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Summary: 3 of ? God began to make His leadership thru Joshua undeniable among His people. *God makes His leadership undeniable among His people. But How? God’s leadership is Undeniable in...

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GOD's UNDENIABLE LEADERSHIP-III—Joshua 3:7-17

Attention:

In a former church, we were in the beginning stages of discussions surrounding the implement of AWANA. However, there was one big snag. A well-respected(& rightly so), sweet, Christian lady with much influence had issues with allowing the ‘pristine’ fellowship hall to be used for games around an AWANA Circle. She had reservations because she thought it would be terrible for the hall to be ‘dirtied up’ with scuff marks, & a ‘semi-permanent’ AWANA circle, etc. She was concerned because the fellowship hall was also used for wedding receptions. Her belief was a real hindrance to the church’s decision to move ahead in ministry.

However, as we were in the midst of discussing the potential for ministry, & her issue directly, She was asked, "Exactly how many wedding receptions do we have per year?" Her countenance change in an instant. She ‘got it’ for the first time! She immediately recanted her opposition & wholeheartedly supported the AWANA ministry from then on!

God was in control!

We are faced with a lack of integrity in the world today.

We shouldn’t tolerate it in Christian circles. God must be in control!

God began to magnify Joshua’s ministry among Israel.

God magnified His ministry thru Joshua.

God began to make His leadership thru Joshua undeniable among His people.

God initiated His undeniable leadership thru Joshua among His people Israel.

*God makes His leadership undeniable among His people.

How does God endear leadership to His people?

*When/Where is God’s leadership undeniable?

We’ve found previously that God’s leadership is Undeniable in...

1. CONTINUITY(:7)

2. DIRECTION(:8-9)

3. HOPE(:10)

4—God’s leadership is Undeniable in...

OBEDIENCE(:11-12)

Explanation:(:11-12)

:11—“Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.”

The people were told that “the ark of the covenant”(& thus God) would “cross over” ahead of the people. The ark contained, & was thus a symbol of, the written covenant Israel had with “the Lord of all the earth”...And of which He had committed to them.

This “ark” was ‘pregnant’/brimming with symbolism/reminders of Who it was that was ultimately leading them thru Joshua & the tribal heads. It spoke of their reverent relationship to Him Who would make it a real substantive possibility.

The people were told that the ark would go before them “into the Jordan.”

“Ark”(See :3, 6)—Nwra aw-rown'—1) Chest, ark—1a) Money chest, 1b) Ark of the Covenant; 2) (TWOT)--Coffin. Strong—from hra aw-raw’[a primitive root; to pluck](in the sense of gathering); A box.

“Covenant”—tyrb ber-eeyth’—Noun Fem.—1) Covenant, alliance, pledge; 2) (phrases)—2a) Covenant making, 2b) Covenant keeping, 2c) Covenant violation. Strong—A compact(because made by passing between pieces of flesh).


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