Joshua 11: 1—12: 24
We get to read in this account of the Holy War for the Promised Land that the kings know that God is powerful and saved Israel from Egypt, but instead of repenting and falling on their knees before the Holy God they join forces in protest. Once they decided to do that God locked them into their choices (hardened their hearts) and they were destroyed. Sin = death. I don’t love that the horses had to be “crippled” in this conquest so I had to do a little digging. I found out that the reason for this is because the pagan nations used horse in their idol worship. The people also believed that who ever had the most chariots and horses were the strongest. God could not let that wrong thinking stand. Whoever has God on their side is the strongest. Also, they did not break the horse legs rendering them helpless. They injured their hamstrings so they could not pull the chariots thus exposing their wrong thinking about who is strong enough to save.
Luke 17: 11-37
Remember how we discovered at the beginning of the book of Luke that Luke is writing to Gentiles to prove that salvation from God is for everyone? Well, we are reminded of that theme in the story Luke chose to include here. 10 lepers are saved from leprosy but only the non-Jew comes back to worship Jesus. This is a story to show that Israel is rejecting Jesus. The following story about the Kingdom tells us the same thing. The Pharisee’s asked, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus says, and I am paraphrasing, “DUDE! It is standing right in front of you and you are rejecting it!” He then starts to teach about His second coming. The world will spin on to that day just like the people of Noah’s time and the people of Sodom did. The people of Noah’s time paid no heed to the guy building a giant ark. The people of Sodom kept right on sinning even though they saw Lot leave.
In my non-professional opinion (I am not a theologian but I play one on this blog), I don’t think the last few verses are talking about the rapture. I think it is talking about the judgement people on earth will receive when Christ comes back. Remember sin = death. The reason I don’t think this is talking about the rapture is the following verses talk about that vulture circling. Whenever Jesus talks about that vulture He is describing the end times. (If you are unfamiliar with the term “rapture” don’t worry! We are going get to it in no time. Don’t google it because you will get a bunch of wack-a-do info about it. Let God teach you from His word, all in His good timing.)
A beautiful song about longing to be in God’s presence in His house of worship. The Israelites had His presence in their Tabernacle and later in the Temple. Christians have His presence in our very hearts. He is as close as whisper.
Proverbs 13: 5-6
Bible Knowledge Commentary said of this Proverb, “Fearing the Lord involves hating what God hates. Since He hates falsehood (12:22), so do the righteous.”* God does this miraculous work in us. When we start to walk with Him, we start to hate what He hates. Isn’t that the epitome of a friendship? You and your best friend will start to act alike, look alike and like and dislike the same things. The mother in me has to ask, “Who is your best friend?”
*Buzzell, Sid S. “Proverbs.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 933. Print.