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 Joshua prepared the people.
Joshua Prepares to Cross Jordan (V10-15)
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. 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 valor, 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.
Preparation is a key attribute of a leader. Joshua commanded his officers to prepare to move in 3 days. Then he reminded the tribes of Rueben, Gad, and half of Manasseh, their agreement they made with Moses. These tribes wanted their possession on this side of the river Jordan. Moses told them that they could BUT they must go with the rest of the tribes to help secure their possession first.
As believers, we must also be prepared. First, we must know who our God is. Secondly, we need to know God’s word. Thirdly, we need to apply God’s word to the daily battle of our lives. Fourthly, we stand firm and not waver.
God promises success when we place our faith and trust in Him.
Tomorrow, we see how the people responded.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001