Note; Divine faith overcomes the greatest difficulties; and they can do all things, who have Christ strengthening them. ‘Have not I commanded thee? Have I not commanded you? 33:3). Like memorization, meditation is an obligation that every Christian recognizes, but few fulfill. Hutchinson, describing certain passages in the Puritan defence of Nottingham against the Cavaliers, adds quaintly, “It was a great instruction that the best and highest courages are beams of the Almighty.” No one except our Redeemer can redeem us from the sin of cowardice. The hardest kind of courage was exhibited by Peter (John 21:15-19). The Canaanites are afraid, Circumcision renewed. (1-4) God promises to assist Joshua. We must know what God requires, maintain perpetual awareness of that, and be consistently and completely obedient to it in our daily experience to gain victory over our spiritual adversaries. Nor do we face certain martyrdom, as did Peter. I didn’t think of getting an order from an M.P. We are rather like the three Hebrew children who were arrested for refusing to bow down before the great statue that King Nebuchadnezzar erected in the plain of Dura (Dan. Yet not all of the promises to Joshua have limited application. and how possess a land where all the inhabitants are mighty? When they were brought before the king, he demanded that they worship the image and threatened that if they still refused, he would cast them into a fiery furnace (Dan. (1) After the death of Moses . Now I just need to work on bringing that same trust and courage into all the moments of life! The purpose of the law is to teach us the sinfulness of our hearts so that we might know our need of a Savior (Rom. For a brief description and for information on how to obtain it, click here. He also calls us to meditate in His word day and night with a view to obeying all His commands. II. We can identify three kinds of courage. 1. He is again exhorted to courage, with the promise of continued support, Joshua 1:9. We come up with our own version of the Bible. A" The Lord your God is with you ( Joshua 1:9). II. i., p. 626. Observe the emphasis: inasmuch as it is not lawful to resist his command. 8:2-4). John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary. We discover that these efforts never succeed in keeping the law perfectly (Rom. (2.) Indeed, they were populous. 10:25). Joshua recognized that to step forward and take up the reins except under Godâs immediate direction would have been presumptuous. Joshua was the person designated by Moses to succeed him in the governing of Israel: “Be strong and of good courage,” Moses told him, “for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them” (Deut. The New Testament makes one of them in particular available to us all. Meditation is essential to understanding Godâs Word. The Gibeonites became servants at the tabernacle, just as Joshua had commanded. -- it is YHWH your God Who is with you’. Jesus implied that the arms of Peterâs corpse would be outstretched. Scripture: Joshua 1:1–9 Topic: Courage & Boldness (The following is a summary from notes taken during the message.) Joshua was receiving orders from his Commander. And He demands some element of this same virtue in His disciples.’, (4) ‘At the coronation of Edward VI, the boy-king, the sword of state was delivered to him, when he quietly remarked, “There is yet another sword to be brought.” The lords in attendance looked perplexed, when he added, “I mean the Holy Bible—the Sword of the Spirit; without this we are nothing, and can do nothing.” King Edward not only prized the Bible for himself, but he insisted on having it read to the people in their native tongue.’. Note; They who have God's presence with them, may cheerfully and confidently go forth against a host of enemies. I. Have not I? They do not necessarily apply to us. They have made up words, teachings, even stories that are pure imagination. The prosperity gospel misappropriates Old Testament promises by applying them to the Christian. (2.) ‘I give it to them -- to you I have given it -- I was with Moses -- I will be with you -- I will not fail you or forsake you -- I swore to your fathers to give them’, God was in it all, but here He laid the greatest stress on it, ‘is it not I Who have commanded? 8:2). Our Lord Jesus took upon him the form of a servant. 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. God does not need an editor. No, the Christian life is also a battle, an unremitting struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Crawford Loritts learned what he knows about leadership, courage, responsibility, etc. In the face of a crisis, are instruction from God is the same as it was to Joshua… 9:6, 13; 10:16). For Joshua, "this book of the law" comprised only the five books of Moses. Paul calls the Christian life a fight, the object of which is to "keep the faith" (2 Tim. Moses passed all his authority on to Joshua, with the exception of his priestly powers, which went to Eleazar (cf. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”. Once a man accepts salvation in Christ and escapes the penalty of sin, does he also escape an obligation to keep the law? I commanded thee â 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? (10-15) The people promise to obey Joshua. (24) This passage also teaches that nothing is more effectual to produce confidence than when trusting to the call and the command of God, and feeling fully assured of it in our own conscience, we follow whithersoever he is pleased to lead. That is the question we should ask ourselves every day; it is the great question of our early life especially, for on the right answering of it all our success depends. But knowing that he had God with him, what else could he need? Have not 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 almightiness thou hast had large experience? I. Joshua 1:9 Give Now Joshua 1:9 has become the banner verse for Dallas Baptist University during this pandemic. (10-15) The people promise to obey Joshua. Although he had long been the designated successor, it still remained Godâs prerogative to guide the transition and formally confer authority upon Joshua. B" Be strong and courageous ( Joshua 1:9). I first got into a seat with the name of ‘Canning’ on it. 3:14-15). Be strong, and of a good courage. Their entrance into the land marked the beginning of a difficult military campaign. He would die in great agony because he served Christ. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Ver. Sermon Bible Commentary. On the strength of these certainties, we look to God for help when trouble comes, and whatever happens, we accept the outcome as for our good. mareedee2016 on May 16, 2019 at 4:58 am . 6:33). Have not I commanded thee? The issue being contested is our faith, and if our faith remains strong despite attacks and sufferings, we have triumphed over our enemies. The second time He was referring to the courage required to keep the law of Moses, disregarding all the pressures to compromise (v. 7). Note; (1.) This is an unconditional promise to all of Godâs children. Deuteronomy 34 Joshua 2 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. vii., p. 400. Joshua 1:9. In other words, he need not fear revolt if he faithfully schooled the Israelites in the law and if he himself set an example of keeping it fully. This structure emphasizes the centrality of the book of the law of God as the key to Israel"s success, Joshua"s effective leadership, and God"s enabling presence with His people. He asks, Is it not I who have commanded thee? The first time He was referring to the courage necessary to complete the task of conquering the land and dividing it among the tribes (v. 6). 7:7, 13). He manfully fulfilled his role as church leader despite the price that would someday be exacted from him. Joshua 1:9. The Lord appoints Joshua to succeed Moses. We must devote time to the solemn task of searching the Word for personal help. Ellison, Christian World Pulpit, vol. Victory over all the powers of evil is obtained for us by our divine Joshua, and we may triumph already in our glorious head over sin, and death, and hell, as vanquished enemies. Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:28-50, Luke 10:19, Joshua 1:9. He who was called to … Joshua was here commanded to be strong and courageous. 7:18-19). God instructed him that the secret to keeping the law was to meditate upon it (v. 8), even to do so every day and night, with the same regularity the Psalmist recommends (Ps. Be strong and courageous! 1:1-9). You have probably heard the prosperity gospel that some televangelists and pastors preach today. Our weaknesses guarded against often become our strength; and our best lessons, if we heed them, are our mistakes. 6:1). Joshua 1:9 is my road trip verse as I buckle kids into the backseat and know that it only takes a second for my life to change forever. That is why he need not be afraid, because YHWH his God was with him wherever he went. Much of the content is simple, but also much is difficult. Yet now, years later, Joshua was perhaps worried that the people might still become so wayward that the Lord would break fellowship with them. This expression "Be strong" does not mean "Be strong in body," but "Be strong in mind;" "Be strong in spirit;" "Be brave." 