And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you. – Joshua 3:5

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Joshua is leading them into the freedom of the Promised Land.

Jesus, which translates as Joshua, leads to an even greater Promised Land.

Are we sanctified? Are we following?

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To whom I further say, altho’ there is a Time wherein the Lord waits to be gracious, in which Time he often expresses his Willingness to save Men from their Sins, and to gather them to himself; as Christ said to Jerusalem, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! thou that killest the Prophets, and stonest them that were sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy Children together, even as a Hen gathereth her Chickens under her Wings! but ye would not. Again, the Lord complains, All the Day long have I stretched forth my Hands to a disobedient, and gain-saying People. And thus the Lord expresses his Kindness towards all Men, in stretching forth his Arm to save them, even as a Man stretches forth his Arms to swim, by sending his Son unto them, to knock at the Door of their Hearts, to see if they will open to him, that he and his Father may come in, and take up their Abode with them. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)



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