God’s promises (or covenants) fill the Bible from the earliest pages. For example, immediately after the Fall, the Lord promised a Redeemer would come and warned Satan of what and Who is coming. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring: he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his head.” (Gen 3:15)
Eve believed and took the Lord at His Word. “She conceived and bore Cain, saying ‘I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.'” Literally, “the Man, the Lord.” (Gen 4:1)
God commanded Abram (Abraham): “Go from your country, your kindred, and your father’s house to the land I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you…..and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen 12:1-3)
Abraham and Isaac: .…God said: “take your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as burnt offering.” Isaac asked: “where is the lamb for the burnt offering? Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” (Gen 22) Literally: ‘provide Himself, the lamb’!
“Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons….his brothers hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.” (Gen 37:3-4) They betrayed him, but reunited years later; Joseph said to his brothers, “it was not you who sent me here, but God.” (Gen 45:8) After Israel’s death, Joseph’s likeness to Christ shown brightly to his brothers; “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” (Gen 50:20)
God raised up Moses as that generation’s prophet-deliverer and said to him: “I AM WHO I AM.” (Ex 3:14)
Moses went to Mt. Nebo, and the Lord showed him all the land: “this is the land I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob….I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” Moses died and God buried him. (Deut. 34:4-5)
God commissions Joshua (“Jehovah is salvation”): ” Moses my servant is dead. Arise, go over this Jordan, you and all the people….every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you…..no man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life…..be strong and courageous…..being careful to do according to the law that Moses my servant commanded you….this book of the law shall not depart from you….do not be frightened….for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh 1:1-9)
-Scripture is by the Lord, about the Lord, of the Lord, from the Lord.
-The gospel is found throughout it all! Yes, even the OT contains the Who, the what, the where, the when, the how, and the why of the gospel.
-The book of Joshua will connect us to those ancient believers in many ways; our opportunities, fears, and failures are the same as their’s.
-The theme of all Scripture is the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t neglect to look for Him as Pastor Todd preaches through Joshua in the coming months.