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Proverbs 3:19-35 - Role Of Wisdom In Creation And Society

19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens. 20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew. 21 My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion, 22 So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck. 23 Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; 26 For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught. 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you. 29 Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you. 30 Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm. 31 Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways. 32 For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright. 33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted. 35 The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

Proverbs 22:22-Proverbs 23:11 - Living With Your Neighbor

Proverbs 24:23-34 - More Sayings Of The Wise

Proverbs 26:1-28 - All About Fools

Proverbs 30:20-20 - About The Woman Who Commits Adultery

Proverbs 31:1-9 - The Oracle Of King Lemuel

Proverbs 3:19-35 - Role Of Wisdom In Creation And Society

Ecclesiastes 1:1-1 - Prologue

Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 - Is There Real Happiness In Life?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 - God Has Ordained The Ebb And Flow Of Human Activities

Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 - The Existence Of Oppression In The World Makes Human Existence Miserable

Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 - Powerful Bureaucrats Exploit The Helpless Poor

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Job 9:7-9

Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars; Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea; Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;

Isaiah 40:26

Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.

Genesis 2:1

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts.

Deuteronomy 10:14

"Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.

1 Chronicles 16:26

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

Nehemiah 9:6

"You alone are the LORD You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.

Job 22:12

"Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!

Job 25:5

"If even the moon has no brightness And the stars are not pure in His sight,

Job 26:9

"He obscures the face of the full moon And spreads His cloud over it.

Psalm 19:1-6

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard.read more.

Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world In them He has placed a tent for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Psalm 33:6

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.

Psalm 74:16

Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun.

Psalm 89:5

The heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

Psalm 96:5

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

Psalm 104:2

Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.

Psalm 136:5

To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

Psalm 148:3

Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light!

Proverbs 3:19

The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.

Isaiah 38:8

"Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps " So the sun's shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.

Isaiah 45:12

"It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.

Jeremiah 31:35

Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name:

Matthew 5:45

so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Hebrews 1:10

And, "YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;

Psalm 8:3-4

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?

Genesis 1:3-5

Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Psalm 81:3

Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day.

Psalm 104:19

He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.

Job 38:31-33

"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion? "Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites? "Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?

Joel 2:31

"The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

Matthew 24:29

"But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Mark 13:25

AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.

Luke 21:25

"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,

Isaiah 13:10

For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light.

Isaiah 24:23

Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, For the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, And His glory will be before His elders.

Isaiah 30:26

The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day the LORD binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise He has inflicted.

Isaiah 34:4

And all the host of heaven will wear away, And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; All their hosts will also wither away As a leaf withers from the vine, Or as one withers from the fig tree.

Isaiah 51:6

"Lift up your eyes to the sky, Then look to the earth beneath; For the sky will vanish like smoke, And the earth will wear out like a garment And its inhabitants will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not wane.

Isaiah 60:9-20

"Surely the coastlands will wait for Me; And the ships of Tarshish will come first, To bring your sons from afar, Their silver and their gold with them, For the name of the LORD your God, And for the Holy One of Israel because He has glorified you. "Foreigners will build up your walls, And their kings will minister to you; For in My wrath I struck you, And in My favor I have had compassion on you. "Your gates will be open continually; They will not be closed day or night, So that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations, With their kings led in procession.read more.

"For the nation and the kingdom which will not serve you will perish, And the nations will be utterly ruined. "The glory of Lebanon will come to you, The juniper, the box tree and the cypress together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I shall make the place of My feet glorious. "The sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you, And all those who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet; And they will call you the city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. "Whereas you have been forsaken and hated With no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, A joy from generation to generation. "You will also suck the milk of nations And suck the breast of kings; Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. "Instead of bronze I will bring gold, And instead of iron I will bring silver, And instead of wood, bronze, And instead of stones, iron. And I will make peace your administrators And righteousness your overseers. "Violence will not be heard again in your land, Nor devastation or destruction within your borders; But you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise. "No longer will you have the sun for light by day, Nor for brightness will the moon give you light; But you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And your God for your glory. "Your sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And the days of your mourning will be over.

Ezekiel 32:7-8

"And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light. "All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you And will set darkness on your land," Declares the Lord GOD.

Joel 2:10

Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.

Joel 3:15

The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.

Amos 8:9

"It will come about in that day," declares the Lord GOD, "That I will make the sun go down at noon And make the earth dark in broad daylight.

Acts 2:20

'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.

2 Peter 3:10

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Revelation 8:12

The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

Genesis 15:5

And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them " And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."

1 Corinthians 15:41

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

Jude 1:13

wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.

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Job 38:7

When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Genesis 1:16

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.

Judges 5:20

"The stars fought from heaven, From their courses they fought against Sisera.

Psalm 8:3

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

Psalm 147:4

He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.

