Joshua 3 – Dry Ground

Joshua 3:1-17

What a great chapter.

As soon as the people saw the ark being carried – they were to set out and follow it (v 3).

👉 When God is on the move – God’s people should be quick to follow.

In this short passage, the people are reminded five times who it is that they are following.
• the Lord your God (v 3)
• the Lord [who does wonders] (v 5)
• the Lord your God (v 9)
• the Lord of all the earth (v 11)
• the Lord of all the earth (v 13)

And when the people obey and follow – God will without fail do what he has promised (v 10). We serve a faithful God.

But notice that the waters did not part until the priests dipped their feet into the Jordan (v 15). And their obedience and faith was rewarded. Notice that the people crossed over on dry ground (v 17.) Not only were the waters moved – it was as if the water was never there! Dry ground.

I couldn’t help but think that this is how our lives are changed when we follow Christ. There isn’t a muddy residue left behind – no lingering bits of the old us. We are not refurbished or repurposed. Christ makes us brand new.

Twice in the last verse – dry ground – during a season when the banks of the Jordan often overflowed. And when they crossed – they were slipping or sinking – they were standing firmly. What a great image.

Live like you’re loved – because you are. ♥️

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Joshua 3 – Dry Ground

Joshua 3:1-17

What a great chapter.

As soon as the people saw the ark being carried – they were to set out and follow it (v 3).

👉 When God is on the move – God’s people should be quick to follow.

In this short passage, the people are reminded five times who it is that they are following.
• the Lord your God (v 3)
• the Lord [who does wonders] (v 5)
• the Lord your God (v 9)
• the Lord of all the earth (v 11)
• the Lord of all the earth (v 13)

And when the people obey and follow – God will without fail do what he has promised (v 10). We serve a faithful God.

Notice that the waters did not part until the priests dipped their feet into the Jordan (v 15). But – when they did – their obedience and faith were rewarded. Notice that the people crossed over on dry ground (v 17.) Not only were the waters moved – it was as if the water had never been there! Dry ground.

I couldn’t help but think that this is how our lives are changed when we follow Christ. There isn’t a muddy residue left behind – no lingering bits of the old us. We are not refurbished or repurposed. Christ makes us brand new.

Twice in the last verse – dry ground – during a season when the banks of the Jordan often overflowed. And when they crossed – they weren’t slipping or sinking – they were standing firmly. What a great image.

Live like you’re loved – because you are. ♥️

#joshua #faithful #jesus #biblejournaling #biblestudy #bible #biblejournalingcommunity #biblejournalinglife #biblejournal #biblejournalingbrasil #god #christian #christianauthors #christianblogger #biblestudytips

Luke 24:36-53 The Final Words of Luke

Luke 24:36-53

The disciples:

• were startled (v 37)
• were frightened (v 37)
• thought they saw a spirit (v 37)
• were troubled (v 38)
• had hearts of doubt (v 38)
• still disbelieved (v 41)

Anyone frightened? Troubled? Doubtful?

As we close out (can you even believe it) our study of Luke – I am reminded of the humanity of the disciples.

They had heard all the sermons.

They had seen all the miracles.

They had walked with Jesus down dusty roads.

And yet – here, at the end – they were frightened, troubled, and doubtful.

And – as we learned earlier this week – Jesus is a gentle Savior.

Jesus:

• stood among them (v 36)
• spoke to them (v 36)
• showed his wounds (v 40)
• opened their minds to understand the Scriptures (v 45)
• led them and blessed them (v 50)

👉 If you have ever wanted to go deeper with your Bible study – ask Jesus to open your mind to understand the Scriptures.

Luke closed his gospel right where he began – in the temple. It’s a beautiful reminder that everything begins and ends with worship.

[Thank you to all who have looked at Luke with me since we began in November!]

Where will we go next? Stay tuned!

You are loved.

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Luke 24:13-35 The Savior and the Slow of Heart

Luke 24:13-35

My heart has always gone out to the two individuals traveling on the road to Emmaus. Luke tells us that they were sad (v 17) because they had hoped Jesus would be the one (v 21) and, yet, nothing looked like they thought it would look.

I think we can all relate.

They are all worked up as they tell the story of what had taken place (v 17-24). I imagine them downcast and weary as they listed all of the things that had – in their minds – gone wrong. I hear exasperation at how it all looked so hopeless and confusion at how – of all things – the body couldn’t be found.

In response, Jesus called them “slow of heart to believe” (v 25).

[And I confess, “Yes, Lord, I often am.”]

But do you see what Jesus did to the foolish and slow of heart?

👉 Look at the gentleness of Jesus with those who are slow of heart to believe.

• He drew near (v 15).

• He interpreted the Scriptures for them (v 27).

• He stayed with and broke bread with them (v 29-30).

• He opened their eyes so that they could recognize him (v 31).

They had the Scriptures and the Prophets and still didn’t get it and Jesus said, “Here, let me explain it.”

Don’t you love that?!

If your circumstances don’t look like you had hoped and you’re struggling to see Jesus – ask him to open your eyes. Ask him to allow you to recognize him at work in your life.

He is a gentle Savior even with – especially with – the slow of heart.

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Luke 24:13-35 The Savior and the Slow of Heart

Luke 24:13-35

My heart has always gone out to the two individuals traveling on the road to Emmaus. Luke tells us that they were sad (v 17) because they had hoped Jesus would be the one (v 21) and, yet, nothing looked like they thought it would look.

I think we can all relate.

They are all worked up as they tell the story of what had taken place (v 17-24). I imagine them downcast and weary as they listed all of the things that had – in their minds – gone wrong. I hear exasperation at how it all looked so hopeless and confusion at how – of all things – the body couldn’t be found.

In response, Jesus called them “slow of heart to believe” (v 25).

[And I confess, “Yes, Lord, I often am.”]

But do you see what Jesus did to the foolish and slow of heart?

👉 Look at the gentleness of Jesus with those who are slow of heart to believe.

• He drew near (v 15).

• He interpreted the Scriptures for them (v 27).

• He stayed with and broke bread with them (v 29-30).

• He opened their eyes so that they could recognize him (v 31).

They had the Scriptures and the Prophets and still didn’t get it and Jesus said, “Here, let me explain it.”

Don’t you love that?!

If your circumstances don’t look like you had hoped and you’re struggling to see Jesus – ask him to open your eyes. Ask him to allow you to recognize him at work in your life.

He is a gentle Savior even with – especially with – the slow of heart.

#easter #jesus #faith #biblejournaling #biblestudy #bible #biblejournalingcommunity #biblejournalinglife #biblejournal #biblejournalingbrasil #god #christian #christianauthors #christianblogger #biblestudytips