Morning Devotions: Joshua 1:1-9

Joshua 1:1-2 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. nasu

It is time. Receive the promise. Cross the Jordan, walk the inheritance. It is yours, and you will own it when you live on it. That is the opening message of the Book of Joshua. The details of this crossing will be the subject of our ladies devotions class for this year. But for this morning, the important message is that the people have been called to “cross over” or to be a Hebrew. But what does that mean?

Just a few of the Toy Box Pumpkins and Squash. We have already been enjoying more then our fair share of squash. We even made enchiladas with squash cubes. YUM! We have a new one from uprising seeds that makes us wonder why we bother to grow any other squash or pumpkin. Called Potimarron, it is a dry flesh, bright orange squash that makes the best pumpkin biscotti ever!

Just a few of the Toy Box Pumpkins and Squash. We have already been enjoying more then our fair share of squash. We even made enchiladas with squash cubes. YUM! We have a new one from uprising seeds that makes us wonder why we bother to grow any other squash or pumpkin. Called Potimarron, it is a dry flesh, bright orange squash that makes the best pumpkin biscotti ever!

To be a Hebrew in the most technical sense is to be a descendant of Noah’s grandson Eber, a son of Shem. The letter Hey (meaning “behold”) is prefixed to Eber and has a vav suffix (which connects the word to what comes after), making our modern transliteration, Hebrew.

During the time of Nimrod, the evil leader of Babel, who was known for being a hunter of men, Eber (Genesis 10:21-25 and Luke 3:35 for instance) and his family refused to participate in the rebellion of Nimrod. They “crossed over” the river Euphrates to an unknown land, looking for the place God would provide for them. By doing so they were exempt from the confusion of languages at Babel and were able to keep their “Hebrew” language.

Slightly cooler days and a lot more rain then we have had all summer made the little tub of spicy mesclun mix took off. Suddenly it is salad season again. We just skipped the whole micro-greens stage.

Slightly cooler days and a lot more rain then we have had all summer and the little tub of spicy mesclun mix took off. Suddenly it is salad season again. We just skipped the whole micro-greens stage.

Who are the Hebrews today? Certainly they are the descendants of Eber through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob-Israel. Hebrews are also a spiritual people.  They are “separated” from the world of men who follow or submit to other powerful men. They have left the comfort and familiarity of where they were (places like Babel) to live for God. They are pilgrims, or sojourners on this earth, looking for the city of God.

The Tomatoes in the main garden are long gone but these neglected vines are still producing fruit... or should I say, they are finally producing fruit. I kept forgetting to get out and pinch off suckers so it is a mess. A productive mess but still, what a tangle. These will be good with the greens growing in the blue tub.

The Tomatoes in the main garden are long gone but these neglected vines are still producing fruit… or should I say, they are finally producing fruit. I kept forgetting to get out and pinch off suckers so it is a mess. A productive mess but still, what a tangle. These will be good with the greens growing in the blue tub.

Like Eber, those who believe in God through his only begotten son Jesus separate themselves from the world, meaning from the normal pattern of living in the world. We look to Jesus as the one who can lead us, not to men. Spiritually we have “crossed over” to a new land, heaven is our home. We are living on earth, but it is not our home. We, like Abraham are looking for the home that God has provided for us through Jesus. We live in a way that pleases God, not ourselves. That is how Jesus lived.

The motto of Hebrews is, “Come out of her (Babylon) my people!” Do not partake of her sins, that you do not receive of her plagues. (Revelation 18:4) This is the reason we are told to memorize and meditate on the word of God. To live in the world but not of it.

How about you? Have you crossed over? Will you?
Mrs. Hagerty, September 21, 2015

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