JOSHUA‬ ‭3‬:‭7‬ ‭‬‬

“The Lord told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses.”

Joshua‬ ‭3‬:‭7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

By the end of Moses ‘ tenure as the prophet and leader of Israel, he had to contend with a wicked and loathsome people. They had spent 400 years in Egypt developing a culture that was steeped in sin and idolatry and the journey for them was not easy. Even though they were slaves, it was a comfortable reality compared to the undiscovered country of living free in God’s blessings. They hated it so much that only two of them would live to make into the promised land. God would force them to die out in confusion. But he took compassion upon the next generation. This, however, would still require much grace. They would need constant reminding of God’s providence. This was the beginning of that. The parting of the Red Sea was the moment that epically cut off Egypt for their parents. This would also be the start of their journey as adults. Like the death of Christ, and our baptism, it would link them to God’s blessings I constrained by time. Here we see God’s providence on full display. It’s never just a command to follow him. There is always a deeper context that has the ability to drastically grow our faith if we will let it.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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