1 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, 2 “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Their mourning for him continued thirty days (Deut. Just as God promised to be with Joshua, the same promises ring true for us. Outline:. Yet with this sense of his own need for Godâs help, he doubtless also had a fear that God might abandon him. But how foolish! An order like this could not have been a mere mockery, an order which Joshua was unable to obey. God assures Joshua, that his never-failing presence and blessing shall be with him, as they had been with Moses; and the consequence of these must be victory. For them, to prosper may under some circumstances refer to military victory, but normally it refers to material gain, or to enjoyment of good health and good fun. If we wish the Spirit to guide us into fuller obedience, we must accept Godâs counsel to Joshua. The Bible is full of truth that is not easily grasped. Joshua’s strength was a knowledge of his weakness. In His anger, God directed Moses to continue leading the people into Canaan, but He would not accompany them. In that sense we are free from it (Rom. Perhaps they might repeat the scene of years gone by when the whole multitude tried to slay him when he took an unpopular stand at Moses' side (Num. here he must rely upon God: if he commands, he will make the way plain and easy. —Joshua’s commission was the first of its kind, but not the last. 2:3). As soon as the mourning for Moses was finished, God spoke to Joshua and instructed him to lead the nation (Josh. References: Joshua 1:9.—J. If we are not obeying Him in the details of our lives there is little point in making great offerings. He would have to maintain the law even when he saw advantages in sidestepping itâadvantages in terms of his own convenience or popularity. But God does not make the same promise to Christians. (5-9) Preparation to pass over Jordan. The ten spies had been right in reporting that the Canaanites were a strong people. For a period of years they were constantly engaged in warfare against stubborn enemies. 6:23; 12:15; Heb. (4.) The promises made to him for his encouragement, [1.] We must exercise ourselves to reach out and take what God desires to give us. This expression "Be strong" does not mean "Be strong in body," but "Be strong in mind;" "Be strong in spirit;" "Be brave.". If crossing the Jordan represents salvation, the meaning of the allegory is plain. Rather, He would send an angel to serve as their guide. After the death of Moses the servant of the L ord, the L ord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, 2 “My servant Moses is dead. Trembling or fearing would betray lack of confidence in God. Have not I commanded thee? 3:13). Otherwise, his knowledge of it will consist of snatches imperfectly remembered and perhaps tainted with distortions. Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Learn more Start my trial Back . God promised that He would give Israel victory over every foe (v. 5). We need to know exactly what He says. It is He Who has commanded. The Book of Joshua opens with his elevation to leadership after the death of Moses. How did God deal with this fear? Have not I commanded thee? Most of the Israelites had been born in the wilderness and had known no other leader. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. There are times in every individual’s life, where they are frightened and distressed about the future. Joshua had always been a brave man. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up" (Dan. This is the easiest kind, because it is opposed by no greater fear than the possibility of failure, and God has eliminated that possibility. Think of the greatest spiritual battle you have faced recentlyâsome discouragement, temptation, or doubt perhaps. Therefore, to assure that we will meet trouble with a courageous heart, we must cling by faith to two certainties. He had, of course, indirectly pointed to Himself all the way through. I. The promise at the end of verse 5 is quoted again in Hebrews: "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb. But we have already said that to keep the law is humanly impossible. Likewise, in the Christian life we do not sit idle and bask in blessings shining down from heaven. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). On the words “ be not afraid,” etc., see Deuteronomy 31:6 and Deuteronomy 31:8. We detect here evidence of Joshuaâs humility. Thus, after his talk with Jesus, he went through life with the knowledge of how it would come to an end. 14:6-10). 2—A. He bids him be of good courage, repeats it again and again, and urges it with renewed assurances that he would be with him: and need there was of such encouragement, though his valour had been tried and known, for his difficulties were now greater than ever. Yes, in our flesh we cannot keep it. 77:12), and he was able to find comfort when he was persecuted (Ps. Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for YHWH your God is with you wherever you go.”