Summary: 2 of 3. Joshua prepared the children of Israel for entrance into the promised land. God's people must be prepared to enter the good/abundant life. But How can they safeguard it? The Good Life is Safeguarded at/by/thru...
SAFEGUARDING The GOOD LIFE-II—Joshua 3:1-6
Hurricane Joaquin brought upwards of 20 inches of rain to Columbia, SC in Saturday & Sunday Oct. 4-5, 2015. It was the worst flooding in Columbia’s history. The Congaree River, which runs thru Columbia, reached its highest level since 1936.
Congaree National Park(since 2003), SE of Columbia encompasses “the largest expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the SE.” Some people saw the need to protect the area by creating the national park from what have been various stages of federal protection since 1969.
It contains some of the largest trees in the eastern US. Two being “the largest Loblolly Pine” & another being “the tallest Loblolly Pine” in the entire U.S. Scientists speculate that the reason the trees are so enormous is due to periodic flooding events such as that which occurred on Oct. 4-5. As flooding inundates the area it leaves behind nutrients, soils, & other ‘debris’ which enhance the forest’s growth.
Some things are worth protecting.
The Good Life we have in Christ is particularly worth safeguarding/ protecting.
We all want ‘the good life.’
Joshua prepared the children of Israel for entrance into the promised land.
Christians must be prepared to enter the abundant life.
How can God’s people be prepared for entering the abundant life?
4 safeguards/assurances for entering the promised land/ living the Abundant Life/Good Life
We found earlier that The Good Life is Safeguarded at/by/thru...
1. The BRINK(:1)
2—The Good Life is Safeguarded at/by/thru...
Explanation:(:2-4) Don’t Force situation/Follow
:2—“So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp;”
:3—“& they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, & the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place & go after it. ””
Previously Joshua had told Israel that they would cross the Jordan within three days(1:11). The spies had already stayed at the mountain for three days waiting for Jericho’s pursuers to return to the city(2:22-23). It is possible that the three day period was contingent upon the return of the spies or that the spies return effectively reset the three day ‘clock,’ or that the 3-day period included the spy’s time west of the Jordan.
After 3 days the officers went thruout the camp of the Israelites. They went with the purpose of commanding the people. They were told that they would see “the ark of the covenant.” They would see the Levitical priests carrying it. Upon their seeing the ark pass by, the people were to set out & follow it.
?What was the ark?
“Ark”—Nwra aw-rowne'—Strong—from hra aw-raw’[a primitive root; to pluck](in the sense of gathering); A box.
—An ornate gold overlaid box of specific size(3 3/4ft. X 2 1/4ft. X 2 1/4ft.) Containing the Testimony(Ten Commandments)