There are others who are all froth and levity, who profess to be Christians, and yet cannot live without the same amusements as worldlings; must be now at this party, and then at that; never comfortable unless they are making jokes, and following after all the levities and frivolities of the world. The tree must be made good, or the fruit will not be good. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Joshua Overview, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon Self-righteousness is a deadly thing; it is a proud refusal of mercy, and a rebellion against grace. It is alleged that this will drive men to despair, and our reply is that the kind of despair to which it drives men is most desirable and salutary. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Read. Joshua 1:7. Fits and starts of godliness many have who end their lives in despair. Judges 1 – Victory and Defeat in the Promised Land A. a. And there is not only my back, but hands and feet, and head and heart are such a mass of iniquity that it's myself I want to get rid of before I can get peace. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Count yourselves to be happy that you have the privilege of making any sacrifice for the sake of conscience, for in these days we have not the power to honor God as they did who went to prison, and to the rack, and to the stake; let us not, therefore, cast aside other opportunities which are given to us of showing how much we love the Lord, and how faithfully we desire to serve him. Joshua 1:1-15 Who Me? I believe in the perseverance of the saints, because I believe in the perseverance of the love of God, or else I should not believe in it. There will be extremes on either side. View Joshua . An order like this could not have been a mere mockery, an order which Joshua was unable to obey. But shall we therefore not be zealous? I believe that this is true in ten thousand things in ordinary life, and also true in spiritual things in very many respects. We are only up to our ankles, the most of us, whereas the waters are “waters to swim in.” A great sun of everlasting love shines upon the globe of our life with tropical force, but we get away to the North Pole of doubt and fear, and then complain that the sun has such little heat, or that he is so long below the horizon. Each flower wins from the gardener a special culture. Fearless of all consequences, you must do the right. Assault my faith with treacherous art, Such is the life of the Christian, a warfare from cud to end. Introduction: A survey of the history of Israel from Egypt to Canaan. But Joshua was not therefore to say within himself, “These covenant engagements will surely be fulfilled, and I may therefore sit still and do nothing.” On the contrary, because God had decreed that the land should be conquered, Joshua was to be diligent to lead the people onward to battle. It is not safe in the drawer. The Lord appoints Joshua to succeed Moses. “Yes, but we must die,” was the reply, “and therefore we must do no such thing.” There is no particular necessity for any of us living. "Commentary on Joshua 1:4". THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. Joshua: Come in, and receive God’s promises! The promises given him by God were broadly comprehensive and exceedingly encouraging. Joshua divided Canaan with strict impartiality. Let us remember that, “He who never doubted of his state, He may — perhaps he may too late.”, Let us not fall, on the other side, into constant doubting, imagining that we never can be fully assured, but must always be raising the question-, “’Tis a point I long to know, Where the light cometh, the darkness must retire. Always stand to it that your creed must bend to the Bible, and not the Bible to your creed, and dare to be a little inconsistent with yourselves, if need be, sooner than be inconsistent with God’s revealed truth. The days were not long enough for his battles. It could not have been manna because manna could not be stored. Ephraim and Manasseh had received a blessing when God blessed Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, seeing they were in the loins of Abraham. Joshua 1 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references C.H. 1 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, 2 “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. But now, thirdly, The Path Of Obedience Is Generally A Middle Path. He who was called to … Used by Permission. (5-9) Preparation to pass over Jordan. If you cannot serve God as you are, yet trust him as he manifests himself in Christ Jesus; and do this just as you are. Thanks, eternal thanks to Thee.”. (1-6) The Lord encourages joshua-Joshua encourages the people. Has he laid an embargo on any one of the promises? This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 1:5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. But he has blessed you, beloved, who are in Christ, with all heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus, according as he hath chosen you in him from before the foundation of the world. I may not have spoken much to the comfort of God’s people, but I shall be glad if I have said only half a word that may tend to nurture in the midst of our church earnest obedience, practical piety, real positive godliness carried out in ordinary life. If you follow Christ, you shall have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels. Keep close to this, that “other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Rest in the finished work of the Lord Jesus, and put all your reliance upon him as crucified, risen, and pleading for his people. He has blessed us in his promises. He who would do the right and the true thing in cold blood in the teeth of ridicule, is a bolder man than he who flings himself before the cannon’s mouth for fame; ay, and let me add, to persist in scrupulous obedience throughout life may need