I can guarantee you will be edified, equipped and transformed by the Spirit 2Cor 3: C H Spurgeon comments on John Trapp: Dickinson has rendered them accessible, I trust most of you have bought them. Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone.
Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: Some of his remarks are far fetched, and like the far fetched rarities of Solomon's Tarshish, there is much gold and silver, but there are also apes and peacocks.
His criticisms would some of them be the cause of amusement in these days of greater scholarship; but for all that, he who shall excel Trapp had need rise very early in the morning.
Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing.
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Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humour, so much the better for your hearers. The best commentary on Scripture is Scripture Compare Scripture with Scripture and these cross references compiled by Torrey are the most comprehensive work of this type with over , entries. However, always check the context Keep Context King to make sure that the cross reference is referring to the same subject as the original Scripture. The Puritan writer Thomas Watson said it this way - "The Scripture is to be its own interpreter or rather the Spirit speaking in it; nothing can cut the diamond but the diamond; nothing can interpret Scripture but Scripture.
See also Use of Cross-References. Whenever the Lord assigns us a difficult task, He gives us what we need to carry it out. Today's Scripture tells us that Joshua was thrust into a position of great responsibility.
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How could he ever follow such a. In his own strength it would be impossible to lead the people into the Promised Land. But along with the marching orders, the Lord gave him an assuring promise: Then He said, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" v. Such reassurances were the backing Joshua needed. If God has given you some special work to do that frightens you, it's your responsibility to jump at it. It's up to the Lord to see you through. As you faithfully do your part, He will do His part.
I'll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, O'er mountain, or plain, or sea; I'll say what You want me to say, dear Lord, I'll be what You want me to be. During our church's annual New Year's Eve Communion service, we say this prayer together: We give You our failures, our regrets, and our disappointments, for we have no more use for them. Make us now a new people, forgetting what lies behind and pressing on toward that which lies ahead of us. Purify them by Your Spirit so that our wills shall truly reflect Your will for us.
In every transition, it's good to look both ways. When Joshua assumed leadership of Israel, God told him to consider the past and the future: Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them" Joshua 1: Then He promised, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you… Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" vv.
With confidence in God, we can look back and look ahead, then walk boldly into a new year. Forgive us, Lord, for failures past, Then help us start anew With strength and courage to obey And closely follow You. I was in England during World War II working as a surgical technician in an army hospital when I heard the shocking radio announcement: I was relieved when I heard him say that he felt as if an enormous weight had fallen on his shoulders and that he desired people everywhere to pray for him.
This reassured me that he humbly recognized his inadequacies and his need for God's help. Few of us will ever be thrust into a position of leadership with duties of that magnitude, but most of us know the feeling of inadequacy in the face of great responsibility we are about to assume. It might be that of taking on a new job, getting a promotion at work, choosing a spouse, becoming a parent, or accepting a new ministry in Sunday school or church. When we face a new challenge, we can take courage from the Lord's words to Joshua 1: We can accept our opportunity as from Him and believe that He will give us all we need to do it well.
If we meditate on His Word, obey it, prayerfully rely on Him, and work diligently, He will do the rest. He will equip us for the task. The Lord will give you help and strength For work He bids you do: To serve Him from a heart of love Is all He asks of you. God's call to a task includes His strength to complete it. When I was a boy, the flame of adventure burned brightly in my soul, filling my life with anticipation.
I loved to read stories about pioneers who ventured into the unknown, and I still remember these words of Rudyard Kipling:. Although I still like to try new things, I have lost some of my adventurous spirit as I've grown older, and I find myself feeling a bit uneasy as I draw closer to retirement, old age, and death. But as I trust God and keep walking with Him, I find that fear diminishes and my longing for heaven grows stronger. The Israelites undoubtedly felt both uneasiness and eagerness as they prepared to enter the Promised Land.
