Rodney Herra Offers Insights about Joshua
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The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 10, 2016 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Clifton Brandt talked about being able to witness when he attended a state seminar. Paul Frechette talked about witnessing to the people who deliver the mail.
Bob Gustafson welcomed everyone and made the announcements. Vespers would be in the auditorium at 7:30. Michelle Gustafson mentioned that Ben Roy would be at Standifier Gap Family Center in the next few weeks.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Near the Cross”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Camilla (senior) then called for the offering. Pedro Arce and Terrence White then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the world church budget. Leilini (9th grader) played her psaltry while the offering was being collected. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Jairit (senior) then told the children present a story. Bob Gustafson then read Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Jairit, Pedro Arce, and Ginny Arce sang a hymn for special music. Rodney Herra discussed the topic “TBA”. The congregation sang “Praise to the Lord”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator / Laurelbrook vice-president / local church elder
Ginny Arce - wife of Pedro Arce / academy girls dean
Michelle Gustafson - wife of Bob Gustafson / works in the academy kitchen
Pedro Arce - works with the Laurelbrook music department
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook farm manager / local church treasurer / works with the auto body shop program
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rodney Herra:
- Joshua is associated with the city of Jericho.
- Joshua 1:1-3 “1 ¶ Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, [even] to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.”
- The people had to claim the land to make it theirs, according to God’s promise.
- Ellen White says that Joshua was quiet but true to God’s principles as a leader of Israel.
- Two – Joshua and Caleb – went from Egypt to Canaan.
- Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” The book of the law was essential.
- Ellen White says in Patriarchs and Prophets that God’s divine rules were to be repeated daily in the home. When the last time God’s Law was sung or repeated on Laurelbrook’s campus?
- Joshua 3:14-15 “14 ¶ And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; 15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)”
- Note the Jordan was in flood season but Israel crossed it anyway with the Lord’s help.
- Ellen White, Acts of the Apostles, says that the Lord doesn’t always make the future plain to His servants.
- We often don’t appreciate the blessings of God until we have to do without them.
- Israel crossed the Jordan on dry land and then erected an altar to remember this event.
- Joshua 6:1-5 “1 ¶ Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, [and] the mighty men of valour. 3 And ye shall compass the city, all [ye] men of war, [and] go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long [blast] with the ram’s horn, [and] when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.”
- The walls fell because God said it was going to happen, not due to anything Joshua did.
- Joshua 6:16 “And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.” Note that Joshua stepped out in faith, believing in God.
- Ellen White says that the most complete system man comes up with will fail if God says so and apart from His power.
- Joshua 7:1-5 “1 ¶ But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. 2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which [is] beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; [and] make not all the people to labour thither; for they [are but] few. 4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them [from] before the gate [even] unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.”
- Note that one person broke the 10th commandment with the results seen above. We rarely correct the sin of covetness.
- Joshua 10:12-13 “12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. [Is] not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.”
- Ellen White says that Joshua did all he could do and then asked God to supply the rest. God wants us to put forth all we can ourselves. The men of prayer are men of power.
- This also shows the power of God over nature.
- Joshua 19:49-50 “49 ¶ When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them: 50 According to the word of the LORD they gave him the city which he asked, [even] Timnathserah in mount Ephraim: and he built the city, and dwelt therein.”
- Note that Joshua got a small city that he asked for, much less than what we generally expect to give as a reward for human leaders. He took the portion that remained.
- Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
- Joshua understood that everyone has to make his/her own choices, but he made his choice clear.
- If you want to stop evil, put your will on the side of God – and nothing can force you to do evil.
- Jesus is coming soon – and we have to make a personal choice to be with Him.