Tuesday, January 24, 2023


Today’s Reading: Joshua 9

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Jacob’s Well lies in the crypt of a modern Greek Orthodox church at Nablus in the West Bank. It is located at the entrance to a mountain pass between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal (referred to in Joshua 8). It is often considered the most authentic site in the Holy Land, since no one can move a well that was originally dug more than 40 metres deep into solid rock almost 4,000 years ago. Jacob’s well is where Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink and offered her “living water” (John 4:5-42).

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Key Verse: Joshua 9:14

Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord.


The leadership of Israel once again, as in the case of the first attack on Ai, did not wait in prayer before God for His guidance. They were in the Promised Land. Everything seemed to be going their way. There was no more manna to eat. They had grown, purchased or confiscated a wide variety of food. While they never spoke the words to God, “We don’t need You anymore,” their decision about the Gibeonites showed an underlying attitude that resulted in Israel being deceived. This decision, without consulting the Lord, resulted in heartache for the people of God in the years to come.

We may want to read about those who did consult God before taking action (Hebrews 11:30-40). This list of God’s heroes starts in the book of Joshua. God’s list is becoming longer and longer with the names of those who listen to Him and do His will. Amen!


Lord Jesus, when I stand before You at the judgment of believers, may I, by Your grace, find my name written in the Book of Life. As you spoke the name, “Mary” (John 20:11-16) just after rising from the dead, in the same way I’m anticipating the ultimate joy of hearing You say my name. Like those in Hebrews 11:39, grant that I may, “obtain a good testimony through faith.” Amen!


I wonder if Jesus will have a new name for me. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter. The Prophet Daniel writes of names written in God’s Book, as does the Apostle John in the Revelation (Daniel 12 & Revelation 21). I love the promise of God written in Malachi 3:16-18. A Book of Remembrance is being written “For those who fear the Lord, and who meditate on HIS NAME!” That is what I’m praying many more will do because of this blog. I hope that this message will be forwarded to others, and as a result, many more personal stories will be in God’s “Book of Remembrance.” YES!!!!! According to Malachi, all we must do to qualify for this Book is to fear the Lord, speak to one another, and the Prophet says, “The Lord listened and heard them.” As a direct result there is a Book of Remembrance. I think God writes, not on paper, but perhaps in cyberspace! I love to hear from those who read this blog.

Grateful with you that, by God’s grace, our names are in His book,


Underneath the Greek Orthodox church pictured above, visitors draw water from Jacob’s Well. Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions all associate this well with Jacob.

9 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 24, 2023

  1. Yes, Lord, make us people of prayer. Help us to live honest, open, and loving lives. Please guide us in Your ways, in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Amen Rob. Lord, please guide my choices and my footsteps. Thank You. I am always puzzled when I hear of such amazing feats as the well dug 4,000 years ago, 40 meters deep! That was really amazing when you realize that they didn’t have modern tools to do the work! I am praying for God’s healing Hand as I’m weak & ill. My family lives quite far away. Blessings all today.

  3. Doreen, (and all who may be feeling sick, or weak, or sad-within)…..
    “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His Face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His Countenance upon you, And give you His Peace.”
    Num. 6: 24-26

    • Laur: I am agreeing with you in prayer for dear Doreen, she is such an inspiration to us on this blog. Dear lord I pray for Doreen’s healing and that someone she knows, who lives close by may check in on her. Perhaps someone from her church.
      Glad for this blog that we can learn something every day. A good reminder from the scripture today, to pray first, before I before I jump in with two left feet.
      Blessings to all Eleanor M.

    • Laur, I agree with you in prayer for Doreen.
      May God’s Hand be on her as she trusts Him
      for guidance and His Will in her life, in Jesus’
      Holy Name, Amen.
      Thank you for your prayers Laur, God bless you.

  4. I am Joining Laur and Eleanor in prayer for Doreen. Father, I ask that you touch and strengthen Doreen, both physically and spiritually. Encourage her and make her well. As Eleanor prayed, I ask that You send someone to check on her and perhaps bring her a meal, medication or anything else that she may be in need of. Thank you Father, for hearing and answering our prayers. Amen!

  5. I join others in prayer for Doreen, and for others in need. Praying that the Lord will hold her with his healing hands and that he will instruct someone to stop by.
    God’s healing blessings for all.

  6. I wonder like when David asked the question under the personal words he said I wonder if God will change my name he changed God changed other people’s names
    Amen to the comments above 🙂

  7. I am joining everyone in prayer for Doreen, as Eleanor wrote earlier, she is such an inspiration to all of us!

    May God Bless you Doreen, and may you be filled with His love and healing power.

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