Bible Study on Joshua Jun 21, 2019 11:34:53 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Jun 21, 2019 11:34:53 GMT -5
Joshua 1: 1-18
God Commissions Joshua
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant,
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.
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.”
Joshua Assumes Command
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.”
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.”
In a way, I would think, Moses would have been hard to come after as a leader of a million plus people.
I am not sure but I wonder if that in itself alone, might be why God told Joshua 4 times to be Be strong and courageous?
I know there were going to be wars to be fought and that is always scary, but God promised Joshua ( one of my favorite verses: "I will not leave you or forsake you".
It might have been disheartening when Moses died and easy to begin to wonder if maybe God's plan could not be accomplished without that great leader, but that is never the case.
God had Joshua training under Moses and now the Lord commissions him.
Just in my own mind, it seemed a bit like when they left Egypt ( which was not their land), they symbolically were washed off from the idols of that land,
and now in a symbolic way, they cross thru more water, the Jordan, as they begin to enter their land.
Perhaps many Christians today are like the Jewish people, they got of Egypt, but then feel into wandering around in a desert....neither unbelievers anymore, but not mature Christians, either ( but baby Christians) .
But then, finally, the time has come to get serious and get our inheritance.
Still no matter what some of God's people give way to fear, but God is so kind.....I am not sure, if Joshua really needed to be told not to fear, but I can only think since it is here in scripture, he must have had some kind of doubts ( how would he really fit into Moses sandals? ), etc.
God's assurance that He would be with Joshua, had to be a great encouragement, as it is to any of His children.
The Lord gives the boundary of the land ( I don't think Israel today has it yet...they have a lot but...)
Still Joshua and the people had to actually now do something (haven already been given it) they had to go out and fight for it.
God says Joshua will be successful ( not that there would never ever be any trials, hardships etc.)
However success would come by ( another favorite verse of mine) by studying and doing God's word).
"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".
We live in a fast paced world....so slowing down to think on God's word is Considered hard, or even boring at times, but as I read in one commentary:
"If you don’t talk to your Bible,
your Bible isn’t likely to talk to you!"
and one more quote a person may say quote:
"But I don't know how to meditate." I beg to differ because…
If you know how to worry,
then you know how to meditate.
Worry is when you take a negative idea and continue to think on it over and over, and it will usually start to affect you negatively. When you take a Truth from Scripture and think on it over and over, we call that meditation. There is nothing mystical or magical about meditation. Meditation just means you focus your attention over and over on the Word of God."
It is essential for victorious Christian life and living.
Unbelief will not make anyone strong but rather in the end become a coward. We believe what God says in His word, and sooner or later, even the most cowardly Christian, might be surprised to find they had courage they were lacking all their life, and they know it came only from God and His Word.
So whatever Joshua did ( or we/I do) he should always remember the Word of God....in his words and a constant controlling influence on his behavior.
Because one thing is for sure, there are going to be enemies and battles.
These were not suggestions to Joshua, but commandments.
And so, Joshua Assumes Command.
He commanded the officers to have the people prepare to move in 3 days.
He reminds the 2 1/2 tribes to keep their promise...."until the Lord gives rest to your brothers as he has to you".
And they agreed.