Everything is so new! We’re kicking off Joshua today, I have new markers and a new binder for my manuscript, Spring is in the air, I saw The Avengers on Saturday and couldn’t fall asleep because I was thinking about how awesome it was.
Maybe I didn’t need that last part but it was so good, I had to share it with you.
Things are changing.
Though they may be slightly more bittersweet for our friends, the Israelites. Sweet because they are days away from crossing the Jordan river into the promised land. Bitter because Moses, the man who led them out of Egypt and through the desert and got them here, the only leader they have ever known, is dead.
Moses, My Servant, Is Dead
That is the beginning of God’s “pump Joshua up for leadership” speech. Um, you may want to rethink that one, God.
Don’t you love how God just levels with Joshua? “Look buddy, I’m not going to mince words with you. This is a major transition for you and your people. Moses is dead. But there is still work that must be done. And you are going to do it. Capiche?”
A whole lot of people are wondering what to do. What is life going to look like now? The desert is done. How will they conquer and live in the new land?
Transition brings up these questions in us.
My wife has been transitioning to life in Oregon for about 8 months. Sometimes it is great but at others, she just longs for something familiar.
Israel (including Joshua) will have little, if anything, familiar to them in the coming months and years. That is why they are going to need good leadership.
How’s that for a transition?
After receiving his commission from the LORD, Joshua wastes no time mustering the troops. And he singles (or triples) out a particular. group: Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh.
Remember them? They were the group that almost ruined it for everyone else because they didn’t want to cross into the promised land. But Moses made them swear to help the other tribes.
Joshua makes sure that detail is taken care of. Not always an easy thing to do in leadership transfers.
But he must know the importance of the help these tribes will give. So he holds them accountable to their words and makes them follow through.
Be Strong and Courageous.
This is Joshua’s command.
It is not a suggestion, or even a pep talk. God commands him to be strong and courageous. The task ahead is bound to get a little precarious. But God will be there the whole time, just like he was with Moses.
The other thing Joshua needs to be strong and courageous about is obeying God’s word.
That is super interesting.
Battle, and obedience to the Word. They fall under the umbrella-ella of “things one needs to be courageous about.”
How has obeying God’s word required strength and courage of you?
Also, What was the last major transition you went through?