Constant reading alone can make us familiar with the contents of Scripture, so as to be well equipped at all points for the Christian warfare. 1. Who ever knew a child made neglectful by a well-timed promise? He is God in earth, as well as in heaven; tell Him all about it. Disorder is weakness; disorder is waste! may read it — when its elastic principles expand their comprehensive arms to the embrace of all men, and like the outstretched arms of its crucified Author upon the Cross seem to offer mercy on the right hand and on the left — when its whole system is summed up in a single sentence, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" — then the world turns its back upon the Church, is ashamed of the fellowship of children and vulgar and illiterate people, the simplicity of the truth is mistaken for vulgarity, and the house of God is eschewed and avoided, because, instead of the sumptuous drapery and tinselled garniture of the noble, the poetical, the dramatic, the speculative, and the vain, its only ornament and ensign is the Cross of Christ — its sole phylactery is "the scarlet line in the window.". The organisation thus commended is not merely mechanical; it is the order which comes of a living love, which is willing to do the most good in the least time. If we could, we would not on any account remove it. The work of Rahab, in bringing in others, is similar to that of every saved soul. He who consults Omniscience is helped by Omnipotence. ACTION. He that believes with the heart confesses with the mouth. All the believing add to their faith virtue, boldness in confessing the truth; all are witnesses. The rapturous strains of the Messianic prophets, the simple and sublime gospel narratives, the epistles - those commentaries on the preparatory dispensation and on Christian doctrine - do not all these "testify" of the Saviour? The inference is plain - that the law contains, as we should expect in a law, precepts to be observed. Consider THE OPPORTUNITY of her faith. God, your God, is with you every step you take." Constant - "day and night." There is sufficient in her conduct to manifest a heart truly sincere and anxiously solicitous for the welfare of God's people, willing to risk her own life to save theirs. The army is a compact confederacy. God is a living Guide; he has written directions and he aids in the performance of them. But who can tell the rapture of those who have saved a soul from eternal death, and covered a multitude of sins? She knows it to be the cable-line which rivets her to the anchor of hope, "sure and steadfast, which entereth into that within the veil." "Seek first the kingdom of God, and all other things shall be added unto you." Look over the land. say?" "Well, I can think of one thing," the man said, "Once, I came upon a gang of bikers, who were threatening a young woman. Even so the sinner who believes in Jesus is not only saved from wrath to come, but is received into the Church, the house of the living God, there to be instructed more fully in the ways of God; there to learn all the lessons that the grace of God can teach; to deny ungodliness and worldly lust; to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. How clear and unmistakable is her confession of the name of Jehovah; how high, and exalted, and spiritual; how wonderful, in the mouth of one trained from infancy to worship stocks and stones, trained to think that the power of the different deities was local and circumscribed: "The Lord your God, He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath"! THE WONDER OF ITS EXISTENCE. Go with thy sorrows, thy cares, thy domestic woes, thy bodily afflictions, thy circumstantial trials, thy matters of business, thy little things as well as thy great things; for "He is God in earth." But the faith that saves is known by its works. II. If piety, true patriotism, and zeal for the interests of religion are at present less conspicuous in many who hold civil or military offices than they have been in some former periods, there is the greater need to beseech Him, with whom is the residue of the Spirit, to pour out abundantly. Courage! This recommendation stamps the Pentateuch with authority. It is from Divine influence that rulers diligently search what conduct is just and wise; hearken to salutary advice, from whatever quarter it comes; and have clear understandings to discern, and sound judgments to choose the right path, even in situations the most intricate and perplexed. Copy. Now, mark two or three things arising out of this fact that "He is God in heaven above." Organisation is as much required in the Church as in the army. The cry of the Canaanites has ascended to heaven; in long-suffering patience God has waited till now, but at last He has sent forth His hosts to consume them utterly. We have our Jericho in the world. Courage! 1. III. 2. II. We are to bear on our hearts those who are still exposed to the Divine judgment; we are to be up and doing, instant in season and out of season, if by any means we may save some. By that line — as with Rahab, so with the Church — the messengers that brought it to her and taught it to her had already escaped; it had borne their weight, proved its efficacy; and the Church knows it to be strong enough still. Yet I suppose it will scarcely be contended that it was the bit of thread that saved them, rather than the covenant of which that thread was the sign. Yet was he to study the written word. Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. AS for myself, the fact that Jehovah, the covenant God of Israel, is "my God," makes me look up to heaven and think of heaven with the utmost confidence; aye, without a scruple; aye, upon scriptural assurance of calling it my home. ITS SAVING TENDENCY. Consider also THE SOLICITUDE of her faith. Then "at evening time it shall be light. Ye shall pass before your brethren armed. Faith is always tested, that it may be manifested as Divine. We seem to think the time for special workings and special deliverances has past. THAT ALL THESE PROMISES DO NOT PRECLUDE THE USE OF PROPER MEANS. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Thus this pause in the Divine and just act of judgment, this parenthesis of grace, this long-suffering of God, is salvation. Yes, truly, for they had fearfully corrupted their ways. Here is encouragement for those who are called, in the providence of God, to minister where worldliness and frivolity, and pride and bitter opposition to the truth prevail, Here, too, is encouragement for those who minister in uncouth regions, where sin and ignorance seem to shut out hope of blessing. Haven't I commanded you? The command of the text implies that it was to be no formal perusal, but an endeavour to grasp the real meaning of the law. The reward of obedience. how readest thou?" I told them to leave her alone, but they wouldn’t listen. God’s message to Joshua Joshua 1:1-9. Which sin? The narrator of our passage doesn’t reveal Joshua’s feelings here…but we do hear the LORD tell him three times with increasing intensity: “Be strong and courageous” (v. 6), “Be strong and very courageous” (v. 7), and “Be strong and courageous. Ah! Faith always finds, or rather God always gives to faith, an opportunity for its manifestation. Oh! 1. How intense should be the eagerness with which we meditate on the whole Bible. "Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" 3. THE ONENESS, THE PRIMEVAL, CONSTANT, AND CONTINUED IDENTITY OF THE WAY OF SALVATION, from the blood that flowed upon Abel's altar, and I doubt not upon Adam's also, to "the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better things than that of Abel." MSG 9 Haven't I commanded you? Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Strength! Obedience is to extend to the smallest matters. Such a faith was Rahab's. She was not selfishly absorbed in looking after her own welfare, content if she herself escaped; but, with true affection, arranged for the rescue of her relatives. Its consolidation is its strength. I had saved myself a thousand sorrows if I had always lived upon this principle. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading the book. Earnest Workers will cross it, manfully trusting in God, and these are the only successful workers. God works out His purposes by human instrumentalities — men, organised into Churches, in their collective or individual capacity, work, and God crowns with success. The Taking of the Land NIV 9 Have I not commanded you? Consider THE REWARD of her faith. HE IS GOD IN EARTH BENEATH. Blessed is the man whose "delight is in the law of the Lord," so that "in it he doth meditate day and night, he shall be like a tree shall prosper" (Psalm 1:2, 3). I. It tells us things of the utmost importance which we could not know without it; and it comes in to verify the conclusions of our reasoning. Here dwells an unfortunate woman. 3. The unholy atmosphere of gin palaces, and even of houses like that in which Joshua's spies sought refuge, cannot exclude the Holy Ghost, or nullify the Gospel message. Haven’t I commanded you? We see the necessity of the frequent injunction, "Be strong, very courageous." Comments and Observations. She has had no spiritual advantages. An error occurred while accessing favorites. Strength! How much, then, was there, in herself, to keep Rahab from trust in Jehovah! She was the harlot Rahab. Be strong and courageous. They respond at once to the call of their leader, and trusting in God are honoured with success. And as she believes in the promises of God, so she believes in the God of the promises. All rights reserved. — no Sabbaths, no Scriptures, no teachers — and yet in the base purlieus of a Jericho, in the heart of that poor harlot, like a fair pearl that lies within a rough shell among the weeds and rocks at the sea bottom, there is found precious faith, faith that finds utterance in a good confession (ver. He could also consult the wishes of God by means of the high priest's Urim and Thummim. Joshua 1:1-9 Be Courageous Introduction: I greet you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. She believed; they believed not. VII. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. "This do and thou shall live" is common both to the Old and New Testament, the difference being in the things to be done, and the spirit that is to characterise the doing thereof. , your God, is with you every step you take.”. Joshua 1:9 is my road trip verse as I buckle kids into the backseat and know that it only takes a second for my life to change forever. He is absolute Sovereign "in heaven" of the fixed decrees of heaven; absolute Sovereign "in heaven" of all the glories of heaven; and absolute Sovereign "in heaven" of all the inhabitants of heaven. SUCH ORGANISATION WOULD CONSOLIDATE THE CHRISTIAN SOCIETY ASSEMBLING IN ONE PLACE. He must vigorously enforce and execute the laws already established for restraining wrong and wicked lewdness, and help forward the enacting of such new laws as may be needful for restraining them more effectually. Every man in his place, every man moving at the same word of command, every man living for the common good — let that programme be carried out, and no power can withstand the united influence of Christ's believers.
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