Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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What Is Love? 10/23/2011
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Matthew 12:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions

As Jesus wound his way toward Jerusalem with his disciples following him closely, those who were threatened by his ministry of grace and forgiveness continually attempted to trip him up and to descredit him so that their influence would not be lost. God's decision had been made from before the world was created that He would be gracious to fallen humanity, but humanity in its darkness and blindness could not grasp this reality.Whether it was the Herodians asking about the paying of taxes to the government, or the Sadducees challenging him concerning the resurrection, he silenced them with his questions and answers. In our text today, the Pharisees, observing as to how he had put the Sadducees to silence, sent a lawyer to Jesus to try to get him in a trap which would discredit him. Our text contains two parts, but it needs to be taken as a whole in order to be able to grasp the significance of how Jesus turned their question into a teaching moment for the Pharisees.
A question was asked by the lawyer: "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus responded by quoting from Deuteronomy and Leviticus the following: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind," and added, "This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as theyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Here are the two places that Jesus most likely was referring to.
Deut 8:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

To the Pharisees mind, the answers that were given were right on, but maybe not what they were expecting. For they had broadened the interpretation of what these two meant to over 600 laws which were to be kept in an exacting manner. They understood the first part very well and had spent a lot of time making sure that they honored God in every detail according to their thinking, but had not understood the meaning of loving one's neighbor as oneself. They spent all the time making sure that they did not offend this holy God through not doing things as well as doing things, but had not grasped the significance of what it meant to love their neighbor as they loved themselves.

So when Jesus begin to illustrate the kindness and grace of God through opening the eyes of the blind, through making the dumb speak, through healing the leper, through raising the dead to life, through making the lame walk and through the preaching of forgiveness, they were threatened by him. And when He did some of these things on the Sabbath and when He called himself equal with God, they realized that they needed to kill him in order to protect the holiness and honor of God.

How do I feel about this statement that Jesus made? How do you feel about it? Are we as humanity able to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind? I don't think so, for the Bible tells us so and experience tells us that we fall far short of being able to do so. From the time of the fall, mankind has loved himself in a self sufficient and self serving manner and as a result domination has carried the day. The evidence of this is that we consider people to be things to be used or disposed of for our gain and do not value them as unique creations of God whom we are given the privilege of serving. God destroyed the first world because of sin, he gave the Law to restrain and hold back sin, but even that was not able to command obedience. The flesh is weak and outward restraints and constraints were not enough to hold it in check.

The ones asking the question honestly thought that they were in the right and that Jesus was all wrong and was to be rejected and put off. Jesus, knowing this, asked them some questions which were designed to take that which they knew and understood related to the coming of the Messiah. He quoted from Psalm 110. This is how it went.

Jesus said, "What do ye think of Christ? Whose son is he?"

Pharisees, "The son of David."

They knew very well that the Messiah was coming through the line of David and could not say anything but what they said.

Jesus said, "How then does David in spirit, call him Lord, saying?" The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?"

Psalm 110:1The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

ESV Matthew 22:46 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Instead of trapping Jesus, they were now trapped and they were not able to answer him. From that time on they did not dare ask him anymore questions, but they resorted to more severe methods to remove him from their sphere of power.
They were looking for the Messiah, but they had the wrong understanding of the nature of the Messianic kingdom. The decision of God to be gracious in Christ did not align with their convictions and practices.

It seems that Jesus was teaching us that without coming to recognize him as our Saviour and Redeemer, we were never going to be able to be able to properly love God and our neighbor. Of ourselves, we are unable to do so. We need the help of the Holy Spirit who would be sent on the day of Pentecost to forever indwell all those who come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as he is revealed in the Scriptures. This is what happened and we today live in the power of Jesus Christ through this Spirit.

Living in the kingdom of God, we recognize that its nature is of serving the other in the way that God has served us. We recognize that of our own efforts we serve ourselves. But as we have been given to see how God has blessed us through forgiveness, we have been placed in His care and keeping, knowing that he will give us that which we need to keep our lives concurrent with His plans and purposes.

A family man who has had struggles with work lately shared with me. "I need to pray that God will give me (or not give me) in the future those things that will keep me looking up to him.

It is in this vein the we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. We do not need to be told to love ourselves, for we do that. So then, as we wish for blessings to ourselves, we also wish for blessings for our neighbor. As we do not wish trouble for ourselves, we do not wish it for our neighbor. When we are blessed, we are thankful. When our neighbor is blessed, we are glad for him and thankful to God with and for him. When our neighbor is having difficulties, we will pray that the difficulties will be used by the Lord to help them to look up or to keep looking up.

