“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – This is a charge given specifically to Joshua. What could he possibly have to fear?
- He Succeeded Moses, the only person that God spoke with face-to-face. Talk about a tough act to follow.
- But because Moses messed up, God did not allow Moses to lead the Israelites into the promised land. Something that Moses had been anticipating for over forty years. Better not mess up, Joshua.
- And now Joshua was being told to cross over the Jordan to lead these “obstinate, stiff-necked” people to battle multiple kingdoms (Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites), drive them out, and take possession of the land. No small task for a group of wandering…
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