1. Joshua meets the "c __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ of the L __ __ __ ' __ h __ __ __"
a. The "a __ __ __ __ of God?"
b. the pre - I __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Christ?
a. another "parallel experience" with M __ __ __ __ for Joshua
b. still more e __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ for Joshua
(1) God goes before him and the people of Israel
(2) The outcome of the battle would rest neither on the shoulders of the military acumen of
Joshua nor the battlefield skills of his troops.
1. v.1 indicates that Jericho ("M __ __ __ C __ __ __?") is sealed tightly shut.
2. In v.2, God informs Joshua that the "battle" is already won!
Victorious Christians have three characteristics:
a. They k __ __ __ the promises of God.
b. They b __ __ __ __ __ __ those promises by f __ __ __ __.
c. They "r __ __ __ __ __" those promises for their own lives.
(2) "What does reckoning mean? 'Reckoning' in Greek means doing accounts, book-
keeping. Accounting is the only thing in the world we humans can do correctly. An
artist paints a landscape. Can he do it with perfect accuracy? Can the historian vouch
for the absolute accuracy of any record, or the map-maker for the perfect correctness
of any map? They can make, at best, fair approximations. Even in everyday speech,
when we try to tell some incident with the best intention to be honest and truthful, we
cannot speak with complete accuracy. It is mostly a case of exaggerations or under-
statement, of one word too much or too little. What then can a man do that is utterly
reliable? Arithmetic! There is no scope for error there. One chair plus one chair
equals two chairs. That is true in London and it is true in Cape Town. If you travel
west to New York or east to Singapore it is still the same. All the world over and for
all time, one plus one equals two.
Why does God say we are to reckon ourselves dead? Because we are dead. Let us
keep to the analogy of accounting. Suppose I have fifteen shillings in my pocket,
what do I enter into my account-book? Can I enter fourteen shillings and sixpence
or fifteen shillings and sixpence? No, I must enter in my account-book that which
is in fact in my pocket. Accounting is the reckoning of facts, not fancies. Even so,
it is because I am really dead that God tells me to account it so. God could not ask
me to put down in my account-book what was not true. He could not ask me to
reckon that I am dead if I am still alive.
Reckoning is not a form of make-believe. It does not mean that, having found that
I have only twelve shillings in my pocket, I hope that by entering fifteen shillings
incorrectly in my account-book such 'reckoning' will somehow remedy the deficiency.
God asks us to do the account; to put down 'I have died' and then to abide by it. Why?
Because it is a fact. When the Lord Jesus was on the Cross, I was there in Him.
Therefore I reckon it to be true. I reckon and I declare that I have died in Him."
( Watchman Nee: The Normal Christian Life )
3. In v.3-5 God's s __ __ __ __ __ __ __ for victory is revealed.