Joshua 3:9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.
The nation of Israel has been brought to the brink of Jordon by the purpose and providential care of God. Before they began to cross over, Joshua has some urgent, necessary and encouraging words. He tells them to “Come hither and hear the words of the LORD your God.”
Friends these are the words that our Joshua, the Lord Jesus Christ, commands His people. Notice that Joshua did not say, come if you want to, come if you feel like it, but COME and HEAR the words of the Lord your God. If you look closely at the next verses Joshua’s command is for their good and God’s glory. In verse 10 of Joshua chapter 3, he encourages them with the words, “Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you.” Has God revealed to you that He is always among you?” He is among you to do you good! We have come nigh unto God. Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. God is among you dear believer and that is not all! He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. All our enemies will be driven out from BEFORE US! And that means all of our enemies. SIN, is removed and put away in Christ. CONDEMNATION, is no longer found on those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1) THE LAW, is fulfilled in Christ, and though it was once our schoolmaster, it has now brought us to Christ. (Gal 3:24) DEATH and the GRAVE, have no sting or victory. (1 Cor. 15:55) THE WORLD, though we are in it, we are not of it. We have also been delivered from our biggest enemy, OURSELVES. Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dear child of God, Come hither and hear the words of the Lord your God. --David Eddmenson
David Eddmenson is pastor of Bible Baptist Church, 2015 Beulah Rd., Madisonville, KY 42431. He may be reached by phone at 270-871-1322 or email at...