Joshua means ‘The Lord Is Salvation’
Bible scholars widely acclaim Joshua as the author of almost the entire book. Evidence suggests most of this book was written at a time when Joshua actually lived, and other parts must have been added later by another author, such as the account of Joshua’s death.
The book of Joshua is named after its most important character, Moses personal aide and military commander. This book is considered to be the first of the ‘Historical Books’ because it traces the record of the children of Israel from the shores of the Jordan River to the conquest and division of the land of Canaan. It closes with an account of the aged Joshua’s farewell speeches.
The book of Joshua is divided into two main parts. The first part narrates the events surrounding the conquest of Canaan. Part two of the book, records the assignment and settlement of the captured territory (Chapters 13-22).
Joshua was a brilliant military leader and a strong spiritual influence, but the key to his success was his submission to God. Joshua demonstrated his faith in God as he took up the challenge to lead the nation. Because Joshua had assisted Moses for many years, he was well prepared to take over the leadership of the nation.
Every new job is a challenge. Without God it can appear daunting and frightening. With God it can be a great adventure. Just as God assured Joshua he would be with him, God is also with us as we face our new challenges. Every day we face tough situations, difficult individuals and temptations. However, God promises that he will never abandon us or fail to help us, regardless of how we feel. By asking God to direct us we can conquer many of life’s problems.
The book of Joshua is a record of God’s faithfulness to His covenant people. It underscores the need of each believer, to be obedient in order to appropriate all that God has designed for you. Joshua is a testimony to the Might and Grace of a sovereign and holy God.
The Israelites reaffirmed their commitment to God by obediently setting out across the Jordan River to possess the land. As we live the Christian life, believers need to cross over from the old life into the new. Ensure to remove all selfish desires and press on to possess all which God has destined for you.
Like Joshua and Israel, followers of Jesus Christ must obtain courageous faith to live the new victorious life. Whether conquering enemies, or settling the land, God’s people are required to do it God’s way. Therefore make a fresh commitment to obey God today – wherever he leads you and whatever it may cost!