Joshua 23-Judeges 5- It all points to Jesus!
Monday we read Joshua exhort the people, "So be very careful to love the Lord your God." (23:11) Then through the rest of Joshua he continues to warn and plead with the Israelites to "Yield their hearts to God." As I was reading Joshua, I was kind'a surprised that he didn't have a lot of hope for these people to remain faithful. After all, he had spent the last years of his life on the battlefield with the men of Israel who continually rallied to battle to defeat and conquer the people in their promised land.
Yet, Joshua was right, as soon as the exhortations were out of his mouth he states, "You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God, he is a jealous God." (24:19) We saw the truth in that statement as soon as we started to read Judges! Immediately, in chapter 3, we start to see the pattern of the people: live in peace --> sin --> fall into captivity --> moan for help --> God rescues --> peace again comes, but the pattern repeats. Boy. if people say that the Bible is "old", with nothing currently applicable, they are crazy! It's stunning how much I see the description of man then and now! They were sinful then, we are sinful people now, "unable to serve the Lord." The only way to have the Lord resue us is to understand we are sinful, He is Holy, and we need to call on Him to save us. There is nothing we can do with our actions to gain his love. He is already "jealous" for us and wants to rescue us from anything that keeps us from Him. The good news is that he made a way to permanently resue us --> Jesus!
I am loving reading the Old Testament, seeing how these patterns of sin and repentance point to our need for Jesus. We never could, and never will be able to live a life of perfect servanthood, yielding our hearts completely to Him. I feel soooo blessed to be living on this side of the story, knowing the gospel (the Good News), verses the Old Testament Israelites who were just getting to know their need for the gospel (Matthew 13:17). Yet, even so, Paul says that we too only know in part what is to come! (1 Corinthians 13:9) Does that mean that God has even greater things in store for those who believe? How exciting! If the coming of Jesus was the Good News, what more could we possible expect?! Eeeee!, I can barely contain my excitement thinking about it!!
How about you? What are you getting out of this Old Testament reading?