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Did God Leave You Hanging?

Insight into Scripture Judges 12-14

It was a custom in ancient times, when a stranger approached your dwelling, they were to be offered the opportunity to rest, refresh themselves and eat a meal. (13:15-16) Yahweh’s name was VERY sacred. The ten commandments had prohibited Israel from attempting to use Yahweh’s name in magical ways to manipulate HIM. (13:15-16)By taking a meal and placing it on a rock, it went from a meal to a sacrifice. (13:19)When Samson had to come up with 30 sets of clothing, it would be today; 30 three piece suits.

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12 And Manoah said, “Now when your words come true, what is to be the child’s manner of life, and what is his mission?”

13 And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. 14 She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. All that I commanded her let her observe.”

15 Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “Please let us detain you and prepare a young goat for you.” 16 And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “If you detain me, I will not eat of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the LORD.” (For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the LORD.) 17 And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” 18 And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” – Judges 13:12-18

 Think n Grow

One day you are walking in the woods, when all of a sudden you are stopped by an actual angel. The angel tells you that you and your spouse are going to have a child, and this child is going to be used by GOD to change the course of history.

When you ask this angel, “How am I to raise this child.” he replies, “Don’t let him drink alcohol and no processed foods.” That’s it. You are given this huge responsibility from GOD with little direction.

Have you ever noticed that GOD works that way from time to time. You hear GOD tell you to MOVE, but that is it. No directions, no plans, and sometimes it may feel like GOD actually leaves. There is another famous couple that had the same situation. YAHWEH told Abram that he will be a heir to all the land he could see and that his children will be like the stars in the sky. But Abram is without child and he and Sarai are only getting older. Abram did not hear from YAHWEH for 12 years. Instead of trusting YAHWEH to provide, they took matters into their own hands, which ended up creating the Arab nations and Allah.

I believe that GOD does this to strengthen our faith and trust in HIM. If you are feeling that GOD has left or you have not heard from HIM in awhile, we must reach out to HIM and spend time seeking HIM. Always refer back to HIS word for guidance. HE is there and you will hear from HIM again soon.

Closing Prayer

Father thank You for the warm sunshine You bring. I bask in the rays and am thankful that I am able to feel and see Your brightness. Father I pray that You help all of us in a journey. Help us to be obedient and hear what directions we are to follow. I pray Father that those that are not in a journey right now, find peace and closeness from You in their time of waiting. Father I pray for those families out there that struggle so hard to make ends meet, I pray that they trust in You and know that You are always there and always doing Your will. Father I pray for my soul to be quiet and feel Your presence now and I my times of fear. I love You father and I pray for those that are not saved, that You put someone in their lives to help them find You.

In Your great Name, Amen

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Judges 10-11

The practice of maidens going out to greet returning victors with song and dance was common. (11:34)
Tearing one’s clothes, was a common form of mourning, that along with placing ashes in the hair. (11:35)

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Further Disobedience and Oppression
6 The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. And they forsook the LORD and did not serve him. 7 So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites, 8 and they crushed and oppressed the people of Israel that year. For eighteen years they oppressed all the people of Israel who were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. 9 And the Ammonites crossed the Jordan to fight also against Judah and against Benjamin and against the house of Ephraim, so that Israel was severely distressed.
10 And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.” – Judges 10:6-10

Think n Grow
Men and women were created to serve. From the most religious person to the most non-religious person you know, we were all made to serve something.

In your life, have you ever felt restless, kind of an uneasiness as you were searching for something to satisfy the empty feeling inside? Then you find that “Something” you can identify with, you grasp it, and worship it. Your whole day revolves around this one thing. I can.

My soul was searching for something, (It was Christ) but, my earthly desires took over my heavenly desires. I found bodybuilding. I served and worshipped bodybuilding. I ate it, breathed it, slept it, it was always on my mind. As soon as I would wake up, I would be planning out my workout routine, worked all day thinking about it. Then I finally came to the place of worship (The gym) worked out for 3 hours, went home, surfed the net and read magazines about it, finally went to bed thinking about tomorrow’s workout. I am sure that some of you can identify with my feelings.

