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Study Resources :: Text Commentaries :: Don Smith :: Portraits of Christ

Don Smith :: Jos 3; The Crossing

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Portraits of Christ
“The Crossing” Joshua 3

As Joshua rose early in the morning to do God’s will, so Jesus rose early in the morning to pray. (Joshua 3:1)

  1. Joshua arose early in the morning to prepare for his crossing into Rest-Land.
  2. Jesus arose early in the morning to pray in preparation to face the rigors of the day.
    • “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

As Joshua called Israel to follow the Ark, so Jesus calls His people to follow Him. (Joshua 3:2-4)

  1. The Ark of the Covenant typified Christ
    • The Ark made with gold foreshadowed the infinite worth of Christ.
    • The glory that resided over the Ark between the cherubim foreshadowed Christ in His glory.
    • The Ark that rested in the Holy of Holies foreshadowed Christ seated on the throne of mercy.
    • The mercy seat that covered the Law foreshadowed Christ’s blood more than covered our sin.
    • The Ark carried by the priests foreshadowed Christ’s presence with us.
    • The Ark foreshadowed the New Covenant in the blood of Christ.
  2. The Ark of the Covenant went before the people at a distance of 3,000 feet
    • The distance showed reverence in God’s presence.
    • The distance enabled Israel to see God’s work.
    • The distance gave Israel better sight of God’s guidance.
  3. Jesus is the Ark of the New Covenant
    • “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
    • “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
    • “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” (John 10:4)
    • “He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” (Hebrews 9:15)
    • “[L]ooking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

As Joshua called Israel to sanctify themselves, so Jesus prayed to sanctify His Church. (Joshua 3:5-6)

  1. Joshua called Israel to set themselves aside for God’s holy purposes because God was about to do great things in their midst.
    • Great works of God are preceded by the people’s awareness of their great need of God.
    • Great works of God are preceded by the people’s conviction God is with them.
  2. Jesus prayed to sanctify Himself and His church to God’s holy purposes.
    • “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” (John 17:17-19)
    • “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-28)
    • “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
    • “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” (Hebrews 13:12)
  3. Jesus calls His Church to sanctify the Lord in their hearts
    • “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.” (1 Peter 3:15)

As Joshua was exalted by the Lord amongst Israel, so Jesus will be exalted amongst all people for the Father’s glory. (Joshua 3:7-8)

  1. The Lord promised to exalt Joshua in the sight of all Israel.
    • This was to demonstrate the Lord was with him as He was with Moses.
  2. The Lord commanded Joshua to prepare the priests to carry the Ark.
  3. The name of Jesus will be exalted above all names
    • “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24)
    • “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

As Joshua announced the presence of the Lord, so Jesus announced He was the Living God. Joshua 3:10-13

  1. Joshua announced how Israel would know for sure the living God was with them.
    • The Ark of the Covenant would pass before them into the rain-swollen river.
    • The priest’s carrying the Ark would stand at rest in the waters.
    • The God of all the earth would then cut off the flow of water so Israel could pass through it, like God opened the Red Sea so Israel could pass through it on dry ground.
  2. Jesus announced the Living God was in their midst.
    • “A voice came from heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” (Mark 1:11)
    • “Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’” (Matthew 16:16-17)

As the Lord rolled the Jordan River back, all the way back to Adam, so Jesus rolled our sin back to Adam. (Joshua 3:14-16)

  1. The River “held back in one heap,” when the priests carrying the Ark put their feet in the Jordan.
    • The water rose up all the way back to Adam, near Zerathan.
    • The Jordan means “descending down” but the word “dan” means “judgment.”
    • o “Then Rachel said, “God has judged my case; and He has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan.” (Genesis 30:6)
    • The Jordan is an emblem of death and judgment in the Bible.
  2. The death of Jesus rolled back death and judgment all the way back to Adam, the head of humanity
    • “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
    • Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:14-19)

As the Ark of the Covenant passed through the Jordan River opposite Jericho, so Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River at Bethabara. (Joshua 3:16-17)

  1. Joshua passed through the Jordan River on dry ground opposite the city of Jericho.
  2. Jesus was baptized at “Bethabara,” which means “the place of passage”—the place the Ark passed through the Jordan.
    • “John answered them, saying, ‘I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.’ These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” (John 1:26-28)
    • Jesus was the living Ark of God to fulfill the Law once contained in the Ark of Testimony.

