Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
This was the position of Israel after the exodus from Egypt. They rebelled against God and God made them wander in the desert 40 years. Moses also rebelled and would not be going into the promised land.
God chooses Joshua to lead Israel into the “Promised Land”.
Moses and God each give Joshua a charge.
God then gives Joshua a promise, command, and warning.
This week we will look at each of these.
God’s charge to Joshua (Joshua 1:1-9)
Today we will look at God’s promise.
God’s promise (Joshua 1:1-5,9)
“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.
Every place your sole shall tread (1:3)
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
I will be with thee (1:4)
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.
I will not forsake thee (1:5, 9)
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. 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.
God gave the land to Israel.
When other people’s, countries, or nations, claim that Israel is not the rightful owners of their land, they are wrong!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001