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The Lord required of all the Jews (the men) a certain physical operation called “circumcision.” It was a “sign” that those dear people belonged to God, were of the seed of Abraham, were in “covenant” with the Almighty. See Genesis 17:10 for proof. But for all the years of wandering, apparently not a single child […]
I think it might be called “the Fear of the Lord.” When in the case of today’s Bible Text it is perhaps “the fear of the people of the Lord” as well! A “cause and effect” sequence: “And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan […]
The last paragraph of Joshua 4 is our “Text” today … “19And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. 20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. 21 And […]
This fourth chapter of Joshua is about 12 stones! Actually 24 stones! Count them: “And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried […]
“Twelve stones,” essentially the theme of Joshua chapter 4. Twelve stones taken from the “bed” of the temporarily dry Jordan River! “And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, […]
All I am saying by the title given today’s Lesson is that many similarities exist between the miracle of Israel marching across the Red Sea … and the miracle of Israel (a generation later) crossing the River Jordan. In both cases the miracle was associated with water! (Think of the times Jesus interacted with water. He […]
I merely mentioned in our last Lesson that both the Crossing of the Red Sea (under Moses’ leadership) and the subsequent crossing of the Jordan River (under Joshua’s leadership) were accompanied by beautiful Psalms, songs of praise in honor of God’s manifested Power! No one doubts (or forgets) the great Psalm composed as Israel came up […]
What an important even, crossing the Jordan River. One can’t help but think of another “crossing” God accomplished for Israel. When she left Egypt, a generation earlier! Crossing the Red Sea, namely. Today I’d like to show you some DIFFERENCES between those two miracles. The “Red Sea” event and the “Jordan” event. Stay with me, […]
Here’s the standard procedure for Israel when they marched, under the leadership of Joshua anyway. “Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over BEFORE the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went BEFORE the people.” Joshua 3:6a Did the Priests obey this injunction? “And they took up the ark of […]
That’s what they say about an acorn, for example! The whole oak tree is encased therein, that single little “seed” has the real “potential” (the “certainty” in most cases) of becoming a majestic giant (the fully grown oak) thriving in the forest! And this is what I meant in today’s Lesson title, the “whole” enclosed in the “part.” Out Text […]
I am thankful I do not have to answer to an “editor” here on the Website! If I feel led of the Lord to “linger” in a chapter, I have liberty to do so! And that’s certainly been the case in Joshua chapter 3. And the “meandering” continues another day! Watch with me verses 7 […]
Here’s the promise: “And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan. And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. And […]
This Lesson is a continuation of yesterday’s thought. The schedule Friday was jam-packed, hardly an hour to spare. But the Lord granted safety in all the miles traveled! “And the LORD said unto Joshua, THIS DAY WILL I BEGIN TO MAGNIFY THEE in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I […]
It is 4:30 am here in my motel room. And I am putting the “finishing touches” on the first little job of the day … packing to fly home this morning. From the Revival Meeting here in Manhattan, Kansas. At the Harvest Baptist Church, where the Lord has allowed me to preach verse by verse […]
Just one verse this morning, Joshua 3:5, where God’s people were commanded: “And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” And of course, we now know that among those “wonders” was the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River, by a whole nation, into the Promised […]
Joshua 3:1-3 reads, in part: “And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. And it came to pass AFTER THREE DAYS, that the officers went through the host; and they commanded the people, […]
Today … one more lesson about Rahab, at least exclusively about her. (I may fairly soon write an article for the Website about the chronology of the Book of Joshua, a conundrum at times. If so, Joshua chapter 2 will of necessity be discussed, the Rahab event, its “timing.”) Now … read Rahab’s statement to […]
The very first verse of Joshua chapter 3 reads: “And Joshua rose early in the morning … and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.” Joshua’s rising “early in the morning” latently suggests his leadership abilities. Eagerness, thoroughness, as well. […]
It looks to me like the Harlot Rahab, in Joshua chapter 2, is actually the “model” character to follow, even more than the two spies dispatched to “go view the land.” Instead of a brave recon mission … the two spies … in reality find themselves “hiding” in a woman’s house! Humiliating, to a Jew […]
Rahab is portrayed in such a “good light” in Joshua that commentators for years have tried to make her (her occupation) anything but a “prostitute,” a common “harlot.” A merchant, maybe? An innkeeper? A matriarch? Anything but a prostitute! In coming lessons I want to show you more about how the Holy Spirit pictures Rahab. […]
There will be more than one lesson on Rahab. Today’s is preliminary. But first, this thought. One of the biggest criticisms of the Book of Joshua is the “killing” that occurs in its pages. “Genocide,” it has been called for decades. But now a new word has taken over, “racism!” Those “Jews” expelling those “Canaanites” […]
Finally, the time had come! What initially could have been an “eleven day” journey … from Egypt to Canaan … became (due to the unbelief of Israel) a multi-year trek! See Deuteronomy 1:2 … “There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.” But Joshua 1:10-11 informs us: “Then […]
It’s ironic in a way, my favorite verse in the whole Book of Joshua is right here in its first chapter! In the introduction, nonetheless! Let me show you what I mean. (By the way, sometimes my favorite “passage” changes as I proceed through a Book! Joshua’s last chapter has a “golden jewel” too!) “1Now after […]
The Lord willing, we shall study the Book of Joshua next. (After having looked, in some detail, at both Deuteronomy and Ezekiel! Those lessons all being archived here for you, on the website.) I want to survey the Book, chapter by chapter, Joshua. Then study the “Types of Christ” housed therein, in Joshua’s 24 chapters. […]
Last night’s parking, part of it … New Hope Baptist Church I’m writing this from a motel room in Roanoke, Virginia. I could not get an early morning flight home. But that afternoon flight is sounding pretty good right now! Debbie is packing, even as I write … so we can leave for next week’s Revival! […]

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