Knowing this, Joshua told them to follow the ark, the symbol of God's presence. The people leading the column were to stay far enough behind the ark so that those in the rear could see it. By trusting God and obeying Him, their fear dissolved and their sense of anticipation grew stronger. And it still works that way today. When our son Stephen was eight, he was invited to stay overnight at a cousin's house.
It was his first time away from home and it all sounded like an exciting adventure. But when we got ready to leave, he started getting that homesick feeling! With tears glistening in his eyes and his voice quavering, he cried, "Mommy, I don't feel so good. I'd better go home with you. We too can become fearful sometimes as we look ahead because we've "never been there before. Perhaps right now you are anxious about some new and untried pathway on which the Lord is leading you.
Then listen to God's Word and take courage: Place your hand by faith in your heavenly Father's hand, and let Him lead the way. I have promised you My presence With you everywhere you go; I will never, never leave you As you travel here below. In the story about Joshua and the city of Jericho, we have a most vivid illustration of faith.
God commanded Joshua to gather all the men of war and have them march around Jericho once a day for six days. The Lord promised Joshua that if they did this, the walls of the city would fall down flat. Have you ever tried to put yourself in Joshua's place, and imagine how you would have reacted to such a command?
In fact, I'm rather ashamed of myself that I didn't devise such a brilliant plan in the first place. It really makes a lot of sense. That is, he couldn't take out his "slide rule" and calculate scientifically that the predicted results would necessarily follow such actions. And yet, even though some would have ruled it an insane plan thus to attempt the conquest of Jericho, Joshua obeyed God anyway, simply because he had faith!
Yes, he was willing to rely on the word of the Lord, despite the fact that it seemed contrary to his own understanding of things. That's what God expects of us today. He wants us to believe His Word — to accept the Bible record in its entirety — whether we can comprehend it or not. There is much in the Book we cannot explain: So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Loin had said to Moses; and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel Joshua God gave Israel the land of Palestine as their inheritance.
He first promised it to Abraham, and He reconfirmed His pledge to others throughout Old Testament times. In addition to whatever land he owned, the Jewish man would pass on his possessions to his children. Only the priests and Levites owned neither land nor possessions; their inheritance was the Lord. In the Old Testament, a person had rights to an inheritance only through the death of a parent or relative. Under Roman law of New Testament times, a person became an heir at birth, though he might not receive a full inheritance until a family member died.
In Jesus Christ, the truths about inheritance from both testaments reached their pinnacle: He died that we might enter our inheritance; and He gave us a second birth that we might accept our responsibility. Abe Lincoln told the story of a blacksmith who heated a piece of iron in the forge, not knowing what he was going to make. At first he thought of shaping it into a horseshoe but changed his mind. After hammering on the iron for a while, he decided to try to make it into something else.
By this time the metal was no longer malleable.
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Holding it up with his tongs and looking at it with disgust, the blacksmith tossed it into a vat of water. Joshua would have seen an important lesson in that story. He knew that a meaningful life must have clear purpose. If you're not going to live for God, then decide against Him. If you are going to live for God, then let your life reflect that decision.
But whatever you do, decide! Joshua made it clear that he and his family had made their choice to serve the Lord For him, life was not an amusement park but an arena where important decisions had to be made. If you don't choose to trust Christ and serve Him, all you will have to show for the living of your days will be a loud fizzle. Few experiences match the challenge and exhilaration of mountain climbing. Those who participate in this exercise of endurance and skill like to compare peaks and share experiences. When European climbers get together to swap stories, they often tell of passing a certain grave along the trail to one famous peak.
To me, mountain climbing is a picture of the life of faith. Throughout our lives we are to continue moving upward -- learning more about God, growing in our relationship with Christ, becoming stronger in our battle with temptation, pushing ahead in telling the lost about Christ. The author of Hebrews put it this way: Joshua was just such a man of God. His "climb" began in Egypt and ended in the Promised Land. He won great battles. We are told that "Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua" Josh. Lord Jesus, help us to serve You faithfully. May we still be climbing to the very end.
