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Tonight we begin our study in the book of Joshua and were going to be looking at . The first thing we need to understand about the book of Joshua is that the great them of the book is conquering Canaan.
It’s going into the land that was promised to Abraham, isaac, and Jacob. So tonight were going to look at the servant leader Joshua.
YOU READY?
(Let’s pray)
Joshua 1:1–9 NKJV
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. 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. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:1-
Joshua 1:1–9 NKJV
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. 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. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
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The book of Joshua seems to be written by Joshua himself, and that is exactly what we see in chapter 24. Joshua is specifically identified as the author, but not only do we know he was the author of this book under the influence of the Holy Spirit but he was also an eye witness to the many events recorded here.
One of the things that I find most interesting about Joshua was that before he became Moses’ successor he was Moses’ servant. This reminds us that the path to finding your place in god’s kingdom work does not begin large, and get larger but small and increases as obedience increases.
Joshua’s name means “YAHWEH IS SALVATION”

Joshua=YAHWEH IS SALVATION

His name yeshua, is the same name that Jesus later would be named. Joshua was a soldier and a spy, and he was commissioned by the Lord and Moses to carry out the task of leading the children of Israel into the promised land.
The great themes of the book, includes God’s faithfulness in the giving of the land of Canaan, the inheritance of the written word of God. Were going to see that the written word of God which was given to Moses by God Himself is going to play an important role throughout this task that Joshua has been given.
Over and over and over again theres going to be a return to remind us of God’s word. Another great them is the holiness of God in judging the sin of the Canaanites. Theres overwhelming evidence of the wickedness of the people of Canaan. There has even been evidence found where they would sacrifice their children, they would put them in jars and then suffocate them, and bury them in walls.
They were sick, twisted people, and they celebrate sin, and they departed from righteousness. Were going to see clearly later just how wicked the Canaanites were. It is kind of eery to me when i look at much of what they did and it mirrors much of the philosophy of the culture in our nation.
So God had to deal harshly with them, now one thing that the children of God must do is battle with these people to overtake them and conquer the land.
COMMON MISCONCEPTION:
There is a common misconception, that says that Canaan is a picture of Heaven, but this can’t be true because Christians don’t have to battle to enter into Heaven. We don’t wage war in order to gain entrance into Heaven.
No but I do believe that Canaan is a picture of our inheritance as Christians.
Canaan is NOT a picture of Heaven. We don’t battle to possess eternal life.”- Warren Weirsbe
Canaan is our inheritance as Christians, we move from slavery to sin, and brokenness to recovery and victory. So victorious Christian living consists of both battles and blessings. Which is exactly what were going to see throughout our study of the book of Joshua.
The Christian life is the life of constant vigilence so many Christians remain in Egypt, or in the wilderness. So many Christians fail to leave the place of slavery and bondage even though Jesus has set them free to go.
So many people are living under the penalty of sin, trapped in the power of sin, overwhelmed by the presence of sin. But the book of Joshua helps us understand how we can by faith enter into the promises that are set aside for us.
That includes rest and victory in the Lord Jesus Christ. We as Christians we dont inherit a land, we occupy a Savior. We are in Christ!
The moment you decide to be a Christian you invite the Holy Spirit to come into your life, you enter into this journey called the Christian life.
So let’s start:

