March 13, 2006
Read Joshua 1
God speaks to Joshua; spies sent to
Joshua was born into Egyptian slavery. While the majority were complaining and finding fault with Moses during their desert trials, Joshua remained a faithful coworker with Moses.
Because of her faith in the Lord, Rahab became an ancestor of King David and was included in the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5; Luke 3:32). She is listed in the Faith Hall of Fame (Hebrews 11:31).
Moses gave up life in the palace and possibly his right to be a Pharaoh of Egypt, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (short time); Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt (11:25-26). Joshua remained faithful to God even when the majority threatened to kill him (Numbers 14:6-10). Moses, Joshua and Rahab forsook their sins, lived to please the Lord, and made themselves available for God to accomplish His will through them.
All of us have faced, or will face, choices similar to those of Moses, Joshua and Rahab. Let us not be like the majority, but looking diligently (carefully) lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane (godless) person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat (food) sold his birthright (Hebrews 12:15-16).
1:4 the wilderness = the Sinai desert;
Through the scarlet line in the window that saved Rahab and her household — symbolic of the blood of Christ (Joshua 2:21; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25). The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin (I John 1:7).
Pray for The International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in memory of Reverend Leonard P. Miller · Staff: Karen Hawkins · Government Official: Gov. John Hoeven (ND) · Country: Mali (10 million) in West Africa · Major languages: French and Bambara · Religious freedom despite Muslim majority · 81% Muslim; 17% animism and spirit worship; 2% Christian · Prayer Suggestion: Humble yourself and reverence the Word of God; He will look upon you with affection (Isaiah 66:2).
Memory Verse for the Week: Joshua 1:8