by Dr. Ed Young


A summer in 49 BC, Julius Caesar took his chariot and rushed across what we would call a
small creek. Pompeii dominated the senate in Rome and had clearly commanded Caesar, who
had won victory after victory, to disband his army, to disband his legions and to return
home. But Caesar made a decision which has effected all of history. Instead of disbanding,
he charged across that little muddy river, that separated Italy and Gaul (?) 2 provinces.
And we know this phrase has come down to us - we call it 'crossing the Rubicon.'
Historians tell us that by tradition, that when Caesar crossed the river, he looked back
and he thought about what was ahead and he said, 'the dye is cast.' He had crossed the
Rubicon, he had made a decision that was irrevocable, he could not go back, and therefore,
his destiny, and ultiniately the destiny of the Ancient World of that period - was finally
I think there comes a time and in fact many occasion in which we make decisions like that.
Decisive moments in our lives. Sometimes we would go back and change them. Sometimes we
rejoice in them, but there comes times of decision. This is what our scripture is about
A simple story, yet a very complex and meaningful encounter. We read about Joshua. Now of
all the Old Testament folks, I like Joshua perhaps next to Joseph. He just jumps right to
the top of the moral ladder. Joshua, as you know, is a Hebrew name for Jesus. And when you
think about Joshua, many good thoughts come to your mind. I think of the minority report
when Joshua and Caleb came back and they said, "we can can do it; we can do it. We can take
the land." When every one else was going in an opposite direction. You think of Joshua there,
leading the army of Israel and making them out - from a slave people to a mighty army - as

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