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A Stone as a Witness

Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit for us to be witnesses, in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (see Acts 1:8). That is perfectly clear, but can a stone be a witness? Let’s see:

Joshua gathered the people for his farewell. He reminded them of the wonders God had done during the long pilgrimage from Egypt. Most of them did not know how the first stage of the journey; they were the new generation born in the desert.

After reminding the people of the things that God had done, Joshua recorded them in the book of the Law of God. Then he did something very interesting; he lifted a huge stone and placed it under a tree that was next to the sanctuary of the Lord. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us” (Joshua 24:27).

A stone as a witness? A witness of what they had promised.

  • Only the Lord will we serve.
  • Only the Lord will we obey.

Let their proclamation resound like an echo: “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him!”

Here are some biblical references about using a stone for something special:

  • Jacob used a stone as a “pillow” and then he set it up as a pillar, proclaiming that it would be God’s house (Genesis 28:10-22).
  • Jacob and Laban. Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar when he and his uncle made a covenant (Genesis 31:45-53).
  • God gave Moses commandments on tablets of stone (Exodus 24:12).
  • Joshua wrote on stones all the words of the Law (Deuteronomy 27:1-7; Joshua 8:30-32).
  • Joshua set up a stone as a witness (Joshua 24:21-27).
  • Samuel named a stone Ebenezer: “Thus far has the Lord helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12).
  • Elijah took twelve stones and built an altar to the Lord (1 Kings 18:30-32).

Jesus is the cornerstone: the stone that the builders rejected has become the capstone (Psalm 118:22; Mark 12:10; Ephesians 2:18-22; Romans 9:30-33; 1 Peter 2:1-6).

I encourage you to trust in the Lord, whatever happens in your life. Joshua was Moses’ servant and then was put in charge. His difficult mission was the conquest of Canaan. At the end of his days, when he said his farewell to the people, he proclaimed what I hope each one of us can say a heartfelt amen to:

“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15

This concludes the story of the long journey of the people of Israel to the Promised Land. I hope you have enjoyed it.

God bless each parent and teacher. Hugs and greetings to the children. I love you all!

Welcome to read the story of Joshua’s farewell, #8 in The Promised Land.

 

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A Sanctuary in the Desert

Everything we begin has an ending. The only thing with no end is eternity. That’s why it’s so important to choose right where we will spend it. The only way to a safe and happy eternity is Jesus. No one comes to the Father without him. I hope You have made Jesus your Savior and Lord.

The Great Escape series has now come to an end; but we will not leave our friends Eleazar and Rachel wandering with no end in the desert. The purpose of the “escape” was to reach the Promised Land. Reach it they will!

Something had to happen during the 40 years in the desert. I decided these two children were such good friends they needed to spend the rest of their lives together. When the story continues they will no longer be children, but parents and grandparents.  In the next part of the story, Conquering the Promised Land, their grandchildren, Eliab and Elizabeth, will be the “stars.”

Coming… Eleazar and Rachel with their grandchildren

Just as Eleazar and Rachel saw the wonder of God opening the Red Sea, their grandchildren will cross the Jordan on dry ground. So, follow us in the sequence, where God continues to do miracles, this time the people led by Joshua.

Today’s story is about the Tabernacle, how the people of God gave offerings and volunteered their skills to build the sanctuary that would be their place of worship where God showed his presence.

One interesting detail we find in Exodus 36:6,7. People brought their freewill offerings until there was more than enough. Then Moses restrained the people from bringing offerings. I like to think how it would be today if we came to church and were not allowed to give our offerings, because there was “more than enough.” How great would that be?

Well, here is the story for today. Be blessed. Inspire the children to give themselves as a “freewill” offering to the Lord. I was ten years old when I answered Jesus’ call to tell children about him. I’ve been doing that ever since. More than 60 years with Jesus gets better every day. How I wish that for every child! And for you!!!!

Before we continue with the journey to the Promised Land I will have a mission story. Have you heard about Amy Carmichael, the Irish girl who prayed for blue eyes? She spent her entire life in India rescuing girls and boys from a life without Jesus. That’s what’s coming up next. Find out if she got the blue eyes she prayed for!

Welcome today to read The Great Escape #15: A Special Sanctuary for the Lord