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                    Earth Vs. Eternity - Lunchboxes - Joshua 2 +6

Joshua 3-5
      Joshua 3
      - God tells Joshua that he will begin to lift him up as a
        leaders like Moses was.
      - God damns up the Jordan River so the entire nation
        could cross.
      Joshua 4
      - 1 man from each tribe of Israel takes a stone out from
        the middle of the Jordan and builds a alter to God on
        the other side of the side of the Jordan River.
      - God did as he promised and the people of Israel
        revered Joshua just like they did with Moses.
      Joshua 5
      - God had Joshua circumcise all of the male Israelites
        because they had not yet been circumcised. All of the
        men that came out of Egypt had been circumcised
        but died in the desert because they were not obedient
        to God. However, all of young men that were born in
        the desert were not yet circumcised.
      - The Israelites also their first celebrate Passover in the
        promise land. They are able to eat some of the
        produce of land, and the very next morning God stops
        the manna that they had relied on for years.
      - Finally Joshua is met by a angel who introduces himself
        as the commander of the Lord’s army. He tells Joshua
        to take off his shoes because they place he is standing
        on his Holy ground. Just like Moses, Joshua is told to
        take off his shoes and just like Moses, we now see God
        going before Joshua to deliver His people.
Joshua 6
  Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No
  one went out and no one came in.
   2 Then the LORD said to Joshua,
     - Most likely this is the message that Josh received from
        the commander of the army of the Lord.
 "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its
king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with
all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests
carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the
seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the
priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a
long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud
shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people
will go up, every man straight in."
 6 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them,
"Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD and have
seven priests carry trumpets in front of it." 7 And he ordered
the people, "Advance! March around the city, with the
armed guard going ahead of the ark of the LORD."
 8 When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests
carrying the seven trumpets before the LORD went forward,
blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the LORD's covenant
followed them. 9 The armed guard marched ahead of the
priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed
the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10 But
Joshua had commanded the people, "Do not give a war
cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day
I tell you to shout. Then shout!" 11 So he had the ark of the
LORD carried around the city, circling it once. Then the
people returned to camp and spent the night there.
 12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took
up the ark of the LORD. 13 The seven priests carrying the
seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of
the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went
ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the
LORD, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the
second day they marched around the city once and
returned to the camp. They did this for six days.
- Marching around a city – this was a ritual act and signified
    the siege of Jericho
  - Joshua - This was insane! Marching around a city. All that it
      would have taken for the Israelites to suffer tremendous
      loss of life would have been for the archers of Jericho to
      reign arrows down up the people from above, or for the
      army of Jericho to drop hot scolding tar down on them as
      we see in the movies. But they were so filled by the fear of
      God that they did not.
  - It didn’t matter how insane this might have been, the fact
      that God had told Joshua to do this was more than
      enough for him.
  - This took tremendous faith on the part of Joshua + all of
  - I don’t know about you, but if I was the general of an
      army, talking a leisurely stroll around a city with a mariachi
      band leading the way.
  - However, we see something radically different – the ark of
      the covenant was the focus because it was all about God
      and it was God that was going to bring them victory.
Judges 6:15-25
   15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and
  marched around the city seven times in the same manner,
  except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16
  The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the
  trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, "Shout! For
  the LORD has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in
  it are to be devoted [a] to the LORD. Only Rahab the
  prostitute [b] and all who are with her in her house shall be
  spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep
  away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring
  about your own destruction by taking any of them.
  Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to
  destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold
  and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD
  and must go into his treasury."
    20 When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at
   the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud
   shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in,
   and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the LORD
   and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men
   and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
    22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land,
   "Go into the prostitute's house and bring her out and all who
   belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her." 23 So
   the young men who had done the spying went in and
   brought out Rahab, her father and mother and brothers and
   all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family
   and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.
    24 Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but
   they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and
   iron into the treasury of the LORD's house. 25 But Joshua
   spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who
   belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent
   as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this
   - What an amazing victory! God brought down the double
       walls of the city of Jericho.
   - Not only did He do something so great in the heart of His
       nation that day but He did something great in the heart of
       a woman. The spies fulfilled their promise to Rahab and
       her family. Not only did they save them, but they her to be
       one of them.
   - No longer was she the Rahab the prostitute, but now she
