Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Joshua's New Generation (BW06)

Josh 1:16, 18 _So they answered Joshua, saying, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go... Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage."

After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and all the faithless Israelites had died, the new generation of Israelites (most of them born in the wilderness) were filled with faith in God and in His words and promises. They even encouraged Joshua to be strong (in the faith) and courageous in the conquest of the Promised Land

Josh 2:8-11 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, and said to the men: "I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.

When God sent the Israelites into the Promised Land, they only need to take over the land for He had put so much fear in the Canaanites that they did not have the courage to fight the Israelites. Unfortunately the Israelites were faithless and missed this great opportunity of possessing the Promised Land.

Josh 3:14-16a So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), that the waters which came down from upstream stood still...

Joshua filled with faith in Him sent the priests bearing the Ark into the flooded River Jordan and the river immediately dried up for the Israelites​ to cross over on dry ground.

Note - It is suicidal to cross the river overflowing its banks for the strong currents with logs and debris will definitely drown anyone crossing it.

Josh 5:4-5 _And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way, after they had come out of Egypt. For all the people who came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness, on the way as they came out of Egypt, had not been circumcised.

To circumcise the Israelites near Jericho was suicidal for it needed only a handful of enemies to wipe them all out while they were in pain. But the Israelites​ trusted God and had full faith in Him.

This new generation feared God, kept His commandments and words, and encouraged their leader Joshua to be strong and courageous. They were bold, fearless and willingly sacrificed themselves (just like the book of Acts) for the conquest of Canaan Land.

But the generation, who came out of Egypt having seen the ten plagues and countless miracles including the crossing of the Red Sea, manna from heaven, etc. were selfish, covetous, fearful and rebellious. Aren't they like the covetous, worldly and carnal Christians today, who declare their love for Him and testify of His greatness, power, deliverance, healing, etc. and yet cold (refuse) to obey Him and His words. Are these similar to the last days' lukewarm Christians, false Christs or hypocrites in the days of our Lord?

Rev 3:15-16 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth."