Daily Reading Notes 4/20/2016

Joshua 1:8

 

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

As God commissions Joshua for his new role as leader of the nation of Israel, God gives him the command above. Joshua is to meditate on the law of God every day, day and night. In fact, Joshua’s success is directly tied to his obedience to the word of God as he learns it and remembers it daily.

 

This is a good reminder for us that God has called us to know his word. We do not learn God’s word because we want financial success. We are not health, wealth, and prosperity preachers. But, there is no doubt that we love God better, obey God better, and find greater joy when we are regularly in the word of God, loving him by hearing his voice in Scripture, and glorifying him through obedience.

 

  Joshua 2:17-19

 

17 The men said to her, “We will be guiltless with respect to this oath of yours that you have made us swear. 18 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household. 19 Then if anyone goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be guiltless. But if a hand is laid on anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head.”

 

Note the glimpse of the gospel that is here. Rahab had hidden the spies from the people of Jericho. The spies promise her that her life and the lives of her family will be spared when the army of Israel takes the city. But, this will only be true if two things happen. First, it will only happen if Rahab ties the scarlet chord in her window. Second, the only people who will be safe are those who stay in Rahab’s house during he taking of the city.

 

I’ve never been one for reading great symbolism into Scripture. I do not generally make every red thing into an image of the blood of Christ. But I wonder if this might not be a good place for me to make an exception. Like the blood of Jesus, the scarlet chord points us to a place of safety, of mercy. As in the gospel, perfect provision is made for all who will be rescued. Like the gospel, those who wish to be rescued must enter the place of safety; there is no other place of safety.

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