Joshua 1** Here is the history of Israel's passing into the land ofCanaan, conquering and dividing it, under the command of Joshua,and their history until his death. The power and truth of God infulfilling his promises to Israel, and in executing his justlythreatened vengeance on the Canaanites, are wonderfullydisplayed. This should teach us to regard the tremendous cursesdenounced in the word of God against impenitent sinners, and toseek refuge in Christ Jesus. * The Lord appoints Joshua to succeed Moses. (1-4) God promisesto assist Joshua. (5-9) Preparation to pass over Jordan. (10-15)The people promise to obey Joshua. (16-18)1-4 Joshua had attended upon Moses. He who was called tohonour, had been long used to business. Our Lord Jesus took uponhim the form of a servant. Joshua was trained up under command.Those are fittest to rule, who have learned to obey. The removalof useful men should quicken survivors to be the more diligentin doing good. Arise, go over Jordan. At this place and at thistime the banks were overflowed. Joshua had no bridge or boats,and yet he must believe that God, having ordered the peopleover, would open a way. 5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. He is charged tomeditate therein day and night, that he might understand it.Whatever affairs of this world we have to mind, we must notneglect the one thing needful. All his orders to the people, andhis judgments, must be according to the law of God. Joshua musthimself be under command; no man's dignity or dominion sets himabove the law of God. He is to encourage himself with thepromise and presence of God. Let not the sense of thine owninfirmities dishearten thee; God is all-sufficient. I havecommanded, called, and commissioned thee to do it, and will besure to bear thee out in it. When we are in the way of duty, wehave reason to be strong and very bold. Our Lord Jesus, asJoshua here, was borne up under his sufferings by a regard tothe will of God, and the commandment from his Father. 10-15 Joshua says to the people, Ye shall pass over Jordan, andshall possess the land; because God had said so to him. Wehonour the truth of God, when we stagger not at the promise ofGod. The two tribes and a half were to go over Jordan with theirbrethren. When God, by his providence, has given us rest, weought to consider what service we may do to our brethren. 16-18 The people of Israel engage to obey Joshua; All that thoucommandest us to do we will readily do, without murmuring ordisputing, and whithersoever thou sendest us we will go. Thebest we can ask of God for our magistrates, is, that they mayhave the presence of God; that will make them blessings to us,so that in seeking this for them, we consult our own interest.May we be enabled to enlist under the banner of the Captain ofour salvation, to be obedient to his commands, and to fight thegood fight of faith, with all that trust in and love his name,against all who oppose his authority; for whoever refuses toobey him must be destroyed.
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