Joshua 1

Joshua 1 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, Who’s Writing – the author is anonymous, but the Talmud and other rabbis attributed it to Joshua. Joshua undoubtedly wrote portions of the book (Cf. Joshua 8:32; 24:26) • Moses’ assistant – he started aiding Moses in his youth (Cf. Exodus 33:11; Numbers 11:28). He accompanied Moses partway up Mt. Sinai (Cf. Exodus 24:13; 32:17), assisted Moses in the tent of meeting, where the Lord would “speak to Moses face to face” (Cf. Exodus 33:11). He was one of the 12 men sent to explore the land of Canaan, and he and Caleb were the only ones who brought back a positive report – trusting God for the victory (Cf. Numbers 13, 14).

2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Who’s It Written To – Israel, God’s earthly chosen people. Cf. 2 Timothy 3:16 • Joshua replaces Moses (Cf. Numbers 27:15-23). Moses death should not cripple the nation, because God is faithful in every generation.

3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”The land – this is something that was promised centuries ago to Abraham (Cf. Genesis 12:7; 13:14-17; 15:18-21; 17:8; 22:17). • Be strong and courageous – Moses told Joshua earlier in Deuteronomy 31:1-8 to be strong and courageous. Now the Lord is commanding him. Cf. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Philippians 4:13

10 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, 11 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’” 12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, 13 “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, 15 until the Lord gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”Joshua tells the people what he has been instructed by God, because he trust in God. Trust is knowing someone is reliable, good, effective. Joshua’s name, in Hebrew, means “Yahweh saves."

16 And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you, as he was with Moses! 18 Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”The people responded with obedience to Joshua, because they trusted God. Joshua is not a story of Joshua’s leadership abilities or Israel’s valor – it’s of God’s faithfulness to His promises. Israel won all of those battles because the Lord gave help and victory. Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

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