KJV Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Yesterday I heard a pastor sharing concerning the marriage relationship, and what he said applies very well to this message. He was speaking of the importance of considering one's own responsibility in the serving of one's spouse and this statement was made. (Application was to husband and wives, but would be for all relationships)

Expectations of the other are the enemy: Listening for someone else rather than self

Fulfilling one's own obligations is the protector: Listen for self and do what the Word calls us to do.

The Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer have the same progression of duty: Love to God and Love to Neighbor. The first four three commandments command our love to God and the last seven command our love to our neighbor. In the Lord's prayer, the first part glorifies God and the last part contains our requests from Him.

The Ten Commandments:
The First Commandment.
Thou shalt have no other gods.
What does this mean?:We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

The Second Commandment.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

The Third Commandment.
Thou shalt sanctify the holy-day.
What does this mean?óWe should fear and love God that we may not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred, and gladly hear and learn it.

The Fourth Commandment.
Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother [that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long upon the earth].
What does this mean?óWe should fear and love God that we may not despise nor anger our parents and masters, but give them
honor, serve, obey, and hold them in love and esteem.

The Fifth Commandment.
Thou shalt not kill.What does this mean?We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

The Sixth Commandment.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
What does this mean?óWe should fear and love God that we may lead a chaste and decent life in words and deeds, and each love and honor his spouse.

The Seventh Commandment.
Thou shalt not steal.
What does this mean?--We should fear and love God that we may not take our neighbor’s money or property, nor get them by false ware or dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and business

The Eighth Commandment.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
What does this mean?--We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.

The Ninth Commandment.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
What does this mean?--We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house,
and obtain it by a show of right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

The Tenth Commandment.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.
20] What does this mean?--We should fear and love God that we may not estrange, force, or entice away our neighbor’s wife, servants, or cattle, but urge them to stay and [diligently] do their duty.

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father who are in heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses against us as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and forever, Amen.

JOY=Jesus, Others, You

May we be renewed in our minds again today through this message of the love of God toward us in Christ, and may our response be one of love to Him and love to our neighbors. We ask the Lord for this blessing not only for ourselves today, but that it may be everyone's blessing today.

In Christ's love,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 23 Oct 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Ministry into the Future 10/16/2011

God has used many men and women through the years to bring about His revelation to the world, which culminated in the incarnation of Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. Kings and prophets longed to see that day, but were not permitted due to their limited lifespan, and consequently they entered into their rest with the confidence that they would see Him in His fullness in the resurrection of the dead to life. They were chosen by God to bring His message of grace and truth to the world, and when their work was done, another took their place. As so it continues today, but in a different dispensation, for Jesus has come to earth, carried the sins of the world away through the death on the cross, has arose and ascended to heaven and sent His Spirit. Therefore, through the preaching of the Word, we broadcast the Good News that He has come and call upon people to believe in Him for their souls salvation. When it is all said and done, we can only say that we have done our duty and that we are unprofitable servants, who work for the glory of God in Christ Jesus.

The Great Commission that was given by Jesus Christ to the church requires that the message of the cross and resurrection be carried in its truth from generation to generation. In our meditation today we wish to look at as to how the transition from Moses, the Servant of God, to Joshua, the son of Nun occurred and of the preparation that was done in order for this to happen. Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament, while Joshua has an entire book named after him, the sixth book of the Old Testament. Moses is mentioned by name in the 11th chapter of Hebrews which records examples of faith. Joshua's conquest of Jericho is mentioned, but his name is not recorded in association with it.

Let us borrow from the Hebrew writer these verses as an introduction to this meditation.

Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. {of Christ: or, for Christ}
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

That is a brief, and I say, brief summation of the lives of Moses and Joshua, They walked by faith, trusting in God to lead them into the places that He wanted them to go, to say the things that He wanted them to say and to do the things that He wanted them to do. They were not perfect by any means, but they loved God and their lives were a reflection of the heart of God. They did not work in competition to one another, but rather they worked together as a team, with Joshua being content to be Moses' minister and helper. Scripture does not record an early call of Joshua to be Moses' successor, but nevertheless, Joshua appeared to be content to learn from Moses as well as to assist him.

There would be volumes of words to write concerning the life of Moses, which would cause us to marvel at the heart of forgiveness of Moses toward his people, cringe with him at the treatment that was given him, cry with him at the rebuke of the Lord at the Rock, but that is not the intent of this meditation today. Rather, we wish to observe as to how Joshua worked alongside Moses for many years before being elevated by God to the place of the leader and to note the calling by Lord of Joshua through Moses which was later followed by the Lord speaking directly to Joshua in the first chapter of the book of Joshua.

