Thursday, March 15, 2012

Canaan Was In Sight

“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.” (Joshua 1:2)

Moses, the great leader of Israel had died.

A new leader named Joshua had been appointed to lead the nation of Israel into Canaan.

After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel was about to take possession of the land God promised Abraham many centuries earlier.

The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him. (Gen. 12:7)

The book of Joshua is about the battles Israel faced in order to claim that promise from God.

The book of Joshua is a book about Christian warfare, painful defeats, suffering and great victories.

The land of Canaan was in sight. It was the route to the heavenly Jerusalem. It was a place of the Christians' victory in the midst of many struggles.

The land of Canaan was at hand. The Lord God told Joshua and the people to get ready. They were to cross over the Jordan river and claim the Promised Land.

The land of Canaan is very near. Are we ready?

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