The first word of this book is a transition word, so you know it is a continuation of Deuteronomy. Please be reminded that God uses His Words more than anything else to speak to use. When I became a Christian a few years ago, I would hear people talking about God speaking. This freaked me out. Not only did I not believe them, but I never heard anything from Him (so I thought) either. If you want to hear from God, open your Bible, have a pen in hand, pray, and then see what God prompts you to underline.
I am going to stay “historical” not “applicable”. I want God to speak to you directly. But please share in the comments.
Chapter 1: The book begins with a Command and a Promise:
- Command: set out from their camp at Moab, cross the Jordan (during the flood season) and enter Jordan.
- Promise: God will give them the Land promised. So be strong and courageous.
As they prepare to go into the land, Joshua addresses the Reubenites, the Gadites, and 1/2 the tribe of Manasseh. Back in Numbers 32, leaders from the tribes fell in love with the land on the east side of the Jordan. They asked Moses if they can have it. Moses assumed they meant instead of going into the territory to fight with the other tribes. But, they told Moses they still planned on fighting with the family for the land, so Moses said they could have it. So Joshua is just making sure that these Transjordan tribes still plan on keeping their word and joining the army.
Chapter 2-Rehab. We could do a whole Bible study on the faith of Rehab! Rehab is a prostitute that hides the 2 spies. Even though she hid them, word gets out that the spies are in Jericho and she makes a deal with the Israelites. She asks that when they take the land (and she knows the Lord will give them this land) that the Israelites show her and her family kindness. She professes her faith in God and God alone. They agree.
Now technically they are to follow God’s command in Deut. 7 and 20 to destroy the population without mercy when they take possession of it. However, that commandment was so that the people would not turn them away from their God. But Rehab only strengthens their Faith and her and her family will be spared if she ties a scarlet cord to her window.
In Genesis, we talked about the scarlet cord several times. When twins were born they would tie a scarlet cord around the wrist of the baby that would inherit the Covenant birth line. The scarlet cord has also been mentioned in the building of the tabernacle. The Covenant will follow with the scarlet cord to the birth of the Messiah. So why does Rehab tie a scarlet cord to her window? Through faith we are saved. Rehab’s faith in the covenant saves her. If you flip to the genealogies of the Gospel, you will see that Rehab is now in the Covenant line, she is the Great-great-grandmother of King David! What? You don’t believe me that God could use a prostitute? He already used Moses the murderer-fugitive! Flip to Matthew 1:5-6.
Chapter 3 and 4-Crossing the Jordan. We think of the sea parting as the Red Sea. Well, look at this:
(GOD GOES FIRST and makes the path!)
During flood season, God stops up the water and the Israelites keep God in the middle of the open river until everyone gets on the other side.
They carry 12 stones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel that have crossed, to Gilgal to set up a memorial to God.
“When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
You have the time to read these 4 chapters twice. I encourage you to be still and let God take over to encourage you on anything you bring before him today. It might be about Covid 19 or something bigger in your life. Pray about your circumstances and let God speak to you today.