This weekend as we have reached the end of our study through the book of Joshua, Pastor Miles led the Rock through a quiz, going over what we have learned throughout the book of Joshua these past couple of months.
To review, we looked back to the first five books of the Bible called the Torah, to see from where Joshua comes into the picture. Immediately after the Torah falls the book of Joshua in Scripture.
The Skinny on Joshua
Joshua was an assistant to Moses before Moses died at 120 years old. Both he and Moses were born slaves in Egypt; they both had face-to-face encounters with God, as well as led the people of Israel miraculously through parted water.
Joshua was one of two faithful spies, along with Caleb at Kadesh Barnea. Joshua served Moses on the mountain, led military battles, and conquered the Promised Land.
Joshua's life involved a lot of risk taking. Being one of two faithful spies against the account of ten other spies was a risk. Following the call of God to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land was a risk. We need to realize that living a life for God is living a life that involves risk taking.
Pastor Miles shared about a survey taken of people who were one hundred years old. They shared that their biggest regrets in life were not reflecting more, and not taking more risks. If we do not take risks like Joshua did, we will die miserable.
In the beginning of the book of Joshua, God encourages Joshua not to be afraid of what is to come. Even though his job would be difficult, he wanted Joshua to show Himself strong in the face of fears and difficulties.
Joshua 1:9 states, 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.
We serve a woo God! Throughout the book of Joshua we see many woo miracles that God performed for the people of Israel. The first woo miracle was that of the parting of the Jordan. To see God perform a woo miracle took action on the part of the Israelites. They had to step into the water of the Jordan before it parted. God then instructed the Israelites to take 12 stones from the Jordan in remembrance of the woo miracle for each of the 12 tribes of Israel.
If we want to see God perform woo miracles in our own lives, we must be following Him and willing to take trust filled action steps that He is calling us to. What are the stones of remembrance in our lives, of times God has performed a woo miracle? Woo miracles are meant to glorify God.
Sin in the Camp
We may all remember the story of Achan and Ai. The Israelites were defeated by Ai because there was sin in the camp. Achan, the man responsible, had hid a stolen item in his tent. What is the moral of the story? Your sin will find you out. Sin must be confronted, and then confessed, and then removed. Clearly all sin comes with consequences. Hiding our sin will do neither us nor anyone else any good.
As our study Joshua comes to a close, Joshua dies at the age of a 110 years old. At the end of his life, Joshua encourages the Israelites to choose whom they will serve. Joshua was a model of a man who faithfully in all sincerity served the Lord God.Joshua 24:14-15 states, Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.