Crossing the Jordan River

(Deuteronomy 11:31)

When the Lord called Israel out of Egypt, He used Moses and Aaron his brother to lead the people to their Promised Land –Canaan. They were then a multitude of people that over the years grew from seventy when they first arrived in Egypt to over a million in the period of over 400 years. That happened according to the word of the Lord to Abraham when confirming His covenant: He said, know positively that your descendants will be strangers dwelling as temporary residents in a land that is not theirs, and they will be slaves there and will be afflicted and oppressed for 400 years… On the fourth generation, they shall come back here [to Canaan] again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full and complete (Gen. 15:13, 16). In the span of time of 400 years Israel suffered as slaves in the land of Egypt, after Joseph had died and new Pharaohs came to power who did not know anything about him and his family. God heard their cry and used Moses to lead them back to Canaan, a journey that might have lasted only eleven days, took forty years.

Lest I Forget Your Agony

Just think of Him (YAHSHUA) Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds. You have not yet struggled and fought agonizingly against sin, nor have you yet resisted and withstood to the point of pouring out your blood (Heb. 12: 3-4). “Just think of Him” is a phrase that demands the action of losing focus of one self: our sufferings, disappointments, failures, because there is Someone Who suffered worse than we have, no matter how intense and difficult our sufferings are. He is our Savior and Lord, YAHSHUA. The letter to the Hebrews opens our understanding when He compares our sufferings to that of YAHSHUA. His sufferings were to keep us from losing heart and fainting in our mind in our own sufferings.  The extent of His sufferings was to the point of having His blood being poured out. No one will ever be able to go through what He suffered, for He not did not suffered and carried the weight of the pains of a few, but of the entire world. Paul in his letter to Timothy said, Constantly keep in mind YAHSHUA the Messiah. (II Tim. 2: 8) He is our source of strength and He is our example. He went before us caring the weight of our sins; He crucified them on the cross, and while His blood was being poured out, He gave us His life. Constantly keeping in mind the Lord YAHSHUA is a way to keep focus on His suffering and to put in perspective our responsibility to Him. We suffer many times because of sin; sins bring consequences soon or later as Paul said, Do not be deceived; God will not allow Himself to be sneered. For whatever a man sows that and that only is what he will reap (Gal. 6:7).  Sometimes it is necessary for God to take us on a trip to Calvary through sufferings in order to witness the extent of the suffering of His Son, so we can understand our position in suffering with Him as His children.

The Everlasting Weight of Glory

(II Cor. 4:17-18)

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal, but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting (II Cor.18).  Guided by faith in YAHSHUA and in His promises, sufferings are but a short breath in this earthly life. It is nothing to fret about when our focus is on heaven, our future home for which we groan with expectation. Sufferings are necessary in this earthly life, because the glory which will be revealed to us is measured by the intensity of our sufferings here. As someone has said, suffering is the precursor of glory. The Apostle Paul, the writer of this letter, well understood what sufferings were all about, since he experienced all kinds of degrees of suffering. His written words of comfort and hope came from the heart under the direction of the Holy Spirit for that time when we all have to go through our own suffering. So in the midst of our sufferings it is good to re-direct our mind to heaven. That will be to us a refreshing time of renewal of our faith, since faith regulates the believers walk, leading them upward where our Lord YAHSHUA is seated at the right hand of the Father.