Gospel · Journeying · Life · Repentance · Resurrection · Retreat

significant…

Yes… three days… 72 hours… is a significant amount of time… a lot can transpire… in three days…

Abraham… on his journey to the mountains of Moriah… the place God called him to sacrifice Isaac… his only son… the son of promise… had three days to think… three days to wonder… reason… consider… his act of obedience…

He considered that God was able 
even to raise [Isaac] from the dead…
Hebrews 11:19 ESV
These days of preparation… consideration… secret time in God’s presence on the journey… brought him to the place where he could say to the servants traveling with them…
Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Genesis 22:5 NIV
(my emphasis)
…and to his son… who saw the wood and fire… but no lamb… 

God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering…”
Genesis 22:8 NIV
(emphasis mine)

Jonah… (not Noah)… blessed with three days of seclusion inside a great fish… three days where only God knew where he was… only God could hear… 
Jonah had time to be
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God 
from the belly of the fish, saying, 
“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, 
and he answered me; 
out of the belly of Sheol I cried, 
and you heard my voice. 
… 
Those who pay regard to vain idols 
forsake their hope of steadfast love. 
But I with the voice of thanksgiving 
will sacrifice to you; what I vowed I will pay. 
Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
Time to reconsider… repent… 
And the Lord spoke to the fish,and it vomited Jonah out upon dry land. Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.
Jonah 2:10-3:3 ESV
Jesus… three days buried… after declaring…
“It is finished.”
John 19:20 ESV
Three days… known only to the Father… in which He began the process of redemption… the good news still hidden in the earth…
For Christ died for sins once for all, 
the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
He was put to death in the body 
but made alive by the Spiritthrough whom also
he went and preached to the spirits in prison
who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently
in the days of Noah while the ark was being built
1 Peter 3:18-20
(emphasis mine)
After three days… He is risen… good news unwrapped… 
the power of the revelation continues to this day…
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:4 ESV
Three days… a significant time for retreating
a journey… to consider… all the possibilities…
secluded… to receive revelation… and a need for repentance…
a re-membering… of the resurrection… and newness of life…
A lot can transpire in three days… I expect it will take longer to process what has been worked in… but what I do know…
He must increase,
but I must decrease.
John 3:30 ESV
Thank You Lord… for three days… 72 hours… to retreat…

[Note… Yes… there was a significant error on the post… retreating… Noah was NOT in the great fish… Jonah was… it has been corrected… goes to show how much I needed to retreat… thank God for His grace…]

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