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Graceland 11.13.09 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. A HERO IS SOMEONE WHO CATCHES THE VISION THAT GOD HAS FOR THEIR LIVES AND LIVES IT OUT TO THE FULLEST. - This took tremendous faith on the part of Joshua + all of Israel. - 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 day. Victory - 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 forgiveness. - 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 heroes HEROES MAKE EVERYONE ELSE HEROES - I am convinced that true heroes don’t just live big lives; they cause everyone else around them to live big lives as well. - 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. IT’S ALL GOD - 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. Application: - 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 you. - 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 year. - 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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