Tag Archive: Joshua 1

Three Burials

“Joshua now faces the end of his life.  He is called to be with his fathers, knowing that over the years he has proved himself to be a man of great faith and courage.  And with Joshua goes the high priest, Eleazar, who has served the people’s spiritual needs throughout the conquest.  With the passing of these two men of God, the last immediate links with Moses and Aaron will be severed, and a new era will soon find the Israelites in spiritual eclipse.  Never again will the Israelites as a nation be this closely united, either among themselves or with their God.

The people also bury the 400-year-old bones of Joseph.  It is an appropriate tie with the early patriarchs, to whom God first promised this land.”

Read Joshua 24:29-30/Judges 2:8,9 and Joshua 24:32-33

Additional Conquests

“The fact that territory has been given to a tribe or individual does not mean that the land can be immediately occupied.  The inhabitants living in the land must first be driven out.”

Read: Judges 1:1-10, 16-19, Joshua 15:13-14/Judges 1:20b, Joshua 15:15-19/Judges 1:11-15 and Judges 1:22-26

Failure to Complete Conquests

“The danger of an incomplete conquest is the lingering presence of pagan influence.  As long as the Canaanites remain, the Israelites will inevitably intermarry with them, and, just as inevitably, turn to worship their pagan gods.

Failure to drive out the inhabitants may indicate not only the softness of Israel’s resolve but also a certain fascination with the pagan culture about them.  Whatever the reasons for their failure, God considers it a breach of covenant and knows that widespread idolatry is soon to follow.

Interestingly enough, neither Judah nor Benjamin is able to completely drive out the Jebusites from the city of Jerusalem, which is within the region of their common boundary (even despite the fact that Judah has already attacked the city once and put it to the torch.)”

Read Joshua 13:13, 16:10/Judges 1:29, Joshua 17:11-13/Judges 1:27-28, Joshua 15:63, Judges 1:21, 30-36 and Judges 2:1-5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Preparation for Conquest

“Over the next six years the Israelites will conquer the land and begin to occupy it.  However, it will take many more years for the tribes to assume full control, and even then many of the local inhabitants will never be driven out.

Preparations for the conquest include not only the formulation of military strategy but also rededication to God and the holy purposes for which battles will soon be fought.

In the midst of all the activity, is the fascinating account of a woman in Canaan whose faith in the God of the Israelites leads her to play a key role in the initial invasion.

God has chosen a righteous and courageous leader for his people.  Joshua is in almost every respect a forerunner of One who will one day come to lead all true believers into an even greater promised land.  That ultimate spiritual Leader will even bear the Greek name which is equivalent to the Hebrew name Joshua (meaning ‘God is salvation’).  As Joshua is a savior of the nation, this Messiah will be the Savior of the world.”

Read: Joshua chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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