The Israelites would have many lessons to learn and relearn through the centuries, from the Lord their God, but if they had simply learned and passed on to their children the lessons learned at Jericho then they could have avoided many of the problems they would face later.
What did God teach Israel at Jericho? They are lessons appropriate for Christians and the church today.
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The Hebrew saints were not growing spiritually as they should have been, and so they were urged to take their next step in the direction of spiritual growth.
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Hebrews chapter thirteen is an exhortation to Jewish Christians to leave behind a covenant that was fulfilled and thus obsolete and “ready to vanish away” (Heb 8:13). This would be necessary in order for them to be identified with Jesus Christ. This text also indicates that they could not serve Christ and avoid persecutions. As Jesus took on a heavy burden and paid a high price to sanctify them and us (Heb 13:12; 2:9-11), we too can expect to pay a heavy price to be God’s sanctified people. The Christian must bear His reproach outside the camp before he can worship and serve God acceptably (Heb 13:13; 2 Tim 3:10-12).
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“For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph 2:8-9). When Paul wrote these words, he was responding to false teachers among the Jews who taught that Christians had to keep the Old Testament Law to be saved (cf. Gal 4:10, 21; 5:2-6). Paul declared that one is not saved by the works of any law, but through faith in Jesus Christ (Gal 2:16).
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Faith can be a difficult concept to explain since everyone seems to have a different brand of “faith”, and yet there is only one faith (Eph 4:5). But the subject of faith as it relates to our salvation is a rather simple concept to grasp. First of all, faith comes by one means only and that is by hearing the word of God (Rom 10:17), in other words by accepting as true what God has revealed in the Scripture. God tells us in His word that faith is the pathway into His presence. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb 11:6). I hope you enjoy this introductory lesson on an elementary principle.
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