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Joshua Directed and Encouraged. They talk as if they would turn the world upside down, whilst it is their own brains that need first to be turned into a right condition. Jericho resolves Israel shall not be its master. There are certain tremendous truths, such as divine sovereignty, the doctrine of election, covenant transactions, and so forth; and some men cast such a loving eye upon these truths that they desire to be, and are, quite blind to all other truths besides. There will be extremes on either side. Joshua 1 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . (7-13) The Israelites pass through Jordan on dry land. Joshua was not left to his own fallible judgment, or fickle fancy, but he was to do according to all that was written in the book of the law. He does raise up pastors after his own heart. They pull the blinds down on Sunday. He has given you not only many things, but all things, in Christ Jesus, and he has declared that “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” The Lord hath, indeed, blessed us hitherto. The vine has a dressing all its own, and the apple-tree a pruning peculiar to itself. You will find it so, husband, even in connection with your own wife and children, if they are unsaved. The Christian, I think, should steer between the two. WAKE UP CALL! God's omniscience sees each part of our being as an anatomist sees the various portions of the body, and he therefore knows our moral and spiritual nature most thoroughly. 7 Outlines . Joshua 1:7 Home | M. Henry Commentary | Play! ... Next commentary: The city is compassed. Get into the state of that poor man who was so greatly blessed to pious Tauler. JOSHUA 1. Then, again, there are others who think much of man. And, what is more, when my text says, “The Lord hath blessed me hitherto,” there is a kind of prophecy in it, for “hitherto” has a window forward as well us backward. Joshua 1 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Joshua 1:8 Commentary. We are only up to our ankles, the most of us, whereas the waters are “waters to swim in.” A great sun of everlasting love shines upon the globe of our life with tropical force, but we get away to the North Pole of doubt and fear, and then complain that the sun has such little heat, or that he is so long below the horizon. I want to say somewhat to you as a church, dear friends, for the text is a church-text, and the “me” here comprehends all the tribe of Joseph. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Keep close to this, that “other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Rest in the finished work of the Lord Jesus, and put all your reliance upon him as crucified, risen, and pleading for his people. Each flower wins from the gardener a special culture. hose are the men who shall be honored of heaven, who have peace with God unspeakable within their souls to-day, and shall have the brightest crowns of immortality upon their brows to-morrow. If they admit the doctrines of grace to be true, they think them valueless, but they generally consider them to be untrue altogether. He has blessed us by his grace. Joshua 1:11. Assault my faith with treacherous art, They see man’s sin and ruin, and they are much charmed with the mercy of God and the invitations of the gospel which are given to sinners, and they become so entranced with these truths in connection with the responsibility of man, and man’s free agency, that they will see nothing else, and declare all other doctrines, except these, to be delusions. Ephraim and Manasseh had received a blessing when God blessed Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, seeing they were in the loins of Abraham. DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, This will enable you to serve him on better principles. Joshua divided Canaan with strict impartiality. Do it if you should be turned into the streets to-morrow. 2 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. Clarke (1760-1832) was Methodist, Wesleyan, Arminian, (e.g., Clarke "suggested that although God can know all future events, He chooses not to know some events beforehand" Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, page 808).He did not always interpret Scripture literally and so was amillennial (to quote Clarke on 1000 years - "I am satisfied that this period should … EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE. He is, he must be, to his people the blessed and blessing God. The existence of sin within us entails on us certain consequences which we have no more power to evade than the idiot has power to change his look of idiocy; or the palsied hand has power to free itself from its torpor. These thirty-three years he has been with us, we have never been without conversions, never without fresh labor for Christ, and fresh projects, and never a failure, never a schism, or a division of heart. AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON. Joshua 1:7. Has he shut you out from any one of the provisions of his love? Their inability was wholly of the moral kind. Now after the death of Joshua a. But Joshua was not therefore to say within himself, “These covenant engagements will surely be fulfilled, and I may therefore sit still and do nothing.” On the contrary, because God had decreed that the land should be conquered, Joshua was to be diligent to lead the people onward to battle. “You cannot pass,” says he. Best Bible app! I want you each to feel at this hour — “The Lord hath blessed me hitherto.” Personally, I often sit me down alone, and say, “Whence is this to me?” I cannot but admire the special goodness of my Lord to me. Though you and I have no Hivites and Jebusites to kill, no cities to pull down, no chariots of iron to