JOSHUA: POSITIVE FAITH FOR NEGATIVE TIMES
Joshua is an exciting book for we see massive walls falling; we see wide rivers open up and giants fleeing and this is not the story of what God has done but a story of what God will do for me and for you.
There are three types of people listening to me this morning. Some of you are in Egypt. You have never been saved. Some of you are in the wilderness. You are saved but you are not enjoying it.
Then some of you are what we call Canaan Conquerors. You are living a life of victory.
When the day arrived for Joshua to take complete charge of the Israelis, the Lord said to him in Joshua 1:5, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
Let's look at three things from this exciting story.
I. THE CALL OF FAITH.
Joshua was Moses number two man when he received the call from God. His name is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now you take the name Joshua and translated it from the Hebrew into the Greek and it comes out as Jesus. And the name Joshua and the name Jesus means Jehovah will save or Jehovah is Savior.
The Lord said in Joshua 1:2, "Moses, my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou and this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel."
Moses represented the law and when it came to law and leadership he was incomparable. But no one is indispensable. Joshua takes up where the Moses the Law Giver left off.
And where did Moses the Lawgiver leave them? He left them straying and staggering in the wilderness. The law and good works cannot take you in.
How do you get in? Joshua led them in. Now we go in by grace through the Lord Jesus Christ that will take you into the promise land.
Instead of Moses, the great mouthpiece of God and motivator of Israel, triumphantly leading the people into their new life in the Promised Land, Moses is suddenly taken from the scene.
The irony ...
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