sermon: We Will Serve the Lord!
Joshua, the Son of Nun
Martin G. Collins
Given 14-Jul-12; Sermon #1111; 80 minutes
Martin Collins, speculating as to why Joshua was left out of the honor roll of the faithful in Hebrews 11, suggests that possibly Joshua's deeds far eclipsed Joshua the human being. It is clear that all of Joshua's remarkable deeds were actually a demonstration of God's mighty power. Joshua was the faithful assistant of Moses, qualifying to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. At one point, Moses seemed to reprimand Joshua for his apparent jealousy that he was not allowed to prophesy. The name Joshua means "God will save" or "God will help." Joshua and Caleb were the only spies who told the truth and remained faithful to God. Joshua was anointed and granted God's Holy Spirit, capable of leading God's people. Joshua, whose name has the same etymology as Jesus Christ, has been designated as a type of Christ, leading his people into the Promised Land as Christ leads us into the Kingdom of God. The farewell blessings of Moses, Joseph and Paul indicate the special nature of Joshua's leadership. Joshua similarly charged those who would continue the leadership of God's people, admonishing them to remain courageous, loving God and His Law ardently, serving Him with all their heart and soul. Joshua, after reminding the people how God had intervened for them, warned the new leaders not to assimilate into pagan culture, but instead to choose to follow God and His Holy Law, reminding them that obedience brings blessing; disobedience bring curses.
Aaron Acts 20:25 Apostle Paul Deuteronomy Eldad and Medad Exodus 17:9-10; 24:12 ; 32:17-24; 33:11 Genesis 50: 24-25 Gift of prophecy Golden calf Hebrews 11:1-3 Intermarriage Jabel Musa Joshua as spy Joshua 1: 1-7; 10:11-14; 22:5; 23:1-13; 24:9-31 Joshua's deeds Joshua's farewell speech Joshua's long day Loving God Nehemiah 8:17-18 Numbers 11:28; 13:30-31; 24:14-15; 27:18-20 Obeying God II Corinthians 6:14-15 Snares and traps Tabernacle
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