More verses: 1 Corinthians 15:41 Revelation 22:16

Astronomy » Moon » General references to

Genesis 1:16

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.

Deuteronomy 33:14

And with the choice yield of the sun, And with the choice produce of the months.

Joshua 10:13

So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.

Psalm 104:19

He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.

Isaiah 24:23

Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, For the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, And His glory will be before His elders.

More verses: Joel 2:31

Astronomy » Moon » Pleiades,

Job 9:9

Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;

Job 38:31

"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?

Amos 5:8

He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name.

Astronomy » Moon » Orion

Job 9:9

Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;

Job 38:31

"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?

Amos 5:8

He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name.

Sciences » Astronomy

Job 38:31-32

"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion? "Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?

1 Samuel Intro

Intro
The books commonly known as 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings are really one long book. (They were separated due to the length of ancient scrolls.) Beginning with Samuel, the last of the judges, this book describes what happened in the days of the kings who ruled first the whole nation, and then the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The reigns of Saul and David are described in detail. The repeating structure within the book tells how old a king was when he came to the throne, where and for how long he ruled, and something about his character and the notable events of his reign. (Some traditions call this book the “Book of Reigns.”)
Beneath this pattern of historical succession, however, another rhythm can be discerned. Saul, the first king, does not follow God faithfully, and God announces he will seek a man after his own heart to rule Israel. God finds this person in David. He puts him on the throne, promising that his descendants will always rule Israel if they continue to serve him. Unfortunately, the kings after David are not committed to following God’s way. Many of them abandon God and lead the people to do the same, although a few of them call the people back to obedience. Using David’s wholehearted dedication to the Lord as its standard, the book of Samuel-Kings traces the tragic wavering of the people’s devotion to God. Their covenant failure leads to the nation first being divided and then later conquered by the powerful empires to the east.
The “Book of Reigns” is therefore a tragic closing of the whole covenant history that began in Genesis. Just as the first humans were exiled from God’s garden, now Israel is sent out of the “new Eden” God intended in the promised land. Land and temple have been lost in the darkness of judgment, and only a flickering light remains. The deeper purpose of God for Israel—to bring blessing and restoration to the nations—seems to have been frustrated. But hope remains alive in God’s promise to bring a descendant of David back to the throne.

These are notes on the sermon, Healed And Whole By His Resurrection Life, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 17 April 2022, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you!

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Overview

  1. Introduction: God gave His only Son to save us from sin and death
  2. The Lord Jesus is with you wherever you go—His power is not limited by time or space
  3. Your heavenly Father wants to heal you and your loved ones
  4. Let God’s perfect love cast out every fear in your heart
  5. Live in the present and experience God’s daily supply of grace for every need
  6. Jesus has defeated death and put away all judgment for your sins at the cross
  7. Believe in the truth of Jesus’ perfect work and walk in His resurrection power
  8. Salvation Prayer
  9. Closing Prayer
  10. OWN THE WORD (life application)

Introduction: God gave His only Son to save us from sin and death

Pastor Prince opens the service by leading the congregation in a time of worship.

Today, we celebrate Resurrection Day! Resurrection is the greatest power.

Once, death was the greatest power. In the beginning, man made a choice to sin and had to suffer the consequence, which was death. Adam’s sin allowed death to be the greatest power on earth.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
—Romans 6:23 NKJV

However, God never wanted death to reign over His children. That is why God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and suffer the consequence of death on our behalf. At the cross, Jesus defeated death once and for all.

Down through the corridors of time, death came marching for man. But finally, there came a Man, Jesus Christ, marching after death to destroy it. That’s why we celebrate Resurrection Day.

Jesus’ resurrection transcends death! It is now the greatest power in the whole universe.

The Lord Jesus is with you wherever you go—His power is not limited by time or space

Resurrection power has this quality: it transcends time and space. It does not come and go like a physical presence.

Today, Jesus in His resurrected form is no longer confined by the natural laws of time and space. He is with us in our hearts. It is just a matter of us having eyes to see Him or not. When we behold Him with our spiritual eyes, He appears.

Some of us may be envious of the people who were able to touch and see Jesus in the flesh when He was a man walking on earth. But they had to physically travel to see Him and ask for miracles because He was limited by time and space.

But today, He is right where you are! And He comes not to spectate but to impart, to supply, to provide, to heal, to deliver. This is the nature of love, and His heart is full of love for you. Allow Him to give to you whatever He has in His heart for you.

Beloved, God’s heart is to bless you with every good thing, so be in the posture to receive.

Your heavenly Father wants to heal you and your loved ones

Jesus came to refresh, restore, and heal. Pastor Prince leads the church in a moment of worship and prays for healing over everyone listening. As Jesus is no longer bound by time or space, we can receive healing and restoration no matter when or where we are tuning in. Furthermore, we can ask for healing for those who are not with us physically.

