About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Chapter - 1 and Intro
Commentary On The
is based on the 1984 edition of the New International Bible. The
section titles correspond to those found in the NIV Bible.
directly after the book of Deuteronomy. Where Deuteronomy ends,
the book of Joshua begins. It's the story of Israel
Joshua was a God
fearing general in the Israeli army.
As we read and
study the book of Joshua, we will note many lessons for the modern day
Christian to learn. There have been many folk songs about crossing
The name Joshua
means "the Lord, or Yahweh, is
salvation, or deliverance". Joshua, or it's Hebrew
equivalent, is really the Hebrew form of the Greek word translated
into English as Jesus. The Hebrew name "Yahoushuwa" is
transliterated into English as "Joshua".
The Greek name "Iesous" is translated into English as
"Jesus". All three
of these names means "Yahweh is salvation".
As I've stated in the book of Deuteronomy, Joshua is a type, or
is symbolic, of Jesus. There are many similarities between Jesus
and Joshua in the Bible.
It is interesting
to note that the general consensus among Bible teachers is that where
John the Baptist baptized in the Jordan River is where Joshua led
the oldest son of Nun.
Verses 1 to 3
begin the account of Joshua. He
was called by God to lead the Israelis into the land
Verse 4 states
roughly the boundaries of the land that God was giving Israel. Back in Genesis 15 you
will note these boundaries as well.
One thing is worthy of noting and that is the eastern boundary
that God promised went right to the Euphrates River, not the Jordan
River, as is the case today. This
makes it clear that there is more land that present day Israel
Verse 5 states
that "no one would be able to stand up against Israel". This suggest the
would have in the land God promised them if they obeyed Him.
Well, we know from Israeli history that there have been nations
that have stood up to
I believe this
statement in itself is prophetic of the day when Jesus returns as King
of the Jews. Once that takes
place, no nation will be able to stand against Israel, and the final war that ends this age will prove that.
The rest of verse
5 states that God would never leave or forsake Israel. He may judge them and send
them off to the four corners of the earth, but He will never leave or
forsake Israel. Never means never, and
that means the doctrine of Replacement Theology has it wrong when it
states that the church has replaced Israel as being God's people.
We must understand these words as they were originally meant to
be understood. Replacement
Theology reinterprets the meaning to this statement, which in my
thinking, is bad hermeneutics.
Verses 6 through
10 are last minute instructions given to Joshua by God.
Note in verse 6 that Joshua would lead
Note in verse 7
that strict adherence to the laws of God would provide prosperity for
Note in verse 8
the importance of the "Book of the Law".
The Book of the Law was the book that contained the laws of God
as seen in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Joshua was to not only read the Book of the Law, he was to
meditate on it day and night. This
shows us the importance of the written Word of God.
As Christians today, we have many more Books of God to meditate
on. We have the whole Bible.
I'm certain that the same command that was given to Joshua
concerning the Book of the Law is given to Christians today concerning
the Bible. I feel the number
one problem among Christians today is that we do not take the Bible
seriously. Our treatment of
the Bible tells me that we really don't believe it is the Word of God.
If we actually put the Bible in our hands, we do so to read a few
verses, hoping we can find inspiration, but there is more to the Bible
than reading a few verses in order to be inspired.
We are to study the Bible, meditate on it, meaning, think things
through seriously. Only then
can we expect to live as we should.
Only then can we even begin to think of prospering.
It is interesting
to note the word "commanded" in verse 9. God
commanded Joshua, and all of Israel, as He does us today, to be courageous and not discouraged.
This is not an admonition or a word of encouragement.
He just commands us, tells us outright, "be strong and
courageous". This is
not something we can take or leave.
In verses 10 and
11 Joshua tells the army of Israel
to prepare to enter the land in three days.
These two verses point out a Biblical principle.
was to take possession of that which God was giving them. Anything
God promises us requires action on our part.
We just don't sit back and hope the promise falls into our laps.
We take action and do whatever is required to possess that which
God gives us.
In verses 12 to
15 Joshua reminds the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and half the tribe of
Manasseh the deal that Moses made with them.
These three and a half tribes did not want to cross the Jordan
River and enter Canaan. They wanted to stay on the
east side of the
From verse 16 on
to the end of the chapter these two and a half tribes confirm their
agreement made with Moses. They are ready to fight.