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Joshua chap 1

The book of Joshua is the beginning of the historical record of the children of Israel, after they had been delivered from Egypt. Moses is now gone and his servant Joshua will now lead the people into the promise land.

God chose Joshua and commissioned him telling Moses; Num 2718-19 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. Joshua’s name means Jehovah is salvation ( yeh·hō·shü’·ah) It is through his military campaign Israel will gain the land God promised them, and we will see many types and pictures in this book, as we study, and learn many lessons.

Someone asks why didn’t Moses lead the people into the promise land? He could not enter the land because of his disobedience and misrepresentation of God to the Children of Israel. Deut 32:51-52 says Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel. Moses was told to speak to the rock and water would come forth, instead he struck the rock and called the people Rebels, this was not what God wanted, so because of that he could not enter in.

Now it is time for the Children of Israel to take possession of the land God promised them.

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Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me

No one in scripture ever suffered as Job did, except for the Lord Jesus Christ. In his bitterness Job cried out, “ Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me” Job did not understand the nature or reason for what he was going through. All his problems were the result of the provocation of Satan. When he appeared before the Lord, the Lord said, “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Job 1:8 Satan answered, But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. To wit the Lord said, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. After a time the two met again. To further clarify Gods position he said, And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. What was he doing?

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Impossible to please God?

Is pleasing God really impossible?, or can this be done in a simple way?

Why of course not! says one, I please God all the time! And how do you do that? I ask. Well, I go to church, I live by the Sermon on the Mount, the golden rule, and I follow the 10 commandments, the law! I am a moral person. Ah! But something is lacking here, for the Bible says Without faith it is impossible to please God, the Bible also says the law is not of faith.

How we relate to God is important, for all the saints, Old & New Testament relate to God through faith, for the scripture says The Just shall live by faith. Pleasing God is not based on our performance, that is, what we do. Instead it is based in whom we believe. Paul said for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. To please God is to put your trust in Him and Him alone for all things.

In Hebrews we read,

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Do you have a question?

I Pet 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

I am involved in a ministry of answering questions Christians have put forth. Some concern the scriptures, some concern the Christian life. I would like to share a few with you who read on our Blog, in case you have had similar questions, or know those who do.

Hi I feel as though I cant get Salvation Assurance and believe the Gospel? I want to be saved but fear I am beyond God granting me repentance because of my great sin. I am terrified of facing God’s wrath. I am committed to living for God. I know the Gospel- Jesus is the only way, He died and rose again on the third day, saved by grace through faith and not works,Jesus is fully God and fully man and I am only justified by what He did on the cross, He was sinless. I believe this but feel as though maybe my sins committed as a Christian have excluded me from repentance and believing the Gospel. How would I know if I cant repent?

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Dedication or re-commitment is it needed? Pt 2

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. James 5:12

Making a vow is serious, God will require it of us whether we like it or not. In Num 30:1-2 we read And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded. If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

In the old and new Testament we have examples of those who made a vow and how it was dealt with. The first one is Jephthah, and we find him in the book of Judges. We read; Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: Judges 11:5 says And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob: and in Jud 11:30 said; And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. Jephthah becomes for us the classic example of one who makes a rash vow. Upon his return from the victory,

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Dedication or re-commitment is it needed?

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. James 5:12

James the half brother of Jesus undoubtedly heard the Lord say (Mat 5:34-37) But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. He is talking about taking an oath or making a vow, and he exhorts not to do that. Why not?

When you take an oath, or a vow, you are putting yourself under its curse if you do not perform it. Both an oath; where by you swear by heaven or God or anything sacred promising to fulfill that oath, or a vow which is in a sense, is the promise of some “religious” duty or a spiritual vow, and both must be performed. As far as God is concerned it is binding, not to go back on. When you get married you say your “Vows” to one another before witnesses. God expects you to keep them. There are only two things the nullify those marriage vows, death or infidelity. We will look at vows again a bit later, and see two examples; one of the apostle Paul, and the second Jephthah.

But we want to consider where the idea of our commitment or dedication, or even re-dedication of ourselves to the Lord, (in essence), making a vow, since it has to do with “Religious” activity. In the old testament we see Hannah the mother of Samuel prior to his birth saying to the Lord; And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. I Sam 1:11 After the birth of Samuel she presented him to the Lord and in I Sam 1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshiped the LORD there. Hannah made good on here vow, because God gave here a son, she did as she said, God gave her three more sons and two daughters, she was blessed because she kept her vow.

In the church today we see people having their babies baptized, and looking at the New Testament we do not find that to be scriptural.

