Summary: 3 of 4. God restored/renewed/rededicated Israel as His covenant people. God’s people must be restored. But How or What can bring it about? A Setting for spiritual restoration is...
SET For RESTORATION-III—Joshua 5:2-12
WCTV News, Tallahassee
By: Associated Press
July 16, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man has survived a harrowing drive after a piece of scrap metal[actually a 5 foot section of a ~24" OD steel pipe no less than an inch thick!] fell from a tractor-trailer & crushed his van.
The Florida Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar suffered minor injuries when the metal fell from an interstate overpass & landed on top of his van, smashing the roof. [It crushed the driver's side of the van to steering wheel level]
The pipe became loose when a truck lost control & struck a guardrail. The truck flipped over, causing the metal object to fly off the overpass.
The truck was driven by 33-year-old Antonio Santiago Wharton of Kissimmee. He also had minor injuries & was ticketed for careless driving.
The exit ramp where the crash occurred was closed for several hours while debris was cleared.
Mr. Escobar’s mini-van was in dire need of restoration, & I think he was Set for that Restoration!
God’s people—You & me, we are urgent need of restoration!
God restored/renewed/rededicated Israel as His covenant people.
God’s people must be restored.
How can God’s people be restored?
What can bring restoration to God’s people?
4 settings for spiritual restoration.
Ps. 147:3— “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.”
We have found that a setting for spiritual restoration is...
1. A RENEWED FLESH(:2-8)
2. A RENEWED HEART(:8-9)
Today we will also discover that...
3—A Setting for spiritual restoration is...
A RENEWED WORSHIP(:10)
:10—“Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, & kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho.”
While remaining encamped at Gilgal, the nation observed the Passover on the evening of the 14th of that month(Nisan—the first month(4:19) our March-April).
It is not clear here whether Israel celebrated the full seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.—NAC
Unified public celebration of God’s ability, purpose, & meaning.
We can get so entrenched in how we PREFER to worship, so that we cannot worship any-where or any-way because something is always amiss!
“Camped”—hnx khaw-naw’—Qal Imperfect—1) To decline, incline, encamp, bend down, lay siege against—1a) (Qal)--1a1) To decline, 1a2) To encamp. Strong—a primitive root [compare Nnx khaw-nan’(to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; to implore)]; properly, to incline; by implication, to decline(of the slanting rays of evening); specifically, to pitch a tent; gen. to encamp(for abode or siege).
“Kept/Observed”—hse aw-saw’—Qal Imperfect—1) To do, fashion, accomplish, make—1a) (Qal)—1a1) To do, work, make, produce—1a1a) To do, 1a1b) To work, 1a1c) To deal(with), 1a1d) To act, act with effect, effect, 1a2) To make—1a2a) To make, 1a2b) To produce, 1a2c) To prepare, 1a2d) To make(an offering), 1a2e) To attend to, put in order, 1a2f) To observe, celebrate, 1a2g) To acquire(property), 1a2h) To appoint, ordain, institute, 1a2i) To bring about, 1a2j) To use, 1a2k) To spend, pass. Strong—a primitive root; To do or make, in the broadest sense & widest application.
“Passover”(See :11)—xop peh’-sakh—Noun Masc.—1) passover—1a) Sacrifice of passover, 1b) Animal victim of the passover, 1c) Festival of the passover. Strong—A pretermission, i.e. Exemption; used only technically of the Jewish Passover(the festival or the victim).
From—xop—a primitive root; to hop, i.e. figuratively--Skip over(or spare); by implication--To hesitate; also literally--To limp, to dance.
“Twilight/Evening”—bre eh’-reb—Noun Masc.—1) Evening, night, sunset—1a) Evening, sunset, 1b) Night. Strong—Dusk.
“Plains/Desert Plains”—hbre ar-aw-baw’—Noun Fem.—1) Desert plain, steppe, desert, wilderness. Strong—A desert; especially(with the article prefix)--The (generally)sterile valley of the Jordan & its continuation to the Red Sea.
Acts 7:35-43—[Steven to the Council of elders & scribes]“This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler & a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler & a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush. “He brought them out, after he had shown wonders & signs in the land of Egypt, & in the Red Sea, & in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.’ “This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, & with our fathers, the one who received the living oracles to give to us, “whom our fathers would not obey, but rejected. And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, “saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ “And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, & rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned & gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: ‘Did you offer Me slaughtered animals & sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? You also took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of your god Remphan, Images which you made to worship; And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.’”