more courage than even the martyr evinces when once for all he gives himself to burn at the stake. And certainly I think it not only probable, but I am fully convinced that it was only after their report furnished him with the knowledge he required, that he resolved to move his camp. They had not received all that was promised; but God had blessed them hitherto. He is no soldier who cannot die for his country; he is no Christian who cannot lose life itself for Christ. Forward, in God’s name! Not in some things, but in all things we are to be observant of the divine will. Ah! Let me have the privilege of breaking it myself, and pouring it on my Master’s feet, that I may anoint them with the most precious thing I have. Twelve were taken from the disciples; three were taken out of the twelve; one greatly beloved was taken out of the three. Only a perfect righteousness can make you accepted of a holy and jealous God; and none but Jesus can give you a complete justification. How shall an enemy serve his king? Did not Paul make the same confession" (Rom. He who would please all attempts the impossible. All rights reserved. Amen. I. In the beginning refers to the timeless eternity of Genesis 1:1: In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth. When certain brethren raise a stone of Ebenezer, they sit down on it. God will do his own work; things will go well enough; let us be quiet; let us sleep as do others”? God himself is quarrelled with. Do people say of him, “He is such an honest man that he would not steal a horse “? O ye who have taken up his cross, know ye not what your Master said? If he had not been a bold and able soldier, he would have put up his sword and desisted from the strife; but the spirit of obedience sustained him. Joshua 2:1-14 New International Version (NIV) Rahab and the Spies. Sister, have you never done the same? Introduction . Joshua led them. Without love and faith men cannot please God. Their portions had been marked out by a higher hand than Joshua’s long before. One good brother, whose shoe-latchet I am not worthy to unloose, said, on one occasion, that when he went up the Rhine, he never looked at the rocks, or the old castles, or the flowing river, he was so taken up with other things! 796 Let us fall back upon predestination, and accept the grand truth that “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” An all-wise God disposes his people according to his sovereign will. Thou who boastest of thyself, of thy courage in sinning, thou yieldest to the foe; thou art a cringing cur; thou turnest tail upon the enemy; thou courtest the friendship of the world; thou hast not courage enough to dare to do the right and the true; thou hast past under the yoke of Satan and thine own passions, and to conceal thine own cowardice, thou art base enough to call the brave Christian man a coward. Now after the death of Joshua a. As a crystal is made up of many crystals, so is grace composed of many graces. I beseech you, do not slacken in any way, but press on. This you must have to keep you in the way when once you are in it (1 Sam. How instructive this is if we only have the ears to listen to the message of this chapter. All the names of the tribes were written on the breastplate, but there was a different color in the jewel allotted to each tribe; and I believe that there is a specialty of grace about every child of God. We are not allowed to frame regulations according to our own conceptions, but our direction is, “whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” His servants shall serve him, his sheep follow his footsteps, his disciples obey their Lord, his soldiers fulfill his pleasure: “By their fruits ye shall know them.” If we are not obedient unto Christ, we may rest assured that we have not the spirit of Christ, and are none of his. Do it if poverty should stare you in the face. 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Keyword: Filter: Page 1 | Found: 27 sermons: Show only exact verse | SORT. This rule, too, for I might continue to apply it in scores of ways, will also hold good with you in your daily life in the matter of your general cheerfulness or otherwise. Now after the death of Joshua. Let us dwell upon his verdict as to human ability. Have you not said to yourself, in deep humility, “Surely, I have been a woman highly favored?” Do you not, my brother, often feel that the name given to Daniel might be given to you, “O man greatly beloved?” Perhaps you are greatly tried; but then, you have been graciously sustained. The exactness of obedience is the very essence of obedience; let us keep to it, then. Out on thee, for adding lying to thine other vices! The vine has a dressing all its own, and the apple-tree a pruning peculiar to itself. Jericho resolves Israel shall not be its master. Be very courageous to do what the Lord Jesus bids you in all things, and let men judge you to be an idiot if you will, you shall be one of the Lord’s champions, a true Knight of the Cross. Joshua 1 Commentary; F R FAY. This leaves him with undiminished responsibility; for he ought to be able to serve God, and his inability is his fault (Jer. God's word knows us better than we know ourselves. Commentary on Joshua 2:1-7 (Read Joshua 2:1-7) Faith in God's promises ought not to do away, but to encourage our diligence in the use of proper means. Particular notice is taken of his early rising, as afterwards upon other occasions, which shows how little he sought his own ease. 1. Get into the state of that poor man who was so greatly blessed to pious Tauler. ... Next commentary: The city is compassed. therefore let us do nothing, and refrain altogether from zealous Christian service.” This is not proper language for true children. Joshua 1:7 Home | M. Henry Commentary | Play! Have I an alabaster-box anywhere? A peculiarity of love colors each gracious life. Straightway the soldier stops him. The