When Moses was 80 years old, he was commissioned to lead the Israelite nation out of bondage, which he did by taking them across the divided Red Sea, and they followed the cloud by day and the fire by night as they continued their exodus to the Promised Land of Canaan. It was shortly after that that we first see the name of Joshua mentioned. He had been born into the harsh conditions of slavery, had seen the brutal treatment by the Egyptians of his relatives, had eaten of the slain lamb, had waited inside of his parent's home the night the the blood was placed on the door posts and had began the journey with the rest of the huge crowd toward freedom. At the approximate age of 45 and as they journeyed they came upon the warring Amalekites and there Moses said unto Joshua:

Exodux 17:9 Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. {Joshua: called Jesus}
10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

Continuing on noting the places that Joshua was with Moses, we see that:

He was with Moses on Mt. Sinai

Exodus 24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.
14 And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.
15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.
16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

Joshua came down with Moses from Mount Sinai to see the idol worship of the people.

Exodus 32:11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? {the LORD: Heb. the face of the LORD}
12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.
18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.
19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.
23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) {their enemies: Heb. those that rose up against them}
26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

Joshua stays in the tabernacle

Exodus 33:7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.
8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.
9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.
10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Joshua asks Moses about those who are prophesying

Numbers 11:21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

Joshua (along with Caleb believed God)

KJV Numbers 14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Joshua has faith and trust in the Lord.

Numbers 11:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. {sware: Heb. lifted up my hand}
31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. {wander: or, feed}
34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. {breach...: or, changing of my purpose}
35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.
39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
40 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
42 Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

The Lord instructs Moses to appoint Joshua as his successor

KJV Deuteronomy 31:1 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.
2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
3 The LORD thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the LORD hath said.
4 And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.
5 And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.
6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

The Lord's Instructions to Joshua

KJV Joshua 1:1 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. {unto this...: or, thou shalt cause this people to inherit the land, etc}
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. {prosper: or, do wisely}
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. {have...: or, do wisely}
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.

Joshua encourages the people he serves.

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.
12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,
13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.
14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; {armed: Heb. marshalled by five}
15 Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD'S servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.
16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.
17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.
18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.

When the work of Moses was done, the baton was handed over to Joshua by the LORD. It was not the cause of Moses that was being brought forth, but it was the cause of the LORD. Joshua was content to learn under Moses, being shaped by the many things that he saw Moses do (and not do) and by the many things he heard Moses say (and not say). Joshua was extended trust by Moses early on in the battle against the Amalekites, he observed the power of collective prayer as Aaron and Hur held up Moses' praying hands when they became heavy, Joshua saw the face of Moses after he had been with the LORD, Joshua saw the idolatry of this relatives that began as he and Moses were on the Mount, Joshua witnessed God's wrath against this idolatry, Joshua witnessed as to how Moses fell on his face to the LORD on behalf of his people when the LORD said He was going to destroy them all, Joshua stayed behind in the tent of worship while Moses went out among the people, Joshua saw the bountiful and sharing heart of Moses in being willing to share with others the visible prophesies and so on.

Joshua believed the LORD concerning the promises of the occupying of Canaan, and rejected the negative reports of the other ten spies who went to look, saying that the LORD is with us, there is nothing to fear.

Joshua did not appoint himself as Moses successor, but the LORD did and Moses followed the LORD's instruction. Joshua built upon that which Moses had done, learning from his teacher many many things. Moses led them to the Promised Land, but Joshua took them into it and through the power of God subdued that which was already theirs according to the promise of the LORD.

May we all consider the lessons that have been presented here in the history of the LORD's people, especially concerning leadership. There is need for those in leadership to recognize the importance of recognizing and mentoring those who eventually would be capable of being leaders of the church into the future. There is need for all to be learning the ways of the Lord from their youth so that they would not be workmen that would be ashamed, not able to discern right from wrong. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. {fainted...: or, were tired and lay down}
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

I close with a personal illustration which happened with me in conjunction with the call that I was given into the ministry. As we were closing down our business and looking to sell off equipment, During the time we were closing down our business, I received a call from a salesman who wondered if I needed to buy any equipment, He was quite shocked when I asked him if he wanted to buy some of our equipment as we were selling out and I was leaving the business for the ministry. He asked, "why would you do that?" I responded, "Well, it is like this. There are many good men who are able to harvest timber from these hillsides in the west, but there are few that are available to say what the Lord wants said to people." He paused, then said, "That makes sense, wished me well and said goodbye."

May the Lord help us to see the importance of providing for the ministry of the future through prayer, through teaching and mentoring, and through providing opportunities to exercise gifts.

It is His church, He will raise up and send forth his laborers into the harvest. May we find ourselves in prayer in this matter.

In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 16 Oct 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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