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Joshua 1 and Israel’s Empty Promise of Obedience
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
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When you read through the Old Testament, it becomes clear very quickly that people have a propensity to act rebelliously where God and His Law is concerned. This became very obvious after God had created the nation of Israel. God treated that nation as if they were one person. If someone within Israel sinned, God would remove His blessing from the entire nation. In effect, they broke fellowship with God through that one offense – whatever it was – and because of that, God turned His back on Israel temporarily.

At times, the rebellion was so bad that God chose to destroy an entire generation of Israelites, but never the entire nation. Any blessings that God poured out onto that nation benefited the entire nation, not just one person, even though there were often many with rebellious hearts.

We can highlight individual cases of rebellion, but readers are probably very familiar with them. Whether it was the 10 spies (out of 12), who went into the Promised Land and came back and filled the people with fear or those who grumbled and complained about a lack of food, water, or something else, Israel as a nation had many moments of rebellion and near insurrection against Moses and Aaron. The fact that God did not destroy the entire nation is proof that there were people within that nation whom God considered righteous. He considered them righteous not because of what they did, but because of the character of their hearts, which prompted their righteous actions.

People can be great pretenders. Sometimes, it is very difficult, if not impossible to truly know someone’s true character. Con men are perfect examples of this. Whether they are religious charlatans, business con men or something else, they project a demeanor that they hope will cause people to believe they are something they are not. They do this for selfish gain and enrichment.

Within Israel, there were many people who were along for the ride. These individuals were mixed in with people who actually wanted to serve God humbly, walking before Him in faith. The rebels were a constant problem for Moses and the nation as a whole.

But what I find fascinating is after Moses’ death and Joshua had been appointed by God to take up the reins of leadership in Moses’ stead, the people hadn’t really changed. There was still a solid mix of evil doers and faithful among Israel. In spite of this mix, God still dealt with Israel as one nation. We might find that unfair, but if we consider that the rebels benefited when everything went well, then we can also understand why God would be harsh with the entire nation when things did not go well with one or two people. It is also interesting that God often referred to Israel as “Jacob” when they were out of fellowship with God. Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel, was one man and in essence, God saw the entire nation of Israel as “one” man.

In Joshua 1, we begin to see Joshua’s leadership take the stage. In much of the last chapters of Deuteronomy, Moses had spent a great deal of time reminding Israel of their God-appointed role in the world. Moses told them how they were to live and he spelled things out for them so that there would be no misunderstanding. Yes, Israel was to follow a great many rules to set them apart from all other nations. As they lived within the realm of the Law that God set before them, they would be able to uproot the nations before them. These nations had spent generations doing terribly disgusting things and one of the reasons God had raised up Israel was to be an arm of judgment against those nations who had come to deserve God’s judgment. Israel was also supposed to be a “light” to the world, showing the world how it was supposed to live before God.

Joshua was very pointed with Israel after Moses’ death. In Joshua 1...

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Prophets and Dreamers from Deuteronomy
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
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I’m putting the finishing chapters into the next book currently in-progress that deals mainly with my own involvement in the Charismatic Movement from years ago and today’s New Apostolic Reformation movement (or NAR), which is really...
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Deuteronomy is Moses’ Swansong
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The opening chapters of the book of Deuteronomy are very interesting. Reading it through quickly will cause a great deal of information to be missed. It’s important to slow down and read His Word for meaning, not what we want to get out of...
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ehold Your God: The Only Creator
FRIDAY, APRIL 06, 2018
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In this part of this short series, we are going to look at the fact that Jesus is the Creator. There is only one Creator. God didn’t choose a human being and endow him with the ability to create. Jesus as God the Son has the power to create...
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Behold Your God: Firstborn Of All Creation
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018
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Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV) states: 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or...
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Behold Your God: Image of Invisible God
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The church we attend has just begun a series based on the book, Behold Your God, by John Snyder. Each Wednesday evening, we watch the video, our pastor then leads in a discussion, and we talk about the theme of the study. So far, it’s been...
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Smoking in Movies Accounts for Nearly Half of All Smoking
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Really? According to American Academy of Pediatrics, the title of this article is a true statement. In fact, it is part of their findings; their research. They go so far as to state, “There is a lot of research that shows the link between...
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Numbers 15 – Sabbath Breaker Stoned
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Reading through the book of Numbers, it is difficult to come away and not realize just how much God demanded of the Israelites. The list of responsibilities, both ceremonial and religious, were astounding. Again, we need to be clear that these...
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Book of Numbers is More than Just Numbering Israelites
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I’ve begun reading through the book of Numbers as I follow my daily Bible reading plan. I will say at the outset that I’m getting a great deal more out of my daily readings than I did last year. It does amaze me as I watch facts jump...
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All Those Rules and Regulations Speaks to Depravity
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Even a quick scan through the book of Leviticus proves just how much sacrifices and offerings played a part in the life of the nation of Israel. It becomes overwhelming to see the many sacrifices, offerings, and feasts that were required of the...
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