Three days — These words, though placed here, seem not to have been delivered by Joshua 'till after the return of the spies; such transpositions being frequent in scripture. Be strong and courageous. To learn more about the international adoption process, click below. How did God encourage and strengthen him? Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. First, consider the context. Commentary on Joshua 1:5-9 (Read Joshua 1:5-9) Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. How might Joshua have felt being entrusted with this great task? If you know that God is calling you to adopt, then you can move forward with this process, knowing that He will provide the strength and courage that you need throughout the adoption process. Forsake thee — I will not leave thee destitute either of inward support, or of outward assistance. The officers of the people — These who commanded under Joshua, in their respective tribes and families, attended him for orders, which they were to transmit to the people. And hence it comes, that these three days mentioned here below, after the history of the spies, are again repeated Joshua 3:2. [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. Watch the Billy Graham video to find out how to seek Jesus today! God speaks to Joshua (1-9) Discussion Questions. They may feel unsure about whether or not they are capable of handling what is to come or if this is the correct pathway to pursue. &c.] The above things, to go over Jordan with the people into the land of Canaan, and to observe the law of Moses in all things, and to be of good courage, which is again repeated; consider who it is that has given these orders and instructions, the great Jehovah, the everlasting I AM, who is faithful to his promises, and able to perform. Moses is gone now, and God tells Joshua that He has given the land of Canaan to the children of Israel, they only have to go take it with courage and strength. The greater — The midland sea, great in itself, and especially compared with those lesser collections of waters, which the Jews called seas. Our Price: $2.09 Save: $0.90 (30%) Buy Now. Every place — That is, within the following bounds. Joshua 1:1-9 New International Version (NIV) Joshua Installed as Leader. After the death of Moses — Either immediately after it, or when the days of mourning for Moses were expired. Joshua 1:9. © 2020 Christianity.com. Rest — That is, a place of rest, as that word signifies. 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. With Moses — To assist him against all his enemies, and in all the difficulties of governing this stiff-necked people, which Joshua might justly fear no less than the Canaanites. There are times in every individual’s life, where they are frightened and distressed about the future. As God adopted us into his family through Jesus Christ, (Eph 1:5), we invite you to consider adopting a child. Hittites — Of the Canaanites, who elsewhere are all called Amorites; ( Genesis 15:16) and here Hittites, the Hittites being the most considerable and formidable of all. Out of thy mouth — That is, thou shalt constantly read it, and upon occasion discourse of it, and the sentence which shall come out of thy mouth, shall in all things be given according to this rule. This powerful scripture reminds us that God is with us wherever we go and in whatever we do. Notice he is called Moses' minister. Joshua 1:1-9 – The Commissioning of Joshua Summary The Lord commissions Joshua to lead the Israelites into the land of Canaan, which the Lord is giving to them. Until the time of Moses' death, God spoke to Moses. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them —to the Israelites. And they answered — Not the two tribes and an half only, but the officers of all the people, in their name, concurring with the divine appointment, by which Joshua was set over them. 704 527 7673. Joshua 1:9 is rich with meaning and worthy of much meditation. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”. Joshua Installed as Leader. 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Joshua Chapter 1 Summary. Update: March 17, 2020. The servant of the Lord — This title is given to Moses here and Joshua 1:2, as also Deuteronomy 34:5, and is repeated not without cause, to reflect honour upon him, to give authority to his laws and writings, in publishing whereof he acted as God's servant, in his na… The emphasis on all the days of Joshua"s life in Joshua 1:5 is found at the end of Joshua"s life in the final two chapters of the book. Joshua 1:9 caps the Lord’s charge to Joshua. Unto thee — The same obedience which we owed, to Moses, we promise unto thee. Beware of thinking you have no strength because you are not omnipotent. Day and night — That is, diligently study, and upon all occasions consider what is God's will and thy duty. Joshua recognized that to step forward and take up the reins except under God’s immediate direction would have been presumptuous. Though their possessions extended not to Euphrates, yet their dominion did, and all those lands were tributary to them in David's and Solomon's time. Armed — For by this time they were well furnished with arms, which they had either from the Egyptians, Amalekites, or Amorites, from whom they had taken them; or by purchase from those people by whose borders they passed. Do you want to invite Jesus into your life, today? In Joshua 1:1-9, God encourages Joshua in his new role as leader of Israel. Sometimes the answers may surprise you for the better. I. This Jordan — Which is now near thee, which is the only obstacle in thy way to Canaan. God carefully prepared Joshua for the assignment of leading the Israelites. Joshua 9:27 "And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose." Bible Gateway Recommends. I answer: 1. Discover practical insights into the Book of Joshua. Commanded thee — Remember, that though thou art the commander of my people, yet thou art my subject, and obliged to observe all my commands. He’d have to claim the land from its current inhabitants, fight and lead battles, and provide spiritual leadership for a large group of people. He is one of the main actors in the book. Which I give — That is, am now about to give thee actual possession of it, as I formerly gave a right to it by promise. No man is indispensable. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Does this promise apply to Christians today? [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. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth He was often to read it, frequently repeat it, and speak of it, to refresh his own memory with it, and the memory of those about him. 