Posts tagged ‘joshua’

The Ups and Downs of Israel in Judges

Whose fault is this? Why did this new generation of Israelites grow up without knowing about God Himself or the things that He had done for Israel?! It is solely because parents did not instruct their children in this. If parents did not pass this wonderful information onto their children, how would the children have known? They couldn’t possibly know. This also tells us how lax the nation of Israel had become regarding the Law of God and the sacrifices. It appears there was a large vacuum where God was concerned in the very nation He created.

Continue Reading March 13, 2018 at 12:02 PM

Joshua Calls Israelites on Failure to Obey

As Christians, we have something the Israelites did not have. We have the Holy Spirit living within us. He seals us unto the day of redemption and nothing can break that seal, not even our puny “free will” (Ephesians 4:30). God the Holy Spirit also empowers us to live a life whereby our words, thoughts, and actions bring great glory to God. Would you agree with me that even with the Holy Spirit within us, it is often difficult to live the life that God requires? Yet, we must persevere. As Paul says, we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Of course, Paul is not saying we must work for our salvation. He is saying we must work or cooperate with God as His character is being formed in us in this life. The results of our salvation are what need to work out in and through us. It is a process called sanctification that must happen for each and every Christian.

Continue Reading March 12, 2018 at 5:25 PM 2 comments

Joshua 1 and Israel’s Empty Promise of Obedience

The difference between Matthew 7 and 25 is no real difference at all. It’s two sides to the same coin. The only people who will get into heaven are those who exercise faith in Christ and His redemption on our behalf. Those individuals will – to some degree in this life – exhibit works that stem from the faith they have in Jesus. The people who have been playing at religion by doing those things that appear to be good and righteous but do not have the requisite faith in Christ, will not gain access to heaven. It’s really that simple.

Continue Reading March 5, 2018 at 11:45 AM

Can We Ever Have Enough of God’s Counsel?

The history of Israel is replete with failure after failure. At times, it seems that their failure is more often highlighted than any successes they may have experienced when they chose to follow God’s directives. The same holds true for us. We can either follow God at every turn or make the mistake of thinking we know best only to learn that we know very little.

Continue Reading March 6, 2017 at 8:49 AM

Bible Summary: Overview of the Old Testament

Together, the 37 individual books make up the entire Old Testament of the English Bible. In order to appreciate the chronological history of the Hebrew nation (prior to even becoming the Hebrew nation), until the Inter-testamental period, it is important to gain a solid understanding of each of these eleven chronological books; their themes, the period they cover and how they connect. Once these are understood, then the blanks can be filled in so to speak with the complementary, wisdom and prophetic books.

Continue Reading September 7, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Caleb: Give Me the High Country

Joshua and Caleb saw the same thing that the other 10 spies saw but were not discouraged. They were not unfaithful to God. But in spite of their protestations, in spite of their faithfulness, and in spite of their encouragement the people of Israel rebelled, refusing God’s good graces and ultimately experienced the consequences of their terribly faithless decision.

Continue Reading August 14, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Did the Exodus Actually Happen?

If there is virtually no evidence to support the biblical account, then where do we go from here? I believe Mahoney answers that question and answers it clearly. He sets about to determine the truth, wherever that truth happens to fall. He’s willing to let it fall on the side that either proves or disproves Scripture. To do so, he simply looked for any clues he could find. What he did find was that there is definitely a problem, but the problem is not in the evidence (or lack of it) regarding the Exodus. The problem may well be in the way the experts in the field have dated the Egyptian kingdoms.

Continue Reading August 11, 2016 at 7:17 AM 6 comments

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