. Through typology, Godâs command to Joshua gives us the answer. To relieve his doubts about his ability to succeed Moses, God assured him, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee" (v. 5). His own insufficiency for such an enterprize, the people's well-known rebellious spirit, his enemies' power and numbers, might shake the most confirmed constancy; but fear is banished, whilst he who supremely commands inspires him with strength and courage irresistible. And even then, the Canaanites were still entrenched in various places, and to push them out required more hard fighting. With these words God bolstered the courage of Joshua, who was apprehensive as a result of taking over the role of Moses and apprehensive as he looked across at that unknown land. the Lord spake unto Joshua . What did lie before them? When Moses pleaded with Him not to remove His presence, the Lord relented. The door-keepers did not notice me. By removing from the people this most useful minister, God will call them off from dependance on, and attachment to men. God said, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth" (v. 8), and also, "Observe to do according to all the law" (v. 7). These are merely two of the numberless ways we can apply Godâs Word. Just as Moses brought Israel to the threshold of Canaan, so the law is a "schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith" (Gal. What is the fallacy here? The Lord told him that others would someday clothe him and carry him where he did not wish to go (John 21:18). Note; (1.) God gave the land to Israel (v. 3), yet Israel had to arise, cross the river, and take possession of the land (v. 2). Their wandering in the wilderness under the leadership of Moses the law-giver represents our experience before salvation, when we were content with our own works and thought God should accept them. Joshua must arise; and, though conscious of great inferiority of abilities, yet at God's command he may comfortably address himself to the work, assured that he who sends will strengthen him. 4:7). 13:5). In summary, while the promise of Joshua 1:9 was specific to Joshua, the principle is affirmed elsewhere in Scripture as applicable to all believers today. This is our consolation if our path through this world takes us through real suffering or persecution. Sinai, the people made a golden calf and worshiped it with sensual rites after the manner of pagan religion. I. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 1:5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. . Clarke (1760-1832) was Methodist, Wesleyan, Arminian, (e.g., Clarke "suggested that although God can know all future events, He chooses not to know some events beforehand" Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, page 808).He did not always interpret Scripture literally and so was amillennial (to quote Clarke on 1000 years - "I am satisfied that this period should … Thy God is with thee — As the soldier’s valour is stimulated by the eye of his captain, so a vivid realization of the immediate presence of God is the best safeguard against unmanly terror.]. Joshua 1:9—Be Strong and of Good Courage. 119:23, 78). While Moses was receiving the law on Mt. Those whom God calls to succeed eminent ministers, though they may feel their own insufficiency, must not be discouraged, but rely upon his grace and strength who gives the mission. No man before Joshua had received orders to regulate his conduct by the words of a written book. Temptation often gives us little time to prepare a defense. I first tried to get into the Strangers’ Gallery, but failed. He himself, after working as Mosesâ assistant for almost forty years, regarded him almost as a father figure. . EXEGESIS PAPER: JOSHUA1:1-9 Name Instructor Course Date Background In Joshua 1:1-9 God commissions Joshua as the leader of the Israelites following the death of Moses, and Joshua is tasked with guiding the people to the Promised Land. Joshua 1:9 is rich with meaning and worthy of much meditation. These verses provide valuable instruction for God's people throughout the ages. 9.Have not I commanded, etc Although in Hebrew a simple affirmation is often made in the form of a question, and this phraseology is of very frequent occurrence, here, however, the question is emphatic, to give an attestation to what had previously been taught, while the Lord, by bringing his own authority distinctly forward, relieves his servant from care and hesitancy. Once in the past God had encouraged a godly fear of Moses by making his face shine with the reflected glory of God (Exod. God had pointed to the land he was to possess (Joshua 1:2-4), He had pointed to the enemy (Joshua 1:5), He had pointed to the purpose (Joshua 1:6), He had pointed to the word of God and the need for obedience (Joshua 1:7-8), now He pointed to Himself. He was to draw his strength from the Lord God and was not to be dependent on his own brawn or brains. When we cannot quite recall what the Bible says, we try to reconstruct it in our own words. On the other side of Jordan as well as on this side, both Joshua and the people under him were to observe the law meticulously, with careful attention to every detail. We must understand that Godâs promises to Joshua were designed for his special circumstances. Here is the work enjoined him, to pass Jordan, and to possess the land of Canaan. Num. He made a brilliant speech, and was followed by many others. The fruit of this kind of meditation is a deeper familiarity with the ways of God than we could ever reach just by listening to lessons and sermons (Ps. 