As Joshua called twelve men to follow Him, so Jesus called twelve disciples to follow Him. (Joshua 4:1-2)

  1. Joshua ordered twelve men, one from every tribe, to serve him.
  2. Jesus called twelve men to serve Him.
    • “And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.” (Mark 6:7)

As Joshua ordered memorial stones be placed in the Jordan River to remember God’s power, so Jesus declared God is able to raise up children from those stones. (Joshua 4:3-18)

  1. Joshua ordered twelve stones from the middle of the River, where the Ark was located, to be taken to shore where Israel was to set up camp at Gilgal.
    • The memorial stones were to be a sign for future generations to recall how God rolled back the Jordan, as He did at the Red Sea.
    • It was a reminder of the revelation of God’s deliverance through Joshua at the Jordan River.
  2. Jesus referred to these memorial stones at Gilgal to claim God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
    • “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Matthew 3:8-9)

As Joshua passed triumphantly through the Jordan River on the tenth day of the first month, four days before Passover, so Jesus passed triumphantly through Jerusalem on the same day. (Joshua 4:19-24)

  1. The tenth day of Nisan was the day Passover lambs were selected to be sacrificed.
    • “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
    • “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.’” (Exodus 12:2-3)
  2. The tenth day of Nisan was the day Jesus, our Paschal Lamb, triumphantly entered Jerusalem. The Lamb of God selected to die on a cross on the fourteenth day of Nisan.

As Joshua circumcised Israel at Gilgal, so Jesus rolled away our sin at Calvary. (Joshua 5:1-9)

  1. The news of Israel’s passing through the Jordan River melted the hearts of the Canaanites.
    • The word spread quickly that it was the Lord who dried up the waters of the Jordan.
    • The kings had no “spirit in them any longer” because the children of Israel were now on their soil.
    • The closing of the Jordan River also sealed Israel’s path of escape.
    • The path before them was faith in God’s presence and promises.
  2. The Lord commanded Joshua to circumcise the sons of Israel.
    • This act of obedience left Israel vulnerable to the enemy for three days until the men healed from their circumcision.
    • Previously Jacob’s two sons, Simeon and Levi, used the time of healing to strike the men of Shechem with the sword causing mass destruction of the people. (Genesis 34:25-26)
    • Faithful obedience is always risky but faithless disobedience is even far more risky.
    • Joshua was commanded to circumcise Israel again for the second time.
    • This meant Joshua was to circumcise Israel again after 38 years of noncompliance.
    • The Lord condemned the first generation of Israelis to die in the wilderness after two years of continually breaking God’s covenant.
      • “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the LORD have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’” (Numbers 14:28-35)
    • The Lord promised, however, he would renew the covenant blessing of a “land flowing with milk and honey” with the sons of Israel.
  3. Joshua rolled away the reproach of Egypt from Israel at Gilgal.
    • The reproach of Egypt was Israel’s uncircumcised condition when they dwelt in the land of Egypt.
    • Moses pleaded with the Lord to spare Israel from His wrath, so Egypt would not have reason to reproach God’s name.
      • “Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, and said: ‘LORD, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, “He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?” Turn from Your fierce wrath and relent from this harm to Your people.’” (Exodus 32:11-12)
    • All the men were circumcised at a place called “Gilgal”—which means “rolled away.”
    • The covenant blessings had been renewed.
    • The day of battle for “Rest-Land” was fast approaching.
  4. Jesus is our circumcision, Who rolled away our sin.
    • Circumcision was never God’s means of justifying sinners.
    • It was a sign of God’s covenant promises with Abraham to give him a son who would bless all the families of the earth by justifying sinners.
    • Circumcision was a sign on men’s “seed-dispenser” to remind them of God’s promise of a deliverer as well as to remind the men of their covenant obligations to the Lord.
    • Abraham was reckoned righteous by faith in God before he was circumcised.
      • “Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.” (Romans 2:27-29)
      • “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” (Romans 4:9-12)
    • As Joshua was Moses’ servant, in keeping the Law of circumcision, so Jesus was our servant of the circumcision keeping the law for us.
      • “And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21)
    • When Jesus Christ was born, the significance of the sign was fulfilled, not to be required of Gentile Christians because God had kept His covenant promise in Christ.
      • “Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy.” (Romans 15:8-9)
    • Christ is our circumcision, Who rolled away the sin of our fleshy heart.
      • “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:11-13)

