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#115 Meditate Therein Day and Night                                                             April 5, 2015

          Joshua 1:1:  Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake  unto Joshua
          the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,

Part of the revelation that God gave Joshua at this time, shortly after the death of Moses, is recorded in verse 8 of this same chapter.
          8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
          that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way
          prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

“This book of the law” refers to the scroll, or more likely, the scrolls that had the revelation that God had given to His holy man, Moses, to write down.  It was the revelation from God that we now have in our Bibles as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Moses had given very specific instructions, some weeks before the record in Joshua chapter 1, regarding this written revelation from God.  They are recorded in Deuteronomy.
          Deuteronomy 31:24:  And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law  in a  book, until
          they were finished,
          25  That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
          26  Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may  be there
          for a witness against thee.

This “book of the law” that Moses commanded the Levites to “put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God,” was not the two tables of stone that Moses had received from God.  Those two tables were already there in the ark.  Moses had explained that much earlier in Deuteronomy.
          Deuteronomy 10:1:  At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first,  and come up
          unto me into
          the mount, and make thee an ark of wood.
          2  And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put  
          them in the ark.
          3  And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the  mount,
          having the two tables in mine hand.
          4  And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake  unto you in
          the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave  them unto me.
          5  And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and  there they
          be, as the LORD commanded me.

The “book of the law” that Moses finished and then commanded to be placed in the side of the ark was the totality of the revelation we have in our Bibles today as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  It was the revelation from God regarding how He would administer His relation with man, specifically Israel, during the Law Administration. 

Is it any wonder God said to Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”?  How else would Joshua know anything at all about the relation of God and man in that administration if he didn’t know God’s Word regarding the Administration of the Law?

The same is true of the Administration of the Mystery that we live in today.  How can we possibly know anything at all about the relation of God and man today in the Administration of the Grace of God if we don’t know the written revelation He has given regarding this administration?  That revelation can only be found in the seven Epistles addressed to the Church, the called out of God, in Romans through Thessalonians.

We can certainly learn from what God told Joshua he was to do regarding His written Word that Moses had received from God and written down for the Law Administration.  We have the written Word of God that He gave regarding His relation with man in the Administration of the Grace of God - the revelation in the seven Church Epistles.

We would do well to “meditate therein day and night.” 

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