encounter, yet we shall find it no easy thing to keep to the path of Christian consistency. Moreover, Joshua had not only difficulties to meet with, but he made a great many enemies through his obedience. II. There is a time to speak, and there is a time to be silent, and he that judgeth well will mark his opportunities and take the middle course. He was not to use the promise as a couch upon which his indolence might luxuriate, but as a girdle wherewith to gird up his loins for future activity. Every good gift which has come to me has come from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, But I have noticed others who have come right straight out, and rent away the cords which entangled them, and they have said, “I will do the right, if I die for it;” and though they have had to suffer (I could mention some cases where they have suffered for years, very much to the sorrow of him who gave them the advice upon which they acted, not because he regretted giving them the advice, but regretted that they had to suffer), yet always there has been a turn somewhere or other, and by-and-by they have had to say, “I thank God after all, notwithstanding all my crosses and losses, that I was led to be faithful to my convictions, for I am a happier man, if not a richer man.” In some cases they have absolutely been richer men, for after all, even in this world, “honesty is the best policy.” It is a very low way of looking at it, but right and righteousness do in the end, in the long run, get the respect and the esteem of men. THE LORD APPOINTS JOSHUA TO SUCCEED MOSES. Read the text, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee.” You supposed when you heard the words, “Only be thou strong and very courageous,” that some great exploit was to be performed, and the supposition was correct, for all exploits are comprehended in that one declaration, “That thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee.” The highest exploit of the Christian life is to obey Christ. It is possible I may do an occasional service for one whose servant I am not, but it were mean that a great person should be served only by the servants of another lord. If it rains or if it shines, it is such weather as God pleases, and what pleases God pleases me.”, Our sorrows lie mainly at the roots of our selfishness, and when our self-hood is dug up, our sorrow to a great extent is gone. It is one of the climactic events in all of biblical history. NO. Did not Paul make the same confession" (Rom. 3. Commentary by Robert Jamieson . Sermons on Joshua by C. H. Spurgeon. If it be the design of providence to please men, it is a melancholy failure. This is the talk of the indolently ignorant, or of mere pretenders, who do but mock God while they pretend to reverence his decrees. Faith in him who was made a curse for us is the only way to the blessing. Let me have the privilege of breaking it myself, and pouring it on my Master’s feet, that I may anoint them with the most precious thing I have. We read in 2 Samuel 7:18, 19, “Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? He was always fighting. I’d call them vanity and lies, Download the Holy Bible now on your phone and bring the power of the Word to your daily life. If you follow Christ, you shall have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels. Fulfilling Your Destiny - 7 Lessons From The Life Of Joshua. Sister, have you never done the same? i. Joshua 1:7. Bankruptcies one after another of the same person are doubled-distilled thieving, generally; not old-fashioned thieving like that which once brought men to transportation and to the gallows, but something worse than highway robbery and burglary. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them —to the Israelites. (5-9) Preparation to pass over Jordan. He who will not go to the fire ought not to complain that the room is cold. Who is accounted to be the boldest and the best soldier but the man who is most thoroughly obedient to the captain’s command? We have some abroad nowadays whose heads are very hot. End this warfare by saying, “It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.” Do not say, “He blessed me up to a certain point, and then he changed his hand.” This is a most slanderous falsehood. 4. I confess I do not understand that kind of thing; I have no sympathy with those who look upon this material world us though it were a very wicked place, and as if there were here no trace whatever of the divine hand, and no proofs of the divine wisdom, nor manifestations of the divine care. Lisez « Joshua And the Land of Promise » de F.B. The promises given him by God were broadly comprehensive and exceedingly encouraging. The carnal mind is inclined to self-will, self-seeking, lust, enmity, pride, and all other evils. As far as they had gone they had driven out the Canaanites, and taken possession of the country. It will be your default mobile Bible, use it for devotions every day from your phone or tablet. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible. Joshua 1:1-9 Workmen Die, but God Lives; EXPLORE THE BIBLE. Joshua: Come in, and receive God’s promises! 