Day Sixteen – Bethel – house of God
“…the king of Bethel, one.” Joshua 12:16 NKJV
The Hebrew definition of Beth is a house, especially a family a dwelling place, and yes, according to the definition, a dungeon. Ouch, that one hurt. “El” of Bethel means – strength, might and power.
I wondered as Joshua and the people prepared to move out of camp, did he need to be reminded to encourage and pray for his people? Joshua’s story shares, Joshua would often call them together to encourage and remind them the LORD was with them and fought for them.
“And Joshua called for all Israel…You have seen all that the LORD your God has done…for the LORD your God is He who has fought for you.” Joshua 23:2&3 NKJV
Lord is the “battle of Bethel”, in the remembering to pray for my family, my dwelling place? Reminding them, You are the One who goes with us, lest we forget and become like a “dungeon” of darkness and open to prey. For I am seeing as Joshua’s story unfolds, it’s here in this place called Bethel, we received Your strength, power and victory each day!
“Choose for yourselves this day who you will serve…but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NKJV
Thank You Father, You are our dwelling place.
The One we hold tight too.
You keep our feet from slipping,
As we keep our eyes on You.
Thank You for fighting our battles,
For we have no good apart from You!
“But you shall hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.” Joshua 23:8 NKJV
“For the LORD, your God is He who has fought for you.” Joshua 23:3 NKJV
Thank you fellow journeyers, I appreciate your time in reading this study. As I’ve searched through travel journals reading bits and pieces of memories, I’m reminded, even when I was tired and the days seemed long, it was the Lord God who guided the way, and in Him we found our joy and strength for the day. God bless.
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Poems by denisebalog©2020
Photo captured before we began our day’s journey from the shores of Galilee, in Israel 2018.