As we begin a new sermon series on the book of Joshua, here is a brief summary of the events that set the stage for what we’re going to be learning.
Exile: Due to their rebellion, Adam and Eve were kicked out of that land.
Abraham: God made a great promise to this undeserving man (Genesis 12:1-3). God would give Abraham and his descendants a very good land to inhabit.
Egypt: Abraham’s great-great-grandson, Joseph, ended up in Egypt. This was due to the wickedness of Joseph’s jealous brothers, but also part of God’s sovereign plan to save His people (Genesis 50:20). After Joseph died, another king came to power in Egypt who did not know Joseph (Exodus 1:8). The Israelites ended up as slaves.
Exodus: This was God’s miraculous deliverance of His people from Egypt.
Wilderness: Due to their rebellion, the Israelites were made to wander in the wilderness for 40 years before entering the Promised Land.
Eternity: God’s promise to give His people a restful home, a land of abundance, should direct our gaze toward heaven. Notice how John’s description of the New Jerusalem hearkens back to images from Eden.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1–5, ESV)
In your moments of weariness and wandering, remember that Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven—our eternal home (John 14:2-3)!