Today we are going to talk a little bit about, “And it came to pass.” This phrase could mean something has happened in your life that will not last. And while it is lingering it causing you much concern. Eventually, you’ll see that it came to pass. Then there is a message of hope in this phrase, “It Will Come to Pass.”
The Promised Land had been promised to the Israelites, but Moses did not live to see it come to pass. The Promised Land was always there, it was the Israelites who keep wondering around.
If you are aiming for a true change in your life we have to look at the principals that will bring about change. Firstly, Joshua was committed to God. If you have disciplined yourself to be committed to God in a very healthy spiritual and emotionally way, you can expect change. You can expect your vision to be realized. You can expect whatever you are believing God for to “come to pass.” I promise you that. It may not be at the time you want to manifest itself, but it will come to pass. It may not come in the form you want to come in, but it will come to pass!
Verse one indicates that after the spies returned with the good news of victory, Joshua woke up early in the morning. You know how it is when you are excited and committed about something. You can’t wait till the next day to get busy about whatever you are excited about. When you are excited you will take the initiative, work with the people, and trust God. When he work up the first thing he did was gather the people to start the journey. They set out for Shittam, came to the bank of the Jordan and lodged there. They walked 8 miles just to get to the Jordan. Although you may have a car, sometimes we need to set out to walking just so we can talk with people that ordinarily we would pass by. Sometimes we need to get the bus so that we can sit beside someone that will be instrumental encouraging us to know – ”It will come to pass!”
The first phrase we see in the second verse is, “And it came to pass”. The scripture also says that after three days Joshua took over the command of the army after the spies returned with a good report and camped by the Jordan for three days before they crossed the Jordan River.
And then on the third day.,,,,,,, How many of you know there is always a process we have to go through to get to what God has promised or to get to the fruition of our vision? There are many biblical references to the third day. To redeem the time I just want to talk about the third day as it relates to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. At least two “third day moments” are found in the Old Testament foreshadowing the rising of Jesus on the third day. Such as Jonah is released from the belly of the fish on the third day. Some of the dreams that Joseph interpreted were in quantities of three. Three is a minimum number necessary to establish a pattern of occurrences.
A single event can be pure chance. A pair can be coincidence; but three consecutive occurrences of an event indicates some special significance. Incidences that occur in sequences of three often generate a sense of expectation. The children of Israel were waiting for three days in great expectation that God was going to do something miraculous.
It all started way back in the Garden of Eden. If we research geography and history, the Garden of Eden is located in Ethiopia. We were the first people. Moses, Abraham and Moses were African Jews. Judaism is a religion, not a color. We were the first architects, we build the pyramids.
We were the first. The Bible says, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first!” I don’t know about you, but it will come to pass!
All it takes is commitment. If you just learn to ride it out. It will come to pass. Just stay saved. If you falter, acknowledge and ask God forgiveness. Don’t continue to intentionally sin. Just ride it out.
Learn to be responsible. Do you know that statistics teach us “Every revival in the history of the modern world has been grounded in an explosion of prayer and evangelism? We have a swelling need for the proclamation of the gospel and the healing powers of the church. However, the church has become less emphatic about the growing need to communicate and demonstrate the love of God. This is based on our misconceptions of circumstances and misinterpretation of responsibilities.
You must accept responsibilities. He didn’t question God. Joshua heard God and ran with it! “And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host: (they went through an entire army) and they commanded the people (based on God’s instruction) saying, When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priest the Levites (the leaders of the church) baring it, then you should move from the place where your are, and follow the spirit of God. Yet there may be a space between you and God, and you will know the direction you should take, for you have not gone that way before.”
Joshua and the people headed to the word of God. They arrived at the bankd of the Jordan River and stayed right there. After the spies returnedthey camped by the River Jordan for three days. Be anxious for nothing! Then the officers being instructed by Joshua, went to the people and instructed them on how the journey would began. First, they were to watch for the sign, when they saw the Arch of the Covenant being carried by the priests, when they saw the leaders in the church doing what they are supposed to do, they followed and begin to move toward Canaan.
Gen. 8:6: And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: 7
Jos. 4:18: And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before. 19
Luke 24:1-4: The resurrection of Christ is declared by two angels to the women that were standing by the grave. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
Paul tells the church of Thessalonica in I Thess: 3:3-4 – That as saints we are sure to suffer. We can expect it. This is why we need strong faith to overcome. Paul says, “that we should suffer” which translates from Greek, “that about to or we are sure to suffer according to the appointment of God.
You know how you suffered in your addictions and afflictions, relationships and finances. This thing that caused us to suffer under the Bush administration for the eight long years. But then Paul goes on to say that even though the suffering it came to pass, we were foretold. In other words to be foretold is to be forearmed.
I Pet. 5:10teaches, us, “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” After you have suffered for as long as appointed for you to suffer or after you have suffered a little while because when we compare our suffering to eternity, our sufferings are light. Your trials and afflictions will make you perfect. Your trials come to perfect or mature you. . And then God promises He will establish, set, fix firmly and cause you to be steadfast and unmovable. God will strengthen you meaning he will give you strength to bear it all. And then he will settle you. He will establish you on a firm foundation.