Today, the same is still true, just replace Christ for the bodybuilding. Just as the Israelites HAD to serve something, YOU are or are going too serve something. What is your “Something?” Besides work, schooling, or being a parent, what takes the majority of your time? TV, more work, internet, XBOX, sports, crafts or GOD, Reading the Bible, prayer, devotions, meditations on Christ?What god are you serving?

Closing Prayer
Father thank You for the times of fellowship You share with us. Thank You for all the loving people You place around me on Sundays. I pray Father that I seek You all week and not just on Sunday. I pray that I help others around me to see You and seek You. I thank You and pray for Divine appointments as I go onto the week. I want to feel Your presence wherever I go and pray and give praises to You. Father thank You for the many blessings You give to me everyday, especially those that I do not deserve but You have so graciously given.
I love You and I pray in Your Name,
Amen.

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Judges 3-5
If you have friends or family that think the Bible is boring and tame. Take time to read the story of Ehud. (3:12-30) While reading, try to create a visual picture of this story in your mind.

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Judges 3:1-2, 12-14
1 Now these are the nations that the LORD left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. 2 It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before.
12And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the LORD. 13 He gathered to himself the Ammonites and the Amalekites, and went and defeated Israel. And they took possession of the city of Palms. 14 And the people of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

Think n Grow
Can you see a pattern starting to develop with the Israelites? They are disobedient to YAHWEH, punished, cry out to YAHWEH, YAHWEH delivers them and forgives them, just to have them do it to HIM again.

As I was reading last night, there were several good points that the Bible makes in these chapters.

When GOD tests us, it is not always a “Test”, sometimes it can be a preparation for future events to come in our lives. In verse 3:1-2 YAHWEH knew that this new generation had not experienced war, so it states that YAHWEH “Tested” them so they could gain the experience of war for future battles, maybe a larger one?

GOD never gives us more than we can handle. If you feel that you are being tested, maybe GOD is preparing you for a larger event to come in your life. In the last chapter we read how we need to make a choice. We need to choose GOD’s blessing, or GOD’s curse. The verses in 3:12-14 are great examples of this. When Israel was disobedient, not only did it anger YAHWEH, HE actually strengthened Israel’s enemy. That is pretty direct, YAHWEH not only left Israel’s side, but HE sided with her enemy.

If it seems like your enemies are always getting the best of you. Maybe lately you just can’t seem to win, it is just one after another. I would examine my relationship with CHRIST. Maybe lately you have chosen YAHWEH’s curses over HIS blessings?

Closing Prayer
Thank You Father for your indispensable love, grace and mercy. I pray that You open my eyes Father so I know the true childlike faith that You so much want me to have. Deepen my heart for those around me and teach me the ways of Your disciples. I pray Father for the peace and rest of our president and that he hears Your whispers. Thank You again for the Word You have provided to me so that I may listen and learn, and I pray that I do.
I love You and I pray in Your awesome Name.
Amen

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Insight into Scripture – Judges 1-2

The author of Judges is possibly Samuel. GOD had helped the Israelites conquer Canaan (Israel) but they were now in danger of losing their land because they disobeyed GOD. Judges shows us that GOD’s judgement for sin is certain, but HIS forgiveness for sin is just as certain as the punishment.Iron chariots (1:19) were not completely constructed of Iron. Certain parts of the chariots were starting to be constructed which put fear in the Israelites.The Angel of the Lord (2:1) is a very specific being. He carried out YAHWEH’s commands.

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Judges 2:10-12 And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that He had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the people who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger.

