Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.. Ver. In speaking upon the obedience which was enjoined upon Joshua. Joshua’s Obedience “Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the Law which Moses, My servant commanded you: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper where ever you go.” Joshua 1:7. God's word knows us better than we know ourselves. It is one of the climactic events in all of biblical history. Did you say, “Now, do not project anything?” I do not know that I shall, but at the same time, I am not sure that I shall not. 6d. In the way of duty, let us proceed as far as we can, and depend on the Lord. Joshua 17:14 I’d call them vanity and lies, One good brother, whose shoe-latchet I am not worthy to unloose, said, on one occasion, that when he went up the Rhine, he never looked at the rocks, or the old castles, or the flowing river, he was so taken up with other things! David M. Howard’s introduction to the historical books of the Old Testament is an outstanding work. The promises given him by God were broadly comprehensive and exceedingly encouraging. Let us not seek to alter our destiny, but let us try to make the best of our circumstances. In like manner, the "cannot" of the impenitent sinner, in regard to the performance of his duty, is equally inexcusable. Get into the state of that poor man who was so greatly blessed to pious Tauler. 2011. There is not only an election from the world, but an election out of the elect. “No,” replies the man, “if you were the little corporal in grey himself you should not go by,” by which, of course, he meant the emperor. The Book of Joshua Commentary by ROBERT JAMIESON CHAPTER 1 (See "Introduction to the Pentateuch and Historical Books") Jos 1:1-18.THE LORD APPOINTS JOSHUA TO SUCCEED MOSES. The word which bade him be strong was an assurance at the same time that if he would, he might be strong according to his day. This was naturally so. Out on thee, for adding lying to thine other vices! Their argument, again, was one of grumbling. - Charles Spurgeon was the most extraordinary preacher of his day. Joshua 1:8 Commentary. (14-17) Commentary on Joshua 3:1-6 (Read Joshua 3:1-6) The Israelites came to Jordan in faith, having been told that they should pass it. Joshua led them. If you follow Christ, you shall have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels. It should not be so. He has given you more than you know of, more than you have asked for, more than you can estimate. Why, to fasten something else behind, and so to lengthen the train. Joshua 1 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references Well, if we must fight for it, in order to maintain our conscience, we did not expect to come into this world that we might, “Be carried to the skies Surely the proper thing is to believe that, as acts of obedience, they are acceptable to God; and us signs and tokens of great spiritual truths, they are instructive and edifying to the saints, and therefore not to be neglected. Joshua 1 – God’s Commission to Joshua A. One of them was too short, and the master said, “Come, Adam, you take that end, and I will take the other, and we will soon pull it, and stretch it till it is long enough.” But Adam had no hands to do it with, and no ears to hear his master’s dishonest order, and at last he flatly refused, whereupon the master said, “You will never make a tradesman; you are good for nothing here; you had better go home, and take to something else.” Now, that thing may not be done now, for men do not generally cheat in that open downright kind of way nowadays, but they cheat after more roguish fashions. Joshua: Come in, and receive God’s promises! Every foot of the way will be disputed; not an inch will Satan yield to you. Joshua 9:1-27. Joshua 1:1-9 Workmen Die, but God Lives; EXPLORE THE BIBLE. See AGES Software for their full selection of highly recommended resources), And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord. C.H. Calvin's Commentary on the Bible. But he has blessed you, beloved, who are in Christ, with all heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus, according as he hath chosen you in him from before the foundation of the world. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/joshua-1.html. Sermon Bible Commentary. Joshua 1:9. These booksare an excellent choice to enrich your understanding of daily Bible readings. But I have noticed others who have come right straight out, and rent away the cords which entangled them, and they have said, “I will do the right, if I die for it;” and though they have had to suffer (I could mention some cases where they have suffered for years, very much to the sorrow of him who gave them the advice upon which they acted, not because he regretted giving them the advice, but regretted that they had to suffer), yet always there has been a turn somewhere or other, and by-and-by they have had to say, “I thank God after all, notwithstanding all my crosses and losses, that I was led to be faithful to my convictions, for I am a happier man, if not a richer man.” In some cases they