Lucifer and his
minions have been using every resource to derail Godís plan of
redemption for the human race. They were able to lead astray an entire
adult generation and the Godhead knew there would be heavy losses in the
future because of mankindís free will.
Nevertheless, the God
was determined to continue their plan of redeeming the human race and
Jesus entered the virtual time run to instruct Joshua how to proceed in
the Promised Land.
The first task was
getting the entire camp across the Jordan River when the water levels
were at their highest after the spring rains. The river was anything
calm as the Israelites approached the swollen waters.
It required faith on
the part of the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant to step into
the water, wade out a little deeper, and then begin to see the power of
God split the waters just like He did with the Red Sea after the exodus.
Their faith held and could not stop the Hebrews from entering the land
of milk and honey.
The second task was
taking the strongly fortified city of Jericho. The weak link again was
humanity. Would the Hebrews follow Joshuaís order and march around the
city? It was a simple task that didnít take much effort, but oh so
important to Jesus. Lucifer was unable to stop the people and then holy
angels pushed the walls down.
Lucifer then searched
for a man during the chaotic battle for the city that he could seduce
with greed. Achan found gold, silver and clothing during combat and was
able to secrete it away to his tent without being noticed. God saw what
took place, and in the next battle, 36 men died because of Achanís
Joshua sought the
Lord and Jesus revealed there was sin in the camp. The Son of God
systematically narrowed the search until it was revealed that Achan was
the culprit. There would be defeat as long as Achan was alive, but the
punishment did not end there as his entire family was killed along with
every animal he owned.
Lucifer sent a group
of Hivites who lied about being from a far country. They were really
from a nearby city-state that wanted a peace treaty with the Hebrews to
ensure their survival. Joshua was taken in by the deception, and from
that day, paganism and idolatry was given root among the Hebrews.
There is much we can
learn from these events, and if we take heed, we can avoid Luciferís
pitfalls and live a victorious life in Christ.
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell