Hello beautiful family,
I was talking to a dear friend this morning, and we started discussing something wonderful that I want to share with all of you. We spoke of the faithfulness of God, and how we can dwell in God’s rest. Then he told me something so wonderful regarding Joshua and Jesus:
At the end of the book of Joshua, after the Israelites had come into the land of promise, and conquered the enemies within, Joshua said this to the people:
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
I read that and I immediately want to declare, “Yes! As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” There is just one problem with that. Or maybe like a kazillion problems with that. I can try to serve the Lord, but I stink at so many things. Including that thing. I fail. I fall. I give up. I turn back. I lie. I make excuses. Seriously. It’s just not pretty.
But here is the glorious thing my friend shared with me. You know how Joshua is reflective of Jesus?
(Stay with me! This is really good stuff!)
The name Joshua comes from: – the name of God, Jehovah, the Lord. And from Yasha, which means to deliver, or to save, to free. Jeshua: He will save. This is also the meaning of the name …… Jesus. (smile)
It wasn’t the people of Israel saying, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It was Joshua saying that. Joshua, the reflection of Jesus, (Jeshua.)
So now let’s go to the New Testament to see something remarkable and wonderful.
Hebrews chapter 3
4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
So, Jesus is saying, “As for Me, and my house ( all of us ), we will serve the Lord.” And we know that it is true, because He Who said it is faithful to finish the glorious work that He started.
Another good one: 1st Thessalonians 5:23 and 24
23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Once again, we see the truth, that God will do this work in us. God will keep us. God and only God. We can rest, knowing this, from the smallest happenings in our lives to the biggest.
No worries. Ever.
I love you all!!!