Monday, September 22, 2014

THE JOSHUA CODE | WEEK 38

w e e k -  t h i r t y  e i g h t 

'Yea, though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; 
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.'

psalm 23:4
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FACT # 1 : DEATH IS A SURE THING
Death is sure. It is certain. 
Note carefully David's words: 'I walk through the valley'. He walked. He didn't run towards death. He didn't crawl, as though he wanted to postpone it as long as possible. He was not dragged toward it. He simply walked. He knew death could not be avoided; it is a sure thing. 


FACT # 2: DEATH IS A SOJOURN 
David indicated that he walked through the valley. It was not his final destination. It was only a temporary passage, a sojourn. He knew the road was not a dead end with no way out. He knew it was not a cul-de-sac that got him nowhere. For David - and for us- death is simply a sojourn. We do not walk in the valley. We do not stay in the valley. We walk through the valley.
Death is a sure thing, but it is also only a sojourn. It is not our final destination.


FACT #3 DEATH IS A SHADOW
Solomon reminded us in his Proverbs that 'every word of God is pure' (30:5). Note carefully what David said: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death." No believer in Christ ever walks through the valley of death, only the valley of the shadow of death.
The Lord Jesus, though, walked through the valley of death. For three days and three nights. He walked that valley and then emerged from the empty tomb and said; "Behold... I have they keys of death and of Hades (Revelations 1:18 NASB).

While death is a sure thing, it is only a sojourn through a shadow. It is, in a sense, stepping into the light. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life" (John 8:12). 

We too need to fear no evil. Why?
Because the Lord is with us, and He has conquered death, hell, and the grave!

As you memorize this verse, meditate on the fact that, through His own death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus made a way when there was not way for us. We need not fear death. We only walk through the valley of the shadow of death... and Jesus is with us!

pg 192-195

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