JOSHUA 1

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Joshua 1:1-9

WAKE UP CALL!

 

When on a business trip, a person staying in a motel will ask the person at the service desk to call the room at a certain time. This is known as a "wake up call".

 

In America, we use the term "wake up call" to mean something that has happened to get our attention or make us alert.For instance the death of a friend or loved one is often a "wake up call" for someone to get serious about the things of God.

 

In Joshua 1:1-9, Joshua received a "wake up call" concerning his leadership of the children of Israel.

 

REALITY - THIS JOB IS MINE, Vss. 1-2

Moses was dead.

Joshua was the new leader. He was responsible.

Sometimes God will startle us into the reality that a job that once belonged to someone else now belongs to us.

 

REASSURANCE - GOD IS WITH ME, Vss. 3-5

Just as God was with Moses, God would be with Joshua.

Just as God is with other Christians, He will also be with me.

 

RESPONSIBILITY - DO AS GOD SAYS, Vss. 6-9

The secret to success for doing God's work, is to do things God's way.

The biggest responsibility I have is to obey God.

 

 

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Joshua 1:1-9

AFTER A LOSS

 

GOD SHARES THE PROBLEM - Vss. 1-2a

Moses, the leader of Israel, was dead.

 

GOD SHARES THE PLAN - Vs. 2b

Joshua and the people were to enter the Promised Land.

 

GOD SHARES THE PROMISE - Vss. 3-5

There would be victory.

God would be with Joshua as He was with Moses.

 

GOD SHARES THE PRINCIPLES - Vss. 6-9

Strength

Courage

Obedience

Meditation

 

 

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Joshua 1:5

AS WITH MOSES

 

"...as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee:"

 

Moses was dead! (Joshua 1:2)The responsibility for leading the children of Israel into the Promised Land was up to Joshua.In our text Joshua is encouraged that God will be with him just like He was with Moses.This statement is also true for us today in at least four ways.

 

WE HAVE THE SAME PRICE PAID FOR OUR SINS.

Moses was given a system of sacrifices, which was a picture of the supreme sacrifice paid for Moses and ourselves. That supreme sacrifice is the blood of Christ. Hebrews 9:11-14

 

WE HAVE THE SAME PRESENCE OF GOD IN OUR LIVES.

Moses was aware of the presence of God in His life and God communicated to him through the burning bush, the meetings on Mt. Sinai, the pillar of fire, and the cloud of smoke and several other ways. We have the presence of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives. John 14:15-18

 

WE HAVE THE SAME POWER OF GOD ON WHICH TO DEPEND.

Moses saw God's power many times including the plagues in Egypt, the appearance of manna, the parting of the Red Sea, and many other ways.

Jesus promised power the Holy Spirit to His followers. Acts 1:8

 

WE HAVE THE SAME PROMISES OF GOD TO CLAIM

Moses had the promises of the Pentateuch. We have the promises of the entire Bible. Romans 15:4

 

 

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Joshua 1:7-8

READY!

 

In two weeks there will the Super Bowl played here in the United States.As I write these words, four teams are preparing for play off games that will take place next Sunday.The winners of those two games will go to football's Super Bowl.All this week these four teams will be getting ready, trying to be prepared to win! And the two teams that win this coming Sunday will spend the following week getting ready all over again.

 

Getting ready is an important part of life. We get ready to entertain company. We get ready to go to church, work or school. We get ready for a career by going to school. We get ready to retire by saving money and making right investments.

 

In our text Joshua is shown that he had to be ready to do the job God wanted him to do. He was to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land after Moses had died (Vss. 1-6). If we follow the instructions given to Joshua in Verses 7-8 we will be ready to live for God the way God wants us to live. We will be ready!

 

SUBMISSION - Vs, 7

"Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest."

 

Joshua was to be strong and very courageous to obey God's Word. He had to submit to God's authority in life by doing as God had instructed.

 

SATURATION - Vs. 8a

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:"

 

Joshua was to meditate on God's Word, constantly thinking and talking about it. See Psalm 1:2-3.

 

SUCCESS - Vs. 8b

"...for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

 

 

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Joshua 1:8

THIS BOOK

 

 

This is probably the best known verse in the whole book.Please read it with me.

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

 

THIS BOOK - This book of the law

 

Law can be the Ten Commandments

Law can be the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.

Law can be the whole Bible, which is how we would understand it today.

What do we know about this book?

        It is the inspired Word of God. Ė 2Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21

        It is profitable. - 2 Timothy 3:16

        It is educational. - Romans 15:4

        It is powerful - Hebrews 4:12

        It is life-changing. Ė 1 Peter 1:23

        It is our guide. Ė Psalm 119:105

        It is purifying. Ė Psalm 119:11

        It is truth. - John 17:17

 

This Book is the Way to Belief

This Book is the way to life.

This Book is the way to action.

This Book is the way to reality.

 

THIS BOOK AND THIS MOUTH - shall not depart out of thy mouth;

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As Christians, we should talk about the Word of God.

Why should we talk about Godís Word?

ō     Because it is Godís Word.There is no subject more valuable to talk about than the inspired Word of God.

ō     Because talking about Godís Word might help or encourage another believer. Hebrews 3:12-13

ō     Because talking about Godís word might help, encourage, and/or educate me!

ō     Because talking about Godís Word accomplishes Godís purposes.

 

THIS BOOK AND THIS MIND - but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,

 

Let me tell you one thing. You canít have the Word of God on your lips unless it is in your mind and heart. You canít give out what isnít inside.

 

Meditation is the way we digest the Word of God.

We read, or we think about a memorized portion of Scripture.

After a while we think on It some more, striving to understand its meaning, and how it applies to my life.

 

When I meditate on Godís Word, I might talk about it to the Lord.

