Correspondence: JOS 4:1, 9; Jews vs. Christians; 1 CH 21:1-17; MAL 4:2; 1 COR 5:5

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Ans. Read chapters 3 and 4. Jordan river is another type of the death of Christ.
At the Red Sea we saw all our enemies dead on the seashore. Our sins all gone.
At Jordan we see Christ's and our death with Him.
In the stones taken out we have a memorial, a constant reminder that we came up out of that death.
In the stones put in by Joshua, is a picture that our old, man was crucified with Christ, and is now to be seen no longer.
In Phil. 1:1010That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; (Philippians 1:10) the apostle is praying for the spiritual progress of the saints in Christ Jesus, i. e., all believers in Christ Jesus, that their love might abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment: that they might approve things that are excellent, or, try things that differ (margin); that they might be sincere before God, and without offense before men, till the day of Christ, and thus be filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
The first is convincing the Jews of their transgression, and thus showing their need of the Savior.
The second is encouraging the Christians to abound in love yet more and more, as the only way, to gain true knowledge, and to glorify God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ques. What was King David's sin in numbering the people who were under him? He said, "These poor sheep what have they done?" Why did the Lord then judge the people? (1 Chron. 21:1-171And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. 2And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. 3And Joab answered, The Lord make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? 4Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. 5And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword. 6But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab. 7And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel. 8And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly. 9And the Lord spake unto Gad, David's seer, saying, 10Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith the Lord, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. 11So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Choose thee 12Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the Lord, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that sent me. 13And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the Lord; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man. 14So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. 15And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the Lord beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. 17And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O Lord my God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued. (1 Chronicles 21:1‑17)). J. E.
Ans. God is holy, and judges sin, and will ever do so sooner or later in all parts of His universe. On the ground of the work of Christ, redemption comes in for all who are broken and contrite of heart before Him.
2 Sam. 24:11And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. (2 Samuel 24:1) tells us that the people were also guilty, and that David's sin was also their sin. We may not understand what God is doing now. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Ans. Malachi is prophesying of the restoration of Israel, and of the judgment of their enemies. It is judgment of nations on earth.
Ans. Ecclesiastes tells us what is "under the sun." Eternal issues are seen in the New Testament, as in Luke 16:19-3119There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16:19‑31). What fools men are, trying to persuade their minds that there is no judgment. But the Word of God is plain, and enduring, and everyone must give an account to God, and everyone will need to bear the judgment of his own sins, unless he comes to "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Reader, do not quibble or reason! Come to the Savior. Come as you are. Come today. Harden not your hearts.
Ques. Can an assembly deliver a person unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus? (1 Cor. 5:55To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Corinthians 5:5)). E. M.
Ans. No. It needed apostolic authority to do that. The gathering’s simple duty when evil comes in, is to put away from among themselves that wicked person. That is obedience to the Word (1 Cor. 5:1313But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (1 Corinthians 5:13)).
In 1 Tim. 1:2020Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. (1 Timothy 1:20) we find two that made shipwreck of their faith, and lost their good conscience and became blasphemers. The apostle delivered them unto Satan that they might learn not to blaspheme. This was in both instances the act of God by the apostle. When the assembly puts away a wicked person, it is their simple duty (1 Cor. 5:1313But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (1 Corinthians 5:13)), but they do not deliver the person to Satan.