Sermon Notes

July 16th – Joshua

Moses leadership style:

He loved people

He was willing to sacrifice

He walked out dedication

He accepted responsibility

Led with humility

 

Moses was NOT…

A great warrior

A strategist

A visionary

A great motivator

 

Motivator (but… Not always successful)

Numbers 14:1-10 (Spies Report) That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! … Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting to all Israelites.

 

Exodus 24:13-14 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.

 

Prophets in the camp

Numbers 11:28-29 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, ‘Moses, my lord, stop them!’ But Moses replied, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!’

 

Numbers 27:18-21 So the LORD said to Moses, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him.

 

Deuteronomy 31:7-8 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’

 

Building on wisdom from Moses (Great Leaders follow great leaders)

Joshua 1:5-8 As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

‘Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

 

Rahab and the Spies (Did not lead by Consensus)

Moses Send’s 12 Spies to bring back a report to the people. Joshua sends 2 spies to report to him.

 

Joshua Strategist

Achan and the battle of Ai (taking of the devoted things from Jericho)

 

Read law of Moses (Keeping the Vision clear)

Joshua 8:34-35 Joshua read all the words of the law–the blessings and the curses–just as it is written in the Book of the Law. There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the foreigners who lived among them.

 

Gibeonite Deception

Treaty-without talking to the Lord swore an oath and lived by Joshua 9

 

Battle of the Amorites the sun stops

Joshua 10:12-14 On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still,

and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!

 

Choose today!

Joshua 24:14-16 ‘Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.’

Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods!

 

Stand up and lead!

 

Numbers 12:3 Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.

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