Joshua was the son of Nun and the grandson of a chief of Ephraim (Numbers 1:10, 1 Chronicles 7:27). He was called Hoshea by his family (meaning salvation) and Moses named him Joshua meaning “the Lord saves” which was the same name Mary gave Jesus. Joshua was a young man when Moses chose him to assist him (Ex 33:11). He was given command of the Israelite troops to fight the raiding Amalekites (Ex 17). God enabled him as long as Moses held his hands up. Step by step Joshua grew in his trust and faith as God proved true and faithful in each circumstance. Joshua was one of the twelve spies sent to Canaan. Only he and Caleb gave favorable reports and urged the people to enter the promised land. (Numbers 13-14). Joshua was now, 40 years later, prepared to lead the people into the promised land.
Read Joshua 1
1) What area across the Jordan River did God promise that the Israelites receive?
2) What else did God promise Joshua?
3) What did Joshua have to do?
4) What was his reward for obeying God’s law?
5) How will these promises affect your daily life?
6) What is your promised land or your reward for obeying God?
7) What did Joshua remind the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh?
Give an example of how you will stand strong and courageous this week as you obey God’s will in your life.