The Wilderness, The Red Sea, and The Jordan


Regarding David moving The Ark of the Covenant. David had built a brand new wagon to bring the Ark over on, we are told of how the wagon was rolling along when suddenly it hit a bump in the road and Uzzah reached out to keep it from falling off said wagon. Uzzah was struck dead…… I know right? Here was a guy, just helping his king get the Ark over to his home city, it hits a bump he reaches out to steady it and BOOM he’s struck dead. How sad right? So here is the point:

David, along with pretty much EVERYONE else knew that The Ark of the Covenant….had a few rules. Rule 1: DON’T TOUCH IT. Rule 2: When ya move it…place rods made of wood through the hooks/loops on the sides of the ark….CARRY IT YOURSELF….no cheating..no ox-carts.

So ya see….The Ark of the Covenant, should never have been on that ox cart to begin with….even though it was brand new and made especially for moving it. The Ark, should have been carried physically.

 

Application to YOU, my homeschooling cohorts?

God has called you out to homeschool, don’t place that calling on an ox cart and try to let the ox pulling it do all the work. You’re gonna have to CARRY THIS BURDEN….it’s not going to be fun all of the time, its not going to be easy all of the time. So whatdya do? Ya do what David did, when he FINALLY did the RIGHT thing and went back down to the house of Obed Edom to retrieve the Ark. You’re gonna carry it as far as you can, and when you get to that part you can’t carry it through, You’re gonna kneel down and make a sacrifice to God. You’re going to recognize that those first 6 steps are hard work, but that 7th step is one ONLY God can take. The key is, when you get that calling home you’re going to get the blessings described by passages regarding Obed Edom….so carry on, and don’t give up!

Now, ON TO GILGAL!

. For those of you who don’t know what ‘Gilgal’ is, it’s the first place the Israelites camped when they were delivered across the Jordan River from the wilderness wandering period.

There were 12 stones placed at Gilgal, these are mentioned back in the verses in Joshua where Joshua was commanded to appoint 1 man from each tribe of Israel to GO BACK into the middle of the Jordan and bring out 12 stones to set there in memorial.

 

The message to be gleaned :

Right in the middle of your mess, stop, pick up a stone and CARRY IT WITH YOU to the place of your deliverance and WHEN you arrive there….set that stone up as a reminder.

Why? Because its so easy in the middle of blessing, to forget what you were delivered from. It’s so easy to get busy with life in general, that you forget where you were before. You need these reminders because when you see them, you are able to better remember that storm, that mess, the middle of that raging sea when you were drowning with no hope….when you see that rock you remember that you DID have hope…and THAT hope was IN THE ROCK….not A rock…THE ROCK, as in Christ. So that WHEN you see that rock you carried out of your mess and into your promised land (your own personal Gilgal), it will remind you of THE ROCK who carried you through but DON’T FORGET TO GO BACK TO GILGAL, SO YOU DON’T FORGET THE ROCK WHO DELIVERED YOU!!

 

How does this apply to ‘us homeschoolers?”……

 

Maybe you were never in a homeschool wilderness…..Maybe YOU have never been involved in a public school. Maybe, maybe YOU have always been the mild, meek spirited christian who rarely ever sinned and has always been as holy as a sin natured human could really be. Most of us though, we have been at some point stranded in the desert of homeschooling without a clue where to find the next well to get just a sip of water from. Most of us, have had wilderness days, some maybe weeks of wandering, and then there are those like me who may have been wandering in the wilderness for an extended period while you yo yo’d to and fro the school system and private schools….trying to put your ark on an oxcart, trying to set it on cruise control, trying to just get God to poof you over into the promised land and not make you CARRY the burden portions of homeschooling.

Me? Yes, you read correctly, I spent YEARS in homeschool wilderness….doing all the typical wilderness bad behaviors….complaining, questioning, looking for alternate routes….yes I did it all. I need a Gilgal, and I need to remember to GO THERE frequently. This blog helps me get there, it reminds me through sharing my stories with you all. I hope, that someone somewhere will come across this little blog just at the moment that they are overwhelmed and they will see messages like these and they’ll just bend right down and pick themselves up a rock, and REMEMBER THE ROCK and have some hope. I hope that whey they get across their Jordan, they will set that rock they picked up in the midst of their wilderness journey as a memorial. I hope they never forget to go back to Gilgal and sit there by that stone, have a good look at it, remember that journey and THANK THE LORD WHO BROUGHT THEM THROUGH IT.

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