MF Blume
February 31, 1999 pm

Joshua 3:1  And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

Joshua and Israel left Shittim and came to lodge at Jordan, ready to cross.

They were leaving one realm to enter into another.

People are starting to realize that there is far more to "church" than attending a service each week and going home again.

The name of this place of departure was called Shittim.

Wood is organic.

1Pet 1:6-7  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1 Cor 3 speaks of building on our foundation something better than wood, hay and stubble. We need to understand that the fiery trials we go through today are meant to burn away the wood, hay and stubble of our lives and cause the gold within us to be purified. From Shittim to Canaan. There are a few structures God had men build in the Bible. The last structure that we see in the Bible is New Jerusalem. From solid wood, to gold and wood, to solid gold.

This is a picture of God's people.

Let the fiery trials purify the gold faith in you. I could preach wood and hay and stubble to you. Primarily we are wood at the start. Some people quit when they hear a bad word against them. This is a no-lose situation once you learn what is needed to see your gold purified and your wood burned away. Move from Shittim to Canaan. I told one brother who complained about not being able to serve God due to hypocrites in church that I would be backslidden, too, if I looked at people! When the church preached throughout Jerusalem, Satan sent persecution. When Israel crossed the Red Sea, Moses held aloft the rod. We all have wood.