Just finished listening to your Survey of Joshua
in the process of working through my BA with Andersonville. I thoroughly
enjoyed it! I especially liked your emphasis on developing a "whole-Bible"
theology for ourselves, rather than focusing on just the New Testament,
or even on just a few of the epistles. The unity and continuity
between the Old and New Covenants is a growing conviction of mine
and I was "amen-ing" you loudly with my headphones on!
I thought as you were preaching this particular message you would
surely point to Jesus' own words in Matthew 5:17-19.
Your references were fine, though! Don't get me
wrong. Also, I think that II Timothy 3:16, written to a Gentile
Christian, by the way, is very instructive. The "all Scripture"
Paul's talking about had to have been the Old Testament, since the
New was still in process! The only question I had about your lectures
was right at the first when you cautioned Christians about appropriating
the call of Joshua to themselves without warrant. I believe you
said, that unlike Joshua, "Christians have been promised no
land." I agree in that God has not set out a certain geographical
area for us to call our own, to seek to live in, etc. But don't
you think that Jesus Christ certainly has been promised a land?
Specifically, hasn't He been promised ALL the land on the whole
earth? (Psalm 2:8 for example) Wouldn't you agree that this specific
promise of the whole earth to the Messiah is the foundational reason
behind the Great Commission? In that sense, then, as we abide in
Christ and seek the righteousness of His Kingdom, shouldn't our
expectation be that Satan, a defeated foe, will be kicked out just
as surely as the Canaanites fell before Joshua? In that sense, isn't
the whole earth our Promised Land? Well, I am sorry. I know you
don't have time to answer little questions like this from everyone
who writes to you. Keep up the good work. I look forward to being
able to take some more of your courses during my time with Andersonville.
God bless you and keep you,