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Faith In The Dark (Joshua 7-8)

After the massive victory achieved by the Lord at Jericho, it appears that is all going to go well. The people showed faith in following all that the Lord commanded. So we would expect that it will be smooth sailing for the Israelites to conquer the land of Canaan. At least that is what we thought was the case. Look at the first verse of Joshua 7. “But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things.” What looked like a complete success at Jericho turned out to not be success at all. The people were unfaithful regarding the things that were set apart for destruction. In particular, Achan of the tribe of Judah took some of the devoted things. Therefore, the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel. This is important background information because no one knows that this has happened. No one knows that Achan has done this. This sets the stage for what we see in the rest of Joshua 7.

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Exemplifying Faith (Hebrews 11)

Hebrews 11 is often called the Hall of Faith because there is a listing of so many people’s faith. In our context of the book we have been observing the author teaching about the faith we need to endure the suffering of life and the difficulties that come from following Jesus. These Christians have suffered for the cause of Christ. In our last lesson we read that these Christians endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being exposed to public insults, being mistreated, being put in prison, and having their property confiscated. So the author is working to encourage these Christians to continue forward with Jesus and to not give up. Chapter 10 ends with the encouraging words that “we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls” (10:39). Chapter 11 describes those who did not shrink back but had faith and are saved. Rather than examining each person in this chapter and how that person displayed faith in his or her life, I want us to be see the big picture that the author is using to overwhelm the reader…

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Faith To Walk In Circles (Joshua 5-6)

The book of Joshua is a book about having the faith to trust God to be strong and courageous. The book is teaching us about having the faith God requires to enjoy the promised land. The book is about having the faith to be strong and courageous to do what God has asked us to do. We come to the end of Joshua 5 where the scriptures give us another picture of the faith we are to have to belong to the Lord.

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Enduring Faith (Hebrews 10:32-39)

The book of Hebrews is a book encouraging us to not give up on our journey with Jesus. We have a superior Son, a superior High Priest, a superior covenant, and a superior help to give us what we need for this walk with Jesus. The writer of Hebrews has called us to approach God with a sincere heart. Our motivation matters to God. Hypocrisy cannot exist as we come to God. God sees our hearts and knows our motives. We cannot go forward into the presence of God if we do not come with sincere, true hearts. The writer has then told us that we need to motivate each other to love and good works and to hold fast to our hope because if we choose to turn from God, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins but a fearful expectation of judgment. The writer will now spend verses 32-39 to give us five points for endurance. So we will look at this paragraph and consider how we can have endurance from the instructions provided by the Holy Spirit through the author of Hebrews.

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