In the book of Joshua, after Israel has soundly defeated the Kings of the Amorites at the battle of Gibeon (when The Lord, per His promise… had delivered them into their hands…) the sun and the moon stood still for a whole day.
There was “no day like that before or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for The Lord fought for Israel.” (Joshua 10:14)
When we read of this battle, (Joshua leading the men of Israel in the name of The Lord)…we also read about the miracle concerning the sun and the moon standing still, so that the people had time to avenge themselves upon their enemies..that is also written about in the “Book of Jasher.”
This book, which is not included in the bible as we know it today..is also called “the Book of the Upright One” in the Greek Septuagint, and “The Book of the Just Ones” in the Latin Vulgate. It is mentioned for a reason. No word in the bible is superfluously written.
We are commanded to take the entire Word…”eat” it, digest it, and make it part of our very being through the metabolizing power of the Holy a spirit within us. “Sweet on the lips…sour on the stomach” Rev. 10:9-11
All of the “Book” is written for our edification and for our learning. Do you take the words of scripture literally?
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
Read…learn…grow in Him….rely on the Power within to discern what is right for you to read and what is wrong. Search out the matter!
Look at our Apostle Paul. His zeal did not diminish after he was thrown from his high horse on the road to Damascus. After he looked up and said: “what shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:10)
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
He recognized The Lord. He went into the wilderness for three years to learn what he was to teach us; to learn how he was to set the example for us to follow as he followed Christ and we… to follow his instruction.
Did he lose his zeal? His passion? After all, he was the chief prosecutor of those who followed “The Way.” He was single minded in his belief, but after his “focus” was Divinely sharpened and pointed in the right direction…he used that same passion for the benefit of those outside of Israel…the heathen…the non-Jews….that would be…us.
Do you think he used every possible bit of information he could gather, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance…to reach out and convert those with whim he came in contact with?
1Ti 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Now, not all of us are given such a task. Some of us are house-bound. But we can have that same zeal…that same passion for wisdom, and use it by way of writing, or calling on the telephone, or texting…or whatever communication device is available to us….in order to first glorify God, and then to support our fellow believers who are enduring hardship and tumult right now. It is our duty to our invisible brethren. Just a word…at the right time…gives a fellow in The Body a veritable cushion, a warm bowl of enervating soup, a virtual hug…a moment of respite in order to gain strength for the next onslaught that will come upon that person.
In order to glorify and support, we have been given the vast library provided on the Internet; to enhance our understanding, so that our words are written and spoken from a base of God-given truth: biblical truth first and foremost..but also with a deepened knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the biblical events.
An added richness…a keener “edge” to what the Holy Spirit is able to draw from within your internal library of biblical references. (Before He can use it…we must take it in. There’s that “digestion” thing again!)
We must be zealous and passionate about our learning. The Holy Spirit will let us know if we are venturing into domains forbidden to us. (He…has a way…of communicating with us. His “nudges” are quite powerful; to be obeyed immediately. This writer has accumulated many “nudge” marks.)
Every. Single. Word. In the bible. Is written for a reason. Has a purpose.
Dare to search it out. Pray on it. Ask for His guidance as you prove to Him that you want to gather wisdom…that you WISH to grow closer to Him….that you want to be less of yourself and more of Him while your understanding increases through the leading of our “House Instructor” the Holy Spirit.
All the while…giving Him the glory as He reveals the next layer of understanding to you…His zealous student.
Are you supposed to read the Book of Jasher? Why does the Holy Spirit refer to the book, through His scribes as they wrote through His inspiration…the words that give us testimony today? Why is it mentioned?
We are given choices each and every moment of our lives. Make the right choice, and your life will be enriched; your inner man strengthened, your eternal future guaranteed a special place in His plan for you…for us…who are His Beloved in Christ.
Choose to be ardent in your stand with Him. HE…was MOST ardent in His sacrifice, for you.
Yours in Christ….and Maranatha… Louise Hudson
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.