“When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10
Every generation of God’s people have the solemn responsibility to effectively pass along God’s truth to the next generation.
When Joshua was given the responsibility to lead the Nation of Israel “something went right”— After the death of Moses, Joshua and his generation successfully stood up and took on the reigns of godly leadership. Joshua 1:1ff.
Unfortunately, when Joshua’s generation passed away and another generation arose “something went wrong.” Judges 2:7-13 and following. What went wrong? And what can we learn from those failures?
Recorded: Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.
“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9
Three times in the opening verses of the Book of Joshua God tells His servant Joshua to be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1:6,7,9). Many Christians have come to love this phrase. Many have memorized these words and will recite them during difficult times.
Yet, it is important NOT to overlook the context of the verses. When we study the context of Joshua chapter one the significance of these verses only increase.
Recorded: Friday May 25, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.
Spending daily time in prayer and God’s Word is an important aspect of the Christian’s life.
When Joshua was became the leader of the people of Israel the Lord said to him, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” Joshua 1:8a. As Christians we too should follow the Lord’s admonition to Joshua by spending daily (and nightly!) time in His Word.Read More