Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Bible Studies PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Joshua 5:9-12 – Disgrace Rolled Away
by Gary Sims
03/14/04
Not For Sale
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





The Scriptures
Joshua 5:9-12 – Disgrace Rolled Away


Key Verses:
(NRSV)

  • 9: “The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.’” – The Israelites, under the leadership of Joshua, had just entered into the Promise Land and a new covenant with God had been established through the circumcision of all the young males. A yoke was lifted and forty years of wandering had ended.


  • 10: “While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the Passover in the evening of the fourteenth day…” – This was the first celebration meal they had experienced in 39 years. It served as a reminder of what all had transpired since their days of slavery.


  • 12: “The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.” – A normal life returns to the Israelites, a life filled with the bounty by producing food from their own land.

Points to Contemplate:


  • Have you been in the wilderness?
    Are you still there? Are there times that no matter what you do, you feel lost? Are your prayers seemingly going unanswered? Are there times when you experience “a dryness” in your relationship with God – a void or emptiness that leaves you desperately searching for fulfillment? The Israelites wandered for forty years but not without purpose and they were not abandoned by God. In your wilderness experience, can you still see that God is providing for your basic needs? Can you still see His guiding smoke or inspiring fires? Are you willing to accept that God has a purpose for this experience? Knowing this, are you able to move forward, sustained in God’s love, and learn the lessons God has in store for you to learn?


  • What disgrace are you carrying with you?
    Is there some aspect of your past that is keeping you from entering into the Promise Land that God is offering? Are the burdens of poor decisions and reckless abandonment weighing you down? Are you feeling guilty? Filled with remorse? Is it time to set those burdens down and begin a new life with Christ? Are you willing to allow Him to “roll away from you your disgrace?” Can you finally accept His love, mercy, and grace and begin experiencing the fruits of His bounty?


  • Do you celebrate in God’s love?
    Do you have special occasions of celebration that mark the memory of “God-moments” in your life? Do you see the importance of remembering where you have been and how far God has taken you? Do you share your wilderness stories with others? Do you rejoice in God’s faithful care?

Promises of the Gospel:



Life in the wilderness can be hard. When we look around, all we see is vast emptiness. There is no end in sight. There are no paths to follow. We feel we are wandering without purpose. But there is a purpose and we are not alone. Just as God never abandoned the Israelites, He also will never leave us to drown in our own wilderness experiences. God’s purpose is to teach and to draw us ever closer to Him. We may feel that our prayers are going unanswered and that He has abandoned us but when we look back, when we emerge and find ourselves at the edge of the Promised Land, we will find that He has been guiding us every step of the way. When we give ourselves over to His grace and allow Him to roll away the burdens we carry, we begin to experience the fullness of His love.

FUMC Devotionals



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Gary Sims or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 509 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com