The Gospel in Joshua

The Gospel in Joshua

By Rhoda Klein Miller 

I’ve picked up a new challenge for the summer. Starting July 1 I began a Bible reading plan that guides me through the entire volume of scripture in 60 days. It’s ambitious, requiring 60-90 minutes a day of fast, focussed reading but if I can stay on track I’ll be done by August 31. I didn’t think I had the time but between morning and evening is helping make it achievable. I’ve never read the text through in such a compressed time before. It’s surprising the new connections and themes that become apparent. Particularly the many ways the Gospel – the Good News of Salvation, is echoed throughout history.

This weekend’s message will be from the book of Joshua. Finally after four generations enslaved by the Egyptian empire and 40 years of wilderness wandering the people of Israel are ready to enter the land of freedom God promised them. All that stands between them and their future are the walls of Jericho. Where is Jesus seen in the story? In the New Testament Paul writes to the Ephesians, “Remember you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship among God’s people, foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall” (Eph.2:12-14).  Amen!

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