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February 24, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Numbers 31-32
Audio: Numbers 31-32

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Joshua 1 (ESV)

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

10 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, 11 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”

12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said,13 “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, 15 until the Lord gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

16 And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you, as he was with Moses!18 Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”

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  1. Be Strong and Courageous

    The phase "be strong and courageous" appears four times in this first chapter of Joshua. But this is not the first time this phrase appears in the pages of Scripture. Three times in Deuteronomy we see this phrase used:

    Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

    Deuteronomy 31:7 – Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it.

    Deuteronomy 31:23 – And the LORD commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.”

    And now in Joshua chapter 1:

    Joshua 1:6 – Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.

    Joshua 1:7 – Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.

    Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

    Joshua 1:18 – Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”

    While all of Scripture is important, when things are repeated, it is emphasized for a reason. Just as the word "holy" appears more than six hundred times in the Word of God, when it is repeated three times in succession, the importance is elevated, the meaning is emphasized and the impact escalated.

    Isaiah 6:3 – And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

    Revelation 4:8 – And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.

    What is the significance of "be strong and courageous" in Deuteronomy and Joshua? 

    John MacArthur writes in his Study Bible, "The strength and courage of the warriors of Israel would come from their confidence that their God was with them and would not forsake them. In Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Moses repeated the substance of his exhortation, this time addressing it specifically to Joshua in the presence of the people to encourage him and to remind the people that Joshua’s leadership was being assumed with the full approval of God. This principle for faith and confidence is repeated in Deuteronomy 31:23; Joshua 1:5–7; 2 Samuel 10:12; 2 Kings 2:2; 1 Chronicles 22:11–13; 2 Chronicles 32:1–8; Psalm 27:14. 

    The writer of Hebrews quotes Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 in Hebrews 13:5."

    MacArthur, J., Jr. (Ed.). (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed., pp. 294–295). Nashville, TN: Word Pub.

    Just as the Lord told Moses and Joshua to be strong and courageous and they told the people of God who were with them to be strong and courageous, the Lord (and Moses and Joshua) is also telling us through the pages of Scripture to be strong and courageous. 

    Just as the people of God back then needed to be reminded to be strong and courageous, we need reminding as well. That is why it is so important to meditate on God's Word. Reading it is important but meditating on it means you don't "close the book" when you're done reading. It stays opened in your mind as you live throughout the day (and even while you sleep). That's actually the motivation behind our initiative to read God's Word daily as a church and comment on it. Commenting requires reflecting on what we've read which will help us meditate on it day and night. 

    Driving this point home is found in Joshua 1:8, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it."

    Are you going through trials and a time of testing that is hard to endure?

    Are you meditating on His Word day and night?

    If you do, you will find that He is with us through whatever we're going through. He will impress upon our souls, through even the darkest times, that He is with us and will not forsake us. 

    As you read and meditate on God's Word, you will find the strength to be strong and the courage to be courageous. If you neglect the Word of God, you will find yourselves weak and discouraged and with a sense that God is far off and distant instead of near and dear to us. 
     

  2. How timely that this chapter was the reading yesterday, when we watched the George Mueller film about faith: 

    I struggle with fear sometimes, especially when I have side effects from chemotherapy, but what a work God has done in me over the years as I’ve studied His Word, trusted in Him, and learned His promises. If we would read God’s Word as we read any other book — from cover to cover, not just picking out a sentence here, a verse there, a passage here — we would see God’s promises kept over and over again to His people, and in the most dire and bleak of circumstances. Those stories are what began to develop my faith in God when I literally lived in fear of “what if” scenarios. And as I began to learn God’s promises, beginning with Romans 8:28, I was challenged by Him over and over again to put my faith to the test and trust Him.

    The testing of our faith (James 1:2-9, 12) is not meant to show God where we are…He already knows. It’s meant for our good and ultimately for God’s glory. When I’m struck by fear, I pray. I pray that He will calm my heart and give me peace, and then I meditate on His sovereignty, His goodness, His love and care for me, and I thank Him. Over and over again, I thank Him. Even in my darkest trials, I want to trust Him, knowing that He is God and I am His beloved child in Christ. 

    Reading the Old Testament was the greatest builder of my faith when I was a new believer. And because of Jesus, those stories can be ours, today, as we live by faith in God, who does not change.  

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