have absolutely been richer men, for after all, even in this world, “honesty is the best policy.” It is a very low way of looking at it, but right and righteousness do in the end, in the long run, get the respect and the esteem of men. Get the best Study Bible free! 1:15)? In addition to that continuity, there is a delightful consistency about the Lord’s dealings. Though we read no commination service; though we do not speak to you from Ebal and Gerizim, with the blessing and the curse; yet rest assured that there is before the living God a separation of tho precious from the vile, and each day there is a judgment which, in God’s apprehension, puts some upon the right hand with the “Come, ye blessed,” and others upon the left hand with the “Depart, ye cursed.” This will be finally done in “that day of days for which all other days were made.” At this hour, my hearer, if you are not the blessed of the Lord, you are resting under the dark shadow of a curse from which I pray God you may at once escape. … Which Moses commanded you — His charge to you, and your promise to him. They have deep sympathy with the human race. You will find the path of duty there, I think, to be neither to the right hand nor to the left. He was the captain, but there was a great Commander-in-chief who save him his marching orders. Summing up gains and losses, joys and griefs, let us say with Job, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, and blessed be the name of the Lord.”, Say also, with holy confidence, “The Lord hath blessed me hitherto.” Speak as you find. He does raise up pastors after his own heart. Count well the cost, you who have just enlisted under my Lord’s banner: you shall not find it to be child’s play to “follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.” To put on the pilgrim’s dress of white linen, and then carelessly to bespatter it with unholiness, and anon to profess repentance only to fall again, and bemire it in the dirt, and then time after time to wash it, or say you have washed it — this is easy enough. CHAPTER 1. You must continue daily to fight. He has given you not only many things, but all things, in Christ Jesus, and he has declared that “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” The Lord hath, indeed, blessed us hitherto. The law of God is perfect, comprehensive, spiritual, far-reaching: who can hope to fulfill it? They are at a sermon when they ought to be behind the counter, or they are enjoying a prayer-meeting when they ought to be mending their husbands’ stockings. Has he forbidden you to cast your burden on the Lord? Introduction: A survey of the history of Israel from Egypt to Canaan. Some will call us in this direction, and some in that. In a number of ways, the preparation for invasion and the conflict that lay before Joshua and the people begins in this chapter. Continuing victory in Israel. — British Evangelist ", No wasp will make honey; before it will do that it must be transformed into a bee. Joshua was like one of those old knights who slept in their armor. Now after the death of Joshua: In this period of the Judges, Israel lost the critical next link in its godly leadership. Let us say rather, “The Lord has blessed me hitherto, and this is cause for holy wonder and amazement. “You cannot pass,” says he. — Joshua 24:19. It shut itself up, being strongly fortified both by art and nature. “Should all the forms that men devise, 2 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. All the names of the tribes were written on the breastplate, but there was a different color in the jewel allotted to each tribe; and I believe that there is a specialty of grace about every child of God. I confess I do not understand that kind of thing; I have no sympathy with those who look upon this material world us though it were a very wicked place, and as if there were here no trace whatever of the divine hand, and no proofs of the divine wisdom, nor manifestations of the divine care. 796 Every good gift which has come to me has come from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 2:9; Jude 24:25). God has not blessed us, and then paused; but he has blessed us “hitherto.” One silver thread of blessing extends from the cradle to the grave. Here is a merchant, and he boasts, “I have a clerk, who is such a good accountant that you would not find a mistake of a single penny in six months’ reckoning.” It would not have meant much if he had said, “You would not find a mistake of ten thousand pounds in six months’ reckoning.” And yet if a man stands to little things, and is minute and particular, worldlings charge him with being tee stringent, too strict, too straitlaced, and I know not what besides; while all the time, according to their own showing, the essence of honesty and of correctness is exactness in little things. He is no soldier who cannot die for his country; he is no Christian who cannot lose life itself for Christ. He is charged to meditate therein day and night, that he might understand it. You must not dream of sitting down upon, — “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” The