Joshua, the book of conquest and colonizing. This book leaves off where Deuteronomy ends. Moses has passed away, along with the Wilderness Wondering generation. The new generation, under the leadership of Joshua will enter the Promised Land, conquer it and settle in the Land.
Joshua wrote the book of Joshua, and its 24 chapters carry us from the death of Moses to the time of the Judges. The book serves as a bridge from one failure in the Wilderness to generations of failures in the Judges. For this one glistening moment, the Children of Israel were the beacon of Jehovah to the world. There were some failures, but overall the book is marked with victory and obedience.
The book of Joshua is divided into three sections:
1. Preparation of the People – Chapters 1-5
Joshua is received as the new leader, and preparation is made to enter the land of promise. Feast are kept, the males are circumcised, and memorials are erected. We would identify these chapters as a period of revival and getting right with the Lord. This new generation is willing and ready to do exactly what God has called them to do. They spy the land, but act in faith this time. They cross the Jordan, being led by the Ark. And they are consecrated unto the Lord to do the work of the Lord.
2. Conquest of the Land – Chapters 6-12
Starting with the famous battle of Jericho, God gives them what many consider the most fortified town and region of Canaan first! This was a reminder that God would fight for them if they would simply act in faith toward Him. The infamous battle Ai follows, where sin in the camp cost Israel greatly. From this point forward many of the battles are given in summary form. Some nations make peace, while others risk open warfare and are annihilated. By the end of the section, Israel has the major land mass of Canaan.
3. Dividing the Land – Chapters 13-24
Canaan is finally divided to all the tribes, the cities of refuge are assigned, and rules laid in place. There is a scary moment toward the end of the book where civil war almost breaks out, but it shows the zealousness of God’s people to do what God had called them to do and be. Joshua end the book and his life with a warning to do right, walk before God, and follow Him all the days of their life.
A key theme to the book is obedience. Through obedience God brings about blessings and the fulfillment of promises.
Enjoy this exciting book where God fulfills His promise to provide the land of promise to His people.