THE PROMISED LAND.
The first five books of Genesis lead lsrael
‘up to’ Canaan and Joshua compliments these by leading lsrael ‘into’ Canaan.
He describes, ISRAEL’S SETTLEMENT IN CANAAN.
This book covers a period of twenty-five years and describes one of the most memorable conquests in History.
The occupation of this small strip of land is scarcely larger than Wales.
The author is .. according to Jewish tradition, Joshua himself. He is the focal figure in this book.
Joshua is a book of graphic movement, of campaign .. conquests and subjugation, (bringing into submission.) We see lsrael going up .. winning through, and settling in.
1. Entering the land. Cpts 1-5.
2. Overcoming the land. 6-12.
3. Occupying the land.
Cpt 13-21. This is really the central message of the book.
“THE VICTORY OF FAITH IN GOD”
It is the opposite to the book of Numbers where there was failure and unbelief. They failed to enter .. failed to overcome.
This is indeed a challenge to us as we use our faith to overcome the world. (1 John v 4) also, Read (Heb 11) and be challenged by the Heroes of FAITH.
These people held fast the profession of their faith without doubting. They believed “HE IS FAITHFUL THAT PR0MISED.”
True faith is confidence in what God “has done in Christ Jesus.”
So, don’t throw it away, when things .. GET TOUGH!
Don’t cower under in fear or draw back from what He has called you to do.
One preacher that came to our church said that the true meaning of faith is ..TAKE A RISK!
“FAITHFUL IS HE THAT CALLS YOU AND HE WILL ALSO DO IT”.. Just step out!
So often God calls us into an area where we have no natural ability, so we are completely dependent upon Him.
It is so exciting to be in the deep end and find you actually learn to swim!
You accomplish things that were seemingly impossible. He teaches you as you take that risk, just totally trust Him.
Praise God you “can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.” Phil 4:13.
THEN HE GETS THE GLORY!