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As Pastor Wood begins our text in Joshua today, we find the nation of Israel waiting at the river Jordan to cross. Today, Pastor looks at the challenges of "Crossing the River" that we will face and gives us four things that we don't need to know as we face challenges in our lives. -We don't need to know where God is taking us -We don't need to know what and understand God's plan -We don't need to know when, God's timing is perfect -We don't need to know why, God does not owe us an explanation
Jesus deals with the death of Lazarus in an unusual way. "One of the most difficult things for me to grapple with is when my life doesn't turn out the way I expected it to or God doesn't use me the way I think He should" - what must Mary, Martha, and the disciples thought when Jesus didn't do what they expected Him to do for them when Lazarus was ill. Jesus did the exact opposite of what was expected by staying away until Lazarus died when everyone knew he could have saved him if he'd just arrived. The answer: that is would be to the glory of God.
God Has Set the Calendar in Motion -Can Anyone Stop It? Daniel 9:20-27 & Chapter 10 Review: Overview of chapters 1-8 By the end of God’s world calendar six things have taken place. (9:24) 1. “to finish transgression” 4. “to bring everlasting righteousness’ 2. “to put an end to sin” 5. “to seal up vision and prophecy” 3. “to atone for wickedness” 6. “to anoint the most holy” God’s time clock is set in motion by this event. (9:25) * The issuing of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem starts the clock * It will take 7 “sevens” = 49 years to rebuild Jerusalem * In another 62 “sevens” = 434 years the Messiah was to be crucified * Jerusalem and the temple will be (were) destroyed in 70 A.D by Roman armies under Titus (9:26) * The final 1 “seven” (7 years) described (9:27) How does the unseen realm affect world events? (Chapter 10) * Who is Michael? – His name means “who is like God?” * Angels seem to have three distinct ministries o Michael is the archangel leading the warrior angels o Gabriel is the archangel in charge of the messenger angels o Lucifer seems to have been in charge of the worship angels o Satan is nothing more or less than the fallen archangel named Lucifer o Satan has his “princes” ruling in the heavenly realms assigned to earthly empires and humans who govern them including the structures of life such as family, schools, arts, media, etc. o The importance of the angelic fight with the prince of Persia and Greece. (Verse 20) God can only entrust this kind of encounter and information to someone like Daniel.