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               Joshua Ch. 24.

 

          Theme: The Mighty Works of The Lord. 12:31.

 

Presented Themselves before God. 24:1.

¶ Joshua here is Paul in Romans chapter 12:1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Joshua goes over Israel's history, going as far back as Abraham's father! The mercies of God are presented to Israel and a beseeching of the people just as Paul, to not be conformed to this world but to be transformed. In Romans 12:1 the body is the object to be presented - "the body of this death" [[Romans 7:24.] and then all potential death to the will of God is reigned in.

 

Served Other Gods. 24:2.

¶ The Lord through Joshua reminds Israel of the vanity of their origins and the "mercies" of God that He "took" Abraham from serving other gods and led him by promise into the land that they are now enjoying! How wonderful is the Lord's mercies upon us, that He "took" us from our mindless life of vanity, sin and sorrow and has brought us like Israel into the enjoyment of such blessings of peace and assurance! "O that men would Praise the Lord for His goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men. [Psalm 107:15.]

 

  Took - Gave - Sent - Brought. 24:3-6.

¶ Behind the scenes The Lord has tracked us at every point and even before we were born! [Eph.1:4.] In truth the Lord reminds Israel that they would not exist if it wasn't for Him; even as he said I "GAVE HIM ISAAC" [Vs.3.] Isaac came from resurrection Life - direct from the Lord: Abraham didn't have a Life and wasn't positioned for Life. He would only have had half a life if it wasn't for the Lord and maybe he might not have had that because Sarah was barren and fullness of life (in the natural) with this wife whom he loved was impossible. *Our very existance in all the circumstances of goodness is because of the wonderous Grace of God; how much we can exclaim with the apostle Paul the words of Romans 11:33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
How great has the Lord been toward us!

 

Cried Unto The Lord. 24:7.

¶ There were many "cries"  unto the Lord in Israel's travels. There will be many occasions also for us through the perils of this life to cry unto the Lord, and as He wonderfully delivered Israel so is His loving care for us in every trouble. David said "I cried unto the Lord...and he heard my voice.... in His ears [Psalm 18:6.] The Lord loves us to call unto Him with the promise that he is so inclined toward us that He will  be "IN ALL THINGS THAT WE CALL UPON HIM FOR" [Deut. 4:7.] Now that is a great Goodness!

 

Long Season in the Wilderness. 24:7.

¶ There can be long times it seems that the Lord leaves us as it were in a "wilderness" with many things uncertain but what lessons and changes are accomplished in us: Precious lessons like  "To humble thee" etc. [Deut 8:2.]

 

"Blessed You Still" 24:9-10.

¶ O How great is this truth that Balaam pronounced - "He has blessed and I cannot reverse it" [Num. 23:20.] Nothing can reverse the Blessing of the Lord in Christ because He is the One who "Is OVER ALL God Blessed Forever"! [Romans 9:5.] In Jesus there is RICH blessing  for you still!

 

"Not Thy Sword or Bow" 25:11-12.

¶ The Lord reminds Israel that ALL of the great goodness has been accomplished through His fight, not theirs. How many times the Lord says "I will fight for you" [Deut. 1:30.] We can "boldly say The Lord is my helper" [Heb. 13:6.]

 

"Not your Labour" 24:13.

¶ Israel received Lands, houses and Vineyards not by their working. Paul reminds us "Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law or the hearing of Faith". Faith is the only vehicle to travel in; it (faith) is never off the road that leads to the blessed purposes of God. [Proverbs 3:5-6.]

 

Finish Old Gods - Serve in Sincerity. 24:14.

¶ The exhortation now is to be done with the old gods and serve the Lord in sincerity. The areas of these gods are mentioned - "before the flood " and "in Egypt". Before the flood was in redemption and in Egypt was before redemption: We need to be done with the old gods before being saved and also the refashioned gods after we were saved! Sincerity is crucial; Paul wrote "Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity" [Eph. 6:24.] Lack of sincerity will mean lack of Grace and that is an absolute disaster NO! NO! *David whom the Lord declares is a "man after God's own heart" [Acts 13:22.] is a good example of Grace that meets "sincerity" however deep the need.*

 

Serve as a Bond slave. 24:15.

¶ Paul declared with joy, to be a willing "bond servant and slave" of the Lord. [Romans 1:1. Eph. 4:1.] Joshua sounded out the same love - "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord". You could say that Joshua was "all out for Jesus". Well wouldn't you be if at a very crucial time you met one standing by your side with a sword drawn in his hand saying "you are ok, I am on your side but take the shoes off your feet because such ground your standing on,  and will continue in, is Holy ground where I can work; walk before me and keep your feet in a straight path" [Own words]

 

Danger of Consuming Hurt. 24:20.

¶ With  the redeemed, the Lord is compelled to retract what is necessary to deal with us according to our errors. The total existence of the Children of Israel was by the Miracle of God's grace and power and if they depart from the Lord then naturally they forfeit existence from Him in His land and the resulting goodness, and that would mean a lot of hurt! Lets be warned that there is real danger in the careless handling of what we have "heard" or "received" [Mark 4:24. Luke 12:47-48.] Hot or Cold is much preferred than being mixed up in God's Vomit!

 

"God Forbid.... He is Our God" 24:15-17.

¶ After Joshua's warning and impassioned declaration, Israel responds with a list of the great benefits of The Lord and a "God forbid" that they should forsake such goodness. The Echo of this is found in Paul's words - "Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid" Romans 6:1-2.] We can fall asleep  about the verity of God's grace that has brought so much good. Paul had to say to a Church so richly informed of the deep things of God, "awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light". [Eph. 5:14.] "Be Thankful unto HIM" [Ps. 100:4.]

 

Knowing The Lord Working. 24:31.

¶ Under this Joshua (Jehovah saved man) there has been a thrilling unfolding of the "wonderful works of God". [Acts 2:11] Joshua is a type of Christ "The Captain of our salvation" [Hebrews 2:10.] And as we abide in Christ we also shall experience the "wonderful works of God". At the end of the glorious chapter on Resurrection Paul says that we can ABOUND in the Work of the Lord by Resurrection Power! [1 Cor. 15:58.] Praise The Lord!

 Jesus Is Reaching For You.God Bless.

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 Below are most of the Bible texts referred to in the narrative above.

 

Romans 12:1

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 7:24

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Psalms 107:15

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Ephesians 1:4

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Psalms 18:6

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Deuteronomy 4:7

For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
Deuteronomy 8:2

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what wasin thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Numbers 23:20

Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
Romans 9:5

Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Deuteronomy 1:30

The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;
Hebrews 13:6

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Titus 3:8

This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Psalms 19:9

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
2 Corinthians 5:11

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
Ephesians 6:24

Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Romans 1:1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Ephesians 4:1

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

Mark Mark 4:24

And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
Luke 12:47-48

47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Romans 6:1-2

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Ephesians 5:14

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Psalms 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Acts 2:11

Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
Hebrews 2:10

For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.