Our Daily Bread Devotional July 24, 2022 || ODB Today Message For Sunday
Our Daily Bread Devotional July 24, 2022 || ODB Today
READ SUNDAY ODB DEVOTIONAL, OUR DAILY BREAD 24TH JULY 2022 WRITTEN BY JENNIFER BENSON SCHULDT (OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES)
TOPIC: God Knows
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Joshua 22:21–27
KEY VERSE: The Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows! – Joshua 22:22
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Psalms 35–36; Acts 25
Our Daily Bread Devotional July 24, 2022 INSIGHT
The ten tribes of Israel on the west side of the Jordan chose Phinehas the priest as their spokesperson (Joshua 22:13). It was Phinehas himself who put an end to God’s judgment against Israel at Peor when he slew a man engaged in idolatry (Numbers 25:7–9).
As grandson to Aaron the high priest and arbiter of God’s justice, he approached the other tribes mentioned in Joshua as a kind of warning: become idolaters like those at Peor and I’ll see justice done. The ten tribes feared that their brothers had fallen into idolatry and were committed to seeing righteousness restored. The new generation of Israel had learned its lesson and took very seriously God’s claim to be the only true God.
Our Daily Bread Devotional July 24, 2022 MESSAGE
A couple who stopped to admire a large abstract painting noticed open paint cans and brushes underneath it. Assuming it was a “work in progress” that anyone could help create, they stroked in some color and left. The artist, though, had purposefully left the supplies there as part of the finished work’s display. After reviewing video footage of the incident, the gallery acknowledged the misunderstanding and didn’t press charges.
The Israelites who lived east of the Jordan created a misunderstanding when they built a massive altar next to the river. The western tribes viewed this as rebellion against God—everyone knew the tabernacle was the only God-approved place for worship (Joshua 22:16).
Tensions mounted until the eastern tribes explained that they only meant to make a replica of God’s altar. They wanted their descendants to see it and recognize their spiritual and ancestral connection with the rest of Israel (vv. 28–29). They exclaimed: “The Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows!” (v. 22). Thankfully, the others listened. They saw what was going on, praised God, and returned home.
Because God “searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought” (1 Chronicles 28:9), everyone’s motives are clear to Him. If we ask Him to help us sort out confusing situations, He may give us the chance to explain ourselves or the grace we need to forgive offenses. We can turn to Him when we’re striving for unity with others.
Our Daily Bread Devotional July 24, 2022 | ODB For Sunday
REFLECT: What kind of value do you place on unity with others? Why is it vital for us to lovingly disagree with fellow believers at times?
PRAY: Dear God, help me to be an attentive listener and humble speaker.
Our Daily Bread Devotional 24th July 2022 || ODB Today Message . Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread. our daily bread booklet.