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Fundamentals of Dispensational Truth.
(Second Series).
Good success and the Book of the Law.
pp. 14 - 18
Before pursuing the typical teaching of the book of Joshua further, we must endeavour
to get some idea of its teaching as a whole. The great subject is the possession of the land
of promise, and everything bears upon this one theme.
The death of Moses leaves the way clear for Joshua, and he is commanded to lead the
children of Israel across the Jordan and on to victory. The history of this advance is a
chequered one. Defeat and failure are chronicled, as well as victory and success. The
presence of failure, and the fact that the children of Israel did not entirely drive out the
inhabitants of the land, preclude the idea that the crossing of the Jordan can symbolize
actual death and resurrection, or the entry into Canaan the entry into heaven itself. We
shall discover in the history of this people a full-length portrait of ourselves--our failures
and their causes, our victories and their causes--and if we are simple and truly wise, we
shall, as a result of the study of these historical events that have been recorded for our
learning, be the better prepared for the pursuit of the prize of the high calling.
Book of Joshua as a whole.
The purpose of the record:--
"And the Lord gave unto Israel all the LAND which he sware to give unto their
fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the Lord gave them REST round
about, according to all that He sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all
their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. There
failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel;
all came to pass" (Josh. 21: 43-45).