Joshua obeyed God, then God showed up! God never told Joshua HOW he was to cross the Jordan nor HOW to take down Jericho. Two things preceded God showing Joshua HOW to take down Jericho: 1) Obedience - he circumcised his troops - the opposite thing you would normally do in a war. Two things to obey: A- God's general commands - as outlined in scripture. B- God's specific commands - as He's given to each of us specifically through conviction. 2) Reverence - he removed his sandals, just as Moses did. Removing the sandals implies that you're staying a while - you're giving your schedule up for theirs. It reveals how important you consider the person to be. Two Step Process - Obedience brought God's presence to Joshua / Reverence brought God's strategy to Him. HOLY! In both Moses' and Joshua's case God told them that the "place" they were standing was holy. The place itself wasn't holy without the presence of God there. Wherever God's presence is that place is holy - remove your sandals and stay. This isn't speaking physically, but spiritually. No building is holy - only people can be holy, and that only through God's presence being inside them.
Joshua 5:13-15 (4/13/14)
Take your shoes off
April 13, 2014 • Benham Brothers
Joshua 1 (4/16/14)
Move Toward Obedience • April 16, 2014 • Benham Brothers
God commanded Joshua to cross the Jordan but He didn't tell him how. Joshua didn't wait for a plan - he moved toward obedience before he knew how. Joshua's focus was on the God of plans and not the plan of God. Luke 17:14-15 - Ten lepers were cleansed in their "going." Joshua 3:4 - He didn't know the plan, but he did know that God must go first! God gave him the plan only after he moved toward obedience. The Jordan River was at flood stage right now - the odds were stacked against them crossing it. Joshua could have gone first and got his men to start building rafts to get the people across. When the soles of the priests feet touched the Jordan the waters stopped several miles away in a town called Adam.
Joshua 1:7-9 (3/31/16)
Marching Orders • March 31, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Moses was dead - Joshua took over. • The Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land. • God encouraged Joshua and the people with a very specific command: • Be Courageous, Hold to God's Word, Be Courageous. • He sandwiched His Word between the command to be courageous. • Like a PBJ in between two slices of bread. • God's Word apart from courage wasn't going to take the land, and being courageous apart from God's Word wouldn't do it either. • If we want to enter the land of promise for us it will take courage and God's Word. • God's Word apart from Courage makes a teacher. • God's Word with Courage makes a father (1 Corinthians 4:15)! • We need fathers today like Joshua. • Father’s speak it, think it, do it.