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Joshua: a Parable for Today

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In Joshua: A Parable for Today, written by Joseph F. Girzone, Joshua is explained as a carpenter, from Bethlehem. Mark 6:3 – Is he not the carpenter,* the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. (“Scripture.” Scripture. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2012). He repairs wooden objects and he fixes broken items, and makes toys for the little children. He is also described as a thoughtful and sharing man, who cares about others before himself. In the book it states how he broke a piece of bread, and handed it to a random person who he doesn’t know. Matthew 26:26-While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” (“Scripture.” Scripture. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2012.)

Joshua felt strongly about religion. Mark 14:34 – 36; 39 -41Then they came to place named Gethsemane,i and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while pray.” 34 Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch.” 35 He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass by him; 36 He said, “Abba, Father,* all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” 38 Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” 39 Withdrawing again, he prayed, saying the same thing.

40 Then he returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open and did not know what to answer him. 41 He returned a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. (“Scripture.” Scripture. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2012.)

Some ways which Jesus and Joshua have in common is that they were physically similar. They both were skinny, and were athletic. They had light skin with brown wavy/curly hair which fell slightly on their face. Joshua and Jesus had also referred to God as their Father. Mark 8:38-Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Scripture.” Scripture. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.) Along with the physical similarities, they also had deeds which were similar like curing the blind. Matthew 20:29-34-As they left Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “[Lord,]* Son of David, have pity on us!” 31 The crowd warned them to be silent, but they called out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have pity on us!” 32 Jesus stopped and called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They answered him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”

34 Moved with pity, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight, and followed him. (“Scripture.” Scripture. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.)  Overall, this book, Joshua: A Parable for Today is about how a man from a small house enters many peoples lives and changes them forever. He did miracles such as carving Moses from a huge cherry log tree for a synagogue in such a small time. This book is about how “Jesus” somehow re enters your life.

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