalm 18:25–50; Matthew 22
Old Testament: Genesis 34–35 Genesis 34–35 (Listen) The Defiling of Dinah *34 *Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. *2 *And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. *3 *And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. *4 *So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this girl for my wife.” *5 *Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. But his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came. *6 *And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. *7 *The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, for such a thing must not be done. *8 *But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your1 daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. *9 *Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves. *10 *You shall dwell with us, and the land shall be open to you. Dwell and trade in it, and get property in it.” *11 *Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give. *12 *Ask me for as great a bride-price2 and gift as you will, and I will give whatever you say to me. Only give me the young woman to be my wife.” *13 *The sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah. *14 *They said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us. *15 *Only on this condition will we agree with you—that you will become as we are by every male among you being circumcised. *16 *Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to ourselves, and we will dwell with you and become one people. *17 *But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone.” *18 *Their words pleased Hamor and Hamor’s son Shechem. *19 *And the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he delighted in Jacob’s daughter. Now he was the most honored of all his father’s house. *20 *So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying, *21 *“These men are at peace with us; let them dwell in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives, and let us give them our daughters. *22 *Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us to become one people—when every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised. *23 *Will not their livestock, their property and all their beasts be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us.” *24 *And all who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city. *25 *On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males. *26 *They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house and went away. *27 *The sons of Jacob came upon the slain and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister. *28 *They took their flocks and their herds, their donkeys, and whatever was in the city and in the field. *29 *All their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses, they captured and plundered. *30 *Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.” *31 *But they said, “Should he treat our sister like a prostitute?” God Blesses and Renames Jacob *35 *God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” *2 *So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. *3 *Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” *4 *So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem. *5 *And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. *6 *And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, *7 *and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel,3 because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. *8 *And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So he called its name Allon-bacuth.4 *9 *God appeared5 to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. *10 *And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. *11 *And God said to him, “I am God Almighty:6 be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.7 *12 *The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” *13 *Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him. *14 *And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. *15 *So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel. The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac *16 *Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance8 from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. *17 *And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.” *18 *And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni;9 but his father called him Benjamin.10 *19 *So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), *20 *and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day. *21 *Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder. *22 *While Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine. And Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve. *23 *The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. *24 *The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. *25 *The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant: Dan and Naphtali. *26 *The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram. *27 *And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned. *28 *Now the days of Isaac were 180 years. *29 *And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Footnotes [1] 34:8 The Hebrew for _your_ is plural here [2] 34:12 Or _engagement present_ [3] 35:7 _El-bethel_ means _God of Bethel_ [4] 35:8 _Allon-bacuth_ means _oak of weeping_ [5…
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Read the Bible
Read the Bible
The Gospel Coalition, D. A. Carson
January 19 – Vol. 2
Crowd psychology is easily explained after the fact, but difficult to predict. I recall at a raucous campus election at McGill University thirty-five years ago, one student heckler made a couple of telling points that embarrassed the candidate in question. The crowd was instantly on his side, cheering him on. Thus emboldened, he attempted another sally, but this one was anemic and pointless. The candidate looked at him disdainfully and asked, “Is there some point you are trying to make?” Unable to reply with a quick and direct barb, the student immediately found the crowd hissing and booing him and telling him to shut up and sit down. In two minutes the crowd had turned from avid support to dismissive scorn. It was easy enough to analyze after the fact; it was difficult to predict. Demetrius the silversmith learned this lesson the hard way (Acts 19:23–41). In the face of Paul’s effective evangelism, and therefore the threat of a diminution of his business as an artisan producing silver figurines of the goddess Artemis (her Latin name was Diana), Demetrius tries to stir up enough opposition to stop the Christian movement. Planned or otherwise, the result is a full-fledged riot. Paul sees this as a glorious opportunity to articulate the Gospel to a huge crowd; his friends, however, see this crowd as so dangerous that they succeed, with whatever difficulty, in persuading him to stay away. Eventually the “city clerk” (more or less equivalent to a mayor) quiets the crowd. Ephesus is a free city; it is trusted by Rome to govern itself and remain loyal to the empire. The city clerk well knows that reports of riots in Ephesus could prompt an inquiry that might result in a change of status. Roman troops could be imposed and a governor commissioned by either the senate or the emperor himself. The Christians, says the mayor, are not guilty of desecrating the temple of Artemis. So why the riot? If Demetrius and his friends have a grievance, there are courts, or they can await the calling of the next properly constituted city “assembly” (Acts 19:39—interestingly, the word is _ekklesia_, from which we derive “church”). So the city clerk quells the crowd and dismisses it. Some of the lessons are obvious. (1) It is usually very foolish to whip up a crowd. The results are unpredictable. (2) God remains in charge. Despite some desperate moments, the results in this case are wonderful: the Christian cause has been exonerated, Demetrius and his cronies have lost face, no one has suffered harm. (3) God can use strange economic and political pressures, including, in this case, a pagan artisan and a mayor, to bring about his good purposes. _This podcast is designed to be used alongside TGC's Read The Bible initiative (TGC.org/readthebible). The podcast features devotional commentaries from D.A. Carson’s book For the Love of God (vol. 2) that follow the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan._
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