Joshua 1: 1-18
As the study begins we see the book of Joshua starting with the fact that the former leader of Israel, Moses, was dead, and there was need for leadership to continue. The one who appointed Moses in the first place to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt into the Promise Land – Canaan, came and spoke to Joshua – His newly appointed leader. Although no one knew where Moses was buried, the first clarification by God was that he was truly dead (vs 2). Moses’ death however does not mean the end of God’s goal for His people – crossing over Jordan and entering into the Promise Land.
God promised Joshua to be with him as he was with Moses and requested that Joshua be strong and of a good courage. Courage and strength are needed to do the will of God. In the face of pressure and opposition, boldness in God is required. The law and commands of God are to be meditated on, and to be carried out in order to guarantee success.
Joshua set off to work, his first order was that the people should get ready in 3 days to cross over Jordan to possess the Land God promised them. He also reminded the Rebeunites, the Gadites and half the tribe of Mannasseh, tribes whose possession had already been settled on that side of the Jordan, of their need to help the remainder of Israel possess their own lands on the other side of Jordan. How committed are we to help other believers enter into their own inheritance as we have ours? True rest will only be achieved when we all entered in into God’s abundance and promises for our lives. One part of the body can not be suffering and the other parts not share in it, therefore our commitment to the brethen is very important.
The first chapter ended with the two and a half tribes pledging their allegiance (even unto death) to Joshua on one condition – that God be with him as He was with Moses! The people needed a reassurance that just like Moses, Josgua was their God- chosen leader. They had no doubt about God’s presence with Moses, and they wanted a reassurance that Jpshua too carried the same presence. It will show in his strength and in his courage.
Even today, God’s people need to know that God is with their leaders. God’s presence in a leader commands respect. God’s presence in a leader brings strength and courage, vital traits to lead God’s people into their inheritance, and these only come by meditating on God word and obeying him. I pray that today God will help me to mediatate on his word and obey him, and to be truly prepared to lead his people into their inheritance.
Some Verses to Remember
Vs 3: Every place that the sole of your (my) foot shall tread upon that have I (God) given unto you.
Vs 8: This book of the Law shall not depart out of thy (my) mouth: but thous (I) shall meditate therein day and night, that thou (I) may obsereve to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou (I) shall make thy (my) way prosperous and then thou (I) shall have good success.
Vs 9…….”Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whereever you go.”