Tuesday, February 2, 2021

JUST BETWEEN US

Today’s Reading: Joshua 22-23

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Al Khazneh (“The Treasury”) is one of the most elaborate temples in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra. Like most of the other buildings there, this structure was carved out of the rock face. It has classical Greek-influenced architecture, and it is Jordan’s most popular tourist attraction. In our recent readings this area is known as Edom or Mt Seir.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Joshua 22:28

Therefore we said that it will be, when they say this to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say, “Here is the replica of the altar of the Lord which our fathers made, though not for burnt offerings nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between you and us.”

 

With the land settled and secured, Joshua saw that it was time to allow the armed men to return from the west bank of Jordan to their families and homes in the east. When they returned they took with them the blessings of God and the fruit of the Promised Land. Upon their arrival home, they built an altar as a witness to their children and future generations. However, their action was misinterpreted by the western tribes. They jumped to the conclusion that the eastern tribes were establishing a false religion.The tribes on the west bank were ready to go to war to stop such heresy. Wisdom prevailed and peace was restored.

We need to be aware of the serious problems that misunderstandings can cause. A premature or immature jumping to conclusions can cause divisions among God’s children which are completely emotional and irrational. We may want to read from the one-chapter book of Jude, verses 17-25. We are warned about those who cause divisions. Verse 20 of Jude states what we hope to accomplish by faithfully reading this blog: “building yourself up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, as Jude 21 encourages me, may I keep myself in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Petra is an exceedingly strong fortress. It was next to impossible for an enemy to conquer that city. My security in Christ makes it absolutely impossible that I could be conquered by an enemy unless I allow him access through the narrow “siq” of my free will (The siq is the entrance to Petra shown in yesterday’s blog. One excellent swordsman with the support of boulders from above could stop an entire army). The Doxology of Jude (verses 24 & 25) have for years been my impregnable fortress. God my Saviour keeps me by His mighty unbeatable power. He is wise, glorious, and majestic. He has dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen!!!

For approximately five years after I became a fully committed follower of Jesus, I struggled to live a Christian life. I was 21 when I grasped the fact that it was not up to me to keep from falling, but that God is totally committed to “keep you from stumbling” (Jude verse 24). I’ve relaxed in His strong arms ever since.

Yours for understanding all of God’s provisions for His children,

David

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There are many signs of the ancient Nabataean civilization that once existed here in Petra.

15 thoughts on “Tuesday, February 2, 2021

  1. Magnificient photos to go with our scripture. Just have to share from today’s Echoes of Eternity, Listening to the Father, by Hal M. Helms because it is so inspiring to lift everyone up as we get through the month of February, ahead.

    “Light arises in the darkness for those who love Me. No threat can thwart the ongoing fulfillment of My will. Say to those of a fearful heart: Behold your King! Have I failed you in the past? Has My help been withheld from your cry? Let everything conspire to propel you forward in the path I have laid out for you. No, you cannot set the distant end–but there is light on your path today. Keep your eye on the light, and the darkness will lose it’s power to trouble you.”

    Jude 24-25 is how I end every prayer: To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

    Worthy of it All, lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEY4TwMXUjU

  2. Father God, we need You so. Guide us today, and bring many others to You. Thank You for all Your children, Your workers, Your witnesses. Bless all their efforts as they work to make You known. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  3. Thank you Beverlee for Echoes of Eternity today, very timely and the song, as well as thanks to you Rob and Doreen. Getting a big snowstorm here today.

  4. I pray for safety for you, Ger and also that the Lord will send someone to help you clear the snow.

    Thanks Beverlee, as always, for your posts. Echoes of Eternity, how encouraging!
    I will listen to Pastor Haggee later.

    My husband started round two of chemotherapy yesterday. He is feeling quite fatigued. Would appreciate everyone’s prayers.
    Thank you and God bless all of you .

  5. Praying for your husband Luisa, may the great physician give him health and strength!
    Also praying for you as his main support and care giver, may our Heavenly Father also Bless you with strength and a sense of peace and optimism for the future!

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