In his book, The Satisfaction of Christ, Arthur W. Pink stated, “The life of the Christian, between his being delivered from Hell and his actual entrance into Heaven, is not a picnic, but a warfare. There is armor to be put on, weapons to be used, and enemies to be vanquished, if the fight is to be won.”1
God told Joshua, “Arise, go over this Jordan, and all this people, to the land which I am giving them. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses” (Joshua 1:2, 3).
The word “tread” means “to walk on.”
However, the stronger meaning is that of a march of a warrior. It is a warfare term, meaning “bending the bow” to shoot an arrow.
Further, it is most interesting that this Hebrew word darak is used by Israel today for the command, “Load your weapons!” God is saying to His people that He has promised them the land, but they must go in as a fighting force, and take what was theirs.2
When Billy Graham was in New York, in 1957, for a crusade in Madison Square Garden, the Journal-American ran a cartoon depicting a boxing ring at the Garden. Graham explained,
“The cartoon had the Devil seated in one corner – beaten, disheveled, and discouraged. To rouse him, his handlers were giving him a bottle of whiskey labeled ‘Old Nick.” Me they represented as a big, strong, muscular prizefighter – what a stretch of the imagination that was! – having won the first round.
The accompanying column on the front page said, ‘And tonight he waits for Satan’s backlash.’”3
“In war, there is no substitute for victory!” (General Douglas MacArthur)4
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- The Satisfaction Of Christ, by Arthur W. Pink, Zondervan Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI., Copyright 1955, p. 238.
- Joshua 1:2, 3 explained and darak defined – Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible, by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., Royal Publishers, Inc., Nashville, TN., 37203, Dictionary Of The Hebrew Bible, #1869, p. 31 (and) www.books.google.com/books?isbn=0830727639
- Just As I Am, The Autobiography Of Billy Graham, by Billy Graham, HaperSanFrancisco, Zondervan, 1997, p. 312.
- Why Not Just Be Christians? by Vance Havner, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, N.J., Copyright MCMLXIV, pp. 89, 90.