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The Tabernacle Pt 2

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. Ex 25:8-9

Now we will look at the outer curtains of the tabernacle, which also depict Christ for us. Ex 26:7,12,14 And thou shalt make curtains of goats’ hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make. And the remnant that remaineth of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth, shall hang over the backside of the tabernacle. And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers’ skins. The outside appearance of the tabernacle was not like looking at St. Peters Cathedral in New York, or other great man made buildings that we call “Churches” it was very plain and in fact had no beauty at all. It calls to mind what Isaiah said about Messiah; Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. On the outside, just a man, what was within could not be seen, but that is where the beauty was. Perfect righteousness, the presence of God above the mercy seat. Just as God was within Christ, God in human flesh. Today’s churches, including that of the cults such as the Mormons, have Gothic buildings that have been designed and built to accentuate its beauty on the outside,but we do not see within? Dead men’s bones, just like the Pharisees, nothing going on within. Those buildings call attention to themselves, the Tabernacle called attention to God, as the people saw the Glory of God over the tabernacle from time to time.

The goats hair speaks of the animal sacrifices for coverings, pointing to the perfect sacrifice, the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. It also speaks of the scapegoat which bore the sins of the people, which was let loose in the wilderness, never to be seen again. So Christ carries our sins far from us, as far as the east is from the west. This was the place where the sacrifices were offered and the Priest had communion with God, it was the habitation of God for the people, so the church is the same. Eph 2:20-22 Paul says;

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The Tabernacle

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. Ex 25:8-9

The book of Exodus contains for us the freedom of Israel from Egyptian bondage and the beginning of the first and only God given religion, Judaism. We also see a spiritual picture of Christ and his church also. Those pictures, of the priesthood and the tabernacle, is what this study is all about. Now for some this is sleep inducing material, but for the student of the word it is like being in a spiritual art gallery, looking at the pictures God has given us for our understanding. I might add, for those who have Jewish friends, nothing impresses them more than to have a gentile share with them their knowledge of the Old Testament. I attempted to visit a local Synagogue in my area just after they entertained some Muslim guests. I was told they would not meet with me as “we do not share the same beliefs” It would have been nice to ask them; What if Elijah would have entertained the prophets of Baal in the temple, instead of meeting them on Mt Carmel. However I did spend an entire afternoon with two Jewish men who came to our house to do an estimate for flooring. One was orthodox the other very liberal and knew little of the Old Testament. Both were impressed with the fact a gentile could tell them about THEIR scriptures. The Old Testament might have been written TO THEM, but it is also FOR US. So get a cup of coffee and lets take a look at what we have here.

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How quickly they forget! Ex 14

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. Ex 14:13

God made a promise to Abraham that he would give his descendants the land of Canaan for their inheritance, after he drove out all the inhabitants of the land, and after the Children Israel had spent about 430 years in Egypt as slaves. Now the time has come for them to move to their new land. In order to do that God had to “persuade” the Pharaoh to let his people go. So after God sent ten plagues on Egypt, each designed to affect a different Egyptian deity, to demonstrate his power and that there was no god like him, letting Pharaoh know who he was in the process, Pharaoh relents and lets the people go.

But as we look at Exodus chap 14 we will see God is not yet finished with Pharaoh. We will also see how God’s plans for Israel and Pharaoh intersect to accomplish the purposes of God for all to see.

Vs1 -2 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. Ah yes beach camping! Sounds like fun does it not? We have the sea in front of us and mountains all around us here in the wilderness. But someone says why here? A good question, so we need to find out.

Vs 3-4 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so. God had warned Pharaoh, plagued him, now he will draw him out to finish him off before all to see. Looking at the current scene, we discover God has set a trap! But for who?

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The workings of God Pt 2

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and was taken to Egypt. Jacob and the rest of the family remained in the land of Canaan, but in order for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, they must go down to Egypt, how will God accomplish this? A saver famine is coming which will force Jacob to have his boys go to Egypt to get grain. What they don’t know is, WHO they will have to deal with to get it. When Mary was about to give birth to Jesus they were down in Nazareth, but he had to be born in Bethlehem, 80 miles away, because it was prophesied by Micah Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. How would God accomplish this? Easy; Luk 2:1,4 says And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) They had no choice, they had to go. All this to fulfill the purpose and plan of God, and we have the same here.

We must take a brief look at Joseph, as he is a picture of Christ in the scriptures. He was 17 when we arrived in Egypt Gen 41:46 says And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. Interesting Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his ministry here on earth. After Joseph explained Pharaoh’s dreams, Pharaoh said of him he was a man fill with the Spirit of God; he was made second in command in all the land of Egypt, only in the throne would Pharaoh be greater. He was ruler of all of Egypt, (gentiles) as it were, Pharaoh had him ride in the second chariot, and all the people were instructed to bow the knee! He was arrayed in fine linen and Pharaoh said with out you no man can do anything. So we see the picture of the man Christ Jesus as he will be during his millennial reign on earth.

So the seven good years begin when he is thirty, and all the grain was gathered for seven years, making Joseph thirty seven, as the famine begins. Gen 41:56 says And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt We might assume this was at least one year later, possibly longer. Now it will effect Jacob in the land of Canaan. Gen 42:1-2 says Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die. So Jacob sends his sons to Egypt to buy grain. All the brothers go except Josephs brother Benjamin. Jacob will not send his youngest son out with them for fear of loosing him also, as he did Joseph.

Gen 42:6-8 says

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