The Fall Of Jericho (Joshua 6)

 

  1. Israel is ready to go into the Promised Land
  2. They sent two spies and prepared for battle
    1. The preparations included circumcision and Passover
    2. Which are both reminders of the Covenant
  3. Then they crossed over Jordan and met the Lord’s commander
  4. So now they’re ready, and you’ve heard this story many times before
    1. Maybe an interesting story
    2. Sort of a coloring book perspective of it
    3. But it’s so much more
      1. Speaks of Christ
      2. Preaches gospel

 

Look for those as the conquest begins…

Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

  1. The gates were shut tightly
    1. Trying to save themselves
  2. But they know God has given them the land
    1. It’s an act of defiance
    2. Dependence on their walls
    3. Not coincidence that the battle is won when the walls fall from supernatural forces

 

So it’s not a problem for the promise…Read More »

Bless The Lord (Psalm 103)

 

  1. Break from Revelation
    1. Felt need to be reminded of sufficiency
    2. Worship in Psalm

 

Bless the Lord for His Benefits To Us :1-7

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

  1. To bless the Lord means to praise or adore Him.
    1. Bless his holy name
      1. As one separate from all creation
    2. This is done through extolling him and his works
      1. Like a sunset: “Look at that”
  2. Oh my soul
    1. Let all that I am praise the Lord” (NLT)
    2. Praise him “with my whole heart” (NLT)
    3. “Let it come from the deepest parts of my heart”
    4. Genuine and personal
  3. Remember all his benefits
    1. Not like Israel
    2. Job = accept good and bad

 

There are so many reasons for us to bless Him…Read More »

The Woman, The Dragon, And The Lamb Pt. 3 (Revelation 14)

 

  1. We’re finally to the last part of this story of the Woman, the Dragon, and the Lamb.
    1. The dragon attacked the woman as she was about to give birth, but she and the baby were rescued.
      1. Of course, you’ll remember that the baby is the Messiah…
      2. …And he was taken up to God’s throne after his resurrection.
    2. After the Dragon failed to kill the woman and her baby, he went to fight the woman’s other children…
    3. …And he did that through a beast from the sea and another from the earth.
      1. These two deceived the whole world and caused them to worship the first beast…
      2. …And they caused a lot of suffering for Christians.
      3. Everyone who failed to submit to the beast was persecuted and killed.
  2. But God calls for patience and faith.
    1. Despite the miracles and power, the beasts are only men.
      1. That’s why their number is the number of a man.
    2. God will save his people just as he saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

 

So the stage is set for the Lamb to fight and win against the Dragon and the beasts…Read More »

The Lord Saves (Joshua 1-3)

NOTE: Sorry. No audio is available for this sermon.

 

  1. We’ve finished the Pentateuch
    1. Israelite history from Adam to Moses
    2. Exodus from Egypt
    3. Giving of the Law and tabernacle
    4. Israelite failures and rebellion
    5. Failure to enter the Promised Land
    6. Desert wanderings
    7. Moses’ farewell speech and death
  2. Now Joshua is ready to lead the people
    1. I don’t think we’re going to skip big chunks like Leviticus and Deuteronomy
    2. But we probably won’t go verse-by-verse like Revelation either
    3. Tonight we’ll cover the first five chapters
  3. It’s important to remember that this book is the same as every other book
    1. It’s about Christ and the gospel
    2. Israel doesn’t get to enter because they finally got it together
    3. This is still all about God
  4. Specifically, it’s all about his promise to Abraham to give him land and seed
    1. The seed is plentiful
    2. Now it’s time to give him the land
  5. Of course, all of this foreshadows what Christ does for us in the New Covenant
    1. Joshua’s name means “the Lord saves”
      1. Changed from Hoshea to Joshua by Moses (Num. 13:16)
      2. “Hoshea” just means “he has saved” and Moses made it clear that Yahweh was the one who saves
    2. “Jesus” is an English name which comes from the Latin form of a Greek name, but the Hebrew name is the same: “Yeshua”
    3. Jesus is our Savior the same way Joshua was a savior for Israel
      1. So, keep that in mind as we read
      2. See Christ when Joshua leads Israel into the Promised Land

 

The first five chapters show how God prepared them…Read More »

The Woman, The Dragon, And The Lamb Pt. 2 (Revelation 13)

 

  1. We’re back in our study of Revelation
    1. I want to remind you that it’s all about Christ and his glory
    2. That glory is the gospel and a source of blessing for the saints
    3. This passage, in particular, has been used to spark fear
    4. But don’t forget that it’s only a part of the whole story in chapters 12-14
  2. This is the story of the Woman, the Dragon, and the Lamb
    1. The dragon attacked the woman just as she was about to give birth
    2. But she and her child were both rescued
    3. When the dragon realized he was powerless, he went to fight her other seed

 

Chapter 13 shows us how he did that…

  1. There are two main characters in this section
    1. One is a beast from the sea
    2. The other is a beast from the earth
    3. Together, with the dragon, they form an alliance that’s often compared to the triune Godhead
  2. Their goal is to destroy God’s people
    1. This is something that God knows beforehand and shows it to John
    2. He’s not powerless to stop them
    3. But this is part of the story behind the song of salvation: “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God.” (Rev. 19:1)

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The Song Of Moses (Deuteronomy 32)

 

  1. The history of Israel is a series of cycles
    1. They’re up, then they’re down
    2. They’re obedient, then they’re disobedient
    3. They’re wholly committed to the Lord, then they prostitute themselves with false gods
  2. Deuteronomy means “second law” but it also chronicles many of these cycles
    1. It’s really not about new laws or even rehashing the old ones
    2. Instead, it’s more of a record and a witness against the people
      1. It’s written as a sort of farewell address just before the death of Moses
      2. He constantly reminds them of God’s faithfulness and their unfaithfulness
      3. It’s story after story of their failures and how God didn’t abandon them
    3. Here at the end of the book, Moses was commanded to write a song and teach it to Israel: “Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.” (Deut. 31:19)
      1. This song is a witness against Israel, and God wants them to know and remember it.
      2. Their future will look an awful lot like their past
      3. There would never be a time when they could be accepted by their works, and they would always need grace
  3. Now, you can see how this is still a relevant message:
    1. It’s useful in preaching the gospel because we see God’s compassion and patience
    2. It’s useful for “backslidden” believers because it reminds them of God’s faithfulness
    3. It’s useful for believers in general because it leads us to worship

 

So, let’s start chapter 32…Read More »

The Woman, The Dragon, And The Lamb Pt. 1 (Revelation 12)

 

  1. Revelation gets its name from the first verse: “The revelation of Jesus Christ.”
    1. All these visions are going in that direction
      1. Revealed as the one among the churches
      2. As the slain Lamb
      3. As the commander of the four horsemen
      4. As the commander of the angels with their trumpets
      5. The one who will have victory over the whole world and redeem his people
    2. Now we come to chapter 12, and it’s important to keep that Revelation in mind
      1. This is a particularly difficult passage
        1. But it’s about Christ and the gospel
        2. And it’s a blessing for believers
  2. I think it’s necessary to take chapters 13-14 with it
    1. Several characters, but three main: woman, dragon, Lamb
    2. As we read: note what each does or wants to do

 

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

  1. First character is a woman
    1. Great wonder
      1. “Something of great significance” (NLT)
      2. “A great sign appeared” (several translations)
      3. Definitely symbolic and meaningful
    2. Clothed with sun, moon under feet, crown with 12 stars
      1. Hard to say exactly who/what she represents
      2. Maybe church, maybe Israel
      3. Definitely God’s people
  2. Cried out in labor pain

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