Think n Grow

As I was reading today’s chapters, these verses stuck with me. It states that the new generation did not know YAHWEH or what HE had done for their past ancestors. We know that Moses and Joshua recorded all their events into the Book of Moses (Joshua 24:26) so, I would guess they had access to the Book of Moses, so why did the new generation not know YAHWEH?

We had a 13 year old son; Tyler. He did have a Bible, but i rarely saw him pick it up and read it. But, if you talked to Tyler he does have good knowledge of the Bible, and JESUS. So, if he had a knowledge of these things, and he really did not read his Bible very much, where did he learn these things?

Tyler gained this knowledge from Kim and I, and church. We as a family, are were always talking about JESUS and what He is doing in our lives. That made me think, maybe the new generation of Israelites would have been more obedient to YAHWEH if the older generation showed them what HE had done.

Whether you have children, grandchildren, friends, or co-workers; if you are a follower of JESUS it is your responsibility to tell them who JESUS is, and what HE has done for you. You can give them a Bible, but there is nothing like examples from a real person with a real relationship, to show others about God. YOU may be the only JESUS that that person ever receives, do not let those moments pass away.

Tyler killed himself in December of 2012. If Kim and I had not shared Jesus with Tyler, He may of not gone to heaven. You never know when Jesus is going to call you home or a loved one home, so always mix Jesus in your conversations.

Closing Prayer

Thank You Father for the sweet sounds You provide for us through beautiful voices that lift praises up to Your name. Father I pray that I can be an example for others, I pray that they stop me and ask me questions about…..the smile on my face, and I can point them to You. I pray they can come to know You. I pray Father that each day I will feel the warmth of my head in Your chest. Please give me the strength to get through my selfish times and focus on others. I pray that I grow closer to You and learn more of Your love, everyday. Father please forgive me for my sins, today and everyday I ask for that.

I love You and I pray

In Your Holy Name, Amen.

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Insight into Scripture Joshua 22-24

In verse 24:11 the text used the word “hornet.” This may have been a symbol of divine intervention. This helped prepare the way for the Israelite conquest.As we finish the Book of Joshua, Joshua and the Israelites have obeyed YAHWEH and HE has given them success in all that they have done. Joshua is now ready to die, but before he does, he renews and reminds the Israelites of the blessings and the curses of following YAHWEH and not following YAHWEH. We shall see how they do when we start the Book of Judges.

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Joshua 24:12-14

12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out before you, the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. 13 I gave you a land on which you had not labored and cities that you had not built, and you dwell in them. You eat the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.’ 14″Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.

 Think n Grow

Have you ever been around a very conceited person? Half of the words they use are “I.” I did this, I did that……. it goes totally against what Jesus preached in the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt. 5) We are told that the meek shall inherit the earth, and the first shall be last, and the last, first.

In the verses above YAHWEH tells the Israelites that they did nothing, it was only by YAHWEH’s hand did they succeed. We exist because GOD allows us to exist. We are good at certain things, because GOD has given us our talents.Do you give GOD the glory? When you have been successful at a venture, do you use the word “I” more or GOD?

Our business is doing well, and we were able to purchase a house. This is a house that we should not have been given. Our business and house adventure, has been a great example of GOD’s hand at work in our lives. I am very grateful to HIM, so whenever Kim and I talk about our lives, GOD’s name is the first word out of our mouths. I would encourage you the rest of this week to evaluate yourselves. Does the glory go to you, or to GOD?

Closing Prayer

Praise You Father for the many things You bring to our daily lives. Praise to You for loving us so much. Father I pray today that I will seek Your face and send out the message of Your love and loyalty. I pray that I will give all the glory to your great Name and that people will ask questions about You. I pray Father for the children that are suffering in our world, I pray that they find nourishment for their little bodies and peace in their hearts. I love You Father and I pray

in Your Name. Amen.

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God Keeps His Promises

Insight into Scripture – Joshua 20-21

I find that the more I know of Christ, the more that I want to go back to the “Roots” of God.

