Daily Encouragement

April 10 – Knowing God Face to Face

April 10
Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24
Luke 13:22-14:6
Psalm 79:1-13
Proverbs 12:26

Deuteronomy 34:1 – The view from Mount Nebo today

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Deuteronomy 34:10 – Jacob saw God face to face (Genesis 32:30). Gideon saw the angel of the LORD face to face (Judges 6:22). One day the LORD will plead with his people face to face (Ezekiel 20:35). So why does the Lord say He knew Moses face to face? (Sidenote – Bodie Hodge addresses those who say “No one has seen God at any time“). Perhaps because 105 times in the Bible we see the phrase “And the LORD spake unto Moses.” God spoke to others in the Old Testament as well (partial list), but as far as I can tell no one as much as Moses.

Moses only had 5 books of the Bible and limited access to God. We have 66 books and unlimited access to His throne. What are you waiting for?

Joshua 1:2– The LORD told Joshua to Go (Joshua 1:2), take the Gift (Joshua 1:3), a Great gift (Joshua 1:4), with His Guarantee (Joshua 1:5). We have a similar guarantee (Matthew 28:20).

Also note the LORD told Joshua twice (Joshua 1:6, Joshua 1:9) to be strong and of good courage!

Joshua 1:8 – The only place success is found in the Bible is in this verse. By meditating on the Torah – the only books of the Bible that Joshua had – he could be prosperous and successful. How exactly?

  • Be strong (Joshua 1:6)
  • Go straight (don’t swerve) (Joshua 1:7)
  • Be searching (Joshua 1:8a)
  • Be submitting (Joshua 1:8b)

Joshua 2:10 – Isn’t it great to hear that people are testifying not of how wonderful we are but of how amazing the LORD is? This leads people to recognize who the LORD is – (Joshua 2:11).

Also notice the LORD’s earthly ownership (Joshua 2:9a), emotional ownership (Joshua 2:9b), and eternal ownership (Joshua 2:11).

Luke 13:26 – Sobering words from our Lord.

Luke 13:31 – Jesus had an interesting relationship with Herod as well as the Pharisees. Here it seems that the Pharisees are trying to protect Jesus – and in Luke 14:1 – one of the chief Pharisees is hosting Jesus.

Psalm 79:8 – An echo of Psalm 51

Proverbs 12:26 – Seduce:

attract (someone) to a belief or into a course of action that is inadvisable or foolhardy.


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