I strive to think of what it means in my life.

I think of what I must do to practice the Scripture. Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:15-16, Jeremiah 15:16

 

If the Word of God is going to be the joy and rejoicing of your heart you need to memorize it.

Donít say, ďI canítĒ

Get yourself some ď3Ē by ď5Ē cards.

Write the reference on one side, the verse on the other.

Go over and over the verse until you know it.

Review the verses you have learned continually.†††

 

Memorizing and meditation on the Scriptures takes work.

But if you want to know God in an intimate way, you need to memorize and meditate on the Word of God.

You will find the effort to be worthwhile.

 

THIS BOOK AND THESE EYES - that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:

 

God wants obedience from His children, just as you expect or expected obedience from your children.

 

I am sure that John was echoing the Words of God when He said in 3 John 1:4, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

 

You see, the more the Word of God is in my mind and on my lips the more likely I am to observe my behavior and make sure that it conforms to the Word of God.I am more likely to obey it!

 

Many times you may not obey the Word of God because you are ignorant.It is not a sin to be ignorant. It is a sin to remain ignorant. 2 Peter 3:18

 

And remember that God is not satisfied that we just hear the Word, or even memorize the Word and meditate on it.God is satisfied when we obey the Word of God. James 1:22

 

If you hear the Word of God and not obey it, you are fooling yourself into thinking that you are right with God when you are not.

 

Ezra the Scribe was a great leader among the Jews.

Ezra 7:10 tells us the secret to His success.†††

 

May we be those that seek the Word, obey the Word and teach the Word every chance that we get.

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Make sure that you eyes observe the Word with the intent of obedience! 1 Samuel 15:22-23

THIS BOOK AND THIS LIFE - for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

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What is the value of talking, memorizing, meditating, and obeying the Word of God in this life?

There are two promises here for those who do these things.

 

The first promise is for prosperity.

No, this is not necessarily financial prosperity. It is prosperity in the Christian life.

 

As I memorize, meditate, speak of, and do Godís Word, I will be prosperous.

 

My prayer life will improve.

There will be less anxiety in my life.

There will be victory over sin.

There will be future reward. 2 Corinthians 5:10

There will be an unleashing of the power of the Spirit of God in my life.

Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:18-19 would indicate that being filled with Godís Spirit and being filled with Godís Word are parallel.

 

 

The second promise for those who speak of Godís Word, meditate on it, and obey it is for good success.

 

This carries the idea of wisdom.

We will still have problems, but we will have Godís wisdom to help us handle these problems.

 

THIS BOOK - This book of the law

THIS BOOK AND THIS MOUTH - shall not depart out of thy mouth;

THIS BOOK AND THIS MIND - but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,

THIS BOOK AND THESE EYES - that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:

THIS BOOK AND THIS LIFE - for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

 

 

 

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Joshua 1:8

BOOKWORM!

 

In America, the expression, "bookworm" refers to someone who is always reading or studying."His nose" we might say, "is always in a book."According to Joshua 1:8, when it comes to the Bible, Christians should all be "bookworms."

 

MY PORTION - "This book of the law..."

Joshua only had the first five books of the Bible. We have the completed Word of God.The portion on which I build my life is to be "this book".Jeremiah 15:16, 2 Timothy 2:15

 

MY PERMANENCE - "...shall not depart out of thy mouth..."

I am to refer to, and talk about the Word of God as I speak.

In order to do this, I must memorize God's Word. Psalm 119:11, John 15:7

 

MY PROCESS - "...but thou shalt meditate therein day and night..."

Again, to meditate, we must memorize!Meditation involves reflection upon the meaning of God's Word, and application to my own life.

Psalm 1:2, Psalm 119:97

 

MY PURPOSE - "...that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein..."

I hide God's Word in my heart and meditate on it, so I will learn to obey the Book!

 

MY PROMISE - "...for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

See Psalm 1:3

 

 

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Joshua 1:12-18

LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS

 

When we think of great leaders we think of men and women of character and strong leadership ability.We must remember, however, that good leaders must have good followers or they will not be successful.Joshua was a good leader and he had many good followers.

 

Israel was planning to cross the Jordan River and conquer the Promised Land.Joshua as a good leader had to have everyone working with him for this to be accomplished.

 

CHALLENGES FROM A GOOD LEADER Vss. 12-15

The tribes mentioned in verse 12 had settled on the other side of the Jordan River. They had, however promised to help with the conquering of the new land. Joshua challenged them in three ways:

 

1. REMEMBER - Vs. 13

Joshua reminded these people of the commitment that they had made to Moses (Numbers 32:20-33). He wanted them to remember what they had promised to do.

A good leader will constantly remind people of their commitments (2 Peter 1:12-15).

 

2. RESPOND - Vs. 14

It was time for these people to keep their promises. They were to lead the procession into the promise land. He was telling them that it was time to respond to their previous promise by doing what they said they would.

 

3. RETURN - Vs. 15

Joshua encouraged these tribes that they would return and enjoy the land which they had possessed.

A good leader encourages his followers that there is reward for faithful obedience.

 

COMFORT FROM GOOD FOLLOWERS Vss. 16-18

Not only should good leaders inspire their followers, but also good followers should inspire their leaders.The response of these people was an encouragement to Joshua.

 

1. THEY EXPRESSED OBEDIENCE - Vss. 16-17

 

2. THEY ENFORCED THE RULES - Vs. 18a

They promised to discipline those who would not cooperate.It is an encouraging to leaders when followers help to enforce the rules among other followers.

 

3. THEY ENCOURAGED THE LEADER - Vss. 17b, 18b

They wished him the Lord's best. - Vs. 17b

They encouraged him to be strong and of good courage. Vs. 18b

 

 

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