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. Just as Joshua was an example to Israel, so Christ is an example to us, and He did all that the law required (Matt. The first secret of true courage is to know and be sure that we have some power. God says to us all, whatever worthy work we are entering upon, "Be of good courage; be strong!". Gilfillan, Alpha and Omega, vol. 9. The word which bade him be strong was an assurance at the same time that if he would, he might be strong according to his day. For what deeper self-depreciation is there than for a man to live in the world forgetful of what he is brought here for—forgetful of his Christian privileges, of his Christian name, of his Christian freedom? First, let us consider the command to obey the law. David Guzik Bible commentary on Joshua 1, where God gave Joshua a commission to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land of Canaan. What is the remedy for doubt? The consideration of which would serve to animate him to the work he was called unto, to encourage his faith in God, to engage in his service cheerfully and readily: be strong, and of a good courage; See Gill on Joshua 1:6; See Gill on Joshua 1:7. be not afraid, nor be thou dismayed; at his enemies, numerous and powerful, nor discouraged at anything in himself, any unfitness for such service, as he might think, or at any difficulties he might fear from the people he had the government of, and was to lead on; it was enough that the divine Presence was promised him, and which is repeated: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest: or, as the Targum of Jonathan,"for thy help is the Word of the Lord thy God;'See Gill on Joshua 1:5. If you have found this lesson helpful, you might want to obtain Ed Rickard's commentary on the whole Book of Joshua. c. Moses' assistant: Joshua was prepared by faithful service in small things, in being Moses' assistant. Through meditation on the law, the Psalmist knew what to say when witnessing to others about God (Ps. Joshua 1:1-9 NIV After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. The bounds are wide and extended; and had they been faithful to God, he had not suffered a tittle to have been unfulfilled: if they never occupied the whole, they must blame their own unbelief and disobedience. 2. Be strong and courageous. 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. primarily from his dad. His was the greatest kind of courage because the fear opposing it was the fear of something both dreadful and certain. When we go forth to fight the Lord's battles, as ministers, we should take with us that encouraging promise, Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. They put their tents by … . We have said that Joshua is a type of Jesusâthat the relationship between Moses and Joshua therefore illuminates the relationship between Jesus and the law, as well as between the law and the gospel. In my career as a Bible teacher, I have sometimes seen rather strange versions of the Bible in answers students give on Bible tests. These verses lay out a program for the success of Joshua and the Israelites in taking over the Promised Land and thriving there. But we have not been delivered from the obligation to pursue a manner of life that shines with goodness and holiness as defined by the law. Three times in His commissioning of Joshua, God admonished him to have courage. God promises Joshua that he will be the Israelites that no person will stand in his way as he was to fulfill God’s promise. The LORD spoke to Joshua: Joshua - who was not a young man at this time - had spent his entire career previously as the assistant of Moses, now finds that it is his own time to lead, but only after God prepared him. Only when we know the law in its supreme holiness do we understand why through our own efforts it is impossible to please God. © 2007, 2012, 2020 Stanley Edgar Rickard (Ed Rickard, the author). Mutual encouragement to shun the world and please God becomes ever more important as we approach the end of the age (Heb. A Christian should not be seeking earthly wealth and success (Matt. Life can be full of challenges, sorrows, and tough decisions. How much easier to defend ourselves if we can instantly recall those texts that define right and wrong and those that promise us divine assistance against the tempter. — Such an emphatic interrogation is often the strongest possible form of affirmation. 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