“As Yehovah commanded Moses His servant, so did Moses command Joshua and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that Yehovah commanded Moses.”
The doctrine of Adam is resplendent with exhortations, duties, admonishments and obligations. He was created with the ability and motivation to work and God has assigned him to live and walk according to those natural tendencies all the days of his life. This is why the natural man cannot receive the things of the spirit; because they are spiritually discerned while he is fashioned for work. Abram believed God but he has nothing wherein to boast before God because of the work which he did. Moses is accounted faithful over the house but he dare not stand before the throne and proclaim the works of his hands lest his account be found deficient. Neither does Joshua, the man, have anything whereof he may present the labours and accomplishments of his hands as his righteousness before God. The teaching of the traditions and customs of man are not the doctrine of God.
Yehovah God brought the nation of Israel out of the house of bondage with an outstretched arm (Deut. 26:8). As He removed them from the grasp of the man who is stronger than they, He delivered them from the ‘double straights of the entrenchment’ (Egypt), delivered them from the army of the ‘great house’ (Pharaoh), and delivered them from the sea and into the wilderness. Here He provided the essential needs of the body, water and food, as He caused them to rest at the foot of the mountain. He gave His servant Moses (‘drawn out’) His Holy law in types and foreshadows, yet all the rituals and ceremonies of the handwriting of ordinances are contained in the one commandment, which is the first; “I am Yehovah your God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (Ex. 20:2). Everything begins and concludes in this the first and greatest commandment, because He is Yehovah God.
These words were written by the finger of God on two tablets of stone which were ‘shattered’ (Ex. 32:19) before the children of the dust of the earth were even given the opportunity to look upon them or be instructed by them. This was in demonstration that “by the deeds of the law no flesh shall justified in His sight” (Rms. 3:20). Yet the testimony proclaims that as God commanded Moses and Moses, Joshua so Joshua did “all that Yehovah had commanded Moses”. Does this make Joshua a just man according to the law? God forbid. For if Joshua had been justified by his observance and obedience then he has somewhat to boast, but not before God, and the blessings would be of debt to him that works.
God had chosen the people of Israel not because of their righteousness (Deut. 9:5) or for their power and ingenuity for He had “seen this people and behold it is a stiff-necked people” (Ex. 32:9). He did not offer them a remedy for this condition but rather commanded them to keep His law. He did not place before them a choice of obey and live, for He clearly declared that they could not (Deut. 31:16) but rather this was a demonstration that they were all dead in trespasses and sin and could not measure up to the perfect standard of the Holiness of God. Was this then a false presentation? For how could God say that the man who would live must live in the complete and perfect compliance if it were not possible? The commandment is clear without exceptions or conditions; “Thou shalt love Yehovah thy God with all thine heart and with all thine soul and with all thine might” (Deut. 6:5). This is the commandment that God gave to Moses and Moses gave to Joshua and this Joshua “left nothing undone of all that Yehovah commanded Moses”
Since all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, this must include the man Joshua. In observance of the ministration of condemnation, Joshua, the man, demonstrated that he was a sinner. He also manifested the weakness of what the law could not do in the flesh and his need for deliverance. But because he is a child of grace born from above of the incorruptible seed, he cannot commit sin. Since he is a child born of God, the seed remains in him so that he does not fall short of the glory of God (I John 3:9) but this applies to the figure known as Joshua and not to everyone born of man.
Joshua (“the salvation of Yehovah”) stands as yet another type of the Anointed One. He is the only one who came fashioned in the likeness of sinful flesh to condemn sin in the flesh, for He was without sin. He alone kept every jot and tittle of the law in all righteousness by the power of God. He being the second Adam came forth having the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in Him bodily. He is the image of the invisible God and equal with the Father as One. This singularity is absolutely essential to the ability to understand the Law, for it is His, and the power to keep it, for He could not deny Himself; “I and Father are One” (John 10:30). He came forth because of the eternal love of the Father for the seed who became partakers of flesh and blood in the manifestation of that which was finished from the foundation of the world (Heb. 4:3). The Law of God is eternal as He is eternal and the Lamb of God stands as He had been slain from the foundation of the world. The salvation of Yehovah was finished from the beginning therefore His name is Faithful and True. There never was a time in creation (for indeed time is created) when the election according to grace inhabited an unclean vessel that had not been washed in the blood of the Lamb. This is the surety of the salvation of the house of the redeemed because Joshua left nothing undone which Yehovah God commanded in His Law.
