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God's Promise to Joshua

God's Promise to Joshua

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BY JOB ORTON

ZeCHARIAH III. 6, 7.

And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus
saith the Lord of hosts ; If thou ivilt walk in my ways, and if
thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house,
and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to
walk among these that stand by.
BY JOB ORTON

ZeCHARIAH III. 6, 7.

And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus
saith the Lord of hosts ; If thou ivilt walk in my ways, and if
thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house,
and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to
walk among these that stand by.

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GOD'S PROMISE TO JOSHUABY JOB ORTO ZeCHARIAH III. 6, 7. And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts ; If thou ivilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. The design of God's promises, my brethren, is to quicken us to diligence in the work which he hath given us to do. And as he calls out some of his servants to labours peculiarly important and difficult, he hath furnished them with promises peculiarly precious and encouraging, that they may " not faint and grow weary in their minds." The promises he made to his servants of old are applicable to us, as far as there is a resemblance be- tween our circumstances and theirs. And it appears to be the design of God, that we should take encouragement from them, for they "were written for our instruction and consolation," Rom. XV. 4. It is very observable, that God made promises of future glory both to Zerubbabel, to Daniel, and Joshua, who lived in troublous times, and were very zealous for the Lord of Hosts, in order to encourage them amidst their difficulties and opposition. That which he made to Joshua the high priest of Israel, just after the captivity, I propose to consider at this time. The angel of Jehovah, spoken of in the text is, I apprehend, our Lord Jesus Christ ; he is represented under that title and office. He " protested to Joshua," that is, he earnestly and so- lemnly affirmed, or assured him in God's name, perhaps, with a solemn oath. This denoted, that what he was going to say was a matter of great concern and importance. He said to him in the presence of his attendant angels, " Thus saith the Lord of Hosts ; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by." In this passage we may observe,
 
I. What is required of Joshua ; and II. What is promised to him. Or, how he was to behave, and what blessedness would attend his good behaviour. Let us consider, I. What is required of Joshua, Or how he was to behave. He was to " walk in God's ways, and keep his charge ;" which signified a general care to be re- ligious himself, and a faithful performance of the duties of his particular station. VOL. I. L 146 orton's practical works. 1. A general care to be religious himself. " If thou wilt walk in my ways," the ways God had marked out or com- manded his servants to walk in. Joshua was the high priest of Israel ; yet he must not think it sufficient to instruct others in their duty and perform the services of his function, but he must be good himself. He must not think that the dignity of his station, or the greatness of his priestly work, would excuse him from discharging his duty, as a rational creature and an Israelite; but he was to observe all the moral and general rules of duty, which were given from heaven, either by the dictates of reason, or the law of Moses. Reason tells men in general what is right and good, what they are to do, and what they are to avoid. The voice of reason and conscience is the voice of God. Our knowledge of good and evil is the law of God written upon our hearts. Beside this, Joshua had the law of Moses ; and that he was to read and study and meditate upon, for the direction of his own conduct. He was to be influenced by a regard to the presence and authority of God, and act in his office from such principles, and with such a temper, as would render his services pleasing and acceptable to him. He was to proceed
 
steadily in the ways of holiness, and never to turn aside from them to the right hand or the left. God required of him, 2. A faithful performance of the duties of his station, " If thou wilt keep my charge." By this phrase the service of the priests is described in the law of Moses. " Bring the tribe of Levi near, that they may keep his charge, and the charge of the children of Israel. And the Levites shall keep the charge, and do the service of the tabernacle. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge," umb. iii. 7, viii. 26. Joshua was set apart to preside over the affiiirs of the congi'egation. And some of the highest acts of worship and service, that were re- quired by the law, were to be performed by the high priest alone. He was to study this law, that he might know and perform his own duty, and be able to t6ach others ; and though there was much indolence and selfishness among the people, he was not to omit any of the rites which the law required, nor connive at the omission of them in others ; but exert himself with all zeal and activity to promote the observance of what God had re- quired. He was to consider his office, in all its branches, as a charge from God, a trust lodged in his hands. He was to keep it with an elevation and resolution of soul suited to the im- portance of the charge itself, and the greatness and majesty of that God whose charge it was, and as one that was accountable to him for the manner in which he kept it. This then was required of Joshua, that he should walk in God's ways, be religious and holy himself; and keep God's charge, faithfully perform his duty as the high priest of Israel. Let us now con- sider. DIS. XVIII.] god's promise to JOSHUA. 147 II. What is j^i'omised to Joshua in consequence of so doing. And it was in general, that if he would do the duty of his place and office, he should have the dignity and reward of it ; he should be continued in his office ; and at length be preferred to a nobler station, in which he should be a companion with

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