God Prepares Joshua for Leadership

Joshua 1:1–2 NKJV
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. 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.
Now I want you to get the picture clearly… Joshua and the children of Israel are at the edges of the waters of the Jordan river. As they are getting ready to enter into the land, Moses is dead.
But the purposes of god are very much alive. Whats interesting to me even about that very picture, is that maybe you have come here tonight and theres things in the past that are gone, and as Joshua is standing on the banks of the river and behind him are the multitudes and he has been tasked with going in and occupying the land.
That he knows is filled with giants and warriors. He needs to hear from God. Remember god was the one who spoke to Moses and through Moses. so often in our lives we come to a place where we so desperately need to hear from God.
You show up at church, you come to Sunday School not just to understand the Bible a little bit better, but some of you come to church expecting to hear from God.
SIDE NOTE:
If you don’t come to church expecting to hear from God then you simply hear everyone else except him.
Some of you come and your expecting that God through His word will speak to your hearts, and you long to hear him speak about what God has called you to do. What has God gifted you to do, what has God assigned you to do?
One of the things that I want to quickly draw to your attention is this, GOD’s WILLING TO SPEAK TO YOU IF YOUR WILLING TO LISTEN.
But just like Moses he comes to this place where He wants to hear from God but He doesn’t want to hear from God and be intrigued by what He says. He is desperate to hear from God so that he can know what God wants him to do.
In acnient times spoke through dreams and visions, sometimes He spoke through a prophet, sometimes HE spoke through a priest but God spoke to Moses.
When God spoke to Moses He spoke to him face to face.
Hebrews
Hebrews 1:1 NKJV
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
Hebrews 1:2 NKJV
has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
The writer of Hebrews tells us that God does still speak to us by His word through His son. Joshua was listening and God was speaking, and God wanted to use Joshua to fulfill God’s plans for the children of Israel.
Do you desire for God to speak with you? are you willing to listen?
then God wants to talk with you about His plans for you.
Plans to glorify Himself, plans to expand His Kingdom, plans to mold and shape you into the man or woman God has called you to be.
God gives some encrouaging words to Joshua and HE gives these same words to those listening today.
Joshua 1:2
Joshua 1:2 NKJV
“Moses My servant is dead. 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.
He says do not focus on the past get up I have more in store for you. I am going to keep my promise you lead my people over this Jordan to the land which I am giving to them.
Notice god is already actively giving them the land, so it doesn’t matter who lives there, it doesn’t matter what obstacles await them. God has already said the land is theirs.
How many times do we as believers know the promises of God but rather than walk in them, we walk in fear instead. theres never been a time greater than right now to live in obedience to what God is calling you to do.
To live out the deep convictions of your heart, to learn wht it means to know and love and serve the Lord. So many people want to surrender to whats popular in the culture but Jesus calls us to surrender to Him.
Some people do not want to surrender to the call of God, I mean think about Joshua, didn’t he have every Earthly right to be afraid? They had to cross a raging river, they had to go into a land filled with giants and warriors.
It is his first day on the job, and the man god used to speak to is dead and gone. Can you imagine the thoughts flooding His mind? Moses was so greatly used by God, he parted the Red sea, He used His rod for many signs and wonders, He gave him the 10 commandments.... He made water come from a rock.
Do you think you would feel intimidated if god said, alright YOUR UP!
There are many of us who see the daunting task of walking in righteousness and we know that we have to cling to Christ and it seems intimidating to think that Jesus tells us that greater works will we do who have the holy Spirit than even He did!
He raised the dead, He healed the lame… and when He ascended and he left His ministry to His church and said ok YOUR UP! That’s intimidating!
But we MUST remember this is not our ministry church, it is His ministry, this place exists only to continue the work He began and the minute that ceases the be our priority this church is in trouble.
Don’t you think Joshua was filled with questions the day when Moses died?
“What are we gonna do?”
“How are we gonna hear from god?”
He is very aware of the empty spot left by Moses. But at the top of Joshua’s list of things to do was to hear from God. I want to suggest to you, that if you are interested in victorious Christian living, if you are interested in actually experiencing God and walking with Him.
If you want your life to be different, your thoughts and your outlook to be different. Maybe you need to put that at the top of your list of things to do as well.
God describes the task that lay before Joshua and then gives Joshua the job. He is given clear instructions on how to accomplish the job. The land was god’s gift to Israel and it would only be won by persistent, patient, courageous faith.
The same is true for your life it is going to be won by persistent, patient, courageous faith. God even while He is speaking to Joshua anticipates the enemy armies resisting them.
Joshua 1:
Joshua 1:5–6 NKJV
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
It must have given Joshua great comfort to know that he had been called to the task that God had given Him and that GOD WOULD GO WITH HIM.
Look at what it says in verse 3
Joshua 1:3 NKJV
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
Joshua 1:4 NKJV
From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.
what’s interesting about this is that Israel though they had influence over these regions never occupied these regions totally like God said they would. Whether it was through disobedience, or fear, they never had dominion over these regions the way God wanted them to.
One day even if it is in the Messianic Kingdom after Christ comes to to rule and reign this region will be occupied by the children of Israel.
It is their inheritance, but your inheritance is not land, your inheritance is the promises of God. Which stretch from Genesis to Revelation. We can speak of the abundant life mentioned in , we can speak of the crowns of life in , we could speak of a future Heavenly home, Assurance, cleansing, comfort, companionship, deliverance, divine osonship, guidance, hope, joy, peace, knowledge, liberty.... you could go on and on and on.
POWER FOR SERVICE, RENEWAL, RESTORATION, RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD
The Bible has promised you all of that, BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
That is God’s specific will for your life.
There is the promises of God for your life, and God’s will for your life.
This is one of the reasons I exist as a pastor to remind you of who you are in Christ, to remind you that this life you find such worth in is not the end for you and every decision you make echoes out into eternity.
To encourage you in God’s grace
Joshua 1:5 NKJV
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
He has promised a lifetime of victories over the enemies of God. He promises to be with Joshua the same way He was with Moses and this promise was repeated to Solomon it was also given to YOU!
Hebrews
Hebrews 13:5–6 NKJV
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Jesus said I’ll never leave you I’ll never forsake you.
It’s interesting when it says leave you or forsake you it could be translated, I’ll never leave you in the lurch.
So as a result of this glorious truth, as a result of this reality look with me at the

