The last chapter of Deuteronomy and the first two chapters of Joshua narrate an incident of that memorable journey of the Israelites to the promised land which will prove helpful and instructive and well repay careful study on the part of Christian Scientists. Joshua, we read, was Moses' minister, and as such became in a large sense the executor of the great trust which God had placed in Moses' hands; that is, God commanded this minister to go ahead and carry on the work which Moses had begun and which he had well established so far as he had gone. Moses had gotten, not into the promised land, but within sight of it.

From Pisgah's height the Lord showed to Moses "all the land of Gilead, unto Dan. And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah unto the utmost sea, and the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm-trees, unto Zoar,"—the land which the Lord had sworn unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, should be given to their seed. To Moses it was said: "I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither." The fulness of time for this final demonstration or achievement had not yet come. The conditions were not ready. There must be yet greater work done. There must be a higher understanding of the divine law or the divine purpose.

To Joshua, then, and to those who would accept his ministry and follow him, there was made this great promise: "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that I have given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."

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March 25, 1911

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