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April 4, 2023
Daily Reading – Joshua 4-6 / Luke 6:20-49
Joshua 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
Growing up I remember a commercial on television for a product called “Shake N Bake.” It was a coating mix that you placed Chicken into, shook it up really good, placed the pieces on a baking sheet and tossed them into the oven to bake, rather than fry the chicken. During the commercial they demonstrated how easy it was to do by having children help with the shaking, then someone would say, “this is great fried chicken.” To which smiling children would say, “it’s not fired, it’s Shake N Bake, And We helped.”
We find in today’s chapters the Children of Israel coming to an understanding that what they were doing was assisting God in His plans. Do not misunderstand, they are actually doing things, but they are doing things exactly as God says. In chapter 4 they cross over the Jordan River. Obeying every detail of God’s directions of who goes first and what to do, God then parted the Jordan River, and they all went over. In chapter 5 God commanded that all the men be circumcised. These were men born during the 40 years in the desert and they had not been separated unto the Lord with this act of obedience. They all obeyed. When we get to chapter 6 God tells them of an odd way of taking the fortified city of Jericho. Yet we hear nothing of grumbling or arguing about how it was done. Instead, they assisted God in His plan to defeat this great walled city. You can almost hear them saying; “God did it, And We Helped!”
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
God is still trying to help His children today. In Matthew 6:33 it says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” He still wants us to assist Him in His plans.
What might God do if we followed His plans?
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director