Sunday, May 09, 2021

Joshua 7:8 (KJV) Get Up!

Joshua 7:8 (KJV)

O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!

It’s a pathetic little cry Joshua makes before the Lord. What are people going to say?

  • What will the enemy say?
  • What will the children of Israel say?
  • What am I going to say?

When word gets out that we failed to win Ai?

God’s answer was, shall I say, blunt. 

Joshua 7:10 (KJV)
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 


Joshua was in prayer but apparently, it was more like a pity party than a cry for help. God wasn’t interested in soothing his poor conscience. God was interested in correcting the trouble that caused the failure. 

Here we learn the priorities of the Lord. 

  • He is not as concerned about our reputation as He is what is right. 
  • He is not as concerned about our comfort as He is what is right. 
  • He is not as concerned about our successes as He is what is right. 

In the end, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father. 

In the end, His children will be comforted and victorious. 

Today, right now, the goal is different. Right now, the goal is conformity to Christ. 

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Joshua 7:8 (KJV) Get Up!

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Joshua 6:18 (KJV) A Tiny Bit of Curse

Joshua 6:18 (KJV)

And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.


It is possible to bring trouble on yourself, your family, and your community simply by accepting into your life and home the thing that God condemns. Achan did not take this possibility seriously. What harm could come from keeping such a tiny bit of the spoils of Jericho? He found out. So did all Israel. 

First, they were defeated in the very next battle. 
Perhaps even the confidence of Joshua’s men concerning Ai was part of the curse. 

Then Achan’s sin was discovered
This resulted in his condemnation and death. 

Finally, Achan’s family was also condemned 
His sin impacted not only himself but those he loved and cared for. 

Our society takes the accursed things much too lightly. 

I am thankful that, in Christ, those curses have been judged so that we may go forward to victory in Jesus. 

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Joshua 6:18 (KJV) A Tiny Bit of Curse

Friday, May 07, 2021

Joshua 4:14 (KJV) Follow

Joshua 4:14 (KJV)

On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.

I have an ancient Hebrew lexicon that attempts to take Hebrew words back to when they were symbols and pictographs. The pictograph for the word, fear, is a flowing river. One of the definitions is a leader pointing his finger. The implication is the direction in which we should go. It has to do with following. 


This seems to me to be an appropriate definition of the word fear because, in this case, Israel was not to tremble in the presence of either Joshua or Moses. Nor were they expected to be terrified of them. They were to follow in the direction Moses and Joshua pointed.

This is significant because in this very chapter, verse 24, we read that the people were to fear the Lord. I suggest that this, too, means to follow and obey, to go the direction He leads them. Surely there is a context in which being terrified of God is appropriate. He is, after all, a consuming fire. But the relationship God seeks with us is not one where we tremble in His presence. He longs for us to come boldly to the throne of grace. 

Under all circumstances to travel in the direction He points us is advised and preferred. 

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Joshua 4:14 (KJV) Follow

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Joshua 1:7 (KJV) Right Or Left

Joshua 1:7 (KJV)

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.


I just heard of another case where a younger man, presuming to be a man of God, has departed from that which he has been taught, those things his fathers in the faith committed to him. In this case, the pain he has caused hurts his family, hurts the church he grew up in and, significantly impacts even our church. I am trusting that the Lord will use it in our ministry, but there is no telling how far-reaching the decision of one young person to turn from those things fathers have taught might be. 

God’s charge to Joshua was to be strong, to be courageous, and do not turn either to the right or the left of what Moses had taught him. It takes courage and superhuman, should I say supernatural strength to stay the course upon which you’ve been set. 

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Joshua 1:7 (KJV) Right Or Left

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Matthew 4:6 (KJV) It Is Written

Matthew 4:6 (KJV)

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

I love this quote I found in Jamieson-Fausset-Brown concerning this verse, “’But what is this I see?’ exclaims stately Bishop Hall. ‘Satan himself with a Bible under his arm and a text in his mouth!’”


Jesus countered every one of Satan’s temptations with, “It is written”. Satan attempted to use the Bible against Jesus in the same manner. Apparently, he thought if he used Scripture first, he could silence the Word of God before the Living Word could use it. He was mistaken. 

We must never expect that the adversary of our faith is without knowledge of the Bible. Satan is an expert in it. However, I note that it is the only argument Jesus gave while it is but one of many the devil used. 

