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Joshua Becomes Israel’s Leader After Moses

Joshua Becomes Israel’s Leader After Moses

Joshua had already been appointed by God to become Israel’s leader after Moses died.  (Numbers 27: 18-23)   We first met Joshua when Moses sent a man from each tribe to spy on the land of Canaan!  Hoshea, son of Nun,  from the tribe of Ephraim, was one of the chosen men. (Numbers 13:8)  Moses changed his name to Joshua.  (Number 13:10)  Joshua is a Hebrew name, but means Jesus in Greek.

Joshua and Caleb were the only men from the twelve spies to report that they could easily take the land of Canaan.  Because of that, they were the only ones that had left Egypt still living and were allowed to go into the Promised Land.  So, Joshua had survived the forty years in the Wilderness and was ready to lead the Israelites into their new land.  He had been a faithful aid to Moses and was called a faithful Servant of God, as Moses had been called.

The LORD promised Joshua that wherever his feet touched in the land would be given to Israel. He also promised to Joshua, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”  (Joshua 1:5)  Just as in Hebrew 13:5, God promised to never leave nor forsake His people.  Joshua was reminded by God that if he was to be successful, he needed to meditate on the words of God constantly and continually and to follow them always. (Joshua 1-9)

Joshua sent our two men into Jericho to spy.  They came to the house of a prostitute named, Rahab, where they stayed .   It made sense for them to stay there because her house was located on the city wall and foreigners were frequently seen going in and out of her house.  (Jeremiah Study Bible page 280)  When the king  of Jericho heard of the spies, Rehab had to hide them on her roof under some flax to keep them safe.  The spies were so thankful to Rahab for saving their lives; they promised to spare her and her family when they came to take the land.  The signal would be a scarlet cord wrapped on the outside of her window. Rehab had heard the rumors of what their LORD had done for the people of Israel and she obviously believed them!  As soon as it was safe, Rahab lowered the two Israelite spies down by a rope through the window of her house. (Joshua 2: 1-21)     [Rahab is a name to remember, because she is listed in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:5.]

Now, Rahab did tell a lie when she told the king’s men that she did not know where the spies had gone. “Many people struggle with the fact that Rahab lied because both the Old and New Testament affirm that lying is a sin.  It is notable, however, that when Rahab is mentioned in Hebrew 11, her lying is not mentioned.  That is not because her lying was overlooked, but because it was forgiven.  Rahab is never honored for her lie; she is always honored for her faith.”  (Jeremiah Study Bible page 280)

I’m  looking  forward to getting to know Joshua better and to follow Israel as she finally is going into the land that God  had promised to Abraham so long ago!  It has been 40 years; but this generation is ready! I hope you are, too!

 

 

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“Moses” Part 2

“Moses” Part 2

God told Moses that he would not be allowed to go into the Promised Land.   When God commanded Moses to “take the rod and speak to the rock” to get water for the people, Moses disobeyed God and struck the rock twice with his rod!  (Numbers 20:6-14)  Now that the Israelites had finally received the word to go into the land, Moses made one final request to cross over and see the “good  land”!

 “Then I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying:  ‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?   I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.”  (Deuteronomy 3:23-25 NKJV)

God answered Moses:  “The Lord said to me, ‘That’s enough! Do not speak to Me again about this matter.  Go to the top of Pisgah and look to the west, north, south, and east, and see it with your own eyes, for you will not cross this Jordan.   But commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will cross over ahead of the people and enable them to inherit this land that you will see.”  (Deuteronomy 3:26-28)

Joshua became Israel’s new prophet and leader.    Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it.  And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8)

 “Then the Lord spoke to Moses that very same day, saying:  “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, across from Jericho; view the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel as a possession;   and die on the mountain which you ascend, and be gathered to your people, just as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people;   because you trespassed against Me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Wilderness of Zin, because you did not hallow Me in the midst of the children of Israel.  Yet you shall see the land before you, though you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.” (Deuteronomy 32:48-52)

So Moses went up the mountain, and the LORD showed him the land that He promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Moses was able to see all the land because God showed him. And Moses died in the land of Moab as the LORD had said.  “And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day.  Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.”  (Deuteronomy 34:6-7)

I have copied a lot today because I couldn’t find words to describe it like the written Scripture captures this part of Israel’s history!  Moses is remembered throughout Scripture for his faithful service to God!  “But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10)

Until Christ!!!

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“Moses” Part 1

“Moses” Part 1

We have been following Moses for so long and through so many experiences; it’s hard for me to say goodbye to him!  I  have been reading some reference books about the life of Moses and I realized what an extraordinary man he was.  “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend”  (Exodus 33:11)   It’s important to me to have the highlights of this prophet’s life as part of my blog’s record for future reference whenever I should need it.

  • Moses was in the lineage of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Levi.  Four hundred and thirty years had passed since Levi moved with his brothers and his father, Jacob, to Egypt (Genesis 46) until the Exodus from Egypt led by Moses. According to Exodus 6:14-27; Moses and Aaron were from the tribe of Levi and the branch of Amramite (their father, Amram) was from the Kohath clan (Levi’s third son, Kohath)!  Note: The tribe of Levi were chosen by God to be the priests!
  • Moses first 40 years were spent as an Egyptian.  As a baby, Moses was hidden in an ark to save his life and was discovered and adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter.  (Exodus 2:3-10)   He learned from the wisdom of the Egyptians.  (Acts 7: 22)  But, he always stayed loyal to his own race and when he witnessed a Hebrew slave being beaten; Moses killed the Egyptian. (Exodus 2:12)
  • After killing the Egyptian, Moses flees to Midian where he spends the next 40 years.  He marries and has two sons.  (Exodus 2: 21-22, 18:3-4).   While Moses was taking care of his father-in-law’s flock, God spoke to Moses in a “burning bush”  and told him that he was to deliver the Hebrew children from Egypt and lead them to the land He had promised to Abraham. (Exodus 3)
  • The last 40 years of Moses’ life was leading the Israelites (the name given to the descendants of Jacob in Genesis 49:16, 28) from Egypt to the Promised Land.  It was through Moses during those years in the wilderness  that God  set up the tribes of  Israel with the names of the sons of Jacob; gave them the Ten Commandments; “dwelt among His people” in the Tabernacle; and renewed the covenant He had made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Moses is credited for writing the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses “reveals to the people that the LORD  is the only God (4:39, 6:4), and that He is jealous (4:24), faithful (7:9), loving (7:13), merciful (4:31), yet angered by sin (6:15).  This is the God who called Israel to Himself.  Over 250 times Moses repeated the phrase, “the LORD your God” to Israel.   Israel was called to obey (28:2), fear (10:12), love (10:12), and serve (10:12) her God by walking in His way and keeping His commandments (10:12, 13).  By obeying Him, the people of Israel would receive His blessings (28:1-14).  The Book of Deuteronomy is directly quoted in the New Testament over 40 times (exceeded only by Psalms and Isaiah.”  The MacArthur Bible Commentary page194

I am so grateful to study and learn from Moses, the greatest Old Testament Prophet!  To God be the Glory!!

 

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