voice from the throne saith “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.” Though the sea roll before you, forward! Those who have been with me from our earliest days, when we were a mere handful of people, may well rejoice that the Lord taught us to pray, and to trust, when we were so few and feeble, and then he visited us with favor, and greatly multiplied us; and since then he has continued to bless us without pause or stint. We offer the Spurgeon Study Bible, the Holy Word with study notes from Charles Spurgeon Sermons. The existence of sin within us entails on us certain consequences which we have no more power to evade than the idiot has power to change his look of idiocy; or the palsied hand has power to free itself from its torpor. With regard, for instance, to our words; the course of speech generally is, on the one hand to say too much, or on the other hand to say too little; to be silent when the wicked are before us, or else to be rash with our lips and betray a good cause through our rashness in defending it. The first volume is "Lectures to my Students: a Selection from Addresses delivered to the Students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle". He who was called to honour, had been long used to business. See context. But gives me neither feet nor hands; After such a tremendous victory at Jericho, Joshua chapter 7 is surprising to say the least. Such is the life of the Christian, a warfare from cud to end. (Copyright AGES Software. Come, let us each one bless the Lord, and say, “If he should treat me hardly in the future, I will still praise him for what he has done hitherto.” I remember saying to myself, when I was in sorrow for sin, that if God would only forgive me my sin, and give me rest from my despair, if I had to live in a dungeon on bread and water, all the rest of my life, I would do nothing else but sing to his praise.” I am afraid that I have not fulfilled that promise; but I confess my wrong in not having done so. Contributed by Dr. Stanley Vasu on Oct … Amorites — These and the Canaanites are mentioned for all the rest, as being the chief of them for number, and power, and courage. Joshua Directed and Encouraged. John Trapp Complete Commentary. It is enough, indeed, to make the world ridicule the church to see how many profess to follow Christ, and then keep any rule rather than God’s rule, and obey anybody sooner than the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a time to speak, and there is a time to be silent, and he that judgeth well will mark his opportunities and take the middle course. The days were not long enough for his battles. We have a deep river of delights in the covenant of grace, yet we are content to paddle about its shores. Suddenly we are presented with a series of failures that stand in striking contrast to the wonderful victories of the past six chapters. Thus the autocrat himself was held in check by order. Now after the death of Joshua: In this period of the Judges, Israel lost the critical next link in its godly leadership. Do we not find men everywhere dissatisfied with their portions? 16:18); where it seems to design such officers that attended on the judges, and executed their orders. 1. We cannot yet see everything clearly, but we are not blind, as once we were. If not, beloved, if we get no outward prosperity here, I trust you and I, if we love Christ, and, are filled with his Spirit, can do without it. Do not say, “I will look on the bright side.” Beloved, the Lord’s ways to us are all bright. Do I love the Lord or no? In Joshua 1:11, just before crossing the Jordan into Canaan, Joshua commands the Israelites, "Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess." He has chastened us sorely; but he has never given us over unto death. Oft it causes anxious thought; It discourages from every other way of self-salvation, and thus shuts men up to faith in the Lord Jesus. Secondly, I learn from the text that The Exactness Of Obedience Is The Essence Of Obedience. Joshua 1:11. What are the prayers, alms, and worshippings of a Christless soul (Isa. On flowery beds of ease.”. You and I ought to believe that —, “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, Let us unite our sincere confessions, and say, each one, “The Lord hath blessed me hitherto; therefore blessed be his name.”