March 12, 2000
Lesson - Divine Command
Human leadership - Every step at the express
Obedience command of God
Wait until the will of God is known - then no hesitation
Duty - do not rest till it is done - Procrastination is
foolish and wrong
The command is clear! The way open! Go at once!
The command seemed like folly with the banks of
the Jordan overflowed. GOD MAKES THE WAY!
v. 4 - "ye have not passed this way heretofore"
His Word - Lamp unto our feet
His Example - a pattern to follow
His Promise -"with us always even unto the end of the age"
v. 5 - A special work, a special preparation.
v. 7 - All the work is of God - no human means could avail!
Eph. 2:9 - "not of works lest any man should boast"
God's glory manifested! Man's insufficiency exposed!
"Here is the way, walk in it"
v. 8 - God could have divided Jordan without the priests
but they could not do it without Him.
God is pleased to use human means & blesses them.
II Cor. 4:7 - "But we have this treasure in earthen
vessels, that the excellency of the power
may be of God, and not of us"
v. 10 - "the Living God is among you"
v. 11 - "the Lord of all the earth"
v. 15 - "the swelling of the Jordan" - Jer. 12:5
"the time of the harvest" - Exodus 9:31,33 - the
barley & flax ripen together - ch. 2:6
v. 16 - "stood and rose up upon a heap"
"failed and were cut off"
v. 17 - "stood firm" ... "all the people were clean
Had they drawn back, after entering Jordan, had they
shown signs of uncertainty, the waters would have
returned and the people would not have dared to cross.
So great is the responsibility that rests on God's
ministers. The people look to them for guidance and
encouragement. If they faint by the way, if they falter
in their work, if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound,
or if they retreat from their appointed task, the conflict
with evil stands still, the pathway to further conquests
is not opened.
How many works have failed because "the priests did
not stand firm in the waters of the Jordan"?
Timidity, half-heartedness, divided counsels, profitless
controversies, have obscured the witness for God's Truth.
** Not in earnest - amused me? "Compel them"
v. 6 - Inquisitiveness of children - Answers from parents-
me - Joey & Steve Holland -
v. 10 - "until everything was finished that the Lord
commanded Joshua"..."the people hasted &
v. 12 - "passed armed" - prepared for war - life of
inaction or idleness, treason to the cause.
Matt. 12:30 - "He that is not with me is against me;
and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."
v. 14 - ch. 3:7
v. 20 - a memorial - memorials - Memorials of past blessings -
our children ask - What mean these? - Our reply - For what
God did in our fathers' days and in olden time before them.
Praise the Lord for His mercies to the children of men.
Every tribe took a part!
v. 24 - "fear" - gone from man? - Romans 3:18 - "There is
no fear of God before their eyes"
No opposition - River, earth subject to Him! Rivers a threat -
Lonesome Dove - Log of a Cowboy
v. 1 - "their heart melted" - Confirming what Rahab
has said - ch. 2:11 - Similar terror has often been struck
into the hearts of peoples, especially of peoples enervated
by habits of licentious indulgence, but the approach of
enemies who have successfully and rapidly overcome
obstacles deemed insurmountable.
Peace crowd in government or public - Make love, not war?
Under special protection from Heaven - Exodus 11:7 -
"against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move
his tongue...that ye may know how that the Lord doth put
a difference between the Egyptians and Israel"
v. 2 - "At that time" - why Israel was able to administer
the rite of circumcision at so critical a period.
No murmurings - confidence in God - they would be
incapacitated for a period. Confident that God would
protect : They consecratethemselves before going into
battle against the enemy.
There was a danger but no hesitation - the marvelous
passage of the Jordan had inspired them with eager
desire to renew the covenant with the God "who had
done so great things for them"
Restoration of Circumcision - why? - vs. 4-7
v. 6 - The covenant between God & Israel was
annulled permanently, in the case of those who were
condemned to die in the wilderness, temporarily only
in their descendants, who were formally reconciled here.
Satan trembles when he sees us determined to carry out
God's will - his heart melts when he sees us advancing
under Jesus our Captain -
Isaiah 54:17 - "No weapon that is formed against thee
shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against
thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage
of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of
me, saith the Lord."
Satan has no weapons for hand to hand conflict with the
body of Christ! His only weapons are to corrupt, to deceive,
to compromise with the world.
Whenever God's disciples have battled evil boldly and
unflinchingly, they have been victorious. "Greater is
He that is in you than he that is in the world"
v. 9 - Reproach of Egypt gone.
With the arrival in Canaan the reproach was gone.
All those who had deserved punishment were dead, all
the uncircumcised were circumcised, reproach and misery
were put aside and Israel entered into a new life with God!
"the glorious liberty of the children of God" - Rom. 8:21
vs. 10-12 - The Passover - When he who is out of fellowship
with the Father desires to return and serve God, after a
period of disobedience and rebellion, he must prepare
himself by repentance and obedience, to feed on the flesh
of the slain Lamb of God in the sacrament in which He has
ordained. It is through the death of Christ which alone has
obtained the pardon. The penitent calls men to witness by
joining in the solemn celebration of his intention to hence-
forth be an obedient servant of Christ. He envokes the
sympathy and assistance of his brethren in his recovery from
the snare of Satan - "who are taken captive by him at his will"
II Tim. 2:26 - and binds himself anew in looking to life from
v. 12 - the manna did not cease until they had crossed the Jordan
v. 14 - Captain of the Lord's Hosts - angels, forces of nature,
the Defense, Shield of His people before their adversaries.
Pre-manifestations of the Incarnation of Christ - Bro. Duncan -
the medium of the Father's revelation under old dispensation.
(A series of semons in the late 1960's)
"Joshua fell on his face"
The Son of God was ever the link of communication between
God and the external world. By Him God created it; through
Him, He has been for ever pleased to deal with it; He revealed
the final dispensation of God's will to it, He shall come again
to judge it and by His Spirit He still reveals God's will to man.
John 16:13 - "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He
will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear that shall He speak: and He will
shew you things to come."
"The Lord is on ;my side, I will not fear: What can man do
unto me?" Psalm 118:6
We gather that Joshua was meditating the plan of his future
campaign, and deliberating on the mode of capturing the
strong walled city close by which he stood, (v. 13) when God
appeared to him in the form of a warrior, and solved all his
doubts by commanding him to prepare for a miraculous
intervention of His Providence, and instead of war-like
expedients to resort to a religious ceremony, which should
be the external token to all the surrounding nations that the
invading host was under the protection of the Lord of Heaven
and earth; a fact which they all ready were aware by the passage
of the Red Sea and the Jordan.
v. 15 - "Loose thy shoe from off thy feet" - Clear proof of
We are on Holy Ground - we should be absolutely devoted to
Him and His will!