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February 26, 2019

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

Text: Numbers 35-36
Audio: Numbers 35-36

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Joshua 3 (ESV)

Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lordyour God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” And Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.

The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’” And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lordyour God.” 10 And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan. 12 Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. 13 And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.”

14 So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), 16 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17 Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

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  1. The Lord said to Joshua, 'Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.'" Joshua 3:7

    Exalted To Establish Confidence in God

    The position of all believers should be that of John the Baptist who said "He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30). Self-exaltation and seeking glory for ourselves should never be a part of our motivation for doing anything related to serve and obedience to God.

    Jesus repeatedly rebuked the scribes and Pharisees who would practice their righteousness before others in order to be seen by them and as such forfeited any reward from God (Matthew 6:1). 

    The Apostle Paul warnings in Romans 12:3, "For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned."

    We also have the example in Ezekiel 28:12-19 appears to be speaking of Satan before he was a fallen angel. It says:

    “You were the signet of perfection,
        full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
    13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
        every precious stone was your covering,
    sardius, topaz, and diamond,
        beryl, onyx, and jasper,
    sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle;
        and crafted in gold were your settings
        and your engravings.
    On the day that you were created
        they were prepared.
    14 You were an anointed guardian cherub.
        I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God;
        in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
    15 You were blameless in your ways
        from the day you were created,
        till unrighteousness was found in you.
    16 In the abundance of your trade
        you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
    so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
        and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,
        from the midst of the stones of fire.
    17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
        you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.
    I cast you to the ground;
        I exposed you before kings,
        to feast their eyes on you.
    18 By the multitude of your iniquities,
        in the unrighteousness of your trade
        you profaned your sanctuaries;
    so I brought fire out from your midst;
        it consumed you,
    and I turned you to ashes on the earth
        in the sight of all who saw you.
    19 All who know you among the peoples
        are appalled at you;
    you have come to a dreadful end
        and shall be no more forever.”

    Then Isaiah 14:12-15 says:

    “How you are fallen from heaven,
        O Day Star, son of Dawn!
    How you are cut down to the ground,
        you who laid the nations low!
    13 You said in your heart,
        ‘I will ascend to heaven;
    above the stars of God
        I will set my throne on high;
    I will sit on the mount of assembly
        in the far reaches of the north;
    14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
        I will make myself like the Most High.’
    15 But you are brought down to Sheol,
        to the far reaches of the pit.

    When the Lord exalted Joshua, it was for a purpose – so the people of Israel "may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you" (Joshua 3:7). 

    Why the need for this confidence? 

    Joshua says to the people of Israel, "Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites" (Joshua 3:10). 

    This is why in Joshua 1 they were commanded to be strong and courageous, to not fear or be dismayed because the Lord is with them (Joshua 1:9). 

    Their entrance into the Promised Land will challenge their resolve in the Lord just as the previous generation of Jews were tested in the wilderness. 

    Do you look at the things we "battle" as God testing our resolve in Him?

    Do we meet obstacles knowing God is with us and as such, we have no reason to fear or be dismayed?

    Even though there will be times we may not be strong and courageous, it was a command for the people of Israel and it's a command for us. So next time we don't feel like being strong and courageous, let's remember God is with us and will not leave us or forsake us. Let's not give in to fear!

    And let's remember, life is not "all about us" but about God and His glory.

    Our struggles and our victories are for God's exaltation and glory and not our own. 

  2. God always makes a way for whatever He asks us to do! We need to trust God as we “step out into the Jordan,” knowing that “nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) 

    We are so easily given over to doubt and fear, which keeps us from experiencing God’s power in our lives. Trust Him! 

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