Priests, Kids, and the rise of Joshua at the Jordan.

The Jordan River

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~When it was time for God‘s people to cross the Jordan river, Moses was 120 years old. God had already defeated the Amorites for them along the way. There were nations on the other side of the river that still needed to be defeated to serve God’s purposes and keep his people safe. Moses knew he was too old, and God already had appointed Joshua, his assistant to take over and instructed Moses to not go with them. In their time of great fear knowing that they were losing their long time leader Moses, and in fear of what was on the other side of the river and probably doubt in Joshua’s leadership abilities. One of Moses last words was this: “Be strong and courageous. ‘Do not be fearful…..for it is the Lord your God who goes with you and he will never leave or forsake you’ (Deut 31:6).  When we look at modern politics, business, or even friendships we should take this verse to heart, in its context of course. These people had been wandering for a very long time and their fearless leader was no longer going to be with them, or so they thought….in fact, their LEADER was truly God and he would never leave them behind.
And no matter who leaves you, God will not.
 
~When we teach a small child a Bible story, they remember and keep in it their hearts without needing an explanation. Why is it that later in life we feel the need to question the Lord at every crossroads? Children receive these stories at face-value without every questioning for the most part. Jesus even said to his closest friends- “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Mark 10:15). After he spoke these words he took the children into his arms and blessed them and prayed over them.
 
~In closing, to answer a question that many have about Catholicism regarding whether or not we need priests, bishops, or even popes. Let there be no doubt who our One True High Priest Is by reading Hebrews 4:14-16:  “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
 
Stay Blessed,
Chris
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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