We would do best if we always relied on the Bible.

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Matthew 4:6 (KJV) It Is Written

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Deuteronomy 32:46 (KJV) Love for God’s Word

Deuteronomy 32:46 (KJV)

And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.

Set your hearts unto all the words.”

Affection for God is directly tied to our affection for His Words. It is key in the Christian life therefore to 

  • Learn
  • Memorize
  • Read and
  • Meditate 

upon all the words we find in God’s Word. 

The atheist, the agnostic, the antagonist will attack the Bible as aggressively as they possibly can. The cultist, the heretic, the apostate will twist misquote, rewrite, and wrest out of context God’s Word. 


The Christian must therefore never assume that a close relationship with the Lord may be maintained without a love for the Word of God. Such love will lead to lingering in thought upon it, being drawn to it, a recall of it, and an intense passion to defend it. 

Loving God begins with His love for us. It is stirred by our love for His Words to us. 

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Deuteronomy 32:46 (KJV) Love for God’s Word

Monday, May 03, 2021

Deuteronomy 30:11 (KJV) Do It Now

Deuteronomy 30:11 (KJV)

For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

This passage, down to Deuteronomy 30:14 (KJV)
But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. reminds me of the New Testament passage that refers to it. 

Romans 10:8-13 (KJV)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


Both passages begin and end with golden nuggets of truth. I suspect the vein of gold, however, is to be found in what’s between. If we connect the Old with the New, and I am confident that it is appropriate to do so, we find that the commandment so near and not hidden, the commandment we may and must do, is this simple, 

Romans 10:13 (KJV)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  • This is not hidden
  • This is not difficult 
  • This is not limited

If you have never called upon the name of the Lord to be saved, I beg you to do it now. 

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Deuteronomy 30:11 (KJV) Do It Now

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV) Pretty Basic

Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV)

The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

There are two “things” spoken of in this verse,

  • The secret things
  • Those things which are revealed unto us

It seems pretty basic to me.
There are things we do not and cannot know
In some cases, God reveals them later. In some cases, He gives mankind the ability to discover through study and practice. There are yet many things that are completely secret to us. 

  • We do not know what lies beyond the grave 
  • We do not know how to preserve a life indefinitely 
  • We do not know how to create life 

These things belong exclusively unto the Lord. We are best left to trust Him in them. 


There are those things we know almost instinctively or that are plainly declared to us

  • That God is 
  • That we are accountable to Him 
  • That the Word of God, in the Bible, is true, infallible, and profitable 

Knowing these things, our wisest course of action is to know His word and then to do it. 

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Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV) Pretty Basic

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Deuteronomy 28:15 (KJV) “Easy Pickin’s”

Deuteronomy 28:15 (KJV)

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

There are I think two reasons why the Jews, the children of Israel, have been so hated. 
They have been hated because they are God’s people
Satan hates all of humanity because we are created in the image of God and he hates God. The Jews have been particularly hated because they are that chosen race by which God gave the world Jesus. Those who hate God hate Jews. 

They have also been hated because of their participation in the crucifixion of Jesus 
Misguided and likely false professing Christians, Catholic and Protestant, took ought against the Jews as the enemies of Christ. This is such an obvious misunderstanding of Scriptures as even Christ, as He was dying, prayed that they would be forgiven. 

The fact remains, the Jews have been the target of hatred for just about as long as we have a record. 


God pronounced that it would be so. I do not believe that the curse of Deuteronomy is so much that God brings this upon them as it is this is the consequence of turning from God. A people belonging to God but far from him are helpless prey to Satan and to those under his influence. 

I think we find here a very accurate application of, 
Matthew 18:7 (KJV) 

Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 

Offenses happen in this corrupt world. When we turn aside from the blessings of God, we may expect those offenses to be more frequent, more intense, and less merciful. Away from God, we are “easy pickin’s” for the devil and his own. 

But woe to the one by whom it comes. 
What happened to the Jews, in WWII for instance, can be explained by the fact that they are the children of God and by the German’s misguided Protestant hatred of them for Christ’s execution. That it can be explained in no way implicates God nor does it excuse the Germans who perpetrated this atrocity. 

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Deuteronomy 28:15 (KJV) “Easy Pickin’s”