My alarm was set for 5:45 AM. The sun hadn't introduced the day yet and I'm out of bed getting ready to attend a day-long conference at Point Loma University in San Diego. I made a quick stop at Starbucks and arrived at our church at 7:15 to board the bus with about 30 other women. You'd think we'd be pretty quiet at that time of day, but the chatter was constant all the way to our destination.
We were there to attend the Daily Disciples 6th Annual Woman's Conference on 'The Power of Friendship' with Bobbye & Tonilee. Also on the program, two local newswomen who together co-anchored the daily news ( S.D. channel 10) for 17 years...Carol LeBeau and Kimberly Hunt. Carol is retired now, but they still make a great team!
Anytime you get over 1,000 women together, and virtually no men, you will hear jokes, about men of course. I liked Carol's joke....'Some women think men are good for only one thing, (pause), how important is parallel parking anyway?!' And this one, 'How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper? No one knows, it's never been done!' Jokes are funny because we see some 'truth' there. The joke part softens the reality. And we love to laugh!
We were also entertained by awesome music...wow! There is something so special about a huge gathering of women singing praise to the Lord, acapella! Like angels singing, magical.
Now the really funny thing, think you'll agree that the Lord has a great sense of humor and knows how to keep us humble. After this wonderful day of being refreshed with God's word, we left as 'empowered' women! Nothing would be too hard for us, ready to take on the world! Then, the bus broke down on the way home. It had been a long day, just turning dark, and here we sit in a gas station parking lot. We empowered women got out our cell phones and called our husbands to come get us! It took just a little of the 'buzz' off!
Tonight I'm going to jail to give a message. My friend Elfi will be there too. The Lord already has some of His sheep prepared to come, we'll sing, pray with the women and share God's love. I've prepared a short study out of the OT book of Joshua and thought I'd share it with you also.
Some interesting background - archaeology supports that these events happened between 1200 to 1400 years before Christ. The name Joshua means 'The Lord Saves' or 'The Lord Gives Victory'. In it's Greek form, the word means 'Jesus'. Joshua lived through years of slavery in Egypt, spent 40 yrs in the desert wandering around with Moses and the Jews, and finally entered the 'promised land'.
The book of Joshua is about the establishment of Israel in the land that God had promised to Abraham and his descendants. It's one of several books - Judges, Samuel, and Kings, called 'Former Prophets' in the Hebrew Bible. These books are historical in content, but are written from a prophetic point of view and show how God fulfills and remains true to His promises. You men love to read about all the wars that took place....I'm poor on all the details but coax out the spiritual significance and what it means to our lives....today.
Joshua was the only one who accompanied Moses to the 'holy mountain' when God gave the Ten Commandments. He was a military strategist and statesman. He completed the work of Moses, and died at the age of 110 yrs., Joshua 24:29. He was an OT type of Jesus and foreshadowed Christ, a savior of his people.
THE WALLS OF JERICHO COME DOWN in a most unusual way. You can read about this starting in Joshua 5:13. This passage, vs. 13 -15, gives a clear picture of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. He came on the scene, born as a baby in Bethlehem, but He has always 'been'. John, Chap 1:1-2 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." Vs. 14, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us". John is talking about Jesus Christ.
Prior to His incarnation, meaning taking on a human body of flesh, Jesus appeared to many OT saints. Notice how quickly Joshua recognized who He was, vs. 13-14. Whenever the person of Jesus has appeared to man, it has been in human form....you see this all through the OT.
If any of our field commanders today approached the capture of a city in the way Joshua did, they'd probably wind up in a 'psych' hospital. You notice not one weapon was used, they marched, blew trumpets, shouted, and the wall of the city collapsed! This wall actually went straight down into the ground leaving no rubble for the army to climb over; they simply went "straight in". This was discovered to be true by modern day scientific type people. We were there in Jericho in '99. Amazing to stand at that site!
In the final two chapters Joshua knows his mission is complete and says farewell to his the leaders. He never takes credit for his part in history, all glory is given to the Lord. He points out ........
** Vs. 23:1 that it was the Lord who gave Israel rest. We struggle with our problems every day, but our attempts our futile, it is the Lord who will give us rest.
** Vs. 23:3 shows who was in charge of what happened to 'all these nations'...the Lord your God! He's in charge of what happens to us too.
** 23:5 Who drove the enemy away? God himself! He will drive our enemies away too. And why were they able to take possession of their land? Because God had promised it to them. He will keep the promises he has made to you, every one!
**23:7 simply says that we are not to mingle with those who get us into trouble...stay away!
**23:10 so often we feel like we have to fight for what should be ours, the Lord has promised He will fight for you....what a relief, give up your battle!
If we have no Savior, we have no one to stand for us in God's presence...Heb 9:24, Jude 24. We are under the law and must keep it perfectly and completely. No one can do that. Romans 10:4 "Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes". This is the 'GOOD NEWS'!
You'll find a wonderful summary in Joshua, Chapter 24....hope you read it and maybe we'll 'talk' about it next time. Remember, if you interact with the Bible itself you will be so blessed...open and read!
Bobbe Van Hise
- Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.