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Joshua 3:7-4:7

Earlier this month, my family and I took a trip to Virginia Beach, VA.  One of our stops was at Appomattox, VA in the McLean House, where, on 4/9/1865, Lee surrendered to Grant.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLean_House_(Appomattox,_Virginia) Years of fighting and bloodshed preceded that surrender.  We remember the sacrifice many soldiers made.

Although Virginia is chock-full of history, Israel is loaded with history as well.  Because of God’s power, Israelites miraculously crossed over the Jordan River on dry ground, even though it was “at flood stage.”  http://www.bible-history.com/maps/palestine_joshua.html  Twelve stones were taken from the Jordan River’s middle ground to their camp.  Joshua then set the stones up as a memorial.  I guess Joshua had a different kind of Memorial Day.

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2 Samuel 22, 21:15-17a

I read about a battle between Israel and the Philistines.  David was exhausted and a Philistine named, Ishbi-Benob,  wanted to kill him.  Then Abishai came forward and killed the Philistine.  I believe God used Abishai to rescue David.  David was a thankful man and sang in celebration after God helped him many times.

Eight years ago today, God rescued me.  I was driving on Bever Avenue, a busy street, when someone ran a stop sign and headed for the left front of the car.  I was forced to swerve immediately to the right onto a side street, and unfortunately, there was a little car that suddenly appeared at a stop sign there, right in my path.  I braced for the impact as my tires screeched, but instead, the front of our car just seemed to float.  I opened my eyes and saw the little car I had tried to avoid still at the stop sign, with no damage.  I was pointed in the right direction.  Shaken, I drove very slowly and found a place to park.  I checked out the car.  There wasn’t any damage, and I wasn’t injured!

Believe what you like, but I believe God sent an angel to pick up our car.  Thanks be to God, my rescuer!  God helps me in many ways, but the heavenly help on Bever Avenue that afternoon stands out.  Every year now, when I put up a new calendar, I write on the month of May, “Heavenly help on Bever Ave,” so I can remember what God did for me.

 

1 Samuel 4:15, Genesis 27:1, Genesis 48:10, Deuteronomy 34:4-7

In Children’s Church recently, Samuel was the subject of the lesson.  As I read about him, I discovered that when he was 98 he couldn’t see.  I then got curious about the eyesight of others in the Bible.  When Isaac grew old he couldn’t see.  Similarly, his son, Israel (Jacob), could barely see when he was old.  But when Moses was 120 years old, his eyesight was fine.  It appears to me that God made or kept Moses’ eyesight great so he could clearly see the Promised Land from the mountain.

 

2 Samuel 22, 21:15-17a

I read about a battle between Israel and the Philistines.  David was exhausted and a Philistine named, Ishbi-Benob,  wanted to kill him.  Then Abishai came forward and killed the Philistine.  I believe God used Abishai to rescue David.  David was a thankful man and sang in celebration after God helped him many times.

Seven years ago, God rescued me.  I was driving on Bever Avenue, a busy street, when someone ran a stop sign and headed for the left front of the car.  I was forced to swerve immediately to the right onto a side street, and unfortunately, there was a car at a stop sign there, right in my path.  I braced for the impact as my tires screeched, but instead, our car just straightened out and seemed to float.  Shaken, I drove slowly and found a place to park and checked out the car.  There weren’t any scratches and I wasn’t injured!

You can believe what you like, but I believe God sent an angel or angels to pick up the car.  Thanks be to God, my rescuer!  God helps me in many ways, but the heavenly help on Bever Avenue that afternoon stands out.  Every year now, when I put up a new calendar, I write on the month of May, “Heavenly help on Bever Ave,” so I can remember what God did for me and celebrate.

Think about how God has come to your rescue.  Then, you can put it on your calendar every year to celebrate what He did for you.

Genesis 17:5, 15, 32:28, Revelation 2:17

Before my husband was born, his parents decided that his name would be Timothy.  However, a teenager with the same name made the news at that time.  Timothy was in a vehicle that was hit by a train.  He was killed.  The news made an impact on my husband’s parents, and they changed his name to John before he was delivered.

In Genesis, I noticed three name changes.  God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, revealing that he was to become the “father of many nations.”  God also changed Sarai’s name to Sarah, explaining that she would be considered a “mother of nations.”  And in chapter 32, Jacob’s name was changed to Israel since he overcame after struggling with God and men.

If you’re living for God and you overcome, you can get a secret new name in Heaven.  Names are so significant.

 

I want to start the new year in Genesis.  How well do you know it?  Maybe you’re a little rusty.  Try this little quiz to find out:

1. Before God sent rain, how was the earth watered?

2. After Noah’s family and the animals were in the ark, who shut the door?

3. How old was Abram when he left his country?

4. What comforted Isaac after his mother, Sarah, died?

5. What did God change Jacob’s name to?

6. Was Joseph bilingual?

7. What were some of the things Israel sent with Joseph’s brothers on their second trip to Egypt?

 

Answers:

1. …”streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground…”  Genesis 2:4-7

2. God did.  Genesis 7:13-16

3. He was seventy-five.  Genesis 12:1-5

4. He got married.  Genesis 24:66-67

5. He changed it to Israel.  Genesis 35:9-10

6. Yes.  Genesis 42:22-23

7. He sent balm, honey, spices, myrrh, pistachio nuts, almonds, etc.  Genesis 43:11-14

 

How did you do?  I hope you did well.  If not, taking a closer look at God’s living word will be a blessing to you.  May God go with you as you glean gems from His word in 2015!

 

1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-2:12, Psalms (Due to the volume of this text, the online Bible link was not able to provide all of the verses.)

The limping economy has produced widespread concern.  Many fret about jobs.

What would it have been like in Biblical times?  Did Bible characters worry about jobs too?  In David’s situation, I think he was fine with being raised as a shepherd.  And he was probably very glad when Samuel anointed him to be Israel’s next king, by the Lord’s command.  What a dramatic work history!

David didn’t need a resume, but if he had, what would it look like?  Maybe something like this:

David, son of Jesse of Bethlehem

Jerusalem, Israel

_____________________________________________________________________

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

CITY OF DAVID
Jerusalem
King

CITY OF DAVID
Jerusalem
Writer of Psalms

HOUSE OF KING SAUL
Armor-bearer
Musician (harp)

HOUSE OF JESSE
Bethlehem, Israel
Shepherd

REFERENCES

Numerous references are available upon request.

(jobsearch.about.com, Who’s Who in the Bible)

No, David didn’t need a resume.  He was chosen by God to be the next king of Israel, and his initial musician job for King Saul came about because of a good report from one of King Saul’s servants.  Even though we live in a different time, our God is the same, so let’s trust Him like David did.