1) (Mal 3:6) The Remembrance of Christ (No. Behind them, they leave the wearying decades of meandering around in a barren wilderness and the tragic memories of countless funerals for an entire generation of people who would not trust God's promises. They said, “God has blessed us hitherto;” as much as to say, “If we do not get two portions, we shall not say that God is still blessing us; but we will draw a line, and say hitherto.” God has many very naughty children; they fall into quarrels with their heavenly Father. He who would please all attempts the impossible. You must not dream of sitting down upon, — “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” The voice from the throne saith “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.” Though the sea roll before you, forward! In Joshua 1:11, just before crossing the Jordan into Canaan, Joshua commands the Israelites, "Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess." Joshua 1 Commentary; EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY. Be very courageous to do what the Lord Jesus bids you in all things, and let men judge you to be an idiot if you will, you shall be one of the Lord’s champions, a true Knight of the Cross. It may get cracked and broken. The Lord appoints Joshua to succeed Moses. The promises given him by God were broadly comprehensive and exceedingly encouraging. — British Evangelist We are not what we hope to be, but we are not what we used to be. Then surely it is not a mean and sneaking thing for a man to be obedient to him who is the Commander-in-chief of the universe, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Man's inability lies in the want of moral power so to wish and will as actually to perform. The command to him was, that he should conquer the whole of the land for the favored tribes, and to the best of his ability he did it; but he had to besiege cities which were walled up to heaven, and to fight with monarchs whose warriors came to battle in chariots of iron, armed with scythes. It shut itself up, being strongly fortified both by art and nature. David M. Howard — Joshua (New American Commentary, 1998). But one would think it should here rather signify officers in the army, as captains, and the like. But that was all unholiness to him. Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands along with its king and its fighting men.'" It discourages men from an impossible task. The commentaries of the Reverend Matthew Henry have been a great blessing to the readers of the Blue Letter Bible since 1996. “But I must pass,” says the emperor. These were historical events, but they were not only historical. The Blue Letter Bible team has added a wide selection of Charles Spurgeon's sermons. CHAPTER 1 Joshua 1:1-18. An order like this could not have been a mere mockery, an order which Joshua was unable to obey. He has blessed us in his promises. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? (b.c. Through thick and thin, through fair and foul, through poverty or wealth, through shame or honor, Christian, cling close to your Master, Be you among those virgin-souls, who —, “Withersoe’er the Lamb doth lead, Let us ask God to guide us into the middle path, wherein we can say, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him until that day;” careful, watchful, prayerful, as much as if our salvation depended upon our own vigilance; relying upon the sure promise, and the immutable oath, knowing that we stand in Christ, and not in ourselves, and are kept by the mighty God of Jacob, and not by any power of our own. In the way of duty, let us proceed as far as we can, and depend on the Lord. Furthermore, if this be true, let us resolve to engage in enlarged enterprises. Keyword: Filter: Page 1 | Found: 27 sermons: Show only exact verse | SORT. “The Lord hath blessed me hitherto.”, I think, besides this, that these two tribes which made up the house of Joseph, also meant to say that, not only had God blessed them with the common blessings of Israel, and the special blessing of their tribe, but also with actual blessings. Shall we fall into the opposite extreme of those who fold their arms and say, “Why make this noise? Israel was delivered from Egypt’s degrading bondage. Like Davis’ commentary, this one is also written at an intermediate level and is accessible to all readers. Count yourselves to be happy that you have the privilege of making any sacrifice for the sake of conscience, for in these days we have not the power to honor God as they did who went to prison, and to the rack, and to the stake; let us not, therefore, cast aside other opportunities which are given to us of showing how much we love the Lord, and how faithfully we desire to serve him. Neither to the right hand nor to the left must the Christian turn, with regard to the reliance of his soul, in the matter of his eternal salvation. 1. Brethren, there is a middle course of true, sensible, prudent zeal — adhering to the truth and never believing that people can be converted by lies, however earnestly bawled into their ears; walking within the bounds of God’s truth, and being persuaded that the best seed to sow is that which God puts into the basket of his word, and that sinners are not to be saved by rash statements nor by extravagant declamation, but that they are brought to Christ, as they were of old, by the simple telling out of the story of the cross affectionately, and by the power of the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. You and I ought to believe that —, “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, He has given you “all blessings” in Christ, and that is the short way of putting it. Commentary on Joshua 2:1-7 (Read Joshua 2:1-7) Faith in God's promises ought not to do away, but to encourage our diligence in the use of proper means. Charles Spurgeon's sermons taken from the book of Joshua are also included and are worth the price of the book. Now after the death of Joshua: In this period of the Judges, Israel lost the critical next link in its godly leadership. Spurgeon's Morning & Evening - May 11 PM. Commentary on Joshua 3:1-6 (Read Joshua 3:1-6) The Israelites came to Jordan in faith, having been told that they should pass it. No devil could praise the Lord as angels do, and no unregenerate man can offer acceptable service as the saints do. Till you are accepted, your service cannot please God. Self-righteousness is a deadly thing; it is a proud refusal of mercy, and a rebellion against grace. “Yes, but we must die,” was the reply, “and therefore we must do no such thing.” There is no particular necessity for any of us living. Any one mercy from God is linked on to all the mercy that went before it; but provision is also made for adding future blessing. Never will the ocean of his grace cease to wash the shores of our life. It bids me fly, and gives me wings. The Book of Joshua Commentary by ROBERT JAMIESON CHAPTER 1 (See "Introduction to the Pentateuch and Historical Books") Jos 1:1-18.THE LORD APPOINTS JOSHUA TO SUCCEED MOSES. 