April 14, 2019

Be Strong and Brave! – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

I Chronicles 28:20

“David said to his son Solomon: “Be strong and brave! Do it! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! For the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not leave you or abandon you before all the work for the service of the LORD’s temple is finished.” NET
Through His spokesmen the prophets, God gave this command — to be strong brave — eleven times. The charge was found on the lips of Moses, five times in Joshua, then twice from David, and once from Hezekiah.
Each of these divine mandates focused on unique trials. Each clearly defined the response God required of His people when challenged by threating situations in a wide variety of circumstances. These numerous examples emphasize the divine principle: Challenging situations do not excuse. They teach us, they strengthen us, they urge us on more determined, unwavering service to God.
(Unfortunately, this valid, critical lesson is too often distorted to produce greater contentiousness. “Stand for the truth,” becomes code words for, “Split more churches.” We must learn the difference.)
The first occurrence of this divine command is delivered by Moses to the Israelites. The poignant scene of Moses’ death, just after he was allowed to view the unattained promised land, loomed just ahead. Israel was finally to enter the Promised Land, but Moses would not be leading them. They would face the giants without him. God’s instruction to them in that situation was…
“Be strong and courageous! Do not fear or tremble before them, for the LORD your God is the one who is going with you. He will not fail you or abandon you!” (Deuteronomy 31:6). In the next verse, Moses gave a similar exhortation to Joshua, their new leader.
The next-to-last occurrence is the text with which we began, quoted above. It expresses almost the same words of the first occurrence. This time David is exhorting Solomon to courageously move forward with the enormous responsibility, building God’s marvelous temple in Jerusalem. Whether finally entering the land that intimidated Israel and the unfaithful spies previously, or beginning God’s magnificent temple, God’s children should expect opposition and but must be strong and brave to carry it through.
The word “brave” often translated “courage” occurs more in Joshua than in any other book of the Bible. The specific requirement is given five times: three by God, once by the people to Joshua, and once by Joshua to the people. In all these passages, the context stresses doing what God says, regardless of the situation, especially in resistance to sin and pagan belief systems. Especially significant is God’s command:
“Make sure you are very strong and brave! Carefully obey all the law my servant Moses charged you to keep! Do not swerve from it to the right or to the left, so that you may be successful in all you do.” (Joshua 1:7).

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

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