As Joshua gave the Passover to Israel, so Jesus is our Passover. (Joshua 5:10-12)

  1. Joshua instituted Passover on the fourteenth day of Nisan, as it was first instituted in Egypt by Moses.
    • There is no record of more than one Passover having been observed during the whole sojourn in the wilderness. (Numbers 9:1; Exodus 12:24-27)
    • This time was fixed by the law and commanded to be taken once Israel was in Rest-Land.
    • Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem on the tenth day even as the lamb was selected for Passover on the tenth day of Nisan.
    • The blood sprinkled over the lintel of every Israeli home was a sign of the blood of the Lamb to be shed later for our sin.
      • “Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)
  2. On the Fifteenth day of Nisan, the manna ceased and the first fruits of Rest-Land were enjoyed.
    • The first Passover in Rest-Land signaled the end of the curse and the beginning of blessing.
  3. Christ is our Passover, Who has removed the curse of sin and given us the first fruits of the Spirit.

As Joshua was the commander of Israel, so Jesus is the commander of our souls. (Joshua 5:13-15)

  1. As the commander of Israel, Joshua went to Jericho to map out his battle plan.
    • The Lord hadn’t revealed to Joshua how to defeat Jericho.
    • Joshua, therefore, went out to contemplate a battle plan.
    • His advance search for a plan to conquer Jericho wasn’t a lack of faith that God would give him victory, but rather how God was going to fulfill His promise to destroy the city.
      • “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)
      • “Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
      • “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)
  2. Joshua wanted to know if the Man was an adversary or an advocate.
    • The Man answered, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
    • The angel of the Lord came to manifest His presence and battle plan. (Joshua 6:1-5)
      • “The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!” There is no want to those who fear Him.” (Psalm 34:7-9)
  3. Joshua fell on his face to the earth in worship and asked, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
    • The Angel of the Lord spoke to Joshua as he did to Moses in the burning bush, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” (Exodus 3:5-6)
    • How could Joshua see God and live?
      • “He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:16)
      • “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.” (Colossians 1:15-16)
    • The angel accepted Joshua’s worship because He was the pre-incarnate Christ. (Revelation 19:10)
    • The Man, the Angel of the Lord was the not only the Captain of the heavenly host, but the captain of their salvation. “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10)

Jesus Christ is our true Prophet, Great High Priest and King of Kings

  1. The Three Offices of Christ from the Westminster Shorter Confession:
    • Prophet: “Christ executes the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.”
    • Priest: “Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God; and in making continual intercession for us.”
    • King: “Christ executes the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.”
  2. The Three Offices of Christ in Hebrews 1:1-4
    • Christ Our Prophet: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power.”
    • Christ Our Priest: “When He had by Himself purged our sins.”
    • Christ Our King: “Sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

Joshua was Israel’s fearless prophet. (Joshua 8:1-9)

