Sunday, March 25, 2012
Welcome to Day 84 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Joshua 21, “So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hands. 45
… of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
Joshua 22:24-27, 29, “We did it for fear that some day your descendants might say to ours, ‘What do you have to do with the LORD, the God of Israel? 25 The LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you—you Reubenites and Gadites! You have no share in the LORD.’ So your descendants might cause ours to stop fearing the LORD. 26 “That is why we said, ‘Let us get ready and build an altar—but not for burnt offerings or sacrifices.’ 27 On the contrary, it is to be a witness between us and you and the generations that follow, that we will worship the LORD at his sanctuary with our burnt offerings, sacrifices and fellowship offerings.” 29 “Far be it from us to rebel against the LORD and turn away from him today by building an altar for burnt offerings, grain offerings and sacrifices, other than the altar of the LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle.”
Psalm 47, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. 9 The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.”
1 Corinthians 10:12, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And
God is faithful;
he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
First observation from the passage in Joshua… The eastern tribes built an altar as a reminder that though they had not crossed the Jordan river, they were still part of the community. They wanted to make sure that down the road they were viewed as such.
Yet again, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness. He’s faithful to his promises, to his people and to watch over us.
2 Timothy 2:13, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
Regarding the building of that altar… in the short term, they were perceived as disobedient. The lesson here, a little communication goes a long way. They could have simply informed Joshua of their intent to build an altar simply for a reminder… that it would never be used to sacrifice a burnt offering.
I love that God is faithful. He remains faithful.
What about if/when we are faithless?? He is still faithful. He cannot deny who he is!
Thank you for that Lord… that you remain faithful! Strengthen me to remain faithful to you!