All the mighty men of valour.] The mighty men of valour; all such were obliged to go over if occasion required it, but Joshua took only some of them, partly because they were sufficient for his purpose, and partly because some were fit to be left, both to secure their own wives, children, and possessions, and to prevent their enemies on that side from giving them disturbance or hinderance in their enterprise upon Canaan. For permission to use this content, please review Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. His challenge was clear. If we do not we are subject to penalty: "Do this and thou shalt live," says the IRS. It is true that Jesus was greater than John the Baptist -- there is no question about that -- but John used a riddle, as it were, to get people to think. Take away Jesus and you take away grace and truth; he is the channel of them. Home > Study Desk. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. Message transcript and recording © 1983 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. The money helps with operational costs and is 100% tax deductible. --- For them. Father, we thank you for our Lord Jesus. He was tender to the unfortunate, patient with honest inquirers, and humble before Heaven; but He insulted respectable clergymen by calling them hypocrites; He referred to King Herod as "that fox"; He went to parties in disreputable company and was looked upon as a "gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners"; He assaulted indignant tradesmen and threw them and their belongings out of the Temple; He drove a coach-and-horses through a number of sacrosanct and hoary regulations; He cured diseases by any means that came handy, with a shocking casualness in the matter of other people's pigs and property; He showed no proper deference for wealth and social position; when confronted with neat dialectical traps, He displayed a paradoxical humour that affronted serious-minded people, and He retorted by asking disagreeably searching questions that could not be answered by rule of thumb. In four remarkable images, John tells us what was that glory: First, it was the Word made flesh; that eternal Word, that marvelous articulation of the mind and thought of God, that speaking of God that brought all things into existence, become a soft, baby flesh. (We all live in tents lives, no pun intended!) We can tell from the New Testament that Jesus does not suffer from any type of divine identity crisis. These words relate back to Verse 4, to the words, "In him was life, and the life was the light of men." That capacity was designed of God, for God intended man to be the dwelling place of God. Many people think that law and grace are contradictory, that they are opposing principles. Notice the reappearance in Verse 17 of the words "grace and truth," and the contrast which John draws between them and the Law and Moses. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The Law makes demands. Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; Before their brethren — In the front of all of them; which was but reasonable; because they had the advantage of their brethren, having actually received their portion, which their brethren had only in hope, because they were freed from those impediments which the rest were exposed to, their wives, and children, and estates being safely lodged; and to prevent their withdrawing themselves from the present service, which they otherwise would have had temptation to do, because of the nearness of their habitations. I never had the privilege of meeting Dr. R. A. Torrey, the founder of the Church of the Open Door, in Los Angeles, and the founder of the Bible School of Los Angeles (now Biola University). Truth is the manifestation of reality, the unveiling of what is actually there, the stripping off of all the illusions, veils, shams, phoniness, the facades, and getting down to what is actually there. Our mission is to get every believer in the Word every day. Our bodies are what might be called "earth suits." Thus, Jesus is in the Old Testament as well as the New. So they did away with God in the name of peace and quietness. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. In the midst of these contradictory images, our heart longs sometimes to say, "Will the real Jesus please stand up?" ‘Before’ means ‘in the presence of, together with’. 17. Life at any level is a revelation of the love of the Creator, the giving of the Creator to his creatures, the sharing of his life with them. If we are not very very careful these rights will create a fence or a barrier to us following Jesus. This was what they themselves proposed, agreed unto, and confirmed, Numbers 32:16. but ye shall pass over before your brethren armed; bearing arms, to fight for them; for none but such that were fit to bear arms were obliged to go; and these were to go "harnessed"F15חמשים "ordine militari", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "quintati", Montanus. The idea of Messiahship is thus included. Law and grace supplement one another. One of the greatest tragedies of Western Christianity and especially American Christianity is that we allow God’s blessings to hold us back from following Him. The symbol of it today is the IRS. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. Hebrew = marshalled by fives (see App-10). In His words we hear God speaking; in His deeds we see God at work; in His reproach we glimpse God's judgement; in His love we feel God's heart beating. I believe the apostle includes this quotation because that is how he first discovered who Jesus was. Whether we know it or not, we are longing, searching constantly all through our life for something that will meet what Pascal called, "the God-shaped vacuum" in the human heart. 18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,who is at the Father's side, has made him known.