Sunday, January 29, 2012

On The Brink: It's Yo' Move!

It’s Yo’ Move: (You’re on the Brink of your Conquest) 1/29/12

Jordan = last obstacle before crossing into promise. It’s a conquest.

  • You’ve gotta lay something down something personal and God’s gotta remove something!! (Ai)

(Jordan= Human failed efforts meet God’s power)

  1. The children of Israel had wandered for nearly a half-millennium without permanent home
  2. Most of that time was as slaves of Pharaoh
  3. An add’l 40 years as slaves to their own fear and rebellion.
  4. God was still committed to them! Why? His ‣COVENANT!!!

God moves then waits to see if His covenanted people will act in obedience!

God’s Move

Joshua/Others’ Move

God called Abraham

Abraham obeyed and left homeland

God called Abraham & offered a Promise

Abraham obeyed and went to Egypt

God gave A. promises re: Isaac

God asked A. to sacrifice Isaac

God sends Moses to top rung of Egypt

God calls Moses to destroy the system that trained him in military, leadership, economics, government, etc.

God gave His rescued people miracles of plaques and the Red Sea

They held to the slave mentality and couldn’t see beyond their giants & their memories.

God called Moses to the Covenanted Place He’d give A.

Moses disobeyed and could not enter into the full promise.

Josh is told that Moses is dead

Be strong, courageous, obey and meditate on His word

God promised the Land again

Joshua had the people to prepare themselves

God told the priest to go first and that the waters would open

They did...He did!

God closed the River...

They never looked back!

God told them to take stones from the river and to make a memorial

They did!

The Lord exalted Joshua & The Canaanite Kings melted with fear over J’s God

Re instituted Passover and circumcision @ an inopportune time.

God stopped Manna!!

Jericho was lockup up & gave told them to march around or 7 days

They did and the walls fell

God asked for full devotion

Joshua lost battle of Ai. Joshua tore clothes all day and questioned God’s progress

God said get up...there’s sin in the camp and you must uproot it or I won’t be with you!

Joshua scrutinized the entire camp and found Achan and his stolen plunder

Don’t be afraid and discouraged...I have given you victory

Joshua then attached Ai again and won

J. took the men to Mt Ebal, copied the Law on Stones and read in the hearing of the people as they stood there

This was the same place where Abraham sacrificed to God after the Covenant was given 600 years prior!

Deuteronomy 11:26-32

26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. 29 When the LORD your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses. 30 As you know, these mountains are across the Jordan, westward, toward the setting sun, near the great trees of Moreh, in the territory of those Canaanites living in the Arabah in the vicinity of Gilgal. 31 You are about to cross the Jordan to enter and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you. When you have taken it over and are living there, 32 be sure that you obey all the decrees and laws I am setting before you today.

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