“So Joshua took all the land, the hills and the south country, all the land of Goshen, the valleys and the plain, the mountain of Israel and the valley thereof”
Those who have been sealed of the Father with His name in their foreheads have the testimony of the finished work of Jesus Christ, “the Anointed salvation of Yehovah”. He has taken His great power unto Himself and He reigns (Rev. 11:17). The good news of the glad tidings of great joy is that Yehovah reigns; “Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice and let say among the nations, Yehovah reigneth” (I Chr. 16:31). He is most terrible and the great King over all the earth (Ps. 47:2) and He has power over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as the Father has given Him to redeem (John 17:2). He is the Lord God Omnipotent. He is seated in the heavens, He rules over all the kingdoms of this earth and He has delivered His people from their sins. Therefore they have the testimony and because they are one as He is One, they keep the commandments of God.
Joshua laid hands upon, took hold of, possessed, captured and laid siege to everything that exalts itself against the throne of God (hills). He is the commander and chief of the parched lands (south) wherein there is no water. He alone is the sovereign over the entire land of the ‘drawing out’ (Goshen) of His people (Jacob) and His servants (Esau) wherein He places in their hearts to fulfill His most Holy will. Every lowland and valley wherein one is ‘humbled and made subject’ (valleys) along with the ‘deserts of growing darkness’ (plains) and the ‘high places’ (mountains) of power, prestige and glory are under His strict command. He controls the high places of the power of ‘he who has endured with God and man’ (mountain of Israel’) and the low places which bring doubt, fear and anxiety (valleys). This is the sovereign territory of the Lord God Omnipotent. He has spoken and all things come to pass. He has purposed and so they are done and who can resist His will?
“From mount Halak that goes to Seir, even unto Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon and all their kings he took and smote them and slew them” (11:17).
The jurisdiction of the Kingdom of our God is over all that exalts the vanity and ego of man in a ‘smooth, flattering and slippery’ (Halak) manner so that “there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel” (Ezek. 12:24). These are the passions of the flesh which Adam lusts after which God alone has decreed. These are the ways of the ‘hairy and shaggy’ (Seir) matters which give Edom (Adam) to think more highly of himself than he ought. He is also above all the lords of fortune (Baal-gad) of this present evil generation wherein a man thinks to find his worth. Fame, wealth and prominence are at His command as He gives unto whom He has decreed should have and withholds from those for whom it is not proper to have. This bounty is the mammon of this world wherein a man may think himself righteous for who has God blessed with these things but unto those who have ‘whiteness’ (Lebanon). But this is not the pure white of the righteousness of the saints, for it is of the valley or lowland of whiteness which is the works of righteousness which the arm of the flesh performs. Though these works of righteousness which we have done, are as filthy blood soaked rags before the beauty of His Holiness, yet they are ordained and controlled by Joshua. These are the destruction of man and even though to the natural mind they are his sanctuary (Hermon), they are his utter destruction; “O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rms. 7:24)
The salvation of Yehovah has not only the command over all these things but His will dictates the conduct, demeanor and attitudes of the men who rule over them. These need not be sons of Adam who sit in the places of authority as the basest of men whom Yehovah has placed over the kingdoms of men (Dan. 4:17) but they may also be “against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12). These He has laid hold upon, possessed, strickened and slain them so that all His enemies are under His footstool; “Thus saith Yehovah, Heaven is My throne and the earth MY footstool” (Is. 66:1).
He has manifested these things unto His people in the testimony of those things which were afore written for their learning that they, through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope (Rms. 15:4). He has left irrefutable evidence of His power and glory in the firmament and the heavens for the condemnation of the wicked and in demonstration that He is the Most High unto whom is all praise and honour for He lives forever. But the comfort to His people is that “the Word of our God shall stand for ever” and the good tidings in the high mountain of Jerusalem is; say unto the cities of Judah, “Behold your God” (Is. 40:8f) His dominion is an eternal dominion and His kingdom is from generation to generation and all the inhabitants of this earth are reputed as nothing before Him for He does according to His will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. None can stay His hand or say unto Him, ‘What are you doing, what have you done and what shall you do?’ (Dan. 4:34f).
The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah proclaimed the truth before the Father when He said, “IT IS FINISHED”. This is His testimony and the surety of the deliverance of His Beloved from the bondage of the corruption of the habitation of this dwelling.
“Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites nor the Maachathites, but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day” (Josh. 13:13).
