Summary: Today many Christians are "mentally unprepared" to enter their Promised Land and receive the inheritance their Father gave them before the foundation of the world. Joshua ! gives an O.T. example of what is expected of us in the N.T,
Many Christians, including me, are not walking in the place where God can work through them to enforce what Jesus has already obtained for us – total and complete victory over Satan and his demonic kingdom.
One of the primary reasons why we are not “doing the works Jesus did” – and I’m not even talking about the “greater” – is because we don’t see ourselves as God and Jesus see us.
The Holy Spirit brought this point home to me recently as I was reading the first chapter of the book of Joshua. He showed me how Joshua, even though he knew that he would be the one to lead Israel after Moses, was still “mentally unprepared” to lead them to the Promised Land when that day arrived.
Today, Christians are “mentally unprepared” to enter their Promised Land and receive the inheritance their Father gave them before the foundations of the world. Turn with me to Ephesians, chapter one. We’re going to read verses 3-5.
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
(4) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
(5) Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
Let’s begin in Deuteronomy 34. Moses has just finished blessing the 12 tribes of Israel. God tells him in verse 4 that the land He has promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the land of promise – Moses would see in a vision but he would not enter into it. God is repeating what He has already told Moses in Deuteronomy 32:52. We’re going to read verse 5: So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.
Moses is called “the servant of the Lord” 18 times. “Servant” is the word evedh (doulos in the Greek). It’s a term used with great honor in reference to those who serve God. Moses is the example from the O. T. of what it means to be God's servant. He spoke to God. He reasoned with God. He even reminds God that before He wipes Israel off the face of the earth, that they were the people He had chosen. Why could he talk to God this way? Verse 10 tells us why.
And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.
Exodus 33:11 says “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.”
Psalms 103:7 says “He [the Lord] made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”
(6) And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulcher unto this day.
(7) And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
(8) And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping andmourning for Moses were ended.
(9) And Joshua the son on Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.
(10) And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,
(11) In all the sings and the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,
(12) And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.
Verse 6 says the Lord buried Moses. The Lord loved Moses so much that he honored Moses by burying him himself. Do you see this? The Lord buried Moses. No other prophet was given such an honor. Even though the Lord wouldn’t allow him to inhabit the Promised Land, he showed all of Israel what he thought of Moses. He was telling Israel, “I’m going to show you how special Moses really was. You are not going to bury him. I am.”
Now turn with me to Joshua 1. We’re going to read verses 1 and 2.
(1) Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spoke unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,