Summary: New Year’s sermon
Where do we go from here?
• Joshua 1: 1-9
1 ¶ Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
In the five books of Moses we had a very full account of the rise, advance, and constitution, of the Old-Testament church, the family out of which it was raised, the promise, that great charter by which it was incorporated, the miracles by which it was built up, and the laws and ordinances by which it was to be governed.
We also have a history of those early days of God’s people.
God had led them out of the Egyptian bondage that had been so dismal to them.
Over the course of time God manifested Himself to them in many different ways.
The miracle of deliverance from Egypt was done by God’s own hand.
In the parting of the Red Sea God gave them deliverance again by His strong and mighty hand.
He made a covenant with them, beginning with their father Abraham that He would bring them to a land that flowed with abundance.
Genesis 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
When Abraham was 99 years old God appeared to him again and said in Genesis 17:8; “And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
God always keeps His promises!
God’s covenant was passed down to Isaac, the son of Abraham.
Then the promise was passed down to Jacob, the son of Isaac.
In the process of time Isaac’s son, Joseph was sold into the land of Egypt by his jealous brothers.
God worked many miracles putting into place His master plan for His chosen people.
One of those plans was the advancement of Joseph to high leadership in the land of Egypt.
In the meantime there was a famine in Joseph’s homeland and through a process of incidents he moved his father and all his people to the land of Egypt.
And to make a long story short, after some time Joseph died, and the people of God began to multiply in the land, so much that it made Pharaoh nervous.
So he enslaved them with extreme hardship until they cried out to God.
God called Moses from a sheep pasture and gave him a mandate to lead those people out of Egypt to the land God had promised.
But because of their unbelief and rebellion in following God’s directions they wondered in the wilderness for forty years, and then only their children and grand-children, plus Joshua and Caleb would be able to possess the promised-land.
Yet God was faithful! God was merciful! In spite of all their murmurings and complaining God was determined to keep his promise to his people.