Summary: 4 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-IV—Joshua 5:2-12
Finishing up their work at a trade show in San Diego, Maureen & her co-workers decided to go sightseeing across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. While there, they went shopping & bought a few pieces of clay kitchenware.
As we crossed back into the United States, a Border Patrol agent asked if we had anything of value to report.
"Not really," Maureen replied, as she dug in her bag for the bean crock she had purchased.
Maureen’s next statement caused her co-worker’s eyes to widen in horror, while everyone around them started straining to see the situation. Maureen’s answer to the agent was, “I only bought a little pot.”
Maureen’s reputation needed to be Restored in the Border Patrol’s eyes.
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)
3. A RENEWED WORSHIP(:10)
Today we will also discover that...
4—A Setting for spiritual restoration is...
A RENEWED BLESSING(:11-12)
:11—“And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened cakes & parched grain, on that very same day.”
The children of Israel are about to embark on a new phase/era of ministry...
Will this mean that God is no longer with them? No!
But it does mean that God will be working with & thru them in a somewhat different manner than before, as they are now in the place which God had promised them.
Such a new diet of “unleavened cakes & parched grain” assumes a source of flour—“the produce of the land.” Israel must be taking from the fields which the Canaanites had planted. Israel is now aware of the land’s fruitful potential as the land of milk & honey.
“Ate”(See :12)—lka aw-kal’—Qal Imperfect—1) To eat, devour, burn up, feed—1a) (Qal)—1a1) To eat(human subject), 1a2) To eat, devour(of beasts & birds), 1a3) To devour, consume(of fire), 1a4) To devour, slay(of sword), 1a5) To devour, consume, destroy(inanimate subjects - ie, pestilence, drought), 1a6) To devour(of oppression). Strong—a primitive root; To eat(literally or figuratively).
“Produce/Old Corn”(See :12)—rwbe aw-boowr’—Noun Masc.—1) Produce, yield. Strong—the same as rwbe; or rbe[properly--Crossed, i.e. abstractly--Transit]; Passed, i.e. Kept over; used only of stored grain. Used 2X.
“Land”(See :12)—Ura eh’-rets—Noun Fem.—1) Land, earth—1a) Earth—1a1) Whole earth(as opposed to a part), 1a2) Earth(as opposed to heaven), 1a3) Earth(inhabitants), 1b) Land—1b1) Country, territory, 1b2) District, region, 1b3) Tribal territory, 1b4) Piece of ground, 1b5) Land of Canaan, Israel, 1b6) Inhabitants of land, 1b7) Sheol, land without return, (under)world, 1b8) City(-state), 1c) Ground, surface of the earth—1c1) Ground, 1c2) Soil, 1d) (in phrases)—1d1) People of the land, 1d2) Space or distance of country(in measurements of distance), 1d3) Level or plain country, 1d4) Land of the living, 1d5) End(s) of the earth, 1e) (almost wholly late in usage)—1e1) Lands, countries—1e1a) Often in contrast to Canaan. Strong—from an unused root probably meaning to be firm; The earth(at large, or partitively a land).