Passover that was celebrated following the crossing of Jordan into the
promise land and the fact that it initiated the new life wherein the
promises of the Lord were to be realized thus pointing to Christ our
Passover and the life that is ever renewing in Him.
AIM: That we
might ever be looking to the task ahead undergirded by the faith of
God’s elect and claiming the spiritual holding that is given us in Him.
INTR: The book
of Joshua truly marks a new beginning for the children of Israel in that
the promise given them is brought to fruition and a new way is
1. We are ever reminded of the long journey which
returned them to the land where Abraham had sojourned hundreds of years
2. They had come from being tent dwellers in the land, to
prisoners in Egypt, to sojourners in the wilderness and now, at long
last, to the entrance into the Land of Promise.
3. It is here we pick
up the story and try to connect it with the pictures it suggests in the
life of believers and the life they have in Christ our Lord.
THESIS: Every day in Christ is a new
beginning and His compassions are new every morning. Even as these, we
are led by one fully capable of carrying out the necessary duties to a
land fully furnished with all that we shall ever need.
Encamped at Gilgal (v. 10)
1. They had been in the area for some time
as they waited for the passing of Moses and the institution of Joshua as
1) Promise was made: Every place that the sole of your
foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
2) Instructions were in place: 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. Joshua 1:8
3) Encouragement was offered:
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 1:9.
2. The crossing of Jordan
The role of the priests, the Ark, and the distance of the people from
the Ark (2000 cubits)
2) The stones that were removed and the message
3) The return of the waters
4) The fear of the
inhabitants of the Land
5) The circumcision of the males that had
come through the wilderness.
3. It had now been forty years since the
Passover meal had been eaten in Egypt and now, on the same day it was
observed for the first time in the Land.
1) They had been redeemed
from out of Egypt and into the Land of the Lord’s design
2) May we be
reminded that every day forward is one purchased to us by the Blood of
II. The food from a new source (vv. 11-12)
entered the Land preparing for battle (we are reminded that Reuben, Gad
and the half-tribe of Manasseh came armed for battle).
were waiting following the Passover – they partook of the abandoned food
of the Land – after all it was theirs for the taking.
2) The life of
faith comes with the promise of all that is needed to pursue assigned
2. The manna ceased:
1) It had been a precious type of
Christ as He acknowledged (see John 6).
2) But, it was there day by
day – they needed only to pick it up.
3) It was no longer needed as
the Land was one flowing with milk and honey.
III. Eating of the
fruit of the Land (v. 12)
1. They were, no doubt reminded of Moses:
10 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into
the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to
Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and
wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which
thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Deuteronomy
2. Many suggest that the picture is that of entering Heaven
and the glorious provision it holds and that is not without merit as a
3. But, we are likewise provided with supplies for the
journey and nourishment to finish the course: (from Gill)
eternal love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
2) Electing grace and
the provisions of grace and the providing which is of grace in every
3) The everlasting covenant of grace sealed by the Blood of
Christ our Lord.
4) All the attendant blessing of Grace that assure
and comfort our hearts in every way.
4. But, above all is the promise
of His presence to protect, to preserve and to bring us everlasting
delight as we share in His joy and peace.