It Is Finished But

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 11-13 Having conquered the southern part of the promised land, Joshua now gives his attention to the north. Here he is faced with an army much larger than his, one equipped with horses and chariots, with the kind of military power he did not possess. But God says, “Do not be afraid.” As someone has said, “One plus God is a majority.” “If God be for us, who can be against us.” Then we read, “Joshua took …

God's Methods

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 8-10 Someone has said, “The Seven Last Words of the church are, ‘We have always done it this way.’” We have a tendency to get in a rut, to fail to deal with opportunities creatively. Change is not to be inaugurated for the sake of change, but neither are we to keep doing something a certain way for the sake of tradition. In this section of Scripture we see that God uses a variety of methods to …

Victory and Defeat

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 5-7 Here we have an illustration of the principle of Deuteronomy: obedience brings blessing, disobedience brings sorrow. Having crossed the Jordan, Israel must now conquer a key city, Jericho. God has a plan. This plan gives the Israelites a responsibility. They must march around the city and blow the trumpets precisely as God commands. They do this and God causes the walls to fall down; He produces the victory. So also with us. We are saved by …

The God of the Past Is Present

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 1-4 The book begins with God assuring Joshua that He will be with him just as truly as He had been with Moses. But Joshua must be sure to use the spiritual resources provided for him; he is to meditate on the Bible day and night. It is important for us to realize that the God who helped the great men of the Bible will help us today! But we must not neglect the means God has …

The Song of Moses

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Deuteronomy 32-34 Moses is about to die but he has a song in his heart because of his relationship to God. His song is about God. He speaks of God’s greatness and of His faithfulness. Over and over again, he calls God the “Rock.” The New Testament tells us that Christ is the Rock, the foundation upon which we are firmly established. When we think of God, we also think of His work. Moses thinks of how God …

Covenant

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Deuteronomy 29-31 The concept of covenant is a key idea in the Bible. The Bible consists of two parts: the story of the old covenant God made with Israel and the story of the new covenant God has made with His church. God began unfolding His plan of salvation by making a covenant of grace with Abraham. On the basis of this, God entered into covenant with Abraham’s descendants, the Israelites, at Mount Sinai. Now at the border …