Book of Joshua

“Now it came to pass after the death of Moses the servant of Jehovah, that Jehovah spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, to you have I given it, as I spake unto Moses” (Joshua 1:1-3).

The book of Joshua records the actions of the children of Israel, under the leadership of Joshua the son of Nun, and their ultimate possession of the land of Canaan.

Jehovah encouraged Joshua, saying, “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of good courage; for thou shalt cause this people to inherit the land which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, to observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest have good success whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:5-8).

The whole country had been watching Israel for forty years and watched as Israel defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og the king of Bashan. Therefore, “it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, that were beyond the Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, that were by the sea, heard how that Jehovah had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel” (Joshua 5:1).

As Israel goes into the land of Canaan they will do so, as Moses had commanded them, saying, “But of the cities of these peoples, that Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth; but thou shalt utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; as Jehovah thy God hath commanded thee; that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so would ye sin against Jehovah your God” (Deuteronomy 20:16-18).

When Jehovah spoke to Abram, and promised him that his seed would possess the land of Canaan, He said, “Know of a surety that thy seed shall be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. But thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. And in the fourth generation they shall come hither again; for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full” (Genesis 15:13-16).

Some have found fault with Jehovah’s dispossessing of the land of Canaan so that Israel could occupy it. However, (1) Jehovah did not allow Israel to take the land until “the iniquity of the Amorite” was full. (2) Jehovah warned Israel, saying, “Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out from before you; and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land vomiteth out her inhabitants. Ye therefore shall keep my statutes and mine ordinances, and shall not do any of these abominations; neither the home-born, nor the stranger that sojourneth among you; (for all these abominations have the men of the land done, that were before you, and the land is defiled); that the land vomit not you out also, when ye defile it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you…I am Jehovah your God” (Leviticus 18:24-28, 30).

As Moses, the servant of the Lord, prepared Joshua, his servant, for the work of the Lord, Joshua will successfully fulfill his duty until “Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD,” dies, being a hundred and ten years old (Joshua 24:29). Ross Triplett, Sr.