John Bennett, Pinxton, Nottingham [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

‘As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee’, Josh. 1. 5.

The daunting prospect that faced Joshua was how to succeed a man of the calibre of Moses.

Moses was a man of experience having spent forty years in the palace of Pharaoh, forty years in the wilderness tending sheep and forty years leading the people of God. Moses was the man who had asked of God, ‘Shew me thy glory’, Exod. 33. 18, and, as a consequence, had seen the back parts of God. How could Joshua measure up to a man like that?

Moses was a man of energy. It is said of him that ‘his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated’, Deut. 34. 7. He may have been 120 years old; he may have led the people of God for forty years through their wilderness experience; yet, his strength was unabated.

Moses was a man of equity. He was the man whom God had used to record the Law. He had been the one responsible for delivering that Law to the people and ensuring it was kept. The responsibility and burden of maintaining what God required was his. The duty of administering the people and passing judgement upon their matters was his, Exod. 18. 13.

Moses was a man of esteem. It is worth counting the references to ‘Moses, the servant of the Lord’ in the book of Joshua alone. Moses may have passed off the scene, but the memory of him lingers on and he is held in the highest respect. He was a mighty man of God, 2 Chron. 30. 16. He it was who stood before Pharaoh. He led the people out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and through the wilderness. It was Moses who interceded on behalf of the stiff-necked people as they wandered in the wilderness as a consequence of their unbelief.

It is one thing to work alongside a man like Moses, it is quite another to have to assume his mantle and leadership. I wonder how many times we have thought that a particular job looked so easy, until we have to do it for ourselves and suddenly appreciate the aspects of it that we chose not to see!

In what little time remains before the Lord returns for His church, many of us may be drawn into roles we never envisaged fulfilling. As those who once carried responsibility and shepherd care amongst the people of God are taken from us, it behoves us all to be concerned about how the gaps will be filled. May the Lord exercise us to pray and have hearts receptive to the voice of God, in case He would have us to do such a work for Him.

The prospect for Joshua was daunting but the provision of God was dynamic. How could he cross the Jordan without Moses? How could he face the fortress of Jericho? The answer is given, ‘I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee’. Oh that we might avail ourselves of the presence and power of the Lord with us!

As we commence 2010 there is material in this latest magazine to guide, to encourage and to teach. Graham Hobbs, Shawn Abigail and Jim Cochrane continue their series. There is also some new intensely practical material on marriage and on restarting a children’s work. It is our prayerful desire that the magazine might continue to be a blessing to all who read it as we commence this new phase of the Lord’s work.

AUTHOR PROFILE: JOHN BENNETT is a member of the Precious Seed committee.

There are 28 articles in
ISSUE (2010, Volume 65 Issue 1)

Adoring the Doctrine

Bits & Bobs

The Church: The Figure of the Flock

Considering Marriage - How can I be sure? (1)

Dining with the Master

Dispensationalism (3)


Forest Hall Assembly, Nutley, England

Forgiving because forgiven

Gospel Work and other Activities

JEPHTHAH - A Man of Contradictions (7)

The Joy and Suffering of the Futherance of the Gospel (1)

Life’s Disabilities (3)

Look Straight Ahead - A Call to Men for Moral Purity

Maintaining the Rights and Interests of David’s Son and Heir

The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God (1)


The Parable of the Workers in Vineyard - Part 1

Prophecy Matters

Question Time

Restarting a work among children (1)

Restarting a work among children (2)

The Tabernacle, the Priesthood and the Offerings

Total Commitment (3/2)

Touched by Technology

Views from the News

William Grimshaw – Living the Christian Life

A Word for Today: Loving Kindness (Heb. Hesed)

This article is not part of a series

There are 114 articles by this author

Hezekiah’s Confession

The Central Role of the King

On-Line Bible version 1.41

Hezekiah’s Revival

Day by Day Bible Promises

Light & Life Literature

Editorial - ‘We be brethren’, Gen. 13. 8.

Hezekiah’s Revival

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995


The Precious Seed Web Site

Day by Day Divine Titles

God and the Nations

Eternal Security

Editorial - ‘Who is Apollos?’ 1 Cor. 3. 6.

Editorial - ‘Abstain from all appearance of evil’, 1 Thess. 5. 22.

The Chuch in Smyrna

Eternal Security

Day by Day - Bible Commands

The King in Psalm 45

Man’s Attitude to Christ

All Things

The Fear of the Lord


Could you ever love me again? Bob Cretney

Day by Day - Pictures and Parables




Book Reviews

Prayer Moves Mountains John Williams


R. B. Jones – Gospel Ministry in Turbulent Times N. Gibbard

Bible and Church Conference 2009 Peter Williams, Dirk Jongkind, Simon Gathercole

Christian Devotedness Anthony Norris Groves


A Practical Theology of Missions: Dispelling the Mystery; Recovering the Passion

Psalm 119 For Life: Living Today In The Light Of The Word

Empty Arms Keren Baker

The Church the Body of Christ

On wings of prayer

Editorial - Do I seek to please men?

Laridian Bible Software

King Asa

King Jehoshaphat

Baptism Jack Hay

The Heavenly Physician Rommel Ghossain

Editorial - ‘For if ye do these things ye shall never fall’

Editorial - ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love’, Gal. 5. 22


The Tabernacle and the Offerings Albert Leckie

Roses, Marys & Others Betty Holt

Editorial - ‘Many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them’, Mark 2.

“Thank You, King James” – the tough life of Robert Hicks James Hastings

Editorial - ‘Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you’, Matt. 28. 20.

Editorial - ‘Apollos . . . mighty in the scriptures’, Acts 18. 24.

Amaziah – ‘thine heart hath lifted thee up’



Working with Senior Citizens - Part 2

Editorial - ‘Touched with the feeling of our infirmities’, Heb 4. 15.

David Livingstone

Editorial - ‘In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace’, E

Voice in the Darkness - Della Letkeman

The Messiah in the Temple - Roger Liebi

Show & Tell Colin D. Jones

Life in the Big Story – Your Place in God’s Unfolding Plan - Heidi Johnston

Led by His Hand - Malcolm Coombes, ex- R.N.

The Saviour God and His Servant King - Malcolm C. Davis.

Frederick Stanley Arnot: 1858-1914

Editorial - ‘Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others’, Phil

Making Disciples – The Thessalonian Way Tim Mather

Biblical Principles of Leadership - Dr. Alexander Kurian

Possessing the Inheritance – a Concise Commentary on the Book of Joshua Malcolm C. Davis

Replacement Theology David Dunlap


William Rhodes Lewis 1877-1964


J. Charleton Steen, 1865 - 1931

Editorial -


The Prophet Gad

William Trotter 1818-1865

The Epistle to Philemon - Part 1

Epistle to Philemon


Henry Craik 1805-1866


Changes in the Precious Seed Trust

John R. Caldwell

Chairman’s Notes

At His Feet - Part 1

The Gospel of Mark

First Samuel

At His Feet: John 11 - Weeping at His Feet

Second Samuel

The Gospel of Mark - Part 2

At His Feet - Part 3: John 12 - Worshipping at His Feet

General Data Protection Regulation - Article 29 of the EU

The Gospel of Mark - Part 3

Robert Eugene Sparks 1844-1918

The Gospel of Mark - Part 4

Their Finest Hour - Mary Magdalene

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 5

Major-General Sir Charles H. Scott, KCB, RA 1848-1919

The Gospel of Mark - Part 6

The Gospel of Mark - Part 7

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 8

The Gospel of Mark - Part 9

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 10

Chairman’s Notes