The Call To Courage

Joshua 1:
Joshua 1:6 NKJV
Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
Why does God command strength and courage?
He has promised the land to Joshua, He has promised Joshua would be the one who would divy up the land among the children of Israel and give them their inheritance.
He in that sense becomes a picture of Jesus.
Jesus is the One who has been given the task of giving you everything that belongs to you as a child of God the Father through His blood.
Now notice this will the occuoants of the land go quietly… NO
Joshua is going to need strength and courage for the hard fought military campaigns that are going to be a part of His future. So is it going to take strength and courage for you to walk the walk that God called you to?
Is it going to take strength to say no to sin and yes to the Savior, is it going to take strength and courage for you to pray and open up your Bible and believe the promises of God.
Here God is commanding His people, but especially Joshua to MOVE FORWARD IN SPITE OF THE OBSTACLES THAT ARE COMING!
Thats how you should read the text. God has given me permission to exercize strength and courage. Im not talking about courage and strength to do something that you wanna do, I am talking about courage and strength to do what God wants you to do.
What CHrist has called you to do.
This type of courage looks to the Lord for victory in the midst of conflict.

The Source of Courage and Strength

Joshua 1:
Joshua 1:7 NKJV
Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
If you are walking by faith in obedience to the word of God if you are diligent to not swerve from the truth God has revealed then you need to be courageous becuase God will be with you.
The flip side of this is serious however, if god will protect and give victory as you determine to observe and fufill His word then losses will surely come if you decide to step or swerve away from the truth God has revealed as well.
How many losses or failures does it take for people to realize they are not walking according to the truth but instead are leaning on their own understanding and not acknowleding god with their thoughts and actions.
Proverbs 3:6 HCSB
think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
The flip side of this is if you do lean on your own understanding confusion and a loss of way is coming.
Over and over again the children of God lose thier way and it stalls out the blessings of God in thier lives.
(the delay that kept Moses out of the promised land)
(wilderness wanderings)
so God says heres what you do with my word
Joshua 1:8 NKJV
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
He says meditation, thinking deeply upon the words of God will assist you in keeping the word of God. You cant keep what you don’t know.
But then He teaches us that OUR SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY DEPEND ON OUR DESIRE TO OBEY THE WORD OF GOD
Joshua 1:9 NKJV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
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