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I want to scale the utmost height And catch a glimpse of glory bright; But still I'll pray till heaven I've found, "Lord, lead me on to higher ground. Beloved, a life of warfare is before us, but the Lord of Hosts is with us. Are we called to lead a great but fickle people? This promise guarantees us all the wisdom and prudence that we shall need. Have we to contend with cunning and powerful enemies?
Here is strength and valor, prowess and victory. Have we a vast heritage to win? By this sign we shall achieve our purpose: It would be woe to us indeed if Jehovah could fail us but, as this can never be, the winds of disquietude are laid to sleep in the caverns of divine faithfulness. On no one occasion will the Lord desert us. Happen what may, He will be at our side.
Friends drop from us; their help is but an April shower. But God is faithful, Jesus is the same forever, and the Holy Spirit abideth in us. Come, my heart, be calm and hopeful today. Clouds may gather, but the Lord can blow them away. Since God will not fail me, my faith shall not fail, and, as He will not forsake me neither will I forsake Him. Oh, for a restful faith! He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks not so. From this text it is plain that our Master would not have us entangled with fears.
He would have us without carefulness, without doubt, without cowardice. Our Master does not think so lightly of our unbelief as we do. When we are desponding we are subject to a grievous malady, not to be trifled with, but to be carried at once to the beloved Physician. Our Lord loveth not to see our countenance sad. The Christian man ought to be of a courageous spirit, in order that he may glorify the Lord by enduring trials in an heroic manner. If he be fearful and fainthearted, it will dishonour his God. Besides, what a bad example it is. One downcast believer makes twenty souls sad.
Moreover, unless your courage is kept up Satan will be too much for you. Let your spirit be joyful in God your Saviour, the joy of the Lord shall be your strength, and no fiend of hell shall make headway against you: Moreover, labour is light to a man of cheerful spirit; and success waits upon cheerfulness. The man who toils, rejoicing in his God, believing with all his heart, has success guaranteed.
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YES, the Lord will be with us in our holy war, but He demands of us that we strictly follow His rules. Our victories will very much depend upon our obeying Him with all our heart, throwing strength and courage into the actions of our faith. If we are half-hearted, we cannot expect more than half a blessing.
We must obey the Lord with care and thoughtfulness. This is referred to every part of the divine will; we must obey with universal readiness. In all this we must go on with exactness and constancy. Ours is to be a straightforward course, which bends neither to the right nor to the left. We are not to err by being more rigid than the law, nor turn out of levity to a more free and easy way. With such obedience there will come spiritual prosperity. O Lord, help us to see if it be not even so!
We shall not test thy promise in vain. Her faith was simple and firm, but it was very obedient. To tie the scarlet line in the window was a very trivial act in itself, but she dared not run the risk of omitting it. Come, my soul, is there not here a lesson for thee? These neglected, argue much unloving disobedience in thy heart. Be henceforth in all things blameless, even to the tying of a thread, if that be matter of command. This act of Rahab sets forth a yet more solemn lesson.
Have I implicitly trusted in the precious blood of Jesus? Have I tied the scarlet cord, as with a Gordian knot in my window, so that my trust can never be removed? Or can I look out towards the Dead Sea of my sins, or the Jerusalem of my hopes, without seeing the blood, and seeing all things in connection with its blessed power? The passer-by can see a cord of so conspicuous a colour, if it hangs from the window: What is there to be ashamed of?
Let men or devils gaze if they will, the blood is my boast and my song.
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My soul, there is One who will see that scarlet line, even when from weakness of faith thou canst not see it thyself; Jehovah, the Avenger, will see it and pass over thee. My soul, tie the scarlet thread in the window afresh, and rest in peace. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight.
To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us.
A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in his love, and we have perfect peace in him: We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!