The struggle for every child of grace, who has this hope of glory within, is the inability to control and dethrone the nature of man. The pride of life, the lust of the eye and the lust of the flesh, or the ‘proud beholders’ (Geshurites), are the temptations that are common unto all the children of light. The things of the earth, mother to Adam, are the things wherein ‘she oppresses’ (Maachathites) the strangers and sojourners in this weary land. Herein they find that when they would do good, evil is present because they are carnal sold under sin. These are the bondage's of the weak and beggarly elements of the yoke which neither the fathers nor the children could keep. These are manifestly declared in Hagar and her children, which answer to the Jerusalem which now is, wherein abides the ministration of death. Even though these be born anew of God after the inward man, yet the outward Adamic nature cannot overcome these temptations which are ordained of God for the trying of the faith within.
Each tribe of the house of Israel could not do what Joshua accomplished. He utterly destroyed the inhabitants and their kings as the power of Yehovah was upon him. The tribe of praise and empty hands (Judah) could not rid themselves of the ‘children of the threshing’ and ‘down trodding’ (Jebusites). They drove out the inhabitants of the mountains but could not dispose of the inhabitants of the valleys because they were ‘riders of iron’, industrious and skilled. The Benjaminites could not drive out the children of the threshing and they dwell among them even today. The house of Joseph spared the life of a man that aided them in the destruction of the city of Luz, contrary to the commandment of God, Manasseh could not drive out ‘the house of ease’ (Beth-shean), the sandy soil wherein a man builds his house (Taanach), the ‘habitation of the generations’ or lineages (Dor), the ‘devouring or covered people’ (Ibleam) of the sin which so easily besets the weary pilgrim. They could not exclude the need for peer approval and acceptance of their fellow man in the ‘place of the crowds’ or the wide streets of public approval (Megiddo) as no man enjoys being as a pelican in the wilderness or a sparrow on the housetop (Ps. 102:6). The arm of the flesh cannot rid himself of the common ‘people of the low lands’ (Canaan) who beckon to the strangers and sojourners to come and make alliances with them. Neither Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali, Dan or any other of the sons of Adam, though chosen of the Lord, can vanquish these inveterate foes for Yehovah has ordained to leave them, for; “I also will not henceforth drive out from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died” (Judges 2:21)
These all represent the fears, doubts and insecurity of Adam, with the impotence of the arm of the flesh and the vain confidence that he has in his (in)abilities. These are not of flesh and blood, for the weapons of the warfare are not carnal. The struggle is not with men, society or governments neither are the accouterments of the battle of this world, fashioned by the hands of man. These people whom the children of Israel could not exclude are the thoughts and intents of the heart of the law in the members which war against the Law of God. These are the lusts of the flesh wherein the children have been made subject to vanity, not willingly but by reason of the One who has subjected the same in hope. Therefore the creature groans within waiting for the deliverance from the body of this death and the manifestation of the sons of God. The hope and expectation of these new creatures is that when He shall appear they shall be like Him. They have the testimony of the Spirit of God who bears witness that they are the sons of God. They have the testimony of the finished work of the Anointed One and they have the surety of the immutable God who has confirmed His word by His oath. They rejoice that he is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that he should repent of His work, which He has performed from the beginning.
Is this an indictment against the people of Israel and, as some would claim, an anti-Semitic gesture. Not at all! The nation of Israel stands in type as the epitome of the natural man. He has neither strength nor understanding as he walks according to the course of the earth. He judges all things after his sensual nature building and formulating even his speculations upon those things which are seen. He knows not the ways of God and has not the mind of God and thus the Apostle would write, “Now then it is no more I that do it but the sin that dwells in me”. Because of this natural inability, God has decreed that the attributes, characteristics and manners of Adam be not quickly removed; “That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of Yehovah to walk therein, as their fathers did or not” (Judges 2:22). Therefore the trying of faith works patience that through faith we may be saved by the hope of glory; not according to those things which are seen for the things which are seen are temporal. “But let patience have perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:4).
Joshua destroyed thirty-one kings and the inhabitants of the cities. His people inhabited cities they did not build and ate from the crops they did not plant. He provided unto them the inheritance of the promise and in all this, when they became fruitful and plenteous, they forgot their God. This indeed is a lamentation and shall be a lamentation. But the incorruptible seed, the Beloved bride shall never forget her Lord and Master. Her desires are upon Him as His are upon her. She is one in Him as He is one in the Father (I Cor. 12:12). He will never leave nor forsake her for as He is the fullness of the Godhead which dwells in her so He is with her always, even unto the end of the world.
“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because you have known Him from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because you have known the Father. I write unto you, fathers, because you have known Him from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because you are strong and the Word of God abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one.” (I John 2:12ff).
This is the victorious life of the children of light in ‘The Anointed salvation of Yehovah’; “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Rms. 8:37).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 10, 2014