2:22-23). “Turn not from it, to the right hand or to the left.”. Studying the book of Joshua 1; shows a significant summary of the history, time and relevant details according to the bible’s acts based onBenson Joseph - Bible Commentary and reading parallely the bible’s version Douy-Rheims Bible Challoner Revision. If I profess to obey the Lord Jesus Christ, the crucial test will not be in great actions, but in little ones. We should sin against him most ungratefully and detestably were we to say within ourselves, “God will not desert his people; therefore let us venture into sin;” and we are almost equally wicked if we whisper in our own minds,” God will assuredly fulfill his own decrees, and give the souls of his redeemed as a reward to his Son Jesus. He does for the dahlia what he does not for the sunflower; somewhat is wanted by the rose that is not required by the lily; and the geranium calls for an attention which is not given to the honey-suckle. No, that would not prove him to be very honest; but they say, “He would not even take a pin that did not belong to him.” That is the world’s own description of honesty, and surely when it comes to obedience to God it ought to be the same. “I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Not in some things, but in all things we are to be observant of the divine will. I like to think of the old Scotchwoman, who not only blessed God for the porridge as she ate it, but thanked God that she had a covenant-right to the porridge. As soon as it was known that Jericho had been taken, that Ai had been carried by assault, then we read of first one confederation of kings, and then of another, their object being to destroy the power of Joshna, since these kings well knew that he would crush them if they did not crush him. On the other hand, we will not slavishly prostrate ourselves before any man, however gifted he may be. This rule, too, for I might continue to apply it in scores of ways, will also hold good with you in your daily life in the matter of your general cheerfulness or otherwise. Their argument, again, was one of grumbling. Let us do more. Daily mercies belong to the Lord’s household by covenant-right; and that same covenant-right which will admit us into heaven above also gives us bread and water here below. "A little girl when reproved by her mother for some fault, and told that she should teach her little brothers to do right, replied, 'How can I do right when there is no right in me?' Now, from that instance, and there are hundreds of such which are always told with approbation, we learn that obedience to superior commands, carried out at all hazards, is one of the highest proofs of courage that a man can possibly give; to this the world itself gives its assent. And bind the gospel to my heart.”, So in the matter of faith itself, let us keep the middle place. Joshua 1 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references (1-6) The Lord encourages joshua-Joshua encourages the people. I have been feeble, and I fear I may be so still; but the Lord has not ceased to work by you who are with me. Slavery in Egypt and the bare survival of nomadic life are bygone experi… 4. Others we have to complain of, who do not work enough at their callings. God has not blessed us, and then paused; but he has blessed us “hitherto.” One silver thread of blessing extends from the cradle to the grave. Get the best Study Bible free! Joshua 9:1-27. We have plenty of doctrine, plenty of thinking, plenty of talking, but oh, for more holy acting! There is sure to be a right hand, there is sure to be a left hand, and both are probably wrong. If any enquire, “What has God been to you?” answer, “He hath blessed me hitherto.” The devil whispers, “If thou be the son of God;” and he then insinuates, “God deals very hardly with you. Now after the death of Joshua. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as t… and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. 2. Is it lying by? What is that for? III. Do I love the Lord or no? It discourages reliance upon ceremonies or any other outward religiousness, by assuring men that these cannot suffice. (Copyright AGES Software. "Yes, I am aware of that;' said the other, "but what about my back?" God and you must be made friends through the Mediator, or else you cannot be the servant of God. Thou who boastest of thyself, of thy courage in sinning, thou yieldest to the foe; thou art a cringing cur; thou turnest tail upon the enemy; thou courtest the friendship of the world; thou hast not courage enough to dare to do the right and the true; thou hast past under the yoke of Satan and thine own passions, and to conceal thine own cowardice, thou art base enough to call the brave Christian man a coward. 2:9; Jude 24:25). He was in the beginning with God. The Lord appoints Joshua to succeed Moses. "It is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Rom. Dear souls! Only a perfect righteousness can make you accepted of a holy and jealous God; and none but Jesus can give you a complete justification. John Trapp Complete Commentary. 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