Summary: An encouraging sermon from Joshua 1 where God reassures Joshua that he is never alone in life. Introduction to the book of Joshua. Qualities of Joshua.
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Introduction: In life many times we feel very lonely. Most people’s thoughts are confronted by fear with the challenges that lie ahead, or lost chances in life. The result of which is loneliness and loss of self-worth. Albert Einstein said, “It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.”
God has gone great lengths to tell the readers of the Bible, you are never alone. I want to take your attention to one such passage. Open your Bible to Joshua 1.
Well, I want to speak to you this morning a message entitled, Never Alone. You are never alone.
Joshua 1:1-6 1After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.5No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
We are starting a new series today on the Book of Joshua. The Book of Joshua is the sixth book in the Old Testament.
The first Book is Genesis. This is the Book that talks about the creation, the call and the promises of God to Abraham, and the birth of the nation Israel.
The second Book is Exodus. This is the Book that talks about how the nation of Israel was delivered out of bondage in Egypt, how they crossed the Red Sea and was given God’s Holy Law.
The third Book is Leviticus. In this book the Israelites was taught to worship in view of God’s holiness.
The fourth Book is Numbers. This speaks about how they were tested and numbered as a nation.
The fifth Book is Deuteronomy. Here he law was reviewed and reiterated and closed with the assurance that Israel would possess the land.
Joshua is the sixth book. This book is about how the nation crossed over Jordan and took possession of the land. In this book, they were able to secure the land through conquest and finally get settled in the land.
The first five books of the Old Testament were written by Moses, the symbol of deliverance from Egypt. The sixth book is written by Joshua, the symbol of victory in the Promised Land.
I. Message of Joshua.
1. We can overcome by faith.
Joshua teaches us that by faith we can overcome the world. 1 John 5:4 This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. When we have faith and we persevere in our trust with God, we have victory.
This is a book therefore of conquest and occupation. They conquered the enemy and they occupied the land. But it was not as simple as that, they went there, experienced discouragement and difficulties. Eventually they progressed until the enemy was subdued by God’s help.
2. God is faithful to fulfill his promises.
The primary purpose therefore of this Book is to show the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promise. The promise to Abraham was fulfilled physically and spiritually. After many years, it became a reality in the life of Joshua.
Actually, the events of the book of Joshua span about twenty-five years. It started soon after the death of Moses around 1406 BC, before the conquest commenced. The conquest of Canaan took about seven years, and Joshua’s final address and subsequent death came almost twenty years later.
The book begins with the nation of Israel poised at the banks of the Jordan River. It records the details of numerous military campaigns that defeated the inhabitants of the land. The book ends with Joshua’s regathering of the nation for his final exhortation. God is faithful even to the very end.
II. Three aspects of the book of Joshua.
1. Canaan, the promised land.
There are three symbols for this place of Canaan in the Book of Joshua:
a. Canaan is a place of rest. After their hundreds of years of their toil in Egypt and their wandering in the wilderness, Israel was finally able to settle down and find a home in Canaan. The Israelites divided the land and settled in the Promised land. They have finally entered and received their inheritance. They have finally found their place of rest from all their struggles.