Are You Ready To Enter Into Your Promised Land?
“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: “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. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:1-3 (NKJV)
“And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.” Joshua 6:21 (NKJV)
Joshua and Caleb were two of the scouts sent by Moses to spy on the Promised Land. The other scouts on the mission came back with a negative report, and put fear into the hearts of God’s people. Caleb and Joshua were the only two spies who had faith that God would keep His promise to give Israel victory, even over giants! Their faith is what granted them entrance into the lands promised by God.
After Moses died, the mantle of leadership was passed to Joshua. The book of Joshua is all about “entering in” and claiming that which God has promised. It is also about obedience and faith.
After crossing the Jordan River, Joshua spent 45 years leading the people of Israel in battle. They found victory over their enemies thanks to the power of God. One soldier of Israel was equal to 1,000 soldiers from the other side. Israel was mighty in battle because God was fighting for them.
Although Joshua was a great leader, he too had to learn some hard and costly lessons. One lesson he learned stressed the importance of rooting out any sin in his camp. In life, our actions and sins affect others. There is a ripple affect. Achan’s decision to steal from God, by taking some of the booty from Jericho, cost him not only his life but also the lives of his family. Joshua rooted out the evil and destroyed it completely.
Besides actively entering into the promises of God, there is another theme found in the book of Joshua. It is repeated over and over. Not only are we to follow….
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