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Summary: To show that we focus our eyes on the LORD JESUS as the Ark of the Covenant, and follow it where ever He goes.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you know JESUS is the ark of the covenant?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we focus our eyes on the LORD JESUS as the Ark of the Covenant, and follow it where ever He goes.

IV. TEXT:

Joshua 3:3 (Amplified Bible)

3:3 Commanding the people: When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being borne by the Levitical priests, set out from where you are and follow it.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are always leading me, my eyes is focused only on You and I'll follow You where ever You lead me.

VI. TITLE:

See the ark of the covenant

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: uncertain, probably Joshua

B. Date written: 1407 - 1383 B.C.

C. Purpose: To review the history of Israel's conquest of the Promised Land.

D. To whom written: Nation of Israel

E. Main Theme: The conquest and division of the Land of Canaan

F. Key word: Possession

G. Key verses:

Joshua 1:8-11 (Amplified Bible)

1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

1:10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

1:11 Pass through the camp and command the people, Prepare your provisions, for within three days you shall pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. JESUS CHRIST is the Ark of the Covenant

"Commanding the people: When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being borne by the Levitical priests,"

Joshua 3:11 (Amplified Bible)

3:11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan!

The One who leads or the Leader is always in front leading us.

Isaiah 48:17 (Amplified Bible)

48:17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way that you should go.

How can you lead your flock if you're always absent? As a shepherd for the people and not the hireling you go before your sheep.

John 10:8 (Amplified Bible)

10:8 All others who came [as such] before Me are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not listen to and obey them.

Matthew 25:32 (Amplified Bible)

25:32 All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them [the people] from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats;

Ezekiel 34:17 (Amplified Bible)

34:17 And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between the rams and the great he-goats [the malicious and the tyrants of the pasture].

The place of the LORD is within us and before us to lead us into triumphs of the battles.

Exodus 13:21 (Amplified Bible)

13:21 The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

Prayer of King David is that the LORD will lead him before all his enemies.

Psalms 5:8 (Amplified Bible)

5:8 Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way level (straight and right) before my face.

As a sheep, we are partly blind and we are led by JESUS our Shepherd.

Isaiah 42:16 (Amplified Bible)

42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known. I will make darkness into light before them and make uneven places into a plain. These things I have determined to do [for them]; and I will not leave them forsaken.

Some of us does not want unknown paths or out of the comfort zone, because we are afraid of the unknown. Stop being afraid then, and just follow the LORD JESUS He will lead us, He will never forsake, forget or leave us in the dark. He not only leads us, but He will not relax His Hold on us. Hallelujah!! Glory to GOD!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (Amplified Bible)

31:6 Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.

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