The COHEN FAMILY
Suggested Reading: Joshua 21
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Key Verse: Joshua 21:45
Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.
When we come across the Jewish name “Cohen,” we know they are from the line of Kohath, who was the second son of Levi (Joshua 21:20). They are hereditary priests. Moses and Joshua did not give the priests land like the other tribes in order to ensure the distribution of God’s priestly representatives throughout the land in an evenly placed manner. This may have served to retard Israel’s embrace of pagan cultures.
God’s Word will not fail. It may take time, but be assured of eventual fulfillment. Israel failed, not God’s Word. When God promised victory, they ran away in defeat. When God promised prosperity, they broke His rules so that God could not bless them as He wanted to. When God promised to be their leader, they begged for a king like the surrounding nations. When God promised to protect them from their enemies, they made their own unsuccessful battle plans. Are we as foolish as they were? Let us remind ourselves daily that God is totally committed to the fulfillment of all His good promises. Amen!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I’m well aware that there are promises of judgement as well as blessing. Help me to key in on the blessing promises, obeying You in everything that applies to me as a follower of Jesus. I promise to do this, “So help me God.” Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My long-time friend and beloved Gospel singer, George Beverly Shea, turns 104 years old TODAY! On yesterday’s 100 Huntley Street program, Moira Brown spoke with Bev on the phone to wish him a Happy Birthday. In case you missed it…click here. We just produced a documentary on his amazing life that will be airing on CTS this Saturday night at 7:00 pm (more info here). I had the privilege of narrating the documentary, which is also available in DVD at our Crossroads eStore here.
Another long-time friend is Cal Bombay, a former missionary in Africa and for many years our Crossroads Missions Director (He’s still a missionary in Sudan, check Cal out on line here). I remember Cal saying to me, “David, there is a simple rule to an overcoming, successful Christian life. It’s in the old hymn, ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.'” The great founder of Methodism took a page out of Joshua when he said to the hundreds of preachers he had raised up, “Put a church on every street corner!” I have been in communities where it looks like they may have succeeded. There are at least a dozen denominations today that were born in the fires of Methodist revival. From the Salvation Army to the Free Methodists (my roots) to the African Methodist Episcopal Church in which my friend Brian Warren is ordained. With Superbowl this weekend, I’m thinking of Brian. He’s a former New England Patriot and Toronto Argo football player. He started calling me “General” years ago and to get him back, I call him “Field Marshall.” To check up on what this hero of mine is doing today, click here.
Yours for trusting God and obeying God,
P.S. I’ll be sharing several of Reynold’s stunning Petra photos over the next few days!