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"Then shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage." Joshua 1: 5,6.
Now, after our 'series' on the man, Enoch who 'walked with God' and was so obedient, that he was removed from the earth and taken to be with God, [Posts 1-3, September 1, 15, 29, 2018], let us consider another 'man' who was so trusting and obedient to God, that as it is written, to wit:
'Then shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage.' Joshua 1: 5,6.
The best way to 'know' Joshua is of course to study the Book in the Holy Bible, written by 'Joshua'. Under the Holy Spirit, we can therefore get to and answer such questions we need to answer, such as:
Who wrote the book?; What time was the Book of Joshua written?; Why is Joshua so important, What's the bigger point?; and most important for studying the Bible, How do I apply this in my life of faith, today?
So, beginning today, we begin a Weekly Saturday 'Series', in which we will be focused over the next several weeks on - 'The Book of Joshua', The 'Character of Joshua'.
Joshua was not a man who walked by sight; who wanted 'to reason out everything'. No, Joshua was the man that walked by faith; and you will find 'the key' of his character in three words, courage, obedience and faith. He dared to be 'one with God', even when others were not obedient and trusting. We can learn, even today, from Joshua, who did not want to go with the crowd. For you see, Joshua, an understudy of Moses, had lain hold of the divine nature of God; had become a partaker of the divine nature.
He teaches us to be willing to go against the current world, and say, in the end, as is written at Joshua 24:14,15, to wit:
' 14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.'
For the next two weeks, please us the following 'outline' and please spend some time doing your personal 'first read' of the Book of Joshua. Then, on our next post on Saturday, October 27, 2018, we will begin to 'explore' the Book, together.
Joshua demonstrates his faith in God as He follows the orders given to Him and takes leadership of the nation. Joshua truly was “strong and courageous” [1:7].
• In Chapters 1-4, Joshua and the Israelites enter the promise land and in doing so we read of an amazing entry. As they arrive at the Jordan River, we find details of an incredible, miraculous crossing. God shows His incredible grace to a prostitute named Rahab, the ancestress of King David.
Then in Chapters 5-12, Joshua follows God’s orders and first conquers the central of the promise land. This includes the unlikely manner in which they conquer the grand fortress of Jericho. God alone moved and conquered this impossible achievement. Ai was the next town and although it took two tries, the first due to sin in the camp, on the second attempt God again moved and dominated. Next, the Israelites occupied the southern land and then the northern land to complete the occupancy; however, although they controlled the region, they never did completely conquer it.
• Finally, in Chapters 13-24, the land is divided up and distributed among the tribes of Israel. Some of the larger cities are placed aside for the Levitical priests who did not receive a portion of land, due to their duties. Lastly, Joshua dies but before he passes he gives one of the greatest challenges that lasts for all generations including our own, “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” [24:15].
Notice that in the last few verses of Joshua there is a narration of three burials: Joshua [Joshua 24:29–30], the bones of Joseph [24:32], and Eleazar the high priest [24:33]. Strange as it may seem, these burials proclaim God’s character. All three men were associated with Israel’s days in captivity [Joseph long ago when Jacob’s family first settled in Egypt, and Joshua and Eleazar as young men on the long journey through the wilderness]. And now all three lay at rest in the land of promise, witnesses to God’s faithfulness.
Enjoy being in the 'Presence of the Lord', studying His Word for yourselves. Comments shall begin, Saturday, October 27, 2018.Amen. Amen.
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