. If you mince matters, and hold with the hare and run with the hounds, you may be a Christian and a worldling too, after a sort; but if you would live so as to stand the test of the last tribunal, depend upon it the world will not speak well of you. Adore and wonder! Read the text, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee.” You supposed when you heard the words, “Only be thou strong and very courageous,” that some great exploit was to be performed, and the supposition was correct, for all exploits are comprehended in that one declaration, “That thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee.” The highest exploit of the Christian life is to obey Christ. He who was called to … Commentary on Joshua 1:5-9 (Read Joshua 1:5-9) Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, David M. Howard — Joshua (New American Commentary, 1998). Resources » Commentaries » Joshua » Chapter 6 » exegesis. A sentinel is set to keep a certain position, and at nightfall, as he is pacing to and fro, the emperor himself comes by. We gratefully thank The Spurgeon Archive for the use of their source files and the above image of Spurgeon. I find I have not only sins to take away, but there is myself; what is to be done with that? He should be constantly cheerful, happy, and rejoicing, and yet at the same time he should evince a deep solemnity of spirit which removes far from him everything that is sacrilegiously light and trifling. “I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Now after the death of Moses—Joshua, having been already appointed and designated leader of Israel (Nu 27:18-23), in all probability assumed the reins of government immediately "after the death of Moses." Presented here is a verse by verse exposition of the New Testament. Not in some things, but in all things we are to be observant of the divine will. Now, from that instance, and there are hundreds of such which are always told with approbation, we learn that obedience to superior commands, carried out at all hazards, is one of the highest proofs of courage that a man can possibly give; to this the world itself gives its assent. This you must have to keep you in the way when once you are in it (1 Sam. No devil could praise the Lord as angels do, and no unregenerate man can offer acceptable service as the saints do. - The complete King James Version with Charles Spurgeon’s commentaries. Particular notice is taken of his early rising, as afterwards upon other occasions, which shows how little he sought his own ease. As soon as you are washed in Christ’s blood and clothed in his righteousness, you must begin to hew your way through a lane of enemies, right up to the eternal throne. Amen. 5. Let us joyfully say as a church, “The Lord hath blessed us hitherto.” Strangers will excuse us if we have a little mutual joy in what the Lord has done for us during a considerable period of time. But sweeter sounds the gospel brings, But one would think it should here rather signify officers in the army, as captains, and the like. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. From F.B. Theirs is a fire which burns down the house instead of burning in the grate and warming the household. What then? Did you ever notice how the Bible ends? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. 3. Download this high quality and practical app and do your Bible study comfortable on the coach. They go out preaching in the villages when they had better be earning money to pay their creditors. It could not have been manna because manna could not be stored. We have gone from strength to strength in the Lord’s work. Nothing better can befall them (Gal. Now, the Christian man is in a like plight. Straightway the soldier stops him. Continued aid. He will neither be garrulous with advice that is not required, nor will he be cowardly and dumb when he ought to bear testimony for his Master. He was a 17th and early 18th Century … Some people never smile. Through thick and thin, through fair and foul, through poverty or wealth, through shame or honor, Christian, cling close to your Master, Be you among those virgin-souls, who —, “Withersoe’er the Lamb doth lead, 5:28)? 1. The tribe of Joseph says, “Forasmuch as the Lord hath blessed me hitherto.”. Ah! “Look through nature up to nature’s God.”. It is a poignant moment as they stride across the riverbed of the Jordan, opened for them by the miraculous power of God. College, Orphanage, Colportage, Evangelists, Mission Halls — thirty-four of them, Sunday-schools, and so forth. If they admit the doctrines of grace to be true, they think them valueless, but they generally consider them to be untrue altogether. SermonAudio.com - Joshua 1 Sermons. It is alleged that this will drive men to despair, and our reply is that the kind of despair to which it drives men is most desirable and salutary. Hitherto — hitherto — he has blessed us; and it implies that he always will bless us. By the same rule, arrange your business. Now, I think that many of you may say, “Though I am least of all his saints, yet in some respects the Lord hath specially blessed me hitherto.” I believe that every flower in a garden, which is tended by a wise gardener, could tell of some particular care that the gardener takes of it. We are probably better dead, if we cannot live without doing wrong. 13:23). Now we shall close, and our last remark is, that The Path Of Right Is The Path Of True Prosperity. II. There will be extremes on either side. Introduction: A survey of the history of Israel from Egypt to Canaan. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Ultimate Commentary On Joshua: A Collective Wisdom On The Bible. There has been no “yea” and “nay” with him; no enriching us with spiritual blessings, and then casting us away. When certain brethren raise a stone of Ebenezer, they sit down on it. Have done with it. The major obstacle facing Joshua and the people of Israel was Jericho. Moreover, Joshua had not only difficulties to meet with, but he made a great many enemies through his obedience. Acceptance. — B. W. Newton Did not Paul make the same confession" (Rom. I have known some, and some whom I very greatly respect, talk in this way. Joshua ascended — Having no doubt asked advice of God first, which is implied by the answer God gives him, verse 8.. All the mighty men — That is, an army of the most valiant men picked out from the rest; for it is not probable, either that he would take so many hundred thousands with him, which would have hindered one another, or that he would leave the camp without an army to defend it. On the other hand, we will not slavishly prostrate ourselves before any man, however gifted he may be. “Forasmuch as the Lord hath blessed me hitherto.” — Joshua 17:14. JOSHUA was very highly favoured in the matter of promises. Resources » Commentaries » Joshua » Chapter 6 » exegesis. He who has the friendship of the world will find that he is an enemy to God; but if you are true and faithful to the Most High, men will resent your unflinching fidelity, since it is a testimony against their iniquities. The minister is no priest, but still, God does enable some men by his Spirit to teach others. They see man’s sin and ruin, and they are much charmed with the mercy of God and the invitations of the gospel which are given to sinners, and they become so entranced with these truths in connection with the responsibility of man, and man’s free agency, that they will see nothing else, and declare all other doctrines, except these, to be delusions. He has blessed us by his grace. On the contrary, it frequently happens that for a time men are great losers by their obedience to Christ, But the Scripture always speaks us to the long run; it sums up the whole of life — there it promises true riches. III. All Rights Reserved. What is that for? If thou wouldst prosper, keep close to the word of God, and to thy conscience, and thou shalt have the best prosperity. Whatever affairs of this world we have to mind, we must not neglect the one thing needful. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 1:5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE. (1-4) God promises to assist Joshua. So is it with us who are believers. Joshua 2:1-14 New International Version (NIV) Rahab and the Spies. Some men in business act in such a way that from morning till night they can think of nothing but business. This leaves him with undiminished responsibility; for he ought to be able to serve God, and his inability is his fault (Jer. God himself is quarrelled with. I. NO. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Joshua 1:11. We do not know all that the Lord will yet teach us, but what we do know we would not lose for ten thousand worlds. If any enquire, “What has God been to you?” answer, “He hath blessed me hitherto.” The devil whispers, “If thou be the son of God;” and he then insinuates, “God deals very hardly with you. Joshua 1:10-11 Driving out the Canaanites and Their Iron Chariots. Where did the Israelites obtain these provisions? God forbid! Is there any ordinance of Christ which some of you have never attended to? We have heard men say, “I will be my own master; I shall follow my own will.” To be a free thinker and a free liver seems to be the worldling’s glory, and yet if the world could but have sense enough to convict itself of folly, upon indisputable proof being afforded it, it were not difficult to prove that a reviler of the obedient is a fool. He wished the man a good day. They will not try it. I want to say somewhat to you as a church, dear friends, for the text is a church-text, and the “me” here comprehends all the tribe of Joseph. Any one mercy from God is linked on to all the mercy that went before it; but provision is also made for adding future blessing. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” Christ is the great Peacemaker; but before peace, he brings war. 2. Earthquakes, and falling stars, and the pouring out of vials, follow with terrible speed; but it all ends in everlasting bliss and eternal union. He has frowned upon us, truly; but his love has been the same in the frown as in the smile. The Lord says to each believer, “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine” “Ye are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s,” and therefore “all things are yours.”. One would be contented with what he has if he could keep it always, while another would be more pleased if life could be shortened. It may get cracked and broken. If it be the design of providence to please men, it is a melancholy failure. Here, again, “turn neither to the right hand nor to the left.”. God's omniscience sees each part of our being as an anatomist sees the various portions of the body, and he therefore knows our moral and spiritual nature most thoroughly. But shall we therefore not be zealous? We are not what we hope to be, but we are not what we used to be. 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