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THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

Each day a devotion for one or two chapters is posted, beginning with chapter one of Genesis and going through chapter twenty-two of Revelation. You are free to print each page as it appears. If you miss a day, you may contact us and request that devotion. Please send your request, along with $.50 (p&h) for each page to:

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JOSHUA
CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION: Joshua is the Hebrew name "Yehoshua," which means "Yahweh is deliverance." Joshua's given name was "Hoshea," and Moses changed it to Joshua (see Numbers 13:8, 16). In Nehemiah 8:1, the name is "Yeshuah," easily translated into Greek as "JESUS!" AMAZING isn't it?
This man, Joshua, was Israel's deliverer into the promised land, and he depicts THE Deliverer, Jesus, Who delivers us into the eternal promised land.
Now this book is the history of the live of Joshua AFTER Moses' death. It details his account of the conquest of Canaan.
It is evident, I believe, that this book was written soon after, and partially during, the events which occur in the book (For example - Josh. 6:25). It is also evident that Joshua himself wrote this account (Josh. 24:26).
The book may not be a complete account of the conquest of Canaan: but then Canaan was never totally conquered by the Israelites until David became king.
One of the underlying themes of this book is the fact that God's Word wasn't totaly carried out by the nation of Israel. Many of the religious practices of the Canaanites actually weaved their way into the Hebrew traditions. Thus the nation became corrupted in its worship, and suffered discipline from God many times for this problem.
A continued emphasis of the importance of God's Word is one of the themes of Joshua.

1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

Joshua is called of the Lord immediately after the 30-day mourning period for Moses. He is called to begin the leadership of the nation. He is assured of two things here: First, God has given the land. It is theirs to conquer. God has assured it.
Later we will see how God has placed fear in the hearts of the inhabitants, and the small kingdoms are easily overrun. We will also see how God uses natural elements in a miraculous manner such as hornets, hail, etc. to aid Israel in conquering the land.
God has even defined the boundaries of the land (see verse 4).
Second, God is now ordering the conquest of the land (verse 2). This is the ONLY historical record of a truly Divinely ordered "holy war." (See Deuteronomy 20:16-18)
The conquest of Canaan by the Israelites is God's chosen way of chastising these people for their sins against Him (Deuteronomy 7:14), and His way of delivering the promised land to Israel.

5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

The word is not only for Joshua. It is for any child of God who will follow His instructions to "be strong and of good courage" and to "observe to do according to all the law."((See Matthew 28:18-20))
This word is expressly for Joshua, for he is God's chosen leader in a great time of crisis for the nation of Israel.
We do well to remember God's promise to always be with us, never forsake us, and to command us by His Word.

8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

The importance of God's Word was given great attention in Deuteronomy, and is given the same attention here. Compare Deuteronomy 6:4-9 with Joshua 1:8.
KEEP the Word by you at all times. MEDITATE on the Word day and night. FOLLOW the instruction therein. THEN you will have "good success." Good success is GOD'S success.
Let not FEAR deter us. Neither let DISMAY deter us. For our God has PROMISED His presence.

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.

Just as Moses before him, Joshua begins with the elders, leaders, "officers" of the people. He tells them to carry the word to the people. The word is that within three days they will cross Jordan and begin conquering the land. Joshua is careful to state "which the Lord your God giveth you to posess it."
Every child of God should desire everything that God "has given" us to possess. However, the child of God should also be advised that he must "fight" to obtain it. The devil, our adversary, will certainly try to keep us from obtaining that which God has delivered to us. See Galatians 5:22-26 for some things God HAS GIVEN to every child of His, but for which we must constantly STRIVE to obtain and maintain.

12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying, 13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; 15 Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD's servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising. 16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. 17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses. 18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.

At this point Joshua reminds the 2 and 1/2 tribes (Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh) that they are also to go and fight. God had already arranged for their land to be on the EAST side of Jordan. But God had also demanded that they AID their brethren in the conquest of the land apportioned to them.
Christians should understand that we are to AID the new Christians in obtaining all that God has given them. It is our duty to GOD to give help to new Christians.
Now the 2 and 1/2 tribes solemnly promise to obey Joshua's every command under the Lord (verses 16-17).
We Christians ought to follow our leaders in doing all that is requested of us under the Lord's command.
In verse 18 we can see how solemn this oath really is!!

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