Manger Outward—Cross Upward

Tuesday, December 31

Joshua 11—12

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The summary list in chapter 12 bears witness to one clear truth: God longs for a people wholly dedicated to God. The Lord does not want us to make deals with the Enemy, as the Israelites did with Canaanite neighbors with whom they mingled.
Christmas contrasts with the conquests of Joshua. The wood of the manger is at the center of the space of God-with-us, won for us, not with the edge of the sword, but with the laser-beam of Jesus’ love. From the manger outward, to the cross upward, Jesus’ love is the weapon that has given us a “holy land” where we can live right now and forever.

Feel the contrasts in the silence—lists of conquered kings in Joshua …your list of spiritual enemies overcome …Joshua’s sword …Jesus’ manger …Come to the stable!

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
My focus ever on You
Loving all my enemies
Your power at work in me
The manger: place of Your peace

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