Words from the Heart for Friday March 1st, 2019
Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law. There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel…
Joshua 8:34-35 (NIV)
All the Words
There are some words that are distinctly Canadian. Use them outside of Canada and people will look at you like you have two heads. A Canadian known online as Geek Dad polled people from the US, Commonwealth nations, and Canada, and some words were completely unrecognizable outside of Canada. These include words like toque, parkade, eavestrough, garburator, bachelor pad, pencil crayon and gasbar. That one surprised me the most. We Canadians use these words so often, its hard to believe the whole English speaking world doesn’t understand.
The Bible is a miracle book. Written by dozens of people over two millennia, it clearly records God’s revelation to the world. It calls people from every nation and language to repentance and faith in Christ. The Bible is clear that everything written in it is inspired by God. So its no wonder that Joshua 8:34-35 tells us: “Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law. There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel…” Joshua understood that every word that God put into the Law was profitable for the people of Israel. He didn’t pick and choose what words to read. He didn’t pick and choose his favourite passages. He read the entire Law to all the people. Joshua knew that it was important that the people didn’t forget God’s word given to Moses. It is just as important that the entire Bible be read and studied in our day. Our world needs God’s entire word more than ever.
These have been words from the heart.