This week, we have been taking a look at Joshua. While we have been looking at what he did, what does it all mean?
The exploits in the Book of Joshua are among the Bible’s most widely-told stories, of which can be, should be and are (by preachers everywhere) studied closely on an individual basis. Among these stories is the triumph over Acacia (Shittim) with the help of Rahab; the crossing of the Jordan by the power of God at work in the Ark of the Covenant; the fall of Jericho; the sun stopping in the middle of the day to give ample time to let Israel defeat its enemies, and more.
At the end of his life, after three years of peace from Israel’s enemies, Joshua called together all the elders, leaders, judges and officers of Israel to give them his final words. Joshua gave all glory to the Lord for the successes of Israel’s army. He gave them instruction on how to live; to obey the Law of Moses; and warned the people of God’s impending wrath and judgment if they did not. He then gave the same decrees to the people of Israel; and they made a covenant with God to continue serving Him after Joshua was gone.
“Soon after this, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110. They buried him in the land he had inherited, at Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash” (Joshua 24:29-30).
What can be said of Joshua? In a word: faithfulness. Regardless of his surroundings—regardless of what the entire nation of Israel said and did out of their lack of trust, Joshua was a man of faith. He believed God and was filled with the Spirit; although at times, needed to be reminded to “be strong and courageous.” He did not let fear get the best of him. He was a powerful and brave leader who obeyed God and his predecessor, Moses. His faith and obedience gave him victory.
The life of Joshua should demonstrate to us a life of courage. The biography of Joshua should serve as an example of being faithful while it is easier to be caught in the unfaithfulness that surrounds us.
We should take note through the life of Joshua that God keeps his promises, albeit sometimes by way of a long and hard journey.
The book of Joshua shows that God is true to his promises. He had promised his people a land, and they were now entering in to possess it. However, it was not automatic. God required them to actively engage in warfare in order to gain what he had given them (Men of Integrity Bible 2002, 247).
Joshua, unlike Moses, did not appoint a successor. As a result, in spite of the covenant the people of Israel made to God, the Israelites began to sin not long after Joshua’s death. Thus began a long period in which the Jews are oppressed by neighboring countries. Again, we see the results of faithfulness vs. unfaithfulness.
- A Closer Look at Joshua: Part 1 (acloserlookjm.wordpress.com)
- A Closer Look at Joshua: Part 2 (acloserlookjm.wordpress.com)
- A Closer Look at Joshua: Part 3 (acloserlookjm.wordpress.com)
- Joshua 10 – The Sun Stands Still (924jeremiah.wordpress.com)
- Joshua 1: “Be strong and courageous…” (924jeremiah.wordpress.com)