providence of God directed the spies to the house of Rahab. THE NECESSITIES OF WHICH WE ARE REMINDED BY THIS TRUTH. Brethren, we must have more fire, and more irons in it! Commentary by Robert Jamieson . (Copyright AGES Software. THE DISCOURAGEMENT WHICH ARISES FROM THIS TRUTH. And, what is more, when my text says, “The Lord hath blessed me hitherto,” there is a kind of prophecy in it, for “hitherto” has a window forward as well us backward. But Joshua appointed no leader after him to guide the whole nation. A sow will not sit up to wash its face like the cat before the fire; neither will a debauched person take delight in holiness. It may be said that they could serve God if they liked; but in that "if" lies the hinge of the whole question. Did you say, “Now, do not project anything?” I do not know that I shall, but at the same time, I am not sure that I shall not. You and I, who are in Christ, are partakers of all covenant blessings in Christ Jesus. The vigilant soldier was afterwards handsomely rewarded, and all the world said that he was a brave fellow. Text Commentaries by C. H. Spurgeon Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), often known today as the Prince of Preachers, began his pastorate at London's New He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. See what you suffer. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Their inability was wholly of the moral kind. We are probably better dead, if we cannot live without doing wrong. They foment revivals, but not revivals such as we should approve of — their revivals are blown up like bladders with mere human excitement and playing upon men’s passions, and this brings true zeal into contempt. III. You must continue daily to fight. Theirs is a fire which burns down the house instead of burning in the grate and warming the household. Bibliography InformationSpurgeon, Charle Haddon. the first is a pardonable weakness, in which there is much that is commendable, but this is a detestable one, of which I can say nothing that is good. He who will not go to the fire ought not to complain that the room is cold. Has he denied to you fellowship with himself and communion with his dear Son? As a spur to energy, let us always regard the gracious promises of our God. Though you and I have no Hivites and Jebusites to kill, no cities to pull down, no chariots of iron to encounter, yet we shall find it no easy thing to keep to the path of Christian consistency. You, my brethren, I dare say, made much the same spiritual covenant with God, and you have not stood to it. You will find it so, young man, in a mercantile house. © 2018 Monergism by CPR Foundation. Ask, ’Oh, why such love to me?’ Grace hath put me in the number Of the Savior’s family: Hallelujah! After such a tremendous victory at Jericho, Joshua chapter 7 is surprising to say the least. Some men in business act in such a way that from morning till night they can think of nothing but business. Who is accounted to be the boldest and the best soldier but the man who is most thoroughly obedient to the captain’s command? As far as they had gone they had driven out the Canaanites, and taken possession of the country. You will notice, in connection with the ordinances of God’s house, one extreme about sacraments is that they are channels of grace. Do not wish to have your portion in this life, lest you get it; for thee you will be as the ungodly. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are saving ordinances, according to certain ignorant people. Though we read no commination service; though we do not speak to you from Ebal and Gerizim, with the blessing and the curse; yet rest assured that there is before the living God a separation of tho precious from the vile, and each day there is a judgment which, in God’s apprehension, puts some upon the right hand with the “Come, ye blessed,” and others upon the left hand with the “Depart, ye cursed.” This will be finally done in “that day of days for which all other days were made.” At this hour, my hearer, if you are not the blessed of the Lord, you are resting under the dark shadow of a curse from which I pray God you may at once escape. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” Christ is the great Peacemaker; but before peace, he brings war. But that was all unholiness to him. 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. The argument that the sons of Joseph wanted to draw was peculiarly Jewish; it was the inference of business. Yield, and all will end well; but if you stand out against the Most High, it is not God’s rod that makes you smart; it is a rod of your own making. "Yes, I am aware of that;' said the other, "but what about my back?" Download this high quality and practical app and do your Bible study comfortable on the coach. In answer to Joshua's challenge, the people had said, "We will serve the Lord, for he is our God." If it must come to this, that we must suffer hunger and even nakedness itself, we shall not be worse off than the apostles — better men than we; we shall not be brought lower than the martyrs — with whose names we are not worthy to have ours coupled. Perhaps the odours may begin to ooze out. 7:18)? Joshua 1:11. They talk as if they would turn the world upside down, whilst it is their own brains that need first to be turned into a right condition. The Lord Appoints Joshua to Succeed Moses. Jericho resolves Israel shall not be its master. Adore and wonder! Joshua was not left to his own fallible judgment, or fickle fancy, but he was to do according to all that was written in the book of the law. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho. Never be afraid of any text that is written by the sacred pen. JOSHUA was very highly favoured in the matter of promises. (1a) After the death of Joshua. Studying the book of Joshua 1; shows a significant summary of the history, time and relevant details according to the bible’s acts based onBenson Joseph - Bible Commentary and reading parallely the bible’s version Douy-Rheims Bible Challoner Revision. Joshua 8:1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: Ver. Bankruptcies one after another of the same person are doubled-distilled thieving, generally; not old-fashioned thieving like that which once brought men to transportation and to the gallows, but something worse than highway robbery and burglary. We will not suffer any to speak against it, for we believe it to be a God-sent gift. Then surely it is not a mean and sneaking thing for a man to be obedient to him who is the Commander-in-chief of the universe, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Every good gift which has come to me has come from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. First, God speaks and commissions Joshua (1:1-5) and then calls him to be strong and courageous (1:6-9). For I have found an atonement, as Job 33:24. The siege of Jericho. he present volume is the second of a series of works useful to Students and Ministers prepared by Mr. Spurgeon; and published at 2s. Come, brethren, we have not driven out all the Canaanites yet, but we have driven out many of them. So I think it is in another respect, in which the tendency is to one of two extremes. One would be contented with what he has if he could keep it always, while another would be more pleased if life could be shortened. 5:28)? Even thus shall it be with us, for the Lord hath blessed us hitherto. Man's inability lies in the want of moral power so to wish and will as actually to perform. It was the plea that they should have more because they had so much: because they had one lot, therefore they were to have two portions in the promised land. Commentary on Joshua 3:1-6 (Read Joshua 3:1-6) The Israelites came to Jordan in faith, having been told that they should pass it. What is the inference from that fact? Never will the silver stream of his love cease to flow. Joshua 1:10 "Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying," The same word is used in (Deut. He has blessed us in his providence, — in the brightness and in the darkness of it, in its calms and in its storms, in its harvests and in its famines. Each saint may tell his fellow something that he does not know; and in heaven it will be a part of the riches of glory to hold commerce in those specialties which each one has for himself alone. Faith in him who was made a curse for us is the only way to the blessing. “The Lord hath blessed us hitherto.” No curse has intervened. Let the world judge of this for itself. Let us, then, run all risks for Christ. 1. God's omniscience sees each part of our being as an anatomist sees the various portions of the body, and he therefore knows our moral and spiritual nature most thoroughly. 13:23). We are not to follow, in the service of God, our own fancies. Contentment should be natural to those who are born of the Spirit of God; yea, we ought to go beyond contentment, and cry, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits.”, Brethren, the best advice that I can give to each man among you is, that he should endeavor to make the best of the portion which God has given him: for after all, Joshua had not arbitrarily appointed Ephraim and Manasseh their lots, but they had fallen to them by the decree of God. God gives wonderful human lea… Joshua was especially exhorted to continue in the path of obedience. Continuing victory in Israel. From F.B. Well, if we must be poor, it will soon be over, and in heaven there shall be no poverty. Introduction: A survey of the history of Israel from Egypt to Canaan. The tribe of Joseph says, “Forasmuch as the Lord hath blessed me hitherto.”. Let men try to be perfectly obedient. He does for the dahlia what he does not for the sunflower; somewhat is wanted by the rose that is not required by the lily; and the geranium calls for an attention which is not given to the honey-suckle. This will enable you to serve him on better principles. CHAPTER 1. I want no man to infer that, because God has blessed him in providence, he is to expect to have still more riches, and still more pleasure. It is possible I may do an occasional service for one whose servant I am not, but it were mean that a great person should be served only by the servants of another lord. 3. We may partake of the common mercies of providence, and the extraordinary mercies of grace, without stint. If it be the design of providence to please men, it is a melancholy failure. “He hath blessed us hitherto.” When we have provoked him; when we have backslidden from him; when we have been making an ill use of his blessings; yet he has kept on blessing us with a wondrous perseverance of love. Here is an honest man. It is not a physical but a moral inability, and this is not in their nature, but in their fallen nature; not of God, but of sin. NO. Israel was delivered from Egypt’s degrading bondage. Earthquakes, and falling stars, and the pouring out of vials, follow with terrible speed; but it all ends in everlasting bliss and eternal union. Here is a merchant, and he boasts, “I have a clerk, who is such a good accountant that you would not find a mistake of a single penny in six months’ reckoning.” It would not have meant much if he had said, “You would not find a mistake of ten thousand pounds in six months’ reckoning.” And yet if a man stands to little things, and is minute and particular, worldlings charge him with being tee stringent, too strict, too straitlaced, and I know not what besides; while all the time, according to their own showing, the essence of honesty and of correctness is exactness in little things. all the kings which were on this side — that is, the western side of Jordan.. in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea — This threefold distinction marks out very clearly a large portion of Canaan.