Scripture Reading

Joshua 21:44-45

43 Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that He swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. 44 And the LORD gave them rest on every side just as He had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the LORD had given all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.

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Have you ever had a friend verbally promise you something? Then, when this “Thing” your friend promised was suppose to happen, doesn’t, and then you approach them and ask “What happened?” They might deny or have trouble remembering what they had told you.

In the beginning of our relationship with GOD, HE had to verbally promise the Israelites what HE was going to do for them. The Bible was just starting to be written. Can you imagine living back then? You might say, “Did GOD really promise us ALL of this land, or just some of it?” They did not have the resources that we have today. They might of had to go to Moses or visit a Priest and ask what the Torah said.

Whatever GOD promises us, will come true. If HE promises to be with you, HE will be with you. If GOD promises us that HE will care for our physical needs as HE cares for the birds, HE will take care of our physical needs. No questions asked. The amazing thing about these promises, unlike Moses’ time, we have all the promises in one book, The Bible.

We have a wonderful gift! I hope that you are taking advantage of all of GOD’s promises to you. Are you in GOD’s word everyday seeking all that HE has promised you or are you just guessing?

Closing Prayer

Father thank You for always keeping Your promises, even though I sometimes forget that they are there. Father please help me to continue to grow daily in Your Word and in my Christianity. I pray that I am able to touch those around me, those that You put in my life daily. I ask that You help me to say the right things and make a difference, I pray You use me Father and that I am obedient enough to do so.

I love You and I pray in Your Great Name.

Amen.

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Insight into Scripture – Joshua 17-19

In chapters 13-19 we read the allotment of the land by tribes and by families. But also notice that in many cases, Israel did not drive out and destroy the godless people living in the land.Casting lots to determine God’s will is a form of divination. (18:6-10)

Currently in our readings, Hebron was given to Caleb for his devotion to God. If you remember Caleb went to explore Canaan, he came back with a positive attitude while the other man spread rumors in camp, and created fear among the people.

Scripture Reading

Joshua 17:14-18

14 Then the people of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, “Why have you given me but one lot and one portion as an inheritance, although I am a numerous people, since all along the LORD has blessed me?”

15 And Joshua said to them, “If you are a numerous people, go up by yourselves to the forest, and there clear ground for yourselves in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.”

16 The people of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us. Yet all the Canaanites who dwell in the plain have chariots of iron, both those in Beth-shean and its villages and those in the Valley of Jezreel.”

17 Then Joshua said to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, “You are a numerous people and have great power. You shall not have one allotment only, 18 but the hill country shall be yours, for though it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders. For you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong.”

 

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God promised the Israelites all of Canaan. God had shown them in the past that He went in before them and fought for them. This land was theirs for the taking, but fear, lack of faith and trust over came them.

This reminds me of some people I have met. They have sensed that God is prompting them to move. God may even be blazing the way before them, performing signs of the way He wants them to move. They may even have friends and family that are telling them, “God is moving, you need to move with Him.” But, only that person can take the step of faith with God.

Are you at that point in your life where you feel God is telling you to take a step of faith and move? What is holding you back?

Maybe you have not felt God prompting you to move. Maybe you have put too many restrictions on God? Your Christian live is an adventure. God is not a God to just sit there, He moves, crashing through borders, and is always expanding. Will you expand with Him or be left in His wake? There is nothing you will ever experience in you life, as that when God moves and you move with Him.

Closing Prayer

Father I pray You have had a great day, and I thank You for the many miracles that happen around me everyday. I pray today Father that I will be still and listen to You and know when You are blazing a trail for me to follow. I pray Father that I hear You speaking through those around me. Father please give me the strength to step out and do Your will. I thank You ahead of time for using me Father and I pray I will do a good job for You!!

I Love You!!!

In Your Name, Amen.

