Daily D – Joshua 4:14 | Mark 12:38-40
Joshua 4:14 That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Jos 4:14.
Mark 12:38-40 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Mk 12:38–40.
Contrast Moses and Joshua with the teachers of the law.
Moses and Joshua had gravitas. The teachers of the law had pretentiousness.
Moses and Joshua walked with God. The teachers of the law cultivated the appearance of walking with God.
Moses and Joshua led with humility and authenticity. The teachers of the law led with arrogance and attitude.
As you evaluate the legitimacy of spiritual leaders, keep these factors in mind. Trust leaders who spend more time on their face before God and less time getting their faces on social media and advertising.
I will walk with God in humility and authenticity.
Our Father, deliver me from me. Do not allow me to become the star of my own show. I wholeheartedly agree with what John the Baptizer said in John 3:30: He (Jesus) must become greater. I must become less. More Jesus, please. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”