       was Rahab the Israelite.
   - That is what God does. He takes us from what we were –
       prostitutes, thieves, drunkards, addicts, cheaters, abusers,
       slaves, sinners and he makes us his. No longer are we
       recognized or acknowledged under any other title. Now
       we are His children. His sheep. Part of the Jesus
       Movement; Christians.
There are no prostitutes here
  - Let me say this loud and clear, there are no prostitutes
     here. In this church there are no prostitutes. There are no
     thieves, drunkards, addicts, cheaters, abusers, slaves,
     sinners. When we come into a relationship with God we
     are his children and this church is an extension of Him. If
     you see anyone here any other light than Gods child,
     which makes us all brothers and sisters than you need to
     ask God for forgiveness and then go and ask them for
  - We are the church, an organization a community that I
     am convinced that when done right is the most powerful
     on the face of the earth. You have the chance to make
     Refuge the greatest catalyst of faith, hope, grace, and
     love that any of us have in our lives?
  - I am convinced that Wednesday Nights when you meet
     should be the greatest moment of your week. The
     moment where we feel the most encouraged, the most
     filled up, the most ready to kick Satan’s arce. That is the
     kind of church, student ministry, movement, whatever you
     want to call it that that we must become.
James 2:20-26
  20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without
  deeds is useless[d]? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham
  considered righteous for what he did when he offered his
  son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his
  actions were working together, and his faith was made
  complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled
  that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to
  him as righteousness,"[e] and he was called God's friend.
  24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not
  by faith alone.
   25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute
  considered righteous for what she did when she gave
  lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different
  direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
  without deeds is dead.
  - Rahab was a hero not only because she believed, but
    because she acted upon her beliefs.
  - That is the thing about faith, it is not only believing, it is
    acting it out as well. How hard must it have been for
    Rahab to put her life on the line for these 2 spies that she
    knew nothing about? They could have been lying to her.
    They are spies and that is what they do. They could have
    been spies from another enemy pretending to be
    Israelites because there was so much momentum with
    Israel at that time.
  - How difficult must it have been to wait for the Israelites to
    come and rescue her? I don’t know about you, but
    waiting is sheer torture for me. A significant amount of
    time passes from the night the spies leave until the
    Israelites march around the city. They had to move millions
    of people and they stop and take a little detour called
    Passover along the way as well. At any moment she could
    have gone to the king of Jericho and made up some
    story about how she overheard these Israelite spies and
    their plans to take the city.
  - How hard must each of those days for her have been
    while the Israelites marched around the city? That week
    must have been the longest of her life.
  - At the beginning of this story we see Rahab as an enemy
    of Israel. At the end, she is a hero. Just like the apostle Paul
    and so many others there might be people in your life that
    look @ the church as the enemy, and they might become
    some of the greatest heroes of faith the world has ever
    seen. I think the apostle Paul fit into that category.
  - Because she was a hero all of Israel got to become
  - I am convinced that true heroes don’t just live big lives;
    they cause everyone else around them to live big lives as
    - Because she rose to the occasion, an entire nation
        conquered a city, not only capturing a piece of the
        promise land, but a peace of the dream as well.
Joshua 2:9-11
    said to them, "I know that the LORD has given this land to
    you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all
    who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10
    We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red
    Sea [b] for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you
    did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of
    the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. [c] 11 When
    we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone's courage
    failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in
    heaven above and on the earth below.
    - He put the fear in the people of Jericho
    - He brought down the walls w/ voices. In our lives as well
        we will become heroes when we do it w/ God.
    - Is it all God or are you still trying to take the steering wheel
        of your life?
    - Have you caught the vision that God has for your life and
        living it out to the fullest?
    - Are you living with an identity other than that of God’s
        child? If this is you, today that old identity needs to die
        and you get to move into a new understanding that you
        are a child of the Almighty and no one punks God’s kids.
    - Finally, is there someone here who you see as someone
        other than a child of God? If that is you, today you need
        to ask forgiveness from God and that other person.
    - In a moment, we are going to worship and this is a great
        time to deal with these things. Don’t leave here this
        morning without letting God heal you, free or transform
    - If you need prayer there are teams of people that are
        available to partner with you in prayer.
Ill* - You know you’re a hero when...
  -   You have your own lunchbox
  -   Children want to be you when they grow up
  -   You are on the walls of child and the desktops of adults
  -   You have saved a life
  -   When you come home to your husband or wife and
      children day after day, month after month, year after
  -   You have bettered someone else’s life
  -   You’re picture is on a Wheaties box.
  -   You give sacrificially.
  -   When a family gathers, someone tells your story.
  -   When you adopt a child.
  -   When you decide to go through with having your child.
  -   The next generation is better off because you.
  -   A part of your body is continuing the life of someone else
      is an organ transplant.
  -   When you leave this world knowing you did all you could
      to make it better.

Discussion Questions
   1. Who is on your lunchbox (if you owned one)? In other
      words, who are your heroes?
   2. Do you feel that your past hinders you from becoming a
      hero? Why?
   3. Have you caught the vision that God has for your life? Are
      you living it out?
   4. Is your life about you, or are you living for something
      greater? How?

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