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5/7b Joshua’s Story in the Covenant for the Promised Land

In our first post on the Covenant with Joshua and Jehovah Nissi, we set out the journey of the nation from slavery to wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.  We now come to the point in our story when the slavery generation has left the scene to the next generation.  It is this second generation out of Egypt that await the entrance to their Promised Land.  They stand in anticipation of their next great adventure.

We take up this point in history with Joshua’s story:

“So the day has arrived….after 40 years of wandering, listening to these hard-hearted unbelieving people.  They were no longer slaves in Egypt but teaching slaves how to be free is another thing!

“So here we stand.  Our great leader, Moses brought the people into the valley between two mountains. 

‘You chose this day….blessings or curses…you choose.’ 

“How big his voice was then, yet he knew in a few short days, Jehovah would call him home at 120 years old.  I could see the sadness in his eyes; he was not to enter our Promised Land….after all these years and pleading for these people.

“The words passed among this new generation.  They pointed to Mount Gerizim – which meant they would chose blessings from our great Jehovah…..

“I remember very clearly the song Moses gave us, to help set our heart on obedience to our Great God. (Deuteronomy 32) 

“After his death, the whole responsibility would pass to me, Joshua.  Oh Jehovah Rapha grant me the wisdom as You did Moses.  We were to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. 

“Even though the people pledged their allegiance to me, deep inside I wondered …. but I would obey.  Every place we set foot would be given to us.  Jehovah… would not clear the whole Land before we entered as the wild beast would prosper.  He was there and He would clear the Land before us…all we needed to do was be obedient.

“I remember the day Moses sent Caleb and I, along with 12 other men to look at this new Land.  It was indeed a fertile Land, plentiful with water and grass for our animals. 

We saw tall and strong people already living in well guarded cities yet we would be victorious because Jehovah was with us.  This was His judgement on the people’s idolatry.

“However the other 12 men trembled greatly and reported so fearfully that even Moses felt anger at their stubborn unbelief.  None of these men are with us today so we trained a whole generation in celebrations, obedience and readiness for this very day!  …but I knew Him as Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider!  (Genesis 22:14)

“So we all stood on tip-toes, waiting for His blessings, this mighty second generation of His people.  Caleb and I had seen the Land waiting for us.  Yes, it was a land of ‘milk and honey’, grapes so big it took … men just to carry a branch.    We had seen it with our own eyes!  Jehovah Jireh even promised to drive out the pagan nations who used abominable worship to their gods.  He was our Jehovah Eloah, the only true God, compared to their false gods.

“All he asked in return?  …to keep the laws He had given us, to keep us safe from the diseases and illnesses of the pagans around us,   Secondly, He asked for our continued obedience ….which we desperately needed if we were to conquer this land anyhow!  Then thirdly, He asked for ‘His Land’  – Yes this was His Land He was given us – to have a rest every seventh year.  Was that so hard to do?

….guess we’ll see how this nation responds to Jehovah’s call.

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To continue the story, go to the original in the book of Joshua.  There were many adventures but sadly, the rebellion and stubborn heart of the people continued.  Jehovah did not plan for them to battle and used force to gain His Land; He wanted to give them this blessing.  How like many of us today.

2.  The words of the Covenant

In a very graphic way, the people were invited to choose their future.  On one side of a valley near Shechem was Mt. Gerizim, representing the blessings Jehovah would give them, if they obeyed His commands.  On the other side of the valley was Mt. Ebal, where the curses were pronounced on them if they failed to keep their promises, Deuteronomy 27:12-13.  The second generation out of Egypt could now choose for themselves, Deuteronomy 30 :15-19.  This time they responded in faith and obedience.

a)  The blessings – The people were to prosper in the city, in the field, with fruitfulness, with daily provisions, in their daily activities, with victory over their enemies, with abundant storehouses, profitable labour, seasonal rains, national position and blessed in commerce, Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

b)  The curses – If the people were disobedient, then disaster would ‘overtake them’, Deuteronomy. 28:15-68.  These curses were evident throughout the history of Israel, bringing the ultimate fulfillment during their captivity in Assyria and Babylon.

Even as Joshua set the people moving forward, they led with music instruments and worship.  Their first encounters with their enemies were good but soon they over-confidence and self-effort took over.  From there, the struggles were more and more challenging.

Join us as we continue with this important Covenant between Jehovah Eloah and Joshua in our next postHere we explain more of the Terms and the Seal of this Covenant and then we look at the results as the people of Israel began to claim more and more of His Land …. and then the sad chapters of disobedience and self-will as we head toward the Kingdom Covenant with King David.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.hearinggod.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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