One Year Bible

Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Date Title: April 20, 2021

Scripture Reference: Luke 20:17

Scripture Excerpt: The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone.

Devotion Text: Jesus is the Cornerstone. A cornerstone is a large, immovable stone that sets the direction for an entire building. Trying to test and move Jesus by questions and tricks was impossible—a point the Pharisees amply proved. He is unchangeable Truth, the Rock of integrity and honesty. If you try to move Him or persuade Him to change His standard, you will be crushed (v. 18) as that Stone falls on you. You can’t go around Him, under Him, or over Him.Proverbs 13:15 says, “A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person walks a rocky road.” Being treacherous means you’re trying to push God’s truth out of your life! Why not build on the truth rather than trying to budge it? Don’t alter it, try to move it, or break it. Fall upon that Stone and let Him break your will to pieces. Then allow the Holy Spirit to build your life upon the foundation of eternal truth.Align the walls of your life to match the direction of the Cornerstone. A life built upon His truth will last for all eternity. He will never change. Isn’t it time you did?

JOSHUA 19:1-20:9

Then the second lot fell to Simeon, to the tribe of the sons of Simeon according to their families, and their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the sons of Judah.
So they had as their inheritance Beersheba or Sheba and Moladah,
and Hazar-shual and Balah and Ezem,
and Eltolad and Bethul and Hormah,
and Ziklag and Beth-marcaboth and Hazar-susah,
and Beth-lebaoth and Sharuhen; thirteen cities with their villages;
Ain, Rimmon and Ether and Ashan; four cities with their villages;
and all the villages which {were} around these cities as far as Baalath-beer, Ramah of the Negev. This {was} the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Simeon according to their families.
The inheritance of the sons of Simeon {was taken} from the portion of the sons of Judah, for the share of the sons of Judah was too large for them; so the sons of Simeon received {an} inheritance in the midst of Judah’s inheritance.
Now the third lot came up for the sons of Zebulun according to their families. And the territory of their inheritance was as far as Sarid.
Then their border went up to the west and to Maralah, it then touched Dabbesheth and reached to the brook that is before Jokneam.
Then it turned from Sarid to the east toward the sunrise as far as the border of Chisloth-tabor, and it proceeded to Daberath and up to Japhia.
From there it continued eastward toward the sunrise to Gath-hepher, to Eth-kazin, and it proceeded to Rimmon which stretches to Neah.
The border circled around it on the north to Hannathon, and it ended at the valley of Iphtahel.
{Included} also {were} Kattah and Nahalal and Shimron and Idalah and Bethlehem; twelve cities with their villages.
This {was} the inheritance of the sons of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.
The fourth lot fell to Issachar, to the sons of Issachar according to their families.
Their territory was to Jezreel and {included} Chesulloth and Shunem,
and Hapharaim and Shion and Anaharath,
and Rabbith and Kishion and Ebez,
and Remeth and En-gannim and En-haddah and Beth-pazzez.
The border reached to Tabor and Shahazumah and Beth-shemesh, and their border ended at the Jordan; sixteen cities with their villages.
This {was} the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Issachar according to their families, the cities with their villages.
Now the fifth lot fell to the tribe of the sons of Asher according to their families.
Their territory was Helkath and Hali and Beten and Achshaph,
and Allammelech and Amad and Mishal; and it reached to Carmel on the west and to Shihor-libnath.
It turned toward the east to Beth-dagon and reached to Zebulun, and to the valley of Iphtahel northward to Beth-emek and Neiel; then it proceeded on north to Cabul,
and Ebron and Rehob and Hammon and Kanah, as far as Great Sidon.
The border turned to Ramah and to the fortified city of Tyre; then the border turned to Hosah, and it ended at the sea by the region of Achzib.
{Included} also {were} Ummah, and Aphek and Rehob; twenty-two cities with their villages.
This {was} the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.
The sixth lot fell to the sons of Naphtali; to the sons of Naphtali according to their families.
Their border was from Heleph, from the oak in Zaanannim and Adami-nekeb and Jabneel, as far as Lakkum, and it ended at the Jordan.
Then the border turned westward to Aznoth-tabor and proceeded from there to Hukkok; and it reached to Zebulun on the south and touched Asher on the west, and to Judah at the Jordan toward the east.
The fortified cities {were} Ziddim, Zer and Hammath, Rakkath and Chinnereth,
and Adamah and Ramah and Hazor,
and Kedesh and Edrei and En-hazor,
and Yiron and Migdal-el, Horem and Beth-anath and Beth-shemesh; nineteen cities with their villages.
This {was} the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Naphtali according to their families, the cities with their villages.
The seventh lot fell to the tribe of the sons of Dan according to their families.
The territory of their inheritance was Zorah and Eshtaol and Ir-shemesh,
and Shaalabbin and Aijalon and Ithlah,
and Elon and Timnah and Ekron,
and Eltekeh and Gibbethon and Baalath,
and Jehud and Bene-berak and Gath-rimmon,
and Me-jarkon and Rakkon, with the territory over against Joppa.
The territory of the sons of Dan proceeded beyond them; for the sons of Dan went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. Then they struck it with the edge of the sword and possessed it and settled in it; and they called Leshem Dan after the name of Dan their father.
This {was} the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.
When they finished apportioning the land for inheritance by its borders, the sons of Israel gave an inheritance in their midst to Joshua the son of Nun.
In accordance with the command of the Lord they gave him the city for which he asked, Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim. So he built the city and settled in it.
These are the inheritances which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the households of the tribes of the sons of Israel distributed by lot in Shiloh before the Lord at the doorway of the tent of meeting. So they finished dividing the land.
Then the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying,
“Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
that the manslayer who kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood.
He shall flee to one of these cities, and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city and state his case in the hearing of the elders of that city; and they shall take him into the city to them and give him a place, so that he may dwell among them.
Now if the avenger of blood pursues him, then they shall not deliver the manslayer into his hand, because he struck his neighbor without premeditation and did not hate him beforehand.
He shall dwell in that city until he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then the manslayer shall return to his own city and to his own house, to the city from which he fled.’”
So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.
Beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, they designated Bezer in the wilderness on the plain from the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan from the tribe of Manasseh.
These were the appointed cities for all the sons of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them, that whoever kills any person unintentionally may flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the congregation.

LUKE 19:28-48

After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples,
saying, “Go into the village ahead of {you;} there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it {here.}
If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’”
So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them.
As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
They said, “The Lord has need of it.”
They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus {on it.}
As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road.
As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen,
shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
When He approached {Jerusalem,} He saw the city and wept over it,
saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.
For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side,
and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling,
saying to them, “It is written, ‘And My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a robbers’ den.”
And He was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him,
and they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging on to every word He said.

PSALM 88:1-18

O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You.
Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry!
For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol.
I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit; I have become like a man without strength,
Forsaken among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And they are cut off from Your hand.
You have put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in the depths.
Your wrath has rested upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah.
You have removed my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an object of loathing to them; I am shut up and cannot go out.
My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O Lord; I have spread out my hands to You.
Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will the departed spirits rise {and} praise You? Selah.
Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?
Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
But I, O Lord, have cried out to You for help, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
O Lord, why do You reject my soul? {Why} do You hide Your face from me?
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on; I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.
Your burning anger has passed over me; Your terrors have destroyed me.
They have surrounded me like water all day long; They have encompassed me altogether.
You have removed lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are {in} darkness.

PROVERBS 13:12-14

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

13 People who despise advice are asking for trouble;
    those who respect a command will succeed.

14 The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain;
    those who accept it avoid the snares of death.