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Insight into Scripture Joshua 9-10

The city of Gibeon is usually identified with modern day el-Jib (9:3). The word ruse means to deceive, dishonest. (9:4) Woodcutters and watercarries were needed for the constant sacrificial fires and purifying rituals. (9:26) The Book of Jashar is an ancient book of poetic accounts of heroic deeds, it also appears in 2 Sam 1:18. (10:13)

Scripture Reading

9 So Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal. 10 And the LORD threw them into a panic before Israel, who struck them with a great blow at Gibeon and chased them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. 11 And as they fled before Israel, while they were going down the ascent of Beth-horon, the LORD threw down large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died because of the hailstones than the sons of Israel killed with the sword. – Joshua 9:11

Think n Grow

The Book of Joshua is a wonderful book about a wise military strategist; Joshua. The book of Joshua also shows us that if we wait upon the Lord, and keep His commands, HE will fight our battles.

Our Christian life is a spiritual battle. There are forces that we can’t see raging around us. As you read the Book of Joshua, take notes of how a wise man; Joshua, fights his battles. There are two examples for today’s reading that are worth noting.

The Gibeonite’s deceived Joshua. Joshua was told by God not to make any treaties with anyone of the land. (Exodus 23:32; Numbers 33:55) The reason that they were deceived is that they did not wait upon the Lord, which, lead to an awkward alliance.In life, you are going to have people try and deceive you. We can learn from Joshua’s mistake.

First, wait upon the Lord. If you are unsure if that person is trying to play a trick on you, pray about it.

Second, do not rush into a decision. Time usually is on your side. If time is not on your side, meaning someone is trying to push you into a decision RIGHT AWAY and does not give you any time to think about it. I would be VERY cautious. Joshua and the men of Israel jumped into a decision (9:12-15) I am sure that if they would have waited, they would have seen through the Gibeonite’s tricks.

The other example is how God fights your battles. If you wait upon the Lord, and keep His commands, you have an UNSTOPPABLE force on your side. In verses 10:9-11 we read about how God confused Joshua’s enemies, plus, when they started to out run Joshua’s army, God “Hurled large hailstones” on them. In fact more died from the hailstones then Joshua’s sword. So, next time you are going into battle, remember God is there fighting with you, so rely on Him, and use Him.

Closing Prayer

Father thank You for this day and the many faces that I saw with Your name on them. Father I pray for the children that are hungry, tired and living in terrible conditions. I pray for their little hearts and bodies, I pray that they will come to know You. And Father I pray for us , Your little children, I pray that we stay focused on You and know that our battles are Your battles and that Your defeat is our defeat. I pray for those that have many questions about You today Father that they will find the answers.

I love You and I pray

In Your Name, Amen.

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Insight into Scripture – Joshua 10-11

The practice of maidens going out to greet returning victors with song and dance was common. (11:34) Tearing one’s clothes, was a common form of mourning, that along with placing ashes in the hair. (11:35)

I pray that you have had a good Sabbath day. The picture to the left is a modern day Gilead. This could have been close to the site where Jephthah made a vow to YAHWEH asking HIM to give the Ammonites into his hands.This is an interesting story, as the ending of Jephthah’s vow ends up in some modern day controversy.

Scripture Reading

Further Disobedience and Oppression

“6 The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. And they forsook the LORD and did not serve him. 7 So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites, 8 and they crushed and oppressed the people of Israel that year. For eighteen years they oppressed all the people of Israel who were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. 9 And the Ammonites crossed the Jordan to fight also against Judah and against Benjamin and against the house of Ephraim, so that Israel was severely distressed.10 And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.” – Judges 10:6-10″

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Men and women were created to serve. From the most religious person to the most non-religious person you know, we were all made to serve something.

In your life, have you ever felt restless, kind of an uneasiness as you were searching for something to satisfy the empty feeling inside? Then you find that “Something” you can identify with, you grasp it, and worship it. Your whole day revolves around this one thing. I can.