  1. The Lord spoke to Joshua as He would a prophet, even as the Lord spoke to Jesus as our prophet.
    • He assured Joshua of His presence, “Do not fear and do not dismayed”
    • He called Joshua to action, “Take all the fighting men [30,000] with you. Arise, go up to Ai.”
    • He assured Joshua victory, “See, I have given into your hand the king, the city of Ai and all the land.”
    • He urged Joshua to faithfulness, “You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king.”
    • He instructed Joshua to take the spoils, “Only its spoils and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves.”
    • Joshua obeyed the voice of the Lord, “So Joshua and all the fighting men arose to go up to Ai.”
    • He revealed to Joshua the battle plan, “Lay ambush against the city behind it.”
  2. Joshua obeyed the voice of the Lord, “So Joshua and all the fighting men arose to go up to Ai.”
    • This time there would be no underestimation of the enemies’ power. (Joshua 7:2, 5)
    • He sent 30,000 men of valor to be the ambuscade south outside Ai.
    • He sent 5,000 soldiers north to be a defenses force between Ai and Bethel.
    • He spent the night among all the people that night.

Joshua was Israel’s conquering king. (Joshua 8:10-29)

  1. Joshua led all the people into the Valley of Achor and remained there among them that night.
    • The people were to be a diversionary army to entice the fighters of Ai to leave the city to chase them, as they chased the 3,000 troops before and killed thirty-six men. (Joshua 7:4-5)
    • The ambush teams were all in their places.
      • Bethel—5,000 Defense Troops
      • Ai—Joshua’s Diversionary Army
      • Jericho 30,000 Mighty Men of Valor
  2. The fighters of Ai and Bethel left their cities when Joshua and the people approached, leaving the cities unguarded as they pursued after Joshua and his people.
    • Joshua and his people fled in the direction of the wilderness as planned.
  3. The Lord spoke to Joshua reassuring victory, “Stretch out the javelin that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.”
  4. Joshua faithfully did as the Lord commanded.
    • Joshua’s javelin signaled the ambush troops to enter the cities.
    • The fighters of Ai and Bethel looked around when they smelled and saw smoke coming from their cities.
    • Joshua and the people stopped their flight and turned to fight.
    • The enemy had no where to run and were cut down until there were none left to fight except the king of Ai.
    • At least 12,000 people died that day.
    • Joshua did as the Lord commanded and executed the king of Ai by hanging him on a tree until evening time.
    • The people took the spoil of the city because it wasn’t banned by the Lord.
    • Then he burned the city and buried the king under a pile of rocks.

Joshua was Israel’s faithful priest. (Joshua 8:30-35)

  1. Joshua led all the twelve tribes twenty miles north to a place of historic significance.
    • He led all the people including the sojourners (Gentiles) and the native-born to Jacob’s well, the place the Lord promised Abraham Rest-land and the place Joseph was to be buried.
    • It later was called Shechem, the place Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well. (John 4)
  2. Joshua built an altar to the Lord as Moses prescribed. (Deuteronomy 27:6-7)
  3. Joshua wrote the law on very large whitewashed stone or pillar and placed it in between the people as Moses commanded. (Deuteronomy 27:3-4,8)
  4. Joshua divided the twelve tribes, six on Mount Ebal and six on Gerizim—just as Moses wrote.
  5. Joshua placed the Ark between the two mountains as a witness to God’s Holy Presence.
  6. Joshua read the Law with its demands and promises for all the people to hear.
    • When he announced the curses of the Covenant the tribes on Ebal shouted, “AMEN!”
    • When he announced the blessing of the Covenant the tribes on Gerizim shouted, “AMEN!”
    • Moses had said, “And you shall rejoice before Jehovah Your God.” (Deuteronomy 27:7)
  7. Joshua had gathered Israel as Jesus will gather all the people, Jew and Gentile, for judgment.
    • Joshua fulfilled Deuteronomy 30:19-20, when he read the Law.
      • “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey his voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
    • Jesus will divide the people in judgment at the Great White Throne with blessing and curses.
      • “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did to Me.’ Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did no take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’” (Matthew 25:31-46)
    • Where did Joshua place the stone altar for sacrifices? On what mountain did the altar stand? (Galatians 3:10-14)

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