BOOK (6) JOSHUA; Summary by David Jeremiah
Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels”, once quipped, “Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.”We’ve all heard enough political promises in our lives to share his cynicism. But the theme of Joshua tells us that God is utterly faithful to His promises, for His Word cannot be broken. As Joshua himself said late in his life: “Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to Israel. All came to pass.” (Joshua 21: 45).
Joshua was born and raised in Egypt. He was a young man when he watched the contest between Moses and Pharaoh and the parting of the Red Sea. Moses later appointed Joshua head of the Hebrew army; and after the death of Moses, Joshua assumed the leadership of Israel. The book of Joshua is the story of how he led God’s people to possess the Promised Land.
Joshua’s book tells this story in four phases. Chapters 1-5: Entering the land. Chapters 6-12: Conquering the land. Chapters 13-21: Dividing the land. Chapters 22-24: Beginning life as one nation under God.
The theme through it all is that Yahweh is a promise-keeping God, therefore we’re to live courageously. I don’t know about you, but I’m strengthened whenever I read the opening chapter of that book, as the Lord tells us: “I will not leave yo nor forsake you (Joshua1:4). “Be strong and of good courage… Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Yahweh is a promise-keeping God who leads His
children through warfare to victory, just as He gave
the Israelites the land promised to Abraham
and his descendants.
“Be strong and very courageous, and that you may
observe to do according to all the law which Moses
My Servant commanded you; do not turn from it
to the right hand or the left, that you may
prosper wherever you go.”
“As for me and my house,
we ill serve the LORD.”
God, thank you for the assurance that You
will never leave us nor forsake us.