Pastor Prince shares a testimony of a sister in Christ being completely healed of cancer of the brain after two years.

During the sermon, Pastor Prince calls out from the congregation testimonies of healing that happened during worship. Some of these testimonies include precious brothers and sisters in Christ who were completely delivered from back, leg, stomach and neck pains.

We do not have to wait for a pastor to pray for healing for us or our loved ones. At any time, Jesus can give you a healing touch. Believe it. Be conscious that whenever you spend time with Jesus, you’re spending time with the Healer.

Notice that when Jesus resurrected Jairus’ daughter and the son of the widow of Nain, He always returned the children to their parents even though He had a claim on their lives. It is up to us as parents to return our children to Jesus, to consecrate and commit our children to Him.

Jesus never puts a price on healing. When Jesus heals, He does it freely.

We are coming to a God with perfect love and absolute goodness.

By man came death. So God sent His Son as a man, and from this Man came the resurrection from the dead.

Let God’s perfect love cast out every fear in your heart

In an increasingly dangerous world with strife and wars, we can take heart in knowing that what is happening in today’s world is what the Bible says will happen before Jesus returns to earth. Until then, Jesus is our refuge and we can come to Him anytime.

Come to Him with your fears, whether it is fear of the future, fear for your children, fear over symptoms in your body, fear of not having enough, fear of growing old, or fear of death.

This Resurrection service is to commemorate that Jesus rose from the dead, transcending every limitation known to man—especially death. He conquered death. Resurrection is greater than death, and so it is greater than the things that are lesser than death like depression, disease, and all kinds of fears that torment man.

We can trust Jesus and make Him our refuge by simply telling Him, “You are my refuge. You are my hiding place.”

As we continue to behold His love for us through worship, the Lord will remove the fears in our lives.

“You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
Let the weak say
I am strong
In the strength of the Lord”
—Selah

Pastor Prince leads the church into a time of worship again.

Receive peace from the Lord. He is imparting it to you.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
—John 14:27 NKJV

You receive His peace by choosing to “let not your heart be troubled.” No one can “let not” for you; it is your part to let not your heart be troubled.

Live in the present and experience God’s daily supply of grace for every need

Whatever worries about tomorrow you may have, remember that Jesus supplies to you what you need daily (Matt. 6:11)—not weekly or monthly. When the day comes, the provision for that day will be there.

God is a present God, a right-now God. He is our very present help.

So don’t live in the future by worrying. God is the I AM (present tense). If you want to be where God is, to be in the realm where all things are possible and provisions and healing are flowing, stay in the present.

Don’t live in the future or stay in the past. For your peace of mind, live now.

Today is Resurrection Day! Resurrection power transcends time and space.

In the Gospels, there are three accounts of Jesus raising the dead—Jairus’ 12-year-old daughter who died while Jesus was on His way to heal her, the widow of Nain’s son who had died a few hours before Jesus arrived, and Lazarus who had been dead for four days before Jesus came to resurrect him.

The raising of Lazarus from the dead after he had been in the tomb for four days was indisputable proof of Jesus’ supernatural miracle of resurrection.

Jesus was at Bethabara at the Jordan River when He first heard the news that Lazarus was sick (Bethabara is the place where the children of Israel in the Old Testament crossed over the river into the promised land, with the ark of the covenant going before them). When Jesus heard the news, He did something seemingly strange—He waited two more days before heading to Bethany where Lazarus was.

It was only after Lazarus had been dead for four days that Jesus came on the scene.

“Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
— John 11:21–23 NKJV

If you saw a Man who spoke to the dead and the dead came alive, who spoke to demons and the demons were cast out, who spoke to diseases and the diseases fled, who spoke to storms and the storms bowed down—what do you think would happen if this Man were to confront death itself?

Naturally, it is impossible to defeat death. But Jesus did it. He came down to redeem us from death once and for all. Contrary to how the media portrays the crucifixion of Christ, when Jesus hung on the cross, He did not say, “Finished!” in defeat but He said it triumphantly with a loud voice. God was glorified and man was redeemed!

“Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
— John 11:21–25 NKJV

“Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. . . . I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” — When Lazarus died, Martha believed that Jesus could have saved her brother if He had come earlier, but since Jesus was “late,” she believed that Lazarus would rise again on the last day. She was unaware of the extent of Jesus’ power and limited Jesus to the past and the future.

I am the resurrection and the life.” — When Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life,” He meant it in the present. The “last day” or the future is inconsequential when Jesus is right now present before you. He IS, at this very moment, the resurrection and the life.

Don’t worry about the future or the past. That is not where God is. He is in the present. If you keep living in the future or the past, you will only get more worried and depressed because there is no favor there. Favor is in the present, where God is. Live in the present where you will find His supply of grace.

though he may die, he shall live” — “Though” is a supposition, meaning that while there will be those who die, not everyone will die. There is a generation that will not see death but will be raptured. Pastor Prince believes that we are part of the generation that will not see death.

