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Joshua 24:1-33

Two verses in the twenty-fourth chapter have not only caught my attention but also fired my imagination,

3 But I took your ancestor Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him into the land of Canaan. I gave him many descendants through his son Isaac. 4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the hill country of Seir, while Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.

Esau was given the hill country while Jacob and his children went down into Egypt to become enslaved. Looking at this without seeing God’s perspective or having the advantage of hindsight the fact that Esau was given the hill country and Jacob/Israel would seem that God had favored Esau. The Word spoken to Rebekah regarding the twins she carried,
23 And the LORD said unto her, “Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger” (Gen 25:23).

Jacob was the younger and Esau the older and the Word of God never returns to Him void, it always accomplish that which was spoken by Him even when observed before the fullness of time. It took over 400 years before God’s Word to Rebekah came to past.

We do not fulfill God’s Word to us by us working the word; His Word is fulfilled as we live in obedience to his commands. Rebekah thought that she could fulfill God’s Word to Jacob by tricks and manipulation. Esau thought he could subvert the Word that had been spoken by God through his father by plotting to kill his brother. (Genesis 25-50)

Luke 21:1-28

Interesting how we are awed by the work or our hands and we think what we build or create should last forever. I’ve heard people say that if you want to be immortal, write a book as if leather and dead trees with printer’s ink on it will someone give you what God can give you, eternal life.

5 Some of his disciples began talking about the beautiful stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, 6 "The time is coming when all these things will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another."

After Jesus describes the events that will lead up to His second coming He tells His disciples to, “…stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near.” He had already told them as he began his discourse telling his followers not to panic meaning that there will be things happening to make you want to panic so standing straight and looking up in the midst of crises take courage which must be an act of the will.

Psalm 89:38-52
When we mock God’s creation we mock Him who created that which we mock, God.

Proverbs 13:20-23

21 Trouble chases sinners, while blessings chase the righteous!

Oh just think of it being chased down by blessings, I’ll take some of that.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I try to think before I act.

It's amazing to read the story of the Israelites narrated by Joshua in Chapter 24, reminding them (us) how God chose them and continually reminding them of God's presence,forgiveness and honoring His covenant. The chapter ended with the renewal of the people's promise to honor and serve God only and get rid of their idols. This reminds me of how many times we promise God to follow Him and not succumb to temptations.

Life is short as always quoted. However, eternal life is forever. Thans be to God.

I like Joshua's declaration in v.15, "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." I also liked the effect it had on the people, how it increased and built up their faith. This made me think of the apostle Paul near the end of the book of Acts. He is on a ship that is lost at sea. No one has eaten in days and it says that they had given up all hope of being saved. In the midst of all this, Paul stands up and says that an angel appeared to him and promised that no one would die. And then he says, "I BELIEVE GOD!" His declaration of faith encouraged everyone. When our faith is strong I think it is important to declare it because it can encourage others around us who might be struggling at the time.

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