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Introduction to Joshua's Legacy

From Audio: What We Leave, Joshua: Lesson 1

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A taste for what you leave behind with your own legacy as you study the life of Joshua in the Bible.
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A taste for what you leave behind with your own legacy as you study the life of Joshua in the Bible.
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he built. I don't know how you feel about the story that you're living out right now. I don't know how jean felt. Once I started hearing some of the details of her story, I'm like holy cow, she she lived through things man, she endured. But here's what's cool. She didn't just survive her story. Instead she let God use it and build a legacy until the very last breath, you know, the last Bible study that she led was at age 97, just a few months before she would go meet Jesus face to face. I want that kind of legacy. And so as we walk into the study, I hope you will ask yourself some of the questions that I've been asking myself lately. I've been asking this. Did I ever think about the legacy that I'm building right now? How about this? How were your life? Leave a mark? How do you want your story retold? Are you just surviving your story chris or you letting God use it to inform, to share to be an example to point to him, I don't know where you are but God knows where you are and there's a reason that you're here today studying this faith legacy alongside me. So I'm excited. I'm excited that I'm not going to do this alone. Although I feel a little loan right now, I'm not gonna lie because I'm in a giant room with very few people but the audience of one our God is here with us and so he's here with Youtube for the next five weeks. The bible is full of it guys, full of legacies of faith and we're going to dive in for five weeks with Joshua. So before we get started talking about Joshua, the man I'm going to pray for us in our time together. So will you pray with me? Mhm Father um it's it's it's just so cool how you're just so cool. I love how you do this. You like pull us together and have us focus and look at these awesome folks that you put in the bible, they're not just um the fiction, other real people with real purpose that you used for your glory. And so God, we ask today that you show us Joshua open her eyes to him in a new, different way. Help us see how his life can can bring meaning to to our legacies that we're building Lord. And ultimately I pray for every person listening or watching that they can come to know you in a deeper way Lord, that they can come to understand that not only do you just want us to live a good life, you want us to live a life that follows hard after you. So thank you so much that you love us that much in jesus name. Amen. Well, like I mentioned, it's a little different than normal because we're not just necessarily covering the entire book of Joshua from chapter one verse one to the very end, there's like 24 chapters or something that we would have to be cramming a lot in in five weeks. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna look at a portion of the book of Joshua, just chapters one through four, and I'll explain that a little bit more in a minute when I talk about Joshua, the book, but before I start there, I want to go back a little bit. I want to go back and cover some details about Joshua. The man you see, I'm a believer that any time you open God's word, it's so good to do um a little background, a little research and get a context, like a foundation. So if you Were to open Joshua one, Chapter 1 and you you immediately start reading about it. I just think there's such depth and understanding where Joshua has come from, you know? So that's what we're gonna do. We're gonna look at Joshua, the man before we look at Joshua, the book, and then, and then I'm gonna close you up and give you some time to talk about some of this. So Joshua, the man, okay, if you have your bible maybe jumping around so you can certainly open it or you can just jot it down or I'm gonna read a lot of it to you too. So it hopefully it'll make sense. But Joshua, the man, like I mentioned in the study, we're going to cover just the 1st 4 chapters of the book of Joshua, but see he stars in the bible, like a lot of places before he gets to the book, that's his own name, Joshua um, was was was a man that that had so much, um his name had power and I think you're going to see why in just a minute, he wasn't just a guy, he wasn't just a warrior, he wasn't just a leader, he was God's chosen. and so five things I found that the bible tells us before we Even opened the book of Joshua about him, Joshua, the man. So five things the bible tells us about Joshua. He the bible tells us that he was a slave, that he was a soldier, that he was a servant, that he was a spy and that he was a successor. And so we're gonna go into each one of those just real briefly before we get into Joshua the book. So first, the first thing the bible tells us about Joshua is that he was a slave. You know, as I was doing research for this, I found, gosh, there's so many cool opinions about Joshua, the man, but one of the sentences I found just kind of buried in the midst of a whole bunch of smart guy text, it was so simple, but to me it felt like the great place for us to start. The sentence goes like this, that God spent many years preparing Joshua for his purpose. God spent many years preparing Joshua for his purpose. God doesn't waste anything guys. God waste nothing. So when you, when you hear that Joshua was a slave, you know, my first thought is man that's a bummer. That's a bummer of an existence as a bummer of a label. But in the midst of that God used it. And it was preparing him for his purpose. Numbers, If you go back to the left hand side of your bible. So Joshua real quick is in the old testament. It's like the sixth book, I think, of the bible um from the left hand side. Well, the first five books, they're called the pinna took. And all they are about pretty much is about God's people and how he brings them out of slavery. And he formalizes this love, this covenant, this promise. Okay, so the first five books are pivotal, But then we start Joshua and that's part two. You see, Joshua is going to bring the people into the promised land and give them rest. So before we even get to that part, Joshua was back in the earlier books and he was a slave in numbers 13. If you want to go there, the first time we see his name Is Numbers 13 8. And that's where we're understanding that he was the firstborn son of a guy named None. Okay. He was in Egypt with God's people and he was part of the captivity and they were all slaves and he lived in danger. And you see if you know anything about that story, like did you ever watch, I don't know if you've ever studied the moses at all that kind of his life or if you've ever seen like that old timey movie at Easter time with Charlton Heston. I think that's who it was. You probably know that the way God rescued his people out of Egypt was through all those plagues and miracles and amazing cool things. Right. Well, Joshua was baby. He was little during that time. So he was enslaved with his family and would have been in danger of being killed had it not been for God's saving these babies through Passover. So it's kind of cool because the reason is that even matters is his parents named him Hongxia. And that's H O S H E A. And that meant salvation. See, they had seen the destruction and the horribleness of what these people had endured, But they knew that he was saved. Well, interestingly in numbers 13 moses is now in charge and he's taking over the people and he's about to lead the charge and save everybody and they're going to exit the slavery and they're gonna, you know, Across the Red Sea and all that cool stuff is about to happen. So moses in verse 13, numbers 13 16 changes his name and he changes Joshua's name to Joshua and it means Jehovah is salvation. It seems like why is that even significant? You're talking about a kid that was enslaved with his family and why does this matter? Well, Joshua in itself, in his name, in the foretelling in this story is foretelling a much greater deliverance that's coming. You see, Joshua saw all the things right? Like he saw the slavery, you saw the plagues, He saw the escape. He saw Gara God part the red sea and even speaking his name had power. You see, even speaking his name, Joshua would remind, Joshua would remind God's people that the victory over the enemies was all because of the power of God, not because of human skill, not because of brain power, not because of physical strength. And what you're going to know is that through the life of Joshua, Through the time we have for five weeks studying him is we're going to see that over and over and over
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