|Posted on May 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM|
Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)
The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 4) Possessing the Land – Something Went Wrong
This is what was revealed to me while traveling recently, pertaining to signs. I needed to stop for fuel and a few miles before reaching the gas station, there was a sign indicating that there was a gas station coming up soon.
I believe this nugget was revealed to me by the Spirit of God to inform the readers that the sign was an example He wanted me to use pointing to Jesus and how He is revealed in every book of the Bible. Once I reached the gas station, there was no need for a sign because the gas station was physically there.
Since Jesus was not physically visible in the Old Testament, there were always signs pointing to Him through foreshadows, types and figures, until He was physically revealed (Colossians 2:17).
Because the children of Israel disobeyed God and died out in the wilderness from the age of twenty and older, God told the old generation that they would wander in the wilderness for forty years (Numbers 14:29-33), but their younger ones would reach the promised land (Joshua, chapter 6).
They could count the years as time went on and they knew they were getting closer to Canaan. They knew by the years that had passed. Example: If one was nineteen years old, then at the age of 59 they would reach the promised land.
As we continue with the Jesus/Joshua connection, I am going to compare the children of Israel (God’s people) in the Old Testament with the children of God in the New Testament.
Jericho was the first battle in conquering the land of Canaan. God gave instructions to destroy everything; Joshua and the children of Israel followed God’s instructions to the tee and the wall of Jericho came down (Joshua, chapter 6).
Something went wrong; The children of Israel were in a war against the city of Ai and they lost the battle; there was a man named Achan who took some forbidden things from Ai and the entire camp suffered. Joshua asked the Lord why they were suffering; the Lord instructed Joshua what to do to by asking each tribe what they did, and Achan confessed that he had hidden the forbidden things in the ground.
Achan and his family were stoned to death and after the stoning, they were burned, including everything they owned (Joshua, chapter 7). Why was this entire family destroyed? If any lived, they would have done what Achan, their forefather did. Sin goes from one generation to the next.
When someone sins, it affects others; it spreads (1 Corinthians, chapter 5). Adam’s sin of disobedience affected the entire human race (Romans 5:12). Thank God for Jesus Christ, the last Adam who came to take care of the sin issue (1 Corinthians 15:45). Even so, God does not want His children to be involved with any unclean or forbidden things (Isaiah 52:11, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.).
Stay away from whatever is not of God! How to know what is of God and what is not of God. Study His Word. All the warning signs are in the Word of God!
Even though there are consequences to sin, God’s Grace extends further than any sin we commit (Romans 5:20). However, it is not good to take God’s Grace for granted.
Next: The Jesus/Judges on Route 66 (Part 1)
Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG