Bible Teