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Trusting in God’s Promises. March 2008. Living by the promise box. So what do you think?. Joshua and God’s promises. Overview 1-12 Battle / Conquest of the land 13-22 Making the land ‘home’ 23-4 Renewing their relationship with God

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living by the promise box
Living by the promise box
  • So what do you think?
joshua and god s promises
Joshua and God’s promises

Overview

    • 1-12 Battle / Conquest of the land
    • 13-22 Making the land ‘home’
    • 23-4 Renewing their relationship with God
  • What examples of God’s promises have you seen in chapters 1-10?
joshua and trusting god s promises
Joshua and trusting God’s promises

The promise:

  • The land (3-4)
  • Victory (5a)
  • God’s powerful presence (5b)

Response

  • Be strong and courageous (6)
  • Obey the law (7,8)
  • Don’t be a wet lettuce (9)

And for the people…

  • Follow God’s appointed leader (16f)
joshua and god s covenant with israel
Joshua and God’s covenant with Israel

Background in Deuteronomy

  • Deut 13 – compare Josh 7
  • Deut 27:1-8 – compare Josh 8:30
  • Deut 20 – compare Josh 9
but did god keep his promise
But did God keep his promise?
  • Compare 21:43-45 with 13:1-5?????
  • Some of God’s promises are conditional
  • There is a tension between an ideal ‘not yet’ and an on the ground ‘now’
  • Some of God’s promises need more careful interpretation.
joshua and jesus trusting the promises of the new covenant
Joshua and Jesus – trusting the promises of the new covenant
  • For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Cor 1:20)
  • So we trust God’s promises by following God’s appointed leader (Jesus!).
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Joshua and Jesus – trusting the promises of the new covenant
  • The promises - Hebrews 8:7-13
    • God’s law on our hearts
    • Personal knowledge of God
    • Forgiveness of sin
  • Response
    • Keep in step with the Holy Spirit (Gal 5)
    • Grow in prayer
    • Repent and trust in Jesus
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Joshua and Jesus – trusting the promises of the new covenant
  • ‘Taking the land’? – Matt 28:18-20
    • Teach all nations
    • Teach them to obey Jesus (not the law)
    • The promise of God’s presence
    • Fulfilment begins in Acts
  • Response
    • Be strong and very courageous!