'Joshua' Tagged Posts

'Joshua' Tagged Posts

A CHANGE OF WARDROBE

In the 3rd chapter of Zechariah, God shows us a vision of the high priest in those days, a man named Joshua (a different man than the one who fought the battle of Jericho). Joshua is a real person.  He is the High Priest of Israel.  He is a priest with an unfinished temple.  When the refugees of Judah returned to the land their fathers and grandfathers called home, the walls of Jerusalem were broken down.  The glorious temple of…

FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

The Old Testament book of Judges tells a sad story.  Twice we are told:  “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.”   How modern!  “Do your own thing!  Whatever turns you on!  Whatever you think is right for you –  that’s what’s right!” How sad!  It all started after the death of faithful Joshua.  The Bible says:  “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither…

WHAT IS ZION?

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!” said the prophet Zechariah in foretelling Christ’s coming into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. To whom is Zechariah talking?  Maybe you have heard of churches which are named Mount Zion or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.  A book about the history of one Lutheran Church body years ago was called Zion on the Mississippi. The name Zion occurs 150 times in the Old Testament, especially in the psalms and the prophets. So…

FAITH HAS A THOUSAND FACES

Faith has a thousand faces.  The famous “Heroes of Faith” chapter  (Hebrews 11) lists some of them:  Enoch and Noah, Abraham and Isaac, Moses and Joshua.  There are others we recall:  Jeremiah in his pit, John the Baptist in his dungeon, Paul, Athanasius and Martin Luther against the world. Add to those thousands the face of 27 year-old Meriam Ishag, recently sentenced to be hanged in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.  Married to a Christian, and raised…

THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

Our Gospel lesson from John reports the reaction of the crowd when Jesus finished His famous “Bread of Life” sermon:   “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” Every veteran pastor knows what this is like – the sullen look that says, “No!” to some plain word of God and storms out. This parting of the ways has been there: ever since Cain went forth from the presence of the Lord to found an…

GOD OF OUR FATHERS

A number of years ago, on a “Golden Oldies” radio station, a funny-man announcer would routinely break in and say:  “We don’t break the rules; we make them up as we go along.” After the initial chuckle, a sobering truth rolls in like a gray cloud.  This really is the creed of our times.  We hear it all the time:  “Whatever you think is right for you…if it feels good, do it…” Major church bodies often determine doctrine not by…

CARPE DIEM!

The famous old Latin phrase was Carpe Diem! – “Seize the Day!”  The ancient slogan was revived some years ago in the movie, Dead Poets Society, and was fashioned into a song in the Disney musical, Newsies. The phrase “Seize the day!” is open to both a godless understanding and a Christian understanding.  The ancient Greeks and Romans and a lot of people down to 2013 believe in seizing the day with a godless gusto which  chants “eat, drink and…