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Claim the Victory
The Book of Joshua provides an overview of the military campaigns to conquer the land area that God had promised. Following the exodus from Egypt and the forty years of the wilderness wanderings, the newly-formed nation is now ready to enter the Promised Land, conquer the inhabitants, and occupy the territory.
"After the death of Moses the servant of The Lord, The Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: "Moses My servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them - to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates - all the Hittite country - to the Great Sea on the west. No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them." (Joshua 1:1-6)
Summary of the Book of Joshua~~
The Book of Joshua continues the story of the Israelites after the exodus from Egypt. The book chronicles the approximately 20 years of Joshua’s leadership of the people after Moses anointed him at the end of Deuteronomy. The twenty-four chapter divisions of the Book of Joshua can be summarized as; Entering and conquering the Promised Land, Instructions for distributing the portions of the Promised Land and Joshua’s farewell address
The story of Rahab the harlot and her great faith in the God of the Israelites gives her a place with those honored for their faith in Hebrews 11:31.
Hers is a story of God’s grace to sinners and salvation by faith alone. Most importantly, by God’s grace she was in the Messianic line (Matthew 1:15).
One of the ceremonial rituals of Joshua 5 finds its perfect fulfillment in the New Testament. Verses 1-9 describe God’s commandment that those who were born in the wilderness were to be circumcised when they came into the Promised Land. By so doing, God “rolled away the reproach of Egypt” from them, meaning that He cleansed them from the sins of their former life.
Colossians 2:10-12 describes believers as having been circumcised in their hearts by Christ Himself, by whom we have put off the sinful nature of our former lives without Christ.
Joshua 24:14-15, "Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
What does God teach in the book of Joshua?
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.”
The Old Testament is replete with stories of how the people “forgot” God and His Word and suffered terrible consequences. For the Christian, the Word of God is our lifeblood. If we neglect it, our lives will suffer. But if we take to heart the principle of verse 1:8, we will be complete and able to be of use in God’s kingdom and we will find that God’s promises in Joshua will be ours as well.
The Book of Joshua demonstrates that God is perpetually at war with sin. He hates it and will judge it not only because it is an offense to His character but because it destroys the people He created for fellowship with Himself. Joshua is a very positive book. It is a book of victory, success, and progress, and it teaches the reasons for these blessings. God had promised them His presence and His power. To the extent that they accepted His standard of holiness, abandoned themselves to His will, and acknowledged His might they succeeded.
When the Israelites disobeyed or did not choose to fight the Canaanites, they lost their victory and were defeated at great cost; similarly, when we choose to disobey and not deal with the sins in our lives, those same sins will conquer us and be thorns in our sides. When they turned to God to guide them they were victorious
Joshua is a prime example of the benefits of a worthy mentor. He watched Moses as he followed God. He learned to pray in a personal way from Moses. He learned how to obey through the example of Moses. If you are alive, you are a mentor. Someone, somewhere, is watching you. Mentoring is far more than the words that are spoken by the mentor. His or her entire life is on display.
The principles of victory revealed and demonstrated in Joshua still apply to all who are God’s people today and always