|Joshua 1:13-15 |
13 "Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, 'The LORD your God has given you rest, and has given you this land.'1
14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but you shall pass before your brothers armed, all the mighty men of valor, and help them;
15 Until the LORD has given your brothers rest, as he has given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God gives them; then you shall return to the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD's servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sun rising."
1 The Jews were supposed to conquer and destroy all the inhabitants of the promised land; then they were to rest, enjoying their inheritance in safety. But when the scouts reported that there were giants in the land, the Jews became afraid and refused to cross the river to conquer the land that God had promised them, and which he had promised to fight for them. So God became angry with them and told them that none of them, except Joshua and Caleb, would ever enter the rest of the safe inheritance; that none would enter the promised land to live. They were sentenced to wander in the desert until they had all died, and then their children would enter. This is the rest that God swore none would enter because they didn't believe in the promise. Note! They believed in God because they had seen his many miracles; but they didn't believe that they could conquer the mighty men they had seen, even with God's help. Christians! You cannot just believe in God or Jesus; you must have the true hope, the hope that purifies. You must believe that Jesus can conquer and destroy the works of the devil, the sin in you.
For the Christian, the rest is to sit down in Christ, free from sin, and sanctified from evil; but for this to happen, you must believe it is possible, and you must hope for it, and you must seek it, and you must battle your enemies of sin through repentance on the cross, to ever be freed from sin and enjoy the inheritance of the rest in safety, having been sanctified.