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Joshua 24:4-7

08 11 18 - 22:33

"I Gave"

Joshua 24:4-7
4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. 5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out. 6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea. 7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

"Thus saith the LORD God of Israel..." (v.2) The source of these words should not be forgotten. They come straight from the mouth of the Almighty and demonstrate the sovereign role that He has over all the world's history.
Isaac was a miracle child, born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age long after Sarah's child bearing years had passed. Likewise, Isaac and Rebekah had been praying for a child for many years. Isaac was sixty years old when the twins, Jacob and Esau, were finally born.
God says, "I gave those children to their parents." If we tie these verses to the two previous verses, we can see that the LORD has controlled the fate of Israel long before they came into Canaan. Their forefathers were idolaters who served other gods. There was nothing to be found in them that made them better than any other people on the earth. However, God shed His grace on them. With that same sovereign authority, He gave them the precious gift of children in His own time and for His own purpose.
Jacob was predestined to be the father of the nation Israel, and Esau to be rejected by the LORD. Later, God would say to Israel, "I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? [Was] not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,  And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness." (Malachi 1:2-3)
Esau was given the land around Mt. Seir, a mountain range that stretched from the Gulf of Akabah on the south to the southern end of the Dead Sea on the north. However, Jacob went down into  Egypt where his offspring were enslaved by the Pharaoh. That was also predestined by the LORD.
"And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;" (Genesis 15:13) Israel experienced nothing that was not within God's control and going exactly as He had planned.
Afterward, the LORD brought them out of Egypt by hardening Pharaoh's heart and breaking his will with a series of plagues. He brought Israel out of Egypt and, when they cried out to Him, He parted the Red Sea to save them from the pursuit of the Egyptian army. Then, because they showed little faith and a rebellious spirit, God led them in a forty year trek through the wilderness before giving them the land they now inhabited.
Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, "I gave..." Those are words that we should all remember. Nothing that we have is earned by our own works. God is sovereign over everything. Thus saith the LORD, "I gave you my beloved Son. Hear ye Him."
Before The Throne:
Take the time to count your blessings and acknowledge that they are all from the Lord. Give thanks for them, but also pray about how you can use everything you have to bring glory to the Lord. That is why He gave it to you.
For Further Study:
(v.4) * unto Isaac. Ge 25:24-26; * unto Esau. Gen 32:3; Gen 36:8; Deut 2:5; * Jacob. Gen 46:1-7; Ps 105:23; Acts 7:15;
(v.5) * sent. Exod 3:10; Exod 4:12-13; Ps 105:26; * plagued. Exod 7:1-12; Ps 78:43-51; Ps 105:27-36; Ps 135:8-9; Ps 136:10;
(v.6) * I brought. Exod 12:37, 51; Mic 6:4; * Egyptians. Exod 14:1-15; Neh 9:11; Ps 77:15-20; Ps 78:13; Ps 136:13-15; Isa 63:12-13; Acts 7:36; Heb 11:29;
(v.7) * And when. Ex 14:10; * he put. Ex 14:20; * brought. Exod 14:27-28; * your eyes. Exod 14:31; Deut 4:34; Deut 29:2; * ye dwelt. Josh 5:6; Num 14:33-34; Neh 9:12-21; Ps 95:9-10; Acts 13:17-18; Heb 3:17;


Author David Roth has been the Multihousing and Community Outreach Director for the York Baptist Association in Rock Hill, S.C. for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and pastor of Midtown Ministries, an inner city ministry to over 50 children and is presently pastoring My Radical Church, a new church plant that is focusing on reaching the homeless and poorest of the city. He has written over 3,000 daily bible studies and is in the process of posting them on this website.

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