June 22, Reading 1 – Joshua 3

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SAA Notes

This crossing reminds Israel, and us, that salvation is by His grace. The God who opened the way through the Red Sea through Moses, is with them through Joshua. God is faithful to His covenant. Trust Him in your today.

SJA Notes

Let the ark lead the way!

Israel was to follow the ark, but not come near it. To keep a distance – So that they would know the way to go.

It seems that a million+ people, even ordered as they were (Numbers 2), could get ahead of themselves and confused if they were given the opportunity.

Instead – Patience and trust were the key, waiting on the Lord. The ark of the Lord.

The ark that had the word of the Lord within, the commands on stone.

It is quite clear here that the ark is a vehicle for God’s power – It is what rested on the waters of the Jordan, the priests who bore it stood on dry ground.

This is the ark of the covenant. The covenant that God made with His peop0le.

Once more, as at the Red Sea, it is God who makes it possible to move and go forward. It is His power and might that part the waters, His strength that saves.

This is a good reminder for us to let God’s word lead us in our lives. To remember that it is God’s power in us, working in us, that makes us alive in Him.

In Psalm 119 verse 99 we read,

“I have more understanding that all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.”

And in verse 105,

“You word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.”

And in verse 130,

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”

* Gracious Father,

We come before You in repentance and belief, please help us and save us (even as the father of the demon-possessed son cried out, we believe, help us in our unbelief!).

Thank You for the reminder to put Your word at the front of our lives, at the point we set direction and walk our steps.

Please help us to remember You and Your word each day.

We love You dearest Lord,

Amen.

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