TAKE HOLD (Pt.1)

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you’ ” (Zechariah 8:23 NIV).

 Zechariah the prophet (Post-exilic) was given a word to encourage God’s people who had been newly regathered into their Land. This word was regarding an End-time Revival!   There would come, at that time, such a spiritual hunger among the nations that they would literally take hold of the corner of a Jew’s prayer garment with it’s tassels, asking to follow them in order that they may come to a true knowledge of God.

TAKE HOLD

This expression “Take hold” is found numerous times in the Holy Scriptures. One example that is significant is found in Psalms 35:

“Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of buckler and shield and rise up for my help. Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, “I am your salvation” (Psalms 35:1-3 NASB).

God has promised to contend with our enemies. He will “Take hold” and arm Himself to war on the behalf of His children.

The prophet Isaiah was divinely inspired to record, “And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle. According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; To the coastlands He will make recompense. So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west And His glory from the rising of the sun, For He will come like a rushing stream Which the wind of the LORD drives. “A Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 59:16-20 NASB)

The LORD IS A Man of War…He fights for you!  The apostle John wrote,”You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world”(NASB).

GO IN AND POSSESS

Joshua received his ordination through Moses in the sight of all the people (See Deuteronomy 31).  This was an acknowledgement that the mantle of leadership was being transferred with honor.  Joshua had been both faithful and loyal to Moses’ leadership as well as to obeying the word of Adonai.  It also was done in a public way to strengthen Joshua’s hands so that he would “Take hold” of his new assignment.

“Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses” (Joshua 1:1-3 NASB).

DISPOSSESS

Joshua would lead the children of Israel into the Land God  said was theirs. Before you can “take possession” of your inheritance or new “land” you must dispossess the occupying forces. This requires an appropriate conquering mindset.

This mindset would not come by human agency. It would only come as they adhered to the Word of the LORD.  “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:8-9 NASB).

 In addition to God’s Word, there must be God’s presence. We see this strategically as Israel is about to cross over and deal with Jericho, the stronghold city in the Land.

Rahab, the harlot, spoke to the two spies sent by Joshua, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (Joshua 2:9-11 NASB).

The children of Israel were about to  wage war against their enemies. But they were not alone. God went ahead of His people. He strengthened their hands in order for them to “Take hold” of the tasks and assignment given to them.  They were in fact the new generation in covenant with God through whom He would fulfill His purposes.  We must never forget…When a man of God dies nothing of God dies with him. Selah.

 

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