by Jerry Watts

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Mission Impossible, but Accomplished! (4 of 4)
Series: Meeting the Challenge
Jerry Watts
Joshua 1:1-9

• For 400 years, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph lived in Egypt as slaves of the state. Oppression, expectation, and mistreatment, were the difficulty of that life. The Jewish people needed a deliverer and a messiah to lead them out of captivity and into the land God promised "Father Abraham." Finally, Moses arrived on the scene, was the obvious choice to be this deliverer, and yet he made a mess out of his first attempt.
• After hiding from Pharaoh for 40 years Moses met God. Speaking from a burning bush, God told Moses to return to Egypt and rescue the Israelites from oppression and lead them into possession of the Promised Land. After making excuses, Moses answered God's call. At first blush, it would seem highly unlikely that Moses would be able to free over a million slaves from Pharaoh, yet their freedom turned out to be the easy part of the job.
• About three weeks after leaving Egypt, they were in position to claim the land which God had promised Abraham. Leading this group of selfish people was not happening. For this reason, they spent 40 years wondering in the wilderness. At the end of Deuteronomy, we see Moses handing off the mantle of leadership to Joshua. He then died, and being buried by the hand of God. Yet, his death wasn't the end of the journey, only the end of a chapter. As the book of Joshua opens we see the "Rest of the story." (TEXT)
• How many remember this? (THEME SONG - MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) The plot of this show was in the name, "Mission Impossible?" Yet, Ethan Hunt and His team always got the job done. It was Mission Impossible but completed.
• Would it be fair to say that 'Changing our Culture' seems to rise to be level of being a "Mission Impossible?" If it's not impossible, it would seem so. Perhaps the reason for this is that we walk in a world of spiritual darkness. Candidly, we do no ...

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