Jesus has defeated death and put away all judgment for your sins at the cross

The ark of the covenant going into the Jordan River is a picture of Jesus going into death for us

“and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.”
— Joshua 3:3–4 NKJV

Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits” — The ark went into the Jordan River first, and the Israelites were only allowed to follow the ark after 2,000 cubits (about 1 kilometer). The 2,000 cubits here are a picture of the 2,000 years between us and the time Jesus went to the cross.

The River Jordan at that time was overflowing and dangerous to cross—it is a picture of the power of death. The ark going into the Jordan River is a picture of Jesus entering death at the cross. And Jesus came out alive.

While some may argue that there are Christians who still die today, it is written that death no longer has power over us because Jesus has defeated death for us. For Christians who die in the natural, their spirit does not remain in death (John 11:25). Yet there is a generation that will not see death. When Jesus comes again, believers who have died physically will go up first in their new bodies and we who remain will be caught up in the air with them (1 Thess. 4:17).

The moment the ark entered the River Jordan on the shoulders of the priests, God pushed back the River Jordan all the way back to a city called Adam 30 miles away.

“So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam (‘man’), the city that is beside Zaretan (‘their distress, trouble’). So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.”
— Joshua 3:15–16 NKJV

Adam (‘man’), the city that is beside Zaretan (‘their distress, trouble’)” — It is significant that the city is called Adam. When the first man, Adam, sinned, he brought distress and trouble upon mankind. When the ark entered the Jordan River, God pushed back the waters of judgment all the way back to Adam, the first man.

The priests carrying the ark of the covenant stood still in the middle of the river Jordan. This is a picture of how Jesus, God’s perfect Son, hung on the cross until He bore every last judgment meant for us and our families. He took every stroke of judgment on our behalf until there was nothing left, and He remained, and shouted, “Finished!”

When the children of Israel stepped into the Jordan River 2,000 cubits after the ark of the covenant, they did not see one drop of water. Not a single drop of judgment or death was left. This symbolizes how those of us who come after Jesus defeated death at the cross will not feel one drop of death. Even if we experience physical death, we will not feel death. Jesus’ death cleared the way for us!

The other side of the Jordan River is a picture of resurrection ground. It is where we are!

Believe in the truth of Jesus’ perfect work and walk in His resurrection power

“For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
— Romans 6:10–11 NKJV

He died to sin once for all . . . Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ” — The work of Jesus on the cross is complete and perfect. He came so that we can see ourselves dead to sin and alive unto God just as He is. You are not on the side of judgment, curse, or death. You have crossed the Jordan River and you are now on resurrection ground!

Everyone, regardless of what they had or had not done, crossed the river Jordan. This signifies that Jesus’ finished work is for everyone who believes—no matter what you have done or what spiritual level of growth you are at.

To walk in His resurrection power, we have to believe the truth that death, sin, the curse, and all judgment are behind us.

Jesus’ resurrection was different from the raising of the dead that He performed. All the people He rose from the dead died again. Jesus rose to never die again. Jesus’ resurrection was not just being raised from the dead, but it was destroying death altogether.

When Lazarus rose from the dead, he was still bound by grave clothes. However, when Jesus rose, His body transcended His grave clothes. He conquered death and had a body that could transcend time and space, appear and disappear. The stone was rolled away not for Jesus to leave the grave but for the disciples to look in and see that He is risen!

When Lazarus died, Jesus wept because He knew our heavenly Father’s heart was not for man to die. Don’t doubt God’s heart for you to have eternal life and live a blessed life.

Salvation Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I confess Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior. I believe You raised Him from the dead. All my sins have been put away by the blood of Jesus. I'm a risen man. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Closing Prayer

“This coming week, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that was with Esther that gave her favor in the sight of the king and of all the people that looked on her, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that was with Joseph that prospered all his way even while in prison and caused him to be promoted to the right hand of Pharaoh—may this grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father, and the communion, the sweet friendship, of the Holy Spirit be with you and your families now and forever. In the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.”

OWN THE WORD (life application)

What does Resurrection Day mean for you? It means that Jesus has confronted and defeated death, and His resurrection power now flows freely in your life. He is (present tense) the resurrection and the life, bringing you healing, wholeness, and deliverance right where you are. He is not limited by time or space, but He is right now close to you and is your very present help in time of need.

This week, keep on beholding Jesus. Open the eyes of your heart to see Him with you—in the present—supplying all that you need. If you have fears about the future or regrets about the past, pause and choose to be in the present with the Lord. When you focus on Him in the now, you will experience His daily grace and shalom peace being imparted to you for all your needs.

Throughout this week, sing this song and behold Jesus:

“You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
Let the weak say
I am strong
In the strength of the Lord”
—Selah (pause & reflect)

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