Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013 Jesse Tree: Joshua

Scripture: Joshua 6:8-16, 20
Event/Theme: Joshua
Symbol we use: An ornament of a trumpet or horn or otherwise symbolizing music
Meditation: Joshua was asked by God to lead the Israelites in doing the ridiculous. Who conquers a strong fortress city by marching around it and blowing some horns?? Throughout his leadership God asked Joshua to do strange things, like walk into a deep river (Jsh 3), march around a walled city, and command the sun to stand still (Jsh 10). By courageously obeying the Lord in each situation (Jsh 1:9), Joshua saw the impossible take place and the native people conquered by the children of slaves.
Has the Lord asked you to move outside of your comfort zone, possibly evening acting in a way that felt strange or ridiculous? Perhaps it was simply paying for someone else's bill at the store, giving a ride to someone you knew although it meant driving out of your way, inviting an acquaintance over for a meal, or giving someone a cut in line so they can check out that much sooner. You might see the reason why He asked you to perform that strange deed, or you might never see the consequences of your obedience this side of Heaven. Yet courageously obeying the Lord in the small impulses can bring about miracles, including the growing willingness in yourself to do even more ridiculous things, even marching around an obstacle too big in your spiritual life for you to ever conquer on your own.
Jesse Tree Week 1: The Patriarchs
Sunday: Root of Jesse
Monday: Creation
Tuesday: Fall of Mankind
Wednesday: Noah
Thursday: Abraham
Friday: Isaac
Saturday: Jacob
Jesse Tree Week 2: The Formation of a People Set Apart
Sunday: Joseph
Monday: Moses
Tuesday: Israelites at Mt. Sinai
Wednesday: Joshua
Thursday: Gideon
Friday: Ruth
Saturday: Samuel

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