Friday, December 26, 2008
Joshua - Champion of God and The Israelites
Joshua was briefly described in the Bible as the son of Nun. But his last words to the Israelites ran through up to this day, the words that all faithful servants of the Lord declare to the world- "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
Joshua was the faithful commander of the army of Israel during the time of Moses and after the death of Moses. Moses and he led the Israelites out of the land of their bondage- Egypt. Only he and Caleb were able to cross over the promise land of Canaan. That was because they believed the words of God and became faithful to Him. When Moses died without ever setting foot on the promise land, Joshua was conferred by God the honor of being the champion of the liberated Israelites tasked to lead them to cross over the promise land.
To accentuate God's favor and mighty support of Joshua, two significant miracles were performed by God to help the Israelites and show His whole hearted support of Joshua. He stopped the river Jordan like what He did at the Red Sea so that the Israelites could cross over to the other side. Then the Lord made the sun to stand still for a whole day until all the enemies of Israel at Gibeon were soundly defeated. It was Joshua who parceled out all the land conquered in Canaan to the twelve tribes of Israel with two and a half tribe getting the land before the river Jordan. Joshua was blessed by the Lord until the day of his death and was revered by the Israelites as their great hero and commander of the Lord's army.
Tags: Joshua, Israel, God, Canaan, Bible, Moses, Caleb, Promise Land, River Jordan, Walls of Jericho, Jericho March, Ark of The Covenant, God's Favor, Land Flowing With Milk and Honey
Posted by: Mel Alarilla
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Daniel - God saved him from the lion's den
Daniel was among those who were taken into captivity to Babylon after the first fall of Jerusalem. Daniel, together with Meshach, Shadrach and Abedneggo refused to eat the sumptuous fares being given to them in Babylon but instead convinced their caretaker to give them kosher (clean) food such as fruits and vegetables to eat. Daniel, like Joseph, was given by God the wisdom to interpret dreams which he did to king Nebuchadnezzar. Because of the accurate interpretation, Daniel was elevated to one of the highest positions in all of Babylon. The other officials despised him since he was highly esteemed by everybody because of his wisdom and the probity of his ways. Since his detractors could not find any fault in him, they convinced the king to issue a decree that anyone who will pray to any god or man during the next thirty days except to the king shall be thrown into the lion's den. When Daniel learned about this, he went home to his upstair room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem and prayed there three times a day. His detractors reported this to the king and the king had no choice but to order that Daniel be thrown into the lion's den. The following day, when the king and all the officials of the palace visited Daniel in the lion's den, they found him alive and being licked playfully by the lions. The king ordered that the detractors of Daniel be thrown into the lion's den and they were mauled and eaten by the lions. On many occasions have Daniel interpreted dreams and signs for the king and they all came to reality. God also gave Daniel prophecies for the end times which corresponded with the prophecies in the Book of Revelation. God's gracious favor with Daniel was exemplified by the words of an angel which said that God was already answering Daniel's prayer although he has just started praying it.
Tags: 4th Beneficiary of God's Power Blessings, Daniel, Bible, Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar, Lion's Den, Living Faith, God's Faithfulness To Those Who Trust Him, Grace, Favor of God and Men
Posted by: Mel Alarilla
Thursday, November 27, 2008
David - A Man Whose Heart Is After God's Own
David was chosen by God to succeed Saul to the throne of Israel. Through the prophet Samuel, David was chosen from among the sons of Jesse to be the anointed of the Lord. David, although still a lad tending the sheep of his family, battled Goliath with just a mere slingshot and a living faith in God. God delivered Goliath to David's hands and from that day on earned the ire of king Saul. Through much persecutions from Saul who pursued David bent on killing him, the Lord stayed at the side of David. And finally, David was crowned as the king of Israel. God loved David because David had a heart after God's own. He remained faithful to God and enjoyed tremendous success and wealth. In the two instances when David sinned to God- when he conducted a census of God's army without God's consent and when he committed the sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Bathsheba's husband, God forgave him although the consequences of his sins remained. His child with Bathsheba died and his kingdom became divided after his death. David committed to build a temple to God in Jerusalem although it was his son Solomon who undertook the actual construction. David died beloved of the Lord and his people. He remains a monumental figure in the annals of Biblical patriarchs.
Tags: God, Power Blessing, David, Israel, Goliath, Saul, Bathsheba, Solomon, A Heart After God's Own, Faithfulness to God, Temple of Jerusalem, Biblical Patriarchs
Posted by: Mel Alarilla
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Moses - The man of God to whom God spoke face to face.
Moses is a towering figure in the Bible. He was destined to be great and to lead the Jews out of the bondage of Egypt by the mighty hand of God. There is a parallelism in the lives of Jesus Christ and Moses. Both were born during times of persecutions and both survived the threat of early death from their persecutors. Moses was destined to study the rich culture and traditions of Egypt when he was adopted by the sister of pharoah. But destiny intervened and Moses found his true calling among his people.
God revealed Himself to Moses on the holy mountain of Sinai as a burning bush. Though Moses was reluctant to become the leader of the Jews, He was prevailed upon to accept the responsibility with the assistance his brother- Aaron and with the promise that God will be with them in their trek to the promise land. Signs, wonders and miracles accompanied Moses and Aaron's confrontation with the pharoah. The pharoah was adamant but later on consented when his own first born son was killed by the avenger of death together with all the first born of the Egyptians.
In the wilderness, God accompanied Moses and the Jews through a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. The Jews were sustained by God for 40 years in the desert. No one among the first generation Jews were able to reach the promise land because of their disobedience to God except for Caleb and Joshua. Even Moses was not permitted to set foot on the promise land because he struck the rock with a staff instead of talking to it thereby depriving God of His miraculous glory.
Moses was so closed to God that he was able to intercede for the Jews when God had wanted to destroy them because of their evil hearts. Moses died of old age still possessing all of his inherent physical capabilities. Moses was entrusted by God to bring His laws to the Jews and to the whole world. Moses was the precursor of Jesus who will lead His chosen ones to the promise land- the New Jerusalem.
Tags: Moses. Lawgiver, The Ten Commandments, God, Burning Bush, Mt. Sinai, Aaron, Pharoah, Signs, Wonders, Miracles, The Promise Land, Jews
Posted by: Mel Alarilla
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
He was born Abram from the land of Ur. He was called and chosen by God out of the myriads of mortals that existed on the earth during his time. That was the first evidence of the grace of God. Abram responded by leaving his native Ur and embarking on the first journey to Canaan- the promised land. Then God said to Abraham that he will father a son by Sarah and his offsprings will be as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands at the sea. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.
When Isaac was born, God again tested Abraham's faithfulness to Him. He demanded that Isaac be sacrificed by Abraham to Him. Abraham became obedient to the directive of God and that was the final test. He was blessed by the Lord from all the peoples of the world during that time. Their herd with his nephew Lot were so many that they had to part ways. Abraham was blessed even more by the Lord and he rescued Lot and his household from the marauding kings who were the enemies of the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah. He was blessed by the high priest Melchizedek after his victory over the enemies of Sodom and Gomorrah. There he gave Melchizedek a tenth of all his properties as the first recorded case of tithing. Abraham was immortalized as the father of Israel and the Jews and of his descendant- Jesus Christ. Those who bless his descendants- the Jews, will be blessed by God. Those who curse the Jews and Israel will be cursed by God.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Abraham, Canaan, Sarah, Isaac, Melchizedek, Sodom and Gomorrah, Blessings
Posted by: Mel Alarilla