|Posted on April 30, 2019 at 7:50 AM|
Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)
The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 1)
I am going to share the difference between Moses and Joshua and how these men were used by God in an awesome way. Moses delivered God’s people from being enslaved in Egypt and from the harsh rule of Pharaoh. Egypt was symbolic of the world system and Pharaoh was symbolic of the devil, who is the ruler of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). Jesus came to deliver us from the sinful world system that had us in bondage (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18-19).
Although Moses was a type of Christ, he did not take the children into the promised land because of disobedience. In Exodus 17:6, when the Israelites were thirsty, God told Moses to strike the rock, so the people and their beast would drink, this was foreshadowing Jesus being smitten (struck) on the cross (Isaiah 53:4, John 18:22).
As the Israelites continued to wander through the wilderness, they became thirsty again; this time God told Moses to speak to the rock, and out of Moses’ anger because of the peoples’ rebellion, he struck the rock (Numbers 20:2-12). Striking the rock two times indicated that the first striking (crucifixion) of Jesus was not sufficient. Jesus died once for the salvation of many; now we speak to God in the name of Jesus (John 14:14) and Jesus is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1-5, 14). Thomas called Jesus my Lord and my God (John 20:28.).
Because the Israelites did not walk by faith, those who were at the age of twenty and above died out in the wilderness through a span of 40 years (Numbers 14:22-35). After Moses died God raised up Joshua who was a minister of Moses to lead God’s people to the promised land of Canaan (Joshua, chapter 1). Joshua had been trained, prepared and anointed by the Spirit of God to complete the assignment (Numbers 27:18-23).
It is time for you to learn about Joshua and what his name meant. In the Hebrew language Joshua means Jehovah saves or Jehovah is salvation; Jesus or Jeshua was/is Savior. So, Joshua was a type of Christ who was called to lead the children of Israel to the promised land. New Jerusalem is a promised place where the children of God will inhabit throughout eternity; Jesus prepared the place for us (John 14:2-3).
Let’s go back and see what happened prior to Joshua being appointed as the leader of the Israelites. God told Moses to send twelve men to spy out the land of Canaan over a forty-day period. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones who came back with a good report and said they could overtake the land because God said they would. Ten spies came back with a bad/evil report and the children of Israel agreed with the bad report. God was angry because of their unbelief and He added a year to each day that they spied out the land, totaling forty years of wandering in the wilderness (Numbers, chapter 13).
Even though it seemed ridiculous to think they could overcome giants in the land, they had experienced the Red Sea crossing (Exodus 14:13-31); and they knew what God could do. This was like a slap in God’s face. In the natural it seemed ridiculous, yet they allowed what they saw, contradict what God told them. It was a faith walk for the children of Israel and it is a faith walk for the children of God.
Next: The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 2) Salvation to the Gentiles
Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG