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IF JOSHUA HAD NOT OBEYED

May 2nd, 2014 | By admin

By Aunt Mary

Have you ever thought what would have happened in the world if some of God’s chosen hadn’t followed His word completely? An example is Moses. In Deuteronomy 32:51-52 God tells Moses, as he is about to die, “because you trespassed against Me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Wilderness of Zin, because you did not hallow me in the mist of the children of Israel. Yet you shall see the land before you, though you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.” It probably seemed a minor thing to Moses to do what he felt was right, but was it? It cost him a lot. He never set foot in the land of Canaan.

The Bible is full of instructions today that we must obey to enter Heaven. We can decide we think something is better as Moses did, but at the end find out it was wrong. Just like Joshua when he was getting ready to march around Jericho, we have to do everything the Bible says. Not part of it or just the parts we like, but all of it.

What if Joshua had decided to not march around Jericho seven times the last day? Would the walls have fallen down? I don’t think so. See, God gave Joshua a specific commandment. Joshua 6:3-5 is God’s commandment to Joshua. “3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days.4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.”

Would Joshua have made the priests march in the rain, in the cold or in the snow? Yes, that was God’s commandment. Today we make so many excuses to keep from doing what God has commanded. We may say, “The hymns sound better with an organ.” Can you find where God commanded us to listen or sing with an organ in the New Testament? David, although he used an instrument, wrote in Psalm 104:12,”By them the birds of the heavens have their habitation; they sing among the branches.” In Ephesians 5:19 we read, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” We have to know what we’re singing and understand it. We also sing together to encourage each other.

The Bible is very specific. God is very specific. We have to obey what He says, not what we want to.


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