Joshua 1-3, Mark 16

Joshua 1:7
Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

What I find interesting about this verse is that the Lord tells Joshua to be ‘strong and courageous’, because it would take strength and courage to observe and do all of the things the Lord had told them to do. Why does it take strength and courage? Because, everything in this world serves to fight against the observance of the things the Lord says. On top of that, throw in our tendency to give into the temptation of the flesh. Jesus made it clear, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The key to making sure our way is prosperous and successful, is to meditate on God’s word. And, not just on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s, but ‘day and night’. I have found that you cannot meditate on His word too much. It is impossible!

Joshua 1:17
Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses.

I am sure that this caused some concern for Joshua, he would have known, without a doubt, that they fell way short of doing the things that Moses said they should do.

Joshua 2:1
1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.

One of the wonderful things about the Lord is that he loves us and forgives us and doesn’t hold our past against us. This is the case of rehab, the prostitute who helped the Israelites. If you look at the New Testament (Matthew 1:5, Hebrews 11:31, James 2:25), you see that she was regarded as a woman of great faith, in the lineage of Jesus.

Joshua 2:11
And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

How cool would it be, if people responded this way to us, because of the wonderful things they had seen take place in our lives. May we live our lives with such faith, that others are drawn to Jesus.

Joshua 3:3
and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.

We should not budge, until the Lord leads us!

Joshua 3:5
And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

The word ‘sanctify’ means to ‘set apart’. We cannot expect the Lord to do any wonders in our lives if we are not willing to be set apart for Him. But, when we purpose to be sanctified, look out!

Joshua 3:13
And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.”

Sometimes we fail to see the Lord move in our lives because we are afraid to get our feet wet.

Mark 16:3
And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”

We can be as guilty as these sisters were of not believing the things that Jesus said. They assumed Jesus was dead and had forgotten that He said He would rise from the dead on the third day. We must always bear in mind, that our King is risen from the dead and the tomb is empty, to this day. He has conquered death and therefore are able to conquer anything that may come our way.

Mark 16:16
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

The act of baptism does not save, but every believer is called to be baptized. It is belief, faith alone that saves and only unbelief which condemns.

Mark 16:19
19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

This is where Jesus resides today, sitting at the right hand of God. He is awaiting his soon return, “Maranatha!”, which means, ‘come Lord Jesus’.

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