These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.) Numbers 13:16
At a critical point on the Israelites’ journey to the promised land, Moses changes Joshua’s name from Hoshea (meaning salvation) to Joshua (meaning the LORD saves). Moses likely makes this name change to remind the people of God’s deliverance from bondage in Egypt and to foreshadow how God will bring them into the promised land. The Israelites cannot save themselves. Their leaders cannot save them. They cannot defeat the enemy and claim the promise on their own. Only God can rescue them.
Later in Scripture, we find another person showing up with the same name—Jesus, the LORD saves. Except for this time, God shows up to lead his people into the promised land. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves from our sins, defeat our enemy and restore our relationship with God. The pressure is off us and entirely on God. And God delivered by sending his Son Jesus, God-with-us. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and restore our broken relationship with God. We need only turn to him and declare that he is Lord and that we believe God raised him from the dead to deliver us from our sin (Romans 10:9). As we trust him for salvation and every day of our lives, we can live knowing we are secure in him now and for eternity.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
If you want to learn more about what it means to have a restored relationship with God through Jesus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have a conversation with you. Thank God for his gift through Jesus by joining the Ada Bible Worship Team as they sing “Stand in Your Love.” Praise him that “There’s power that can break off every chain. There’s power that can empty out a grave. There’s resurrection power that can save.”
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
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