Joshua 5:13-14 (KJV) 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?
Joshua 5:13-14 (NLT)13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” 14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”
It is another glorious September morning! It is now Wednesday the 25th and Fall has officially begun. Yesterday evening I was blessed to be able to volunteer at Joan Hunter’s Ministry 4 Corners Conference Center. Last night the keynote speaker was Tommy Tenney – yes the same man who wrote “God Chasers”. Now my good friend Karen and her husband gave me 4 books written by Tommy Tenney last year, I have read and returned 2 and still have 2 that I have been reading and re-reading because of the wealth of knowledge I have been receiving from them. In any case when I heard that the author of these books was going to be in the Houston area I knew that I had to attend. I attended with a heart and mind full of expectation to hear a fresh Word from God for my/our life!
Now after Brother Tenney’s wife sang the powerful song that she wrote to “One Night With The King” he came forward and broke open The Bread of Life. The title of his message was “Breaking The Spirit of Intimidation” – I leaned forward in my seat, notepaper and pen in hand ready to listen, write and receive all that our Father God had in store for me to receive!
He backed up a little bit and set the stage for us as I will attempt to do here as well since I know that some of you reading this blog may not really know who Joshua even is.
Joshua started off as an intern or apprentice so to speak for Moses. Yes Moses who parted the Red Sea. One reason that many don’t really know about Joshua, he came in the shadow of Moses who delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt. But you see Joshua was a faithful servant of God and was trained up in faith and knowing that God will do what He says!
Joshua followed Moses, even when the elders were too afraid to!
Exodus 24:12-14 (NLT) 12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain. Stay there, and I will give you the tablets of stone on which I have inscribed the instructions and commands so you can teach the people.” 13 So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God. 14 Moses told the elders, “Stay here and wait for us until we come back. Aaron and Hur are here with you. If anyone has a dispute while I am gone, consult with them.”
Joshua developed his own relationship with God, lingering in His presence after Moses would leave to return to the people.
Exodus 33:10-11 (NLT) 10 When the people saw the cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, they would stand and bow down in front of their own tents. 11 Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.
Joshua was chosen by Moses to check out the Promised Land, along with 11 others.
Numbers 13:1-16 (NLT) The Lord now said to Moses, 2 “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.” 3 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He sent out twelve men, all tribal leaders of Israel, from their camp in the wilderness of Paran. 4 These were the tribes and the names of their leaders:
|Reuben||Shammua son of Zaccur|
|5 Simeon||Shaphat son of Hori|
|6 Judah||Caleb son of Jephunneh|
|7 Issachar||Igal son of Joseph|
|8 Ephraim||Hoshea son of Nun|
|9 Benjamin||Palti son of Raphu|
|10 Zebulun||Gaddiel son of Sodi|
|11 Manasseh son of Joseph||Gaddi son of Susi|
|12 Dan||Ammiel son of Gemalli|
|13 Asher||Sethur son of Michael|
|14 Naphtali||Nahbi son of Vophsi|
|15 Gad||Geuel son of Maki|
16 These are the names of the men Moses sent out to explore the land. (Moses called Hoshea son of Nun by the name Joshua.)
Joshua & Caleb were the only ones to believe God’s promise about the Promised Land, out of the 12.
Numbers 13:17-33 (NLT) 17 Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the land: “Go north through the Negev into the hill country. 18 See what the land is like, and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. 19 See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps? 20 Is the soil fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.” (It happened to be the season for harvesting the first ripe grapes.)
21 So they went up and explored the land from the wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. 22 Going north, they passed through the Negev and arrived at Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai—all descendants of Anak—lived. (The ancient town of Hebron was founded seven years before the Egyptian city of Zoan.) 23 When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also brought back samples of the pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the valley of Eshcol (which means “cluster”), because of the cluster of grapes the Israelite men cut there.
25 After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned 26 to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. 27 This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea[a] and along the Jordan Valley.”
30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”
31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” 32 So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants[b] there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”
Numbers 14:1-10 (NLT) 14 Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. 2 Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. 3 “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!”
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground before the whole community of Israel. 6 Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. 7 They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! 8 And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. 9 Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”
10 But the whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites at the Tabernacle.
Joshua was chosen by God to take the Israelites into the Promised Land.
Deuteronomy 31:2-4 (NLT) 2 he said, “I am now 120 years old, and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has told me, ‘You will not cross the Jordan River.’ 3 But the Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua will lead you across the river, just as the Lord promised. 4 “The Lord will destroy the nations living in the land, just as he destroyed Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites.
Now mind you 40 years had passed from the time that Joshua first went into the Promised Land as one of the 12 spies. Now only he and Caleb were left alive from that generation, because God had spared them as a gift for their faith in His Promises!
Joshua has brought the Israelites over the Jordan River and now they are approaching the city of Jericho. The walls are reported to be so wide that two chariots could ride side by side (as wide as our modern two lane road) and tall enough that it also had houses in and on top of the wall. It was some fortress!
· Joshua, knew God’s voice.
· Joshua, knew the presence of God.
· Joshua, was sure of God’s promise!
So as he drew near to Jericho and he looked up and saw what looked like a large man (a giant) – he did not quake in his boots, he did not drop to his knees and pray, “Oh God, what now”. Joshua, son of Nun approached the man with boldness and said, “Are you for us?!”
This is one time in scripture where the Angel of the Lord did not say “Fear Not” or “Don’t be afraid” – this is because Joshua was full of confidence in his God. He was ready to tackle whatever, whomever but he was going to receive his promise from the Lord!
God had given Moses an anointing to take the children of Israel out of Egypt.
However Joshua had received an anointing to bring the children of Israel into God’s Promised Land!
Near the end of Brother Tenney’s message I wrote down the following:
“Is it possible that the giants the unbelieving spies saw were the angels that God positioned there ahead of the Israelite army? Is it possible that not very giant is against us? God has some giants that are for us!’
My personal take away – God has Giants/Angels that are ready to battle along beside us as we charge forward in faith believing in our Promised Land!
Last week I shared about our Partners In Grace that God was preparing for my Warrior Husband and I before we even understood that we would be working in Prison Ministry.
God is so good! Last night was more confirmation for us as I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my mind and heart:
Harris County Jail and TDCJ were not giants put in our path to destroy us. God had placed them in our promised land ahead of us, so that they could be a part of God’s Victory in our lives!
- God promised us a life of ministry – look at what God is doing today!
- God promised us the healing of family – we see God’s hand even now!
- God promised us the salvation of many – weekly we are seeing men and women growing in God’s Grace and Love!
Today we (Donnie & I) stand together in Unity, Trust and Love – no matter if you are for us, you have your doubts, or are just flat against us. We know what God promised to us and we continue to charge forward into the battle field – waving God’s Banner of Love!
Our prayer is that you stand up and charge forward in Faith too! Trust in what God has spoken into your heart and be filled to overflowing in God’s Love, knowing He is faithful to bring you into your Promised Land!
Sincerely Warrior Bride of Christ, chasing after God’s Promises!
Mrs. Donnie W. Ojemann,
All we are, All For HIM!