Summary: Joshua Commission. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: Joshua chapter 1 verses 1-16.
George was 28 years old, single, and still living with his parents.
• One Sunday morning, George told his mother he wasn’t going to church.
• "First," he said, "I’m tired. Second, the people there don’t like me.
• And third, the sermons are dull."
But George’s mother wouldn’t take no for an answer. "George," she said, "you have to go.:
• First, we always worship on Sunday.
• Second, it doesn’t matter whether they like us or not.
• And third, you are the pastor!"
• God has always had some rather reluctant leaders.
• And the man who we are looking at tonight was no exception!
• The Bible focuses attention on the leadership of one man called Moses.
• Moses started out as a failed leader (Exodus chapters 2);
• God’s will his way ill: Cat & fireman – ended up killing an Egyptian.
• Moses became a reluctant leader (Exodus chapters 3)
• List of excuses why he could not lead the Hebrews (C.O.I.).
• Yet God took Moses and turned him into one of the greatest leaders;
• Not just of Israel but of all time.
But now the great Moses was dead:
• Dead but not be forgotten;
• Ill: He's named over fifty times in the Book of Joshua.
“God buries His workers, but His work goes on."
• God’s replacement for Moses was Joshua,
• Only Joshua does not feel up to the task.
• A man went to a psychiatrist and complained about an inferiority complex.
• The doctor listened to him for a while, then gave him a good news/bad news diagnosis:
• “The good news,” said the doctor, “Is that you don’t have a complex.
• The bad news is—you are inferior!”
Joshua had three reasons to be fearful:
(1). He is following a great leader.
Joshua is now in the un-envious position of having to fill the shoes of Moses!
• He is being asked to take the place of a man;
• Who spoke once to God ‘face to face’.
• And on one occasion he actually radiated God’s glory on his face.
• He was a man who performed miracle after miracle after miracle, after miracle.
• We would say; ‘Moses was a hard act to follow’.
• In comparison Joshua must have felt weak and insignificant.
• When God called Joshua to his new role as leader;
• Please do not think this calling was a ‘bolt out of the blue’.
• Joshua had been in leadership training for a number of years;
• In fact the book of Numbers chapter 11 verse 28:
• Joshua is referred to as Moses' ‘assistant from youth’,
• Which indicates that Joshua was an official aide to the leader of Israel.
• He would therefore had accompanied Moses;
• In a whole load of positive and negative situations.
• Joshua was up close and able to learn first hand many valuable lessons;
• From this great leader of God.
• He might not have realised it at the time;
• But I believe he was serving his apprentership preparing him for this type of occasion.
Quote: How we learn:
• 1% through taste
• 1.5% through touch
• 3.5% through smell
• 11% through hearing
• 83% through sight
• A Chinese boy who wanted to learn about jade went to study with a talented old teacher.
• This gentleman put a piece of the stone into the youth’s hand and told him to hold it tight.
• Then he began to talk of philosophy, men, women, the sun,
• And almost everything under it.
• After an hour he took back the stone and sent the boy home.
• The procedure was repeated for weeks.
• The boy became frustrated—when would he be told about jade?
• But he was too polite to interrupt his venerable teacher.
• Then one day when the old man put a stone into his hands,
• The boy cried out instantly, “That’s not jade!”
Joshua was learning lessons that could not be taught in a classroom:
• He was learning them first hand from Israel’s greatest teacher – Moses.
• Lessons that he himself in a different context would one day have to put into practice.
(2). He is leading a grumbling people.
• Joshua now finds himself the leader of a group of people;
• Who are known for murmuring, complaining;
• The Hebrews have been constantly moaning and wishing;
• That they were back in Egypt!
There is a small wooden toy bird called the “Floogie Bird.”
• Around the Floogie Bird’s neck is a label reading,
• “I fly backwards, I don’t care where I’m going. I just want to see where I’ve been.