Summary: Be ruthless about the sin in your life.
KEEP TO THE TASK
S: Removal of Evil/Sin
C: Purpose of the Community
Th: A People with Purpose
Pr: BE RUTHLESS ABOUT THE SIN IN YOUR LIFE.
TS: We will find in our study of Joshua 10.16-12.24 how Joshua succeeds in keeping to the task of possessing the land.
I. HIDING (10.16-28)
II. UNFINISHED (10.29-43)
III. UNEVEN (11.1-15)
IV. HARDENED (11.16-20)
V. HUGE (11.21-23)
VI. COMPLETION (12.1-24)
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• Persevere in what God gives you to do.
• Be uncompromising about sin.
• Put to death the sin that is in your life.
• Live the good life.
RMBC 20 August 06 AM
ILL War: Hagar the Horrible at the Dentist
In the comic strip Hagar the Horrible we find Hagar ruminating to himself: “I have my sword and shield, but I don’t want to be bogged down with unnecessary equipment.”
Then going out the door, he proclaims to his wife, “This is it Helga! I have to face the enemy. And if perchance I fail to return, please think kindly of me! I don’t want to go, but I’m a Viking, and a Viking must do what a Viking must do! So the time has come… Farewell and good-bye, my beloved!”
He goes out, and the door slams behind him. Meanwhile, Helga is knitting and sighing, she says, “That man just hates to go to the dentist.”
Humorously, this tells us that…
1. We cannot avoid all the battles that come our way.
There are some things we just must do, like going to the dentist (my apologies to those of the tooth persuasion).
We don’t like the pain that goes with it at times, but we know it is pain that is ultimately to our benefit.
We have been studying the book of Joshua since June, and it has been a book of battles.
We saw in our first study that…
2. Joshua was given the responsibility to possess the land (Joshua 1.6).
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
He was told to be of good courage because God was going with him.
The nation was going to possess it.
To do it though, he would need to be an obedient leader to the will of God.
After receiving this exhortation from the Lord, Joshua sent spies to Jericho who found a city in fear and a family that needed saving.
Then the nation miraculously crossed the Jordan, and followed it up by defeating Jericho and Ai.
Last week, we studied how Israel fell for the Gibeonite deception, making a treaty with an enemy.
Then they defended them successfully, keeping their promise to the Gibeonites that was made before God.
Today, we come to the report of the final battles.
3. We will find in our study of Joshua 10.16-12.24 how Joshua succeeds in keeping to the task of possessing the land.
As we go through this long passage, we are going to hit bits and pieces rather than the whole passage.
But throughout we see how Joshua perseveres and overcomes his enemies, the first being those in...
I. HIDING (10.16-28)
There were five kings that had led a united army against the Gibeonites.
But Israel, as we made mention before, kept their promise and marched all night for a surprise attack that sent this army on the run.