My soul was searching for something, (It was Christ) but, my earthly desires took over my heavenly desires. I found bodybuilding. I served and worshipped bodybuilding. I ate it, breathed it, slept it, it was always on my mind. As soon as I would wake up, I would be planning out my workout routine, worked all day thinking about it. Then I finally came to the place of worship (The gym) worked out for 3 hours, went home, surfed the net and read magazines about it, finally went to bed thinking about tomorrow’s workout. I am sure that some of you can identify with my feelings.

Today, the same is still true, just replace Christ for the bodybuilding. Just as the Israelites HAD to serve something, YOU are or are going too serve something. What is your “Something?” Besides work, schooling, or being a parent, what takes the majority of your time? TV, more work, internet, XBOX, sports, crafts or GOD, Reading the Bible, prayer, devotions, meditations on Christ? What god are you serving?

Closing Prayer

Father thank You for the times of fellowship You share with us. Thank You for all the loving people You place around me on Sundays. I pray Father that I seek You all week and not just on Sunday. I pray that I help others around me to see You and seek You. I thank You and pray for Divine appointments as I go onto the week. I want to feel Your presence wherever I go and pray and give praises to You. Father thank You for the many blessings You give to me everyday, especially those that I do not deserve but You have so graciously given.

I love You and I pray in Your Name, Amen.

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Insight into Scripture – Joshua 4-8
Jericho is about 5 miles from the Jordan. Flint Knives were made by striking the flint at a certain angle. This would produce a flake, which was very sharp.Jericho has been given the title of the oldest city in the world. The city walls were made of mudbrick on stone foundation. These walls were ten to twenty-five feet high and perhaps thirty feet wide.

As you are reading scripture always remember everything points to Christ. The scriptures are very symbolic. Alot of the events in the Old Testament are almost miniature scenarios or tests for the actual event that takes place with Christ.
Here are some thoughts for you to ponder. Moses, Joshua, and Jesus all were “Baptized” through water.

Joshua passed through the Jordan (Same place where Jesus was baptized) After Joshua passed through the Jordan, the Lord exalted him in front of the Israelites (4:14) just as God exalted Jesus after He was baptized by John the Baptist.

Joshua passed through the river and was told to gather 12 stones to remember the event. Jesus was baptized and gathered 12 disciples so they could remember the events that had happened and that were going to happen.

Scripture Reading

“1 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. 4 Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” – Joshua 6:1-5

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When you read the story of how Joshua conquered Jericho by marching around the city walls, blowing the shofars, shouting, then having the walls come down. You might think big deal, it is just another story in the Bible. But, have you really thought about the amount of faith and trust in the Lord that Joshua displayed?

Joshua was a born leader, God saw that in him. Leaders usually do not march around a “Problem'” they attack and conquer it.

Joshua was a military strategist. I am sure when the Commander of the Lord’s army (5:15) told Joshua what to do, Joshua might have said. “Riiiiggghhht, you want me to walk around the walls, blow the shofars, and then yell?

“Joshua was a new leader and I am sure that the pressures of being a new leader and having something to prove, made him a little worried.

If you were to take this same situation and put it into today’s world, it would be equal to the US military going over to Iraq, and planting pansies so as to conquer the enemy.

When you are faced with one of life’s problems, remember that God’s way will not always make sense, in fact it may seem absurd. But it is the right way. Our job is to have faith and trust that God will deliver. If the Lord allowed a problem to be present in your life, He will provide the way out too.

Some of life’s problems are not solved overnight. Like the fall of Jericho your problem may take a week or more. We need to learn to be patient and wait upon the Lord.

Closing Prayer
Father thank You for the fresh air we have to breath each morning we wake, and may that fresh air remind us every morning of Your great love. I pray Father that those that are seeking will be found. And that those of us growing in You will grow stronger and more patient with Your plan for our journeys. I love knowing that You walk each step of everyday with me and I pray that I remember that and feel Your presence so that I may be a shining light for others. I love You!! Amen

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