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Joshua 1


Joshua 1 is a pivotal chapter in the Bible, marking the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua and setting the stage for Israel's entry into the Promised Land. It is characterized by themes of divine charge, courage, and obedience. Key elements include:
God’s Commission to Joshua: After Moses’ death, God speaks to Joshua, Moses' assistant, charging him to lead the people into the land He is giving to them. God promises every place where Joshua sets his foot, as He promised to Moses.
Promise of God's Presence: God assures Joshua that He will be with him as He was with Moses. He promises that no one will be able to stand against Joshua all the days of his life.
Call for Strength and Courage: Joshua is commanded to be strong and courageous, being careful to obey all the law given by Moses. He is instructed not to turn from it to the right or the left, so he may be successful wherever he goes.
The Importance of the Book of the Law: Joshua is instructed to keep the Book of the Law always on his lips; to meditate on it day and night, so he may be careful to do everything written in it. This adherence to the Law is key to his prosperity and success.
Joshua’s Preparation for Crossing the Jordan: Joshua orders the officers to go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days, they will cross the Jordan River to take possession of the land the LORD is giving them.
The Response of the Tribes: The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh assure Joshua of their support and willingness to follow his commands. They encourage Joshua to be strong and courageous.
Joshua 1 sets the tone for the entire book, emphasizing the necessity of strong leadership, faith in God’s promises, and unwavering obedience to His commands. It reflects a critical moment of transition and the continuation of God's plan for Israel, underscoring the role of Joshua in leading the nation into a new chapter of their history.

Joshua 1

1  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.

3  Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

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.

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.

6  Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

7  Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

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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.
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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 valour, 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.

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16  And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.
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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.

End of Joshua 1

1 Year Plan:  Mar 30 - Josh 1, Josh 2,  Luk 19

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