Day Thirteen – Libnah – Whiteness
“…the king of Libnah one.” Joshua 12:15 NKJV
Libnah means – whiteness, a desert place
“Now the children of Israel moved on…” Numbers 21:10
Legend has it when God brought Moses to the top of Mt. Nebo, located in the Southern desert, he was able to see all the way to the white cap top of Mount Herman in the north.
I wondered as Joshua traveled through the desert, when he looked to the north, did he catch a glimmer of the white snow on top of Mount Herman encouraging him to continue his journey forward?
Last night stepping into my closet, the laundry basket overflowed again with the day’s laundry, I questioned myself how does one family use all these clothes? As I sorted between the darks and lights, I was thinking on the word “whiteness” for today. Asking the Lord, “whiteness”, what does that mean to me? Why did Joshua need to have victory over whiteness?”
I heard the soft voice say, “Why not whiteness, you spend your whole day sorting through darkness and the light.”
Like Joshua, I too have to decide daily, do I believe in, trust in, and look to the Truth, the purity, the whiteness of God’s Word and promises, or are my eyes clouded by what I see in my daily world preventing me from moving forward, walking by sight and not faith.
Lord, thank You for Your understanding of the battle word of whiteness. May I forever remember Jesus is the True Light who guides my way. May I never forget the price He paid, for “He was clothed with the robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” Rev. 19:13 NKJV
Your Word empowers me to be victorious over the king of Libnah by remembering I am “…clothed in fine linen, white and clean…” because He paid for it with His Love. Revelations 19:14 NKJV
“When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess…because He loves you.” Deuteronomy 7:1-7 NKJV
Mount Herman is located on Israel’s farthest northern border. Jesus and his disciples would have walked from Caesarea Philippi here for what many believe is the location of the Mount of Transfiguration. I love how Scriptures gives us this little detail of the walking distance, “Now after six days Jesus…led them up on a high mountain…His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” Matthew 17:1–2 NKJV
Mount Herman fascinates and stirs my heart. While sailing the Jesus Boat on the Sea of Galilee, a sparkle of sunlight caught my eye causing me to look up. There in the distance, I could see what appeared to be snow. Peering through the haze over the water, my eyes could make out what looked like a snow top mountain. Yes, it was Mount Herman, and each time we have returned its majestic whiteness never disappoints this pilgrim’s eye and heart. I can’t help thinking, Joshua and King David might have felt the same way too.
Thank you, fellow sojourners.. May you find safety and good health as we travel together following Jesus who loved us from the beginning.
From the Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photo captured of Mount Herman denisebalog©2018