Impact on Jesus Week 13

Reading the Old Testament through the eyes of Jesus has made so much more of it come to life. Here are the moments of #Impact from this week.

Monday 4/10/17

Joshua 12 shares with us a list of the Kings Joshua defeated, 31 in all. Chapter 13 speaks of Joshua aging in years and the land yet to be conquered and reminds us of the land given to the 2 1/2 tribes east of the Jordan.

Twice in this passage the reader, including a young Jesus, is reminded the Levites were not given any land as inheritance.

In 13:14 we are told that the Levites inheritance was the honor of making sacrifices to the Lord was their inheritance.

In 13:33 it says the Levites were not given any land because, "The Lord God of Israel is what they inherited, as he promised them."

The priest serving the people were not given anything in the kingdom of man to call their own because they had been gifted a much higher honor. They had been given the inheritance of being the ones who would make pleasing sacrifices to God on behalf of the people. But even more, they were given God himself as their inheritance. They carried the treasured Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. They served the Holy and Mighty God and were ever before him. What an inheritance.

And Jesus, as he grew into the understanding of his role as our great high priest, he joyfully abandoned any inheritance in this kingdom, opting instead to redeem a more worthy inheritance. He was given the gift of making the pleasing sacrifice that would once and for all be the sweet smelling aroma in the nostrils of God.

But no joy could match the one he found as he grasped the reality that God himself, his Daddy, the one who his soul thirsted for, would be his inheritance as he fulfilled his role as our Great High Priest!

That is why he did not call Angels to rescue him! That is why he did not accept Satan's offer of all the kingdoms in the world. His eyes were set on a much more glorious inheritance, God himself and all those who would be redeemed to his Father and become his very bride as he offered himself up as a sacrifice for us all!

What a Savior! What amazing Impact! May we also run this race with our eyes on the most treasured inheritance, the prize set before us!

#Impact #EnjoyTheShepherd

Tuesday 4/11/17

Joshua 14 finds Caleb approaching Joshua and reminding him of Moses' promise regarding the land he would inherit. He first declares that the Lord has kept his promise (14:10) and brought him into the promise land. Now he is ready, even at the age 85, to go take the hill country that was promised to him (14:12). Then he says this:

"You (Joshua) yourself heard that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as He said."

Caleb was confident that he would secure the victory because the Lord had made him a promise and the Lord was going to be with him in battle.

Jesus soaked in these words and allowed them to take deep root in him. He came into the middle of a raging war where the enemy had fortified his positions, entrenching deep into the heart and minds of people. The Enemy had secured a place which would be difficult to overcome, the minds of the people. Yet Jesus came forth out of the Wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit and immediately went to battle to take what had been promised him!

I so appreciate the the fact that this morning I also read Acts 10:38 which says, "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH HIM."

Jesus learned from Caleb's story that he could go boldly into the fight because his Father had made him a promise and that promise was that he would win because God was with him!

What Impact these stories had on Jesus. And how they should also transform our lives, as God has told us through Jesus' name, Immanuel, meaning "God with us!"

#impact #EnjoyTheShepherd

Wednesday 4/12/17


Thursday 4/13/17

I missed journaling yesterday, . But I know Father has days in which He allows us to rest. So I am thankful.

I am also glad because today and yesterday really go together in my mind. Joshua 15-19 are about the allotment of the land to the people, each tribe. Two and 1/2 tribes had their land on the east of the Jordan, and now the promised land has been conquered and it is time for the others to receive their inheritance.

As Joshua was allowing them, I noticed the boundaries were very specific. There were. I grey areas as they surveyed the land and each tribe had specific borders which belonged to them. Chapter 18

But, the troubling thing was that a reoccurrence of a phrase showed up, "they could not (did not) dislodge . . ."

In 15:63 Judah did not dislodge the Jebusites. Ephraim did not dislodge the Cannanites in Gezer. 16:10 The Mannassites were not able to remove all the Canaanites from their region 17:12.

What is troubling about this is that in Exodus 23, God had specifically told them NOT to make treaties with any of the people and they were not to allow them to live in the land (Exodus 23:32-33). Yet we have already seen a treaty with the Gibeonites and now others not completely removed from the land. God had a reason for this not to be true, "they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you."

God knew it would be trouble, and we know through history, His words were true