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. Joshua 1:9 in all English translations. Joshua 1:7 Joshua 1:9 Joshua 1:8. These verses also introduce the character of the LORD God of Israel. I commanded thee — I whom thou art obliged to obey: I who can carry thee through every thing I put thee upon: I of whose faithfulness and almighty power thou hast had large experience? My aim in this post is to simply prime the pump with a few thoughts that I hope will spur us on to more reflection as we memorize this verse. Constituted and appointed them, ordered and settled them, in the post and office after mentioned. The Lord spake — Either in a dream or vision, or by Urim, Numbers 27:21. In one sense, the promise in this passage was specific to Joshua’s role as leader of … [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. When God has work to do, he will either find or make instruments fit to carry it on. In light of the Corona virus, we wanted to share the following encouraging photo that illustrates how the verse, Joshua 1:9 applies to the virus. Joshua 1:9 “ Be strong and courageous ” Joshua 24:15 “as for me and my house” 2 Chronicles 7:14 “ If my people, who are called by my name ” Psalms 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd” Psalms 23:4 “I will fear no evil” Psalms 46:10 “ Be still, and know that I am God ” Psalms … Now He speaks to Joshua in the same manner He spoke to Moses. 9 Have not I commanded thee? NIV, Story of Jesus, Paperback: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story. [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. After the death of Moses— Either immediately after it, or when the days of mourning for Moses were expired. Line upon Line. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” There are times in every individual’s life, where they are frightened and distressed about the future. The Bible tells us in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? [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; Before their brethren — In the front of all of them; which was but reasonable; because they had the advantage of their brethren, having actually received their portion, which their brethren had only in hope, because they were freed from those impediments which the rest were exposed to, their wives, and children, and estates being safely lodged; and to prevent their withdrawing themselves from the present service, which they otherwise would have had temptation to do, because of the nearness of their habitations. [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. What task was God entrusting to Joshua? To the right hand or to the left — That is, in any kind, or upon any pretence; which plainly shews, that God's assistance promised to him and the Israelites, was conditional, and might justly be withdrawn upon their breach of the conditions. All Rights Reserved. The narrative may be read as running on without a break. 1:1-9). The Bible tells us in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? And now having been some time in the land of the Amorites, and together with Manna used themselves to other food, which that country plentifully supplied them with; they are warned to furnish themselves therewith for their approaching march. Joshua Book Introduction. These verses provide valuable instruction for God's people throughout the ages. To learn more about our adoption programs designed for Christians to adopt children internationally – please click below. Retail: $2.99 . He had been an understudy of Moses for the entire 40 year journey. Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’” a. He caused Joshua to remember the past (1:3, 5). This chapter kicks off the story. The greatness of thy place and employments shall not hinder thee from this work, because this is the only rule of all thy private actions, and publick administrations. The book and chapter 1 of Joshua begins with God guiding and preparing Joshua for the work he must do for the children of Israel. The Lord will not leave you or forsake you. Family Waits Only 3 Months For a Referral, Have I not commanded you? The Israelites are to go into and live in the land which God had promised to give them, and where their forebears had dwelt many centuries before. Commanded you — His charge to you, and your promise to him. Prepare you victuals — For although Manna was given them to supply their want of ordinary provisions in the wilderness; yet they were allowed, when they had opportunity, to purchase other provisions, and did so, Deuteronomy 2:6,28. "But the Israelites never possessed all this land." Joshua 1:4 implies the distribution of the land in Joshua 13:1 to Joshua 22:34. Text us or call us with any questions. [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. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. The encouragement the Lord gave to Joshua can strengthen us as well. As soon as the mourning for Moses was finished, God spoke to Joshua and instructed him to lead the nation (Josh. Thus must we swear allegiance to our Lord Jesus, as the captain of our salvation. “Line upon Line: Joshua 1:9,” New Era, Jan. 2010, 8. In the same way that the Lord was with Moses so too he will be with Joshua. We are humbled to have over 19 years of experience with Bulgarian and Polish international adoption. Joshua was appointed and declared Moses's successor in the government before this time; and here he receives confirmation from God therein. To believe that God would do good things for the *Israelites - verses 3, 7, 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. Strong. Question: "Does God’s promise to Joshua and Israel in Joshua 1:9 apply to us?" [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. There is truth in this single verse for a week’s worth of meditation and certainly more than I can fit into this short amount of space. Whithersoever thou goest — That is, whatsoever thou doest. [10] Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying. He is charged to meditate therein day and night, that he might understand it. The answers to these questions about the process are written through experience and know how. On some occasions, he had actually helped Moses with his ministry. The closest connection exists between Deuteronomy and Joshua. Had Joshua or the people of Israel sought to conquer the promised land by means of their own courage and strength they would fail – they were to place their trust in the Lord their God, Who had promised to be with them wherever they went. Now therefore arise — Let not the withering of the most useful hands be the weakening of ours. Moses the servant is dead; but God the master is not: he lives forever. Moses's minister — Who had waited upon Moses in his great employments, and thereby been privy to his manner of government, and so prepared for it. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. You'll find David Jeremiah's introduction to the Book of Joshua on page 275-276 of The Jeremiah Study Bible. God says to us all, whatever worthy work we are entering upon, ‘Be of good courage; be strong!’ We can know that the Lord will always be with us in whatever circumstance that He places us in or pathway that He calls us to pursue. 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