Have Courage and Serve God
Joshua 1-8; 23-24 | May 23-29
Joshua took Moses’s place as the new prophet. He would lead the Israelites into the promised land and conquer the Canaanites. The Lord told Joshua to be strong and have courage. The Israelites had to cross the Jordan River to get to the promised land. As the priests stepped into the water, the Lord miraculously parted the river for the Israelites as He had parted the Red Sea for Moses. Next the Israelites need to conquer Jericho. The Lord gave Joshua instructions that the priests would quietly lead the Israelites around the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day, they should go around the city seven times and the priests should blow their trumpets. On a loud blast of the trumpets the people should shout and the city would fall. The Israelites had faith and did as the Lord commanded and the wall of the city fell. With God’s help, and many miracles, the Israelites were finally able to enter the promised land.
At the end of his life, Joshua spoke to the people and told them to be courageous, keep the commandments, and love the Lord. He reminded them of all of the great miracles they had seen when they had been faithful, and of the bad things that happened when they didn’t keep the commandments. He tells the people to choose to serve God or forsake God, but as for Joshua and his house, they would serve the Lord.