The opening chapter of Joshua is filled with encouragement. It comes on the heels of the Israelites’ most grievous and devastating loss – the death of Moses. They were on a roll, under Moses’ command they had already defeated the kings on the east side of the river. They were ready to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land. All their momentum evaporated like dust in the wind. For thirty days their grief was evident.
After a period of mourning, it was time to pick up the pieces and finish the journey. Joshua, tasked with leading millions of Israelites across the Jordan River, receives much needed encouragement from God.
Be strong and courageous… Joshua 1:6
Have you ever been tasked with doing something that looked impossible to accomplish? Have you ever suffered a devastating loss? Maybe you find yourself in desperate situation? God says, be strong and courageous! But why should you? How is it even possible?
God wants Joshua and his people to courageously follow his teachings. Joshua can be strong and courageous because the Lord:
Will not leave him or forsake him (v5)
Will be with him wherever he goes (v9)
Will give him rest from his arduous journey (v13)
Be strong and courageous! Follow in Joshua’s footsteps and see what God will do for you.
Joshua is a remarkable, heroic Old Testament Bible character worthy of our admiration. He did what Moses could not do; lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land which God gave to them.
Joshua had a servant’s heart. He was an assistant to Moses since his youth, serving him in Egypt, during the desert wandering and leading men into battle. He never married or had children, dedicating his life to serving God.
“Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua…” Joshua 24:31
The book of Joshua opens with the death of Moses, and concludes with the death of Joshua. In between we find a person worthy of our study. For Christians, there’s a host of parallels between Joshua leading the children of Israel and Jesus leading the body of believers in Him to our promised inheritance. For starters, the name Joshua means Jehovah is salvation, and the equivalent name in Greek is Jesus. Taking the name one step further, we read in Joshua 1:1 that Joshua is the son of Nun. The word “Nun” means eternal or perpetual, no doubt underscoring him as a type of Christ.