* God had just crumbled the walls of Jericho. * Now in this battle God did it a different way. * He used the people to set an ambush. * God told Joshua to do to Ai as he did to Jericho. * God was going to do it but He would do it “through” the people. * God wasn’t going to destroy Ai the same way thus tempting man to trust in a system or pattern as opposed to a Person. * But when God works through man, the temptation becomes to believe we’re the one who bring about the victory. * God’s prescription for this was for Joshua to build an altar upon the ruins and writing the book of the law on the stones (vs 30-32). * This would be a constant reminder of who God is and what He’s done.
Joshua 8:1-4 (4/5/18)
God Uses Man
April 5, 2018 • 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.