Tag Archive: Joshua

Mar 16

If you have privilege, there are two ways to use it… one is not helpful

The reality of privilege Before Jacob died he called his sons together and gave them his blessings and spoke about their futures. Ruben was the first born.  He slept with his father’s concubine and lost preeminence. He would not lead. Simeon and Levi were the next oldest. They had deceptively killed a Canaanite town in …

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Feb 19

What will be your final words to those who will listen?

Three speeches Moses was used by God to lead his people out of slavery.  He led the Jewish people through the Red Sea to Mount Sinai.  There he went up to meet God and receive the Law. The people rebelled against God and refused to enter the Promised Land. He then led them for 38 …

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May 09

How big is your God?

Some of the events recorded in the Bible seem strangely quaint. People believed in localized or oddly restricted deities. Naaman, Syrian general, followed the advice of his captured Jewish slave girl and sought healing for his leprosy through the Jewish prophet Elisha. He was told to wash in the Jordan River but wanted to wash …

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Apr 20

When you get forgetful bad things happen.

Becoming Forgetful Most of us fear becoming forgetful in our final years. When we don’t remember a fact or a face we wonder if this is the beginning of the feared decline. The Bible and Remembering The Bible stresses the importance of remembering. Memorials were set up when the Jordan was crossed and when God helped …

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Dec 08

Three things that happen when you meet God

Everything was ready. Everything had happened according to plan but something was missing. God had spoken to Joshua and called him to take Moses’ place. He told him that he would be with the Jews and they would conquer the land promised hundreds of years before to Abraham. (Joshua 1:1-9) The people swore allegiance to …

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Dec 03

When did a Canaanite prostitute show more faith than a Jewish man?

God said that all nations of the world would be blessed through Abraham. (Genesis 12:1-3) Within the Jewish story of the Hebrew Scriptures are pictures of God reaching out to Gentiles. A Jewish slave girl led Naaman, the Syrian general, to the prophet Elisha who healed his leprosy and brought him closer to the true …

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Apr 23

How to be a living sacrifice.

Animals and sacrifices I spent the first eleven years of my life in New York City, in the Bronx. I went to high school in its northern suburbs. There were very few animals in my childhood. There is an old picture in an album of me feeding a lamb with a baby bottle at the …

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Apr 15

Why did God judge the Canaanites?

Wringing out belief from rebellious humanity When I was in seminary, one of the professors gave an illustration about God’s judgements on the earth. He said that sometimes God was trying to wring every bit of belief from rebellious humanity. God is patient. God told Abraham that his descendants would be slaves in another land …

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Mar 01

Jesus Was the Perfect Messiah for Imperfect People

Matthew called Jesus the Son of Abraham and the Son of David (Matthew 1:1). God promised Abraham that all of the world would be blessed through him and his descendants (Genesis 12:3). The promised Messiah would descend from him. God promised David that his throne would last forever (2 Samuel 7:16). The promised Messianic king would …

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