This week I would like to look at Joshua, the successor, to Moses. We will be looking at Joshua Chapter 1. Today we will look at how the people responded to Joshua.
Response of the People (V16-18)
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.
So the people agree to follow Joshua’s leadership. This is in stark contrast to how the people rebelled during the time of Moses. When you read the book of Joshua, the soldiers are all in one accord, willing serving, and fighting to possess the land. It was only late into the book, that we see hints of fatigue and rebellion. Joshua tells each tribe they must drive out ALL the inhabitants of the land. They were unwilling to do so. Today the remnants are the cause of the bitter conflict in the Middle East.
So what did we learn about leadership this week?
1) Be full of the spirit of wisdom
2) Follow God’s leading
4) Be strong and courageous
5) Obey the word of God
6) Meditate on the word of God
Remember, as long as you are living, breathing individuals, you are prime candidates for leadership. Follow Joshua’s example.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001