June 23, Reading 1 – Joshua 4:1-5:12

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SAA Notes

The 12 stones from the Jordan riverbed were a memorial for later generations. We need to remember what God has done in the past, that we might trust Him in today and in tomorrow. Israel practiced what they preached – this mass circumcision made the whole nation vulnerable. Trust and obey!

SJA Notes

“… And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”

This is a big momentous chapter in Israel’s history. It is the end of the wandering!

Here we read that they ate of the fruit from the promised land, hallelujah!

And God made it possible for them, as they crossed over the Jordan.

In chapter 4 verse 18 we read,

“… And the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up on dry ground,”

This is a proper showing of God’s power – An out of the ordinary act from our Lord God!

We read that the mighty warrior nations around them responded in a very clear way,

“… Their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel.”

This chapter is such a door-hinge in Israel’s history.

How thankful then can we be that the Lord has saved us, brought us through on dry ground, circumcised our hearts and given us the fruits of His Holy Spirit!

* Lord God,

Thank You for this passage where we read Israel stepping across the Jordan into the promised land.

Thank You for Your promise that one day we will step across into the new heavens and the new earth, a wonderful eternity that we look forward to.

Please fix our eyes on You this day, our hope in Your sure and steadfast promises.

Thank You Lord God,

Amen.

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