Month: January 2017

Judges 3:1-6: Enemies In The Land

“So then, the Lord left some nations in the land to test the Israelites who had not been through the wars in Canaan. He did this only in order to teach each generation of Israelites about war, especially those who had never been in battle before. Those left in the land were the five Philistine cities, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in the Lebanon Mountains from Mount ...[Read More]

Judges 1:1-2:19

1.  Succession plan. Moses was the liberator. Joshua was the military leader for conquering the land. There was never any intention to have a leader after that. Everything was to be organized by tribes and local government. No President. No King. No standing national armies. It would be like our having States but no national government. There would be no United States – just States. Some tribes do ...[Read More]

Joshua 23-24

1. Context Joshua is old and well advanced in years. “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth.” I’ve been reading farewell speeches this week. Presidents Washington, Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Obama. I’ve re-read General MacArthur’s address to the cadets at West Point and, of course, it is the standard for any other speeches. For a few they are very personal and a last time to defend thei ...[Read More]

Joshua 13-22

1.  We are going to look at three legacies and inheritances this morning. The legacy of Joshua, of Caleb and the Levites. They are all different but they tie together in an interesting way. For Joshua, it is the completion of a lifelong assignment. For Caleb, it is the realization of a dream deferred. For the Levites, it is a surprising twist of being excluded. 2.  It begins with Joshua. Remember ...[Read More]

Joshua 6: The Sin of Achan, Ananias and Sapphira

1.  The beginning of any venture requires an almost absolute purity. It could be a nation, an organization, a business, a ministry like a church plant or a new movement. There is nothing more important than everyone being on the same page and agreed about the basics. There is room for mistakes and room for errors. There is even room for some kinds of sins. We see that when we read that the prostit ...[Read More]