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Courage to Obey: Part I

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We all need courage in our life, whether it be to just get out of bed and tackle the day or to tackle an insurmountable task in front of us. Joshua certainly needed courage as he brought the Israelites into the Promised Land. Let’s see what we can learn from his story about the courage we all need.

Joshua 1:6

Have courage to obey even when it requires total dependence on God.

  • Joshua 6:3-5

Have courage to obey even if you think you know better.

  • Joshua 6:21
  • Deuteronomy 7:2

Is it just for God to have Joshua annihilate the people of Canaan?

  1. Rights – God does not owe anyone life as an entitlement  (Acts 17:25)
  2. Judgment – God was bringing judgment on the people of Canaan (Deuteronomy 9:4-5)
    1. Wickedness – the people of Canaan were extremely wicked (Deuteronomy 12:30-31 cf. Jeremiah 7:31; 19:5; 2 Kings 17:31)
    2. Patience – God was extremely patient with the Canaanites, giving them time to repent (Genesis 15:16)
  3. Holiness – God knows that the Israelites will betray him and begin to worship the Canaanite gods if they are allowed to live side-by-side (Deuteronomy 7:2-4, 6)

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