Moses My Servant is Dead
The book of Joshua spans about 17 years and covers the
leadership of Joshua after Moses died. God has recorded the entrance of the
Children of Israel into the Promised Land and the removal, subjugation, or the
destruction of the trespassers.
Joshua has some BIG shoes to fill. God has chosen him to
lead this people against some intimidating foes. We must remember that God has
been grooming him for this role since they left Egypt. Joshua was one of the 12
that was selected to spy out the promised land. When Joshua returned to report
on the land he was strong in his conviction that God would help them take back
the land (Numbers 14). Joshua also served as a strong and capable leader in
battle; God told Moses and Joshua to go up against the Amalekites and they (God
and the Isrealites)
defeated them. God then had Moses write in the book of Exodus so that it would
be a reminder to Joshua (Exodus 17). He was Moses minister (Exodus 24). Joshua
chose to pursue leadership qualities, he was allowed into the tabernacle with
Moses (Exodus 33:11). He was by Moses side for the great majority of the 40
years they wandered in the wilderness.
It is time to stop and think about Israel's situation. God
had given Israel a great man and prophet to lead them out of bondage. There will
never be another man like him. He was always there for them for 40 years; a
great leader, one who interceded for them with their Almighty God. Moses led
them through some very extreme circumstances, gave them the commandments from
God, he taught the people and by God stayed the adversary from destroying them.
These children have grown up knowing only Moses as their leader. Now Moses is
dead. This was a tremendous shock and their grieving was great.
What a tremendous personal vacuum Moses' absence made. . . . What a
tremendous shock this was to the people of Israel when they realized that this
man who had led them and put up with their murmurings, bickerings, and
insecurities for so many years was now gone. The man who had laid out God's
guideline for their lives was dead.
Wierwille, Victor Paul, Dr. Order My Steps In
American Christian Press, New Knoxville, OH. 1985. 108-109.
Now Israel needs to get over their mourning and move on.
Now Israel must march into the promised land and take back what God had given
them in the time of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Joseph. Now they can believe
to receive and they need to believe their leader can handle it. God had Joshua
picked out along time ago and the mantel was transferred to him before Moses'
death. This is not something new to Joshua, he knew it was coming and accepted
the responsibility. Think about it, would you?
Joshua 1:1 Now after the death of Moses
the servant of the LORD
it came to pass,
that the LORD
spake unto Joshua the son of Nun,
Moses' minister, saying,
:2 Moses my servant is dead;
[hardest radical in Aramaic...
out with all the emotion indicative of the situation]
now therefore arise,
go over this Jordan, thou, and all
land which I do give to them,
to the children of Israel.
:3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall
that have I given unto you,
as I said unto Moses.
What an exhortation to walk with God. Five senses
wise it doesn't seem feasible. The children of Israel have to go in and take
back a land they haven't been in for 400 years. They needed to rise up to the
level of the Word. As long as they do the Word of God, it works. This same
promise that God had made to every generation He makes to Joshua. If people walk
faithfully God will prosper them. God is still refreshing this promise in
:4 From the wilderness
and this Lebanon
even unto the great river, the
all the land of the Hittites,
and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun,
shall be your coast.
:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee
all the days of they life:
as I was with Moses,
so I will be with thee:
I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
:6 Be strong and of a good courage:
for unto this people shalt thou
divide for an inheritance the land,
which I sware unto their fathers to
:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous,
that thou mayest observe to do
according to all the law,
which Moses my servant commanded
turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Only be thou strong and very courageous. Joshua really
needed to hear these words. There is a lot of logistics and administering etc.,
but God says do His Word.
:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth;
thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein:
for then thou shalt make thy way
and then thou shalt have good
God tells Joshua to meditate day and night; think
about the Word, speak the Word, make all decisions in light of the Word, bring
his thoughts back to the Word--then his way will be prosperous.
:9 Have not I commanded thee?
Be strong and of a good courage;
be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed:
for the LORD
thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Do not be dismayed or afraid - why? Because Joshua is so
good? No! Because God is with him. God is coaching Joshua.
:10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
:11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying,
three days ye shall pass over this Jordan,
to go in to
possess the land,
which the LORD
your God giveth you to possess it.
Finally they are going to enter into the Promised Land and
see God's great abundance as they expand to occupy the richest area of land in
the region--a land that flows with milk and honey.
The following is another excerpt from Order My Steps In
Thy Word by Dr. V.P. Wierwille:
God said to Joshua, in verse 2, "You get the people ready and walk
them into the land that I am giving you." Well, if God gives something,
who do you think is going to take it away? If God said to march into the
Promised Land, then those who obeyed were going to be landholders. Who do you
think was going to stop them? I tell you, even the most precisely aimed
artillery couldn't have hit one of them.
No matter how great the enemy, no matter what the obstacle, when God has
given the command to go, you must move. So long as you and I live according to
the greatness of God's Word, all the enemies and all the obstacles of the
world can't stop us because God's Word is powerful and effective and lasts
The Word of the LORD
came and Joshua was able to take over when Moses' life
ended. From a senses point of view, it would seem impossible to step into the
position just held by Moses. But God always has and always will make available
the power, the knowledge, and the ability to carry out a given responsibility.
God told Joshua to arise. He didn't tell him to sit and mourn for another
six months to lament the fact that Moses was dead. Whenever a person--including
a man of God--dies, life for the living doesn't stop. The things of God must go
on; therefore, the message would be the same today as it was to Joshua,
"Arise, get on the move, and over come whatever hurdle there is in front
of you." (pages 121, 122)
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