Barefoot and Blessed
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Now join me in the Old Testament book of Hoshea. You know, "Numbers, Deuteronomy, Hoshea ..." Well, that was his given name for we read in Number 13.8, "from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun:" The name Hoshea means "Salvation."
Now that would be a pretty good name to have, don't you think: Hoshea. Every time your Mother would step out on the porch to call you for supper, Hoshea, everyone would be reminded of their need for salvation. Apparently that wasn't good enough for Moses, because he changed Hoshea's name.
Numbers 13.16, "These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua."
He went from Hoshea: salvation; to Joshua, Yahweh is salvation. Now when his mother called him for supper, everyone was reminded not only of their need for salvation, they were reminded of the One who provides salvation. Yahweh is salvation! I want to show you from the Word of God how you can be Barefoot and Blessed!
Here's how the book of Joshua begins in verse 1 "After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying: 2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them-the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 ...
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