Be Strong And Very Careful (Joshua 23)


  1. The book of Joshua is usually classified as a history book but it’s really more than just that
    1. All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for knowing more about Christ and the gospel
    2. This book runs parallel with Revelation in that it shows how God keeps his promise
    3. The Israelites conquered everyone who opposed them and were eventually able to divide the land and settle in it
  2. A lot happens between chapters 22-23 but none of it is included here
    1. Instead, we fast forward to the end of Joshua’s life and read his farewell address to the nation
    2. It was important to him, just as it was to Moses, that Israel remember the covenant
      1. He knew they would live in peace and prosperity if they honored their end of the contract
      2. But he also knew they would be miserable if they failed


So, here in chapters 23 and 24, we read some of his final words to help keep Israel on the right path…Read More »

Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22)


  1. We’re about to finish our study through Revelation, and this last section needs to be taken as a whole
    1. Verses 6-20 are full of phrases like:
      1. These words are trustworthy and true
      2. keep the words of this book
      3. the time is near
      4. I am coming soon
      5. Surely I am coming soon
      6. I have sent my angel to testify
      7. And he closes with a strong warning against adding to or taking from what’s been said
    2. Overall, it’s an attempt to assure believers that every promise will indeed come to pass
  2. And, you can understand how some folks might need that assurance while living in such a broken world
    1. Instead of all things being made new, everything seems to be getting worse
    2. Death and suffering haven’t slowed down, and it seems impossible that Eden will ever be restored…
    3. And it’s like John can already hear someone asking, “Did God really promise all this? What if it’s just man-made doctrine?”
  3. So he closes with a strong emphasis on the fact that these are God’s words and not just hearsay
    1. These aren’t rumors and there’s no confusion
    2. What’s been said is as reliable as any promise ever made to Abraham


When we last read, John was speaking with an angel in chapter 22…Read More »

An Altar Called Witness (Joshua 22)


  1. We just finished a big chunk of Joshua which showed how the land was conquered and divided
    1. You’ll remember that some of the tribes settled the land east of the Jordan, but they crossed over to help their brothers
  2. The main point of this whole section was that God kept his promise even though Israel didn’t deserve it
    1. He brought them into the good land that he’d shown Abraham…
    2. He defeated their enemies and gave them the spoils…
  3. And we talked about how that’s relevant to us since he’s made similar promises in the New Covenant
    1. He says he’ll destroy our enemies and prepare a place for us
    2. And he does it all out of grace and not because it’s something we deserve
    3. And we believe he’ll do it because he was so faithful to Israel
  4. Now let’s go to Joshua 22 to find more on that promise
    1. Most of the fighting is over…
    2. And Joshua sent the eastern tribes back across the river to settle their lands…


[10] And when they came to the region of the Jordan that is in the land of Canaan, the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by the Jordan, an altar of imposing size.Read More »

Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord (Job 1)


  1. I’d like to take a quick break from Revelation and change the subject for a week
  2. The topic is of loss, but the goal is the same as always
    1. We’re here to worship and glorify Christ
    2. We’re here to glory in his name and in his gospel
  3. This gospel affects every part of who we are and how we respond to tragedy and suffering
    1. And this isn’t some distant truth about people who lived a long time ago in a land far away
    2. It’s something meaningful and practical for us right now and right here
    3. I’m talking about the fruit of the Spirit in all it’s joy and peace
    4. I’m talking about the peace that passes understanding because it comes from the God of all comfort
  4. Maybe one of the best examples comes from the Old Testament through the story of Job


If you will, open your Bibles and join me in reading from the first chapter…Read More »

No More Curse (Revelation 22)


  1. Before we get into our text in Revelation I’d like to revisit the story of man’s fall in Genesis:
    1. Let’s start in chapter two: [8] And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. [9] And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. [10] A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. […] [15] The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. [16] And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, [17] but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
    2. Now skip to chapter three: [1] Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” [2] And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, [3] but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” [4] But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. [5] For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” [6] So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. [7] Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. [8] And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. [9] But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” [10] And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” [11] He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” [12] The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” […] [17] And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; [18] thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. [19] By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
      1. This story explains how sin and death entered the world and why we’re separated from God
      2. It gives us the context for understanding the good news, which is the gospel
        1. Adam had everything he needed to live a full and happy life
        2. His existence was pain-free and he was near to God
        3. He didn’t seem to think anything was unusual when God walked through the garden to meet with him
        4. But then he disobeyed, and the wages of sin is death, so everything fell apart from there
        5. From that point on all men needed forgiveness and to be reconciled to God
        6. Of course, no man has ever been able to achieve it, so God had to do it himself
        7. He did it through the blood of his Son and through a promise
  2. John’s purpose in writing Revelation is to show how that promise is kept
    1. He does that through a series of symbolic images
    2. God’s Son is shown to be a Lamb that was offered up in our place
    3. He is a husband who is eager to wed his bride
    4. But he’s also an angry King who judges his enemies and throws them into the lake of fire
  3. The promise is kept when the old things are destroyed and everything is made new
    1. That’s why we’re talking about the new Jerusalem
      1. It’s an enormous city made for God’s glory
      2. It’s designed to reflect God’s glory and show his presence
      3. There are no wicked people there and no sin
    2. This new place is a place of righteousness where everything lost is restored


That’s the main topic of chapter 22 and what we’ll study today…Read More »

Not One Promise Failed (Joshua 12-21)


  1. Tonight we’ll resume our study of the book of Joshua
    1. You’ll remember that God wanted to judge the Canaanites for their extreme wickedness, so he led Israel in conquering them
    2. They were to be driven out completely because Israel was to be a holy place where God would dwell with his people
  2. Chapters 12-21 go into a lot of detail to show who all was defeated and how the land was divided
    1. It can be pretty tedious, and we might think there’s nothing here that’s worth reading
    2. But I want to draw your attention to what it must have been like to live through that time and to watch everything unfold
      1. These nationless people had endured all kinds of trials
      2. They had been utterly dependant on God all their lives as they wandered around in the wilderness
      3. They knew they were headed for the promised land, but they really didn’t know when they would get there
        1. In fact, the promise they believed was somewhere around 500 years old (Gen. 12:7)
      4. But then they crossed the Jordan and engaged in their first battle and won
        1. Then they won another and another
        2. The momentum was finally in their favor and they couldn’t be stopped
      5. They could see that all of God’s promises were coming true!
  3. When we see it that way, it’s not hard to see how it’s still relevant to us
    1. God has made similar promises in the New Covenant
      1. He says he will destroy our enemies and prepare a place for us
      2. He says this place is a place of peace and security
      3. He says he’ll take us there by his grace and his own power regardless of what we actually deserve
    2. We believe it by faith, but it’s not a baseless faith
      1. The Old Testament is a blueprint of the New Testament
      2. Israel’s history is a record and testimony of God’s faithfulness

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The New Heaven And Earth Pt. 2 (Revelation 21)


  1. God’s enemies have all been overcome and thrown into the lake of fire
    1. As we study more of the new Jerusalem today, I want you to keep Babylon in mind
    2. Whereas Babylon was portrayed as a prostitute who led the world astray, Jerusalem is Christ’s pure and righteous Bride
  2. The main idea of chapter 21 is that the old is gone and the new has come
    1. The new heaven and earth match everything else God has made new
    2. The new Jerusalem is the place where God will actually dwell with his people
    3. The curse is totally removed, and there is no more death or suffering
  3. Today we’ll continue that theme in the rest of the chapter


In case there’s any doubt about all that’s been promised…Read More »