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Joshua.

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BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,


Deut. xxxi. 23.
"And he gare Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be
strong and of a good courage : for thou shalt bring the children
of Israel into the land which I sware unto them : and I will be
with thee.'*
BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,


Deut. xxxi. 23.
"And he gare Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be
strong and of a good courage : for thou shalt bring the children
of Israel into the land which I sware unto them : and I will be
with thee.'*

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JOSHUA.BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,Deut. xxxi. 23."And he gare Joshua the son of un a charge, and said, Bestrong and of a good courage : for thou shalt bring the childrenof Israel into the land which I sware unto them : and I will bewith thee.'*Joshua is represented to us as a warrior, one mightsay as nothing else ; other soldiers in Scripture havestrongly marked characters of their own, as David, asthe Centurion in the Gospels, and Cornelius in theActs. But in Joshua the character of the man islost in the soldier. It is remarkable how repeatedlyit is said to him, " Be strong and of a good courage."" Only be thou strong and very courageous ; be notafraid.'* He was called upon for this courage ; it wasfulfilled in all his life ; and at his death he gives thelike injunction, saying to Israel, ''Be ye thereforevery courageous*."But this in Joshua was a sacred courage, not thatof the world, but of God ; it was founded on faith.1 Josh. xxiiL 6.JOSHUA. 149He was called upon to execute the purposes of God,and the call was ever accompanied with the promise," I will be with thee ;" and in that promise he trusted.It was always kept in view that his power was not inhimself but of GtoA ; as when he overcame Amalek, byMoses interceding on the Mount * ; by the angel meet-ing him when he entered Canaan, as *' the Captain of 
 
the Lord's host ;" by the Sun and Moon obeying hisvoice ; by the hailstones from Heaven, and the hornetson earth ^ And when it is said indeed that he was also" full of the spirit of wisdom," yet the reason is added,because Moses had laid his hands upon him * as theleader of his people.ow the Church teaches us by her appointedlessons for this season, that Joshua's taking possessionof the land of Canaan is the figure of our enteringinto the promised kingdom on the descent of theHoly Ghost. And we may observe that this characterof Joshua had a sort of fulfilment at the Day of Pen-tecost, in the great "boldness of Peter and John,"at which, it is said, the Jews " marvelled * ;" and inSt. Stephen, and in St. Paul afterwards.But the courage of Joshua speaks of something farmore deep and extensive than this; as the Apostlein explaining Joshua and Canaan as the true restto be found in Christ, adds, "Let us thereforecome boldly unto the throne of grace, that we mayobtain mercy, and find grace to help *."It is not then of boldness in battle that God wouldteach us by Joshua, but it is altogether a figure of something else, of a brave courage in Christ ; for " we* Exod. xvii. » Josh. v. 13 ; x. 11. 13 ; xxiv. 12.* Deut. xxxiv. 9. » Acts iv. 13. • Heb. iv. 16.150 JOSHUA.wrestle not against flesh and blood,'' but againstspiritual powers; our weapons are not carnal, butmighty through God; our armour "on the righthand and on the left," is the gifb of grace. The
 
Captain to whom we look hath the sword proceedingout of His mouth, and " a vesture dipped in blood ;"but the armies that follow on white horses have noarmour but the " righteousness of Saints," " clothedin fine linen, white and clean '." " ot by might norby power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts *."At the note of the true Sabbath of God, — the trumpetsound of the unarmed multitude of God — fall downall the walls of the enemy. And who is she thatcometh forth from the accursed and doomed city, butthe mother of the true Joshua, who " in righteousnessdoth make war," even the harlot Eahab, rich in faith,with the scarlet token of Him who is known as " redin His apparel," as "Mighty to save'." "Gathertogether unto Me those that have made a covenantwith Me with sacrifice." He goeth forth with thebow and the crown, "conquering and to conquer,"for the destruction not of Jericho, but of that Jeru-salem which slew His Apostles and Prophets, and isnow in bondage with her children ; but she that is setfree is of the " Jerusalem which is above, the motherof us all." His army is clothed in righteousness, forthe warfare in which we are engaged is one in whichmen are overcome, not by the sword of the enemy,but by the accursed thing hid in the tent, the forbid-den treasure, the secret thing against God. In thiswar the powers of Heaven take part and fight for us ;f Rev. xix. 14, 16. " Zech. iv. 6.> Isa. Ixiii. 1; Rev. xix. 13.JOSHUA. 151for there ie " war in Heaven," and we partake in thatwar and victory, for we are with Michael, i. e. ** Whois as 6odP" Such is our Joshua, who hath takenupon Him not the nature of angels, but the seed of 

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