O Lord, be pleased to thwart their unrighteous endeavours, and pull down every stone which they build. It should be a serious business with us to be thoroughly purged of every error which may have a tendency to foster the spirit of Popery, and when we have made a clean sweep at home we should seek in every way to oppose its all too rapid spread abroad in the church and in the world. This last can be done in secret by fervent prayer, and in public by decided testimony. We must warn with judicious boldness those who are inclined towards the errors of Rome; we must instruct the young in gospel truth, and tell them of the black doings of Popery in the olden times.
We must aid in spreading the light more thoroughly through the land, for priests, like owls, hate daylight.
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Are we doing all we can for Jesus and the gospel? If not, our negligence plays into the hands of the priestcraft. Are we casting abroad good, sound gospel writings? Reader, what can you do? What will you do? IT is a great encouragement to valor to be assured of victory, for then a man goes forth to war in confidence and ventures where else he had been afraid to go. Our warfare is with evil within us and around us, and we ought to be persuaded that we are able to get the victory, and that we shall do so in the name of the Lord Jesus.
We are not riding for a fall, but to win; and win we shall. The grace of God in its omnipotence is put forth for the overflow of evil in every form, hence the certainty of triumph. Certain of our sins find chariots of iron in our constitution—our former habits, our associations, and our occupations. Nevertheless we must overcome them. They are very strong, and in reference to them, we are very weak; yet in the name of God we must master them, and we will.
A man who is held by only one chain is still a captive. The Lord of hosts is with us, and who shall resist His sin-destroying power? Even so the word of our salvation is near to us; Jesus is a present Saviour, and the way to him is short; it is but a simple renunciation of our own merit, and a laying hold of Jesus, to be our all in all. With regard to the roads to the city of refuge, we are told that they were strictly preserved, every river was bridged, and every obstruction removed, so that the man who fled might find an easy passage to the city.
Once a year the elders went along the roads and saw to their order, so that nothing might impede the flight of any one, and cause him, through delay, to be overtaken and slain. How graciously do the promises of the gospel remove stumbling blocks from the way! It is no roundabout road of the law; it is no obeying this, that, and the other; it is a straight road: No sooner did the man-slayer reach the outworks of the city than he was safe; it was not necessary for him to pass far within the walls, but the suburbs themselves were sufficient protection.
Only waste no time, loiter not by the way, for the avenger of blood is swift of foot; and it may be he is at your heels at this still hour of eventide. One man with God is a majority though there be a thousand on the other side. Sometimes our helpers may be too many for God to work with them, as was the case with Gideon, who could do nothing till he had increased his forces by thinning out their numbers. When God would found a nation, He called Abram alone and blessed him. Did all the Israelites together slay so many as Samson alone?
Saul and his hosts slew their thousands, but David his ten thousands. If we have faith, we have God with us; and what are multitudes of men? If the Lord sent thee, O my brother, His strength will accomplish His divine purpose. Wherefore, rely on the promise, and be very courageous. Before you "go to the commentaries" go to the Scriptures and study them inductively Click 3 part overview of how to do Inductive Bible Study in dependence on your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus promised would guide us into all the truth John Remember that Scripture is always the best commentary on Scripture.
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Dreams from a Big God 2. Dreams Built on Faith 3. Dreams Remembered Lecture 4. Dreams that Depend upon God 6. Dreams that Seem to Fall Apart 7. Dreams Require Perseverance 7b. Dreams Require Perseverance Lecture 8. Dreams Call for Faithful Servants of God 8b. Be Strong and Courageous Joshua 1: Learning the Lesson of Unconfessed Sin Joshua Part 1 of 6 Introduction: Definition of Terms Israelology: Part 2 of 6 Israel Present Note: Article begins on Page 2 Israelology: Part 3 of 6 Israel Present Continued Israelology: Joshua 7 Avoiding Achan's Sin Joshua 8: Introduction Introduction and Background Joshua 1: Introduction and Background 1.
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