Out with the Old, in with the New
Steve N. Wagers
1. A New DIET!
A) A Message to Strengthen Them
B) A Menu to Satisfy Them
2. A New DELAY!
A) Their Impossible Goal
B) Their Incredible God
3. A New DEVOTION!
A) How they Missed Out
B) Why they Messed Up
As we come to these verses of our text, it's time to get ready for the trip. It is a long-awaited trip, as well as a much anticipated trip. It is a trip across the Jordan River to make their way toward Canaan.
I read about a pastor, the other day, who was winding up his temperance sermon with great favor. He said, ''If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river.'' And the congregation cried, ''Amen!''
He shouted, ''And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it in the river.'' And the congregation cried, ''Amen!'' He continued, ''And if I had all the whiskey and demon rum in the world, I'd take it all and throw it in the river.'' And the congregation cried, ''Hallelujah!''
The preacher sat down. The song leader stood up and announced, ''For our closing song, let us sing hymn #365, 'Shall we gather at the river'.''
In the Bible, the Jordan River is known as the place of miracles. Someone has said that, ''The waters of the Jordan were so troubled that the fish didn't know which way to swim.'' It was at the Jordan River that many marvelous, momentous and miraculous things took place, none greater than the baptism of Jesus Himself.
However, for Joshua, and the children of Israel, the crossing of the Jordan was their first step toward the land of promise. This would be the most giant step of faith the children of Israel had ever taken.
In order for the people to possess their land of promise, then 2 things are required: an addition of faith, and a subtraction of fear. Simply put, it was time to get down to business and put out the old so that they might bring in the new.
Let's notice that the text the command Joshua gav ...
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