After Moses the LORD’s servant died, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant: “Moses my servant is dead. Get ready! Cross the Jordan River! Lead these people into the land which I am ready to hand over to them.
~God, Joshua 1:1-4
The name Joshua is the Hebrew form of the name Jesus. These two men not only share the same name, but a similar task. Joshua took over after Moses, the giver of the law had died, and he led the people into the future that God had planned and designed for them. Jesus became the fulfillment of the law and he leads us into the future that God has planned and designed for us.
Joshua led God’s people to victory after crossing the Jordan river. He was their advocate in times of defeat. It was Joshua who allotted them their portions within the land. All of this beautifully pictures the work of our Lord. Jesus leads us into victorious living when we follow after him. He is our advocate even when we are defeated by sin. He gives us talents, gifts and ministries for the building of his kingdom.
Joshua’s life was foreshadowing the work of a greater deliverer, one who would be born in Bethlehem and laid in a manger.
Our hope for you today is that you will follow after Jesus our great deliverer. Follow him into victory, into purpose and into the protection of His family.
The hymn “O Worship the King All Glorious Above” written by Sir Robert Grant played in the background of today’s podcast. The words of this hymn paint the portrait of our all powerful defender.
O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.
O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.
Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!
With much love, The Downings