by Robert Walker

Joshua and Jesus
Robert Walker
Joshua 1:2-3
Imagine a man before a judge who has been given the choice of paying $100 or serving 90 days in jail. The man doesn't have any money, but does have a invalid wife and five hungry children at home who are depending on him and him alone.
He tells such a heartrending story that the courtroom spectators are moved with pity and take up a collection to help pay the man's fine. Although it is unlike him, even the judge chips in.
Altogether they raise $99.95. Even though they are only five cents short, the judge declares that the entire $100 must be paid, and orders the bailiff to take the man to jail. He dejectedly walks out of the courtroom, thrusting his hands deep into his pockets...where he finds--a nickel!
Elated, he rushes back into the courtroom and slaps it on the bar before the judge, declaring "I'm free, I'm free!" In his mind, what saved him?? The $99.95, or the five cents?
If we did anything to merit our salvation, we would be forever boasting about it in heaven. The fact is that we could do nothing, so Jesus paid it all. Let us look at Joshua and Jesus for our message this morning
Their names are the same (Joshua is Hebrew, Jesus is Greek), which means "savior"

Joshua was the leader of the Israelites into the promised land of Canaan; Jesus is our leader into the promised land of heaven - Jn 14:1

As Joshua pointed the people to the Word of God, so did Jesus -Mt 7:21

As Joshua was an agent of both grace (cf. Rahab) and damnation (cf. nations of Canaan), so Jesus is both savior and judge of all men, who metes out death as well as life - Mt 25:34, 41

These names all mean the same thing. "Jehovah," or "Yahweh saves." In fact, the name "Jesus" is the Greek equivalent of "Joshua." Check out Acts 7:45 and Hebrews 4:8 in your Bible. Some translations do and some translations don't translate this as the Greek does. In both cases it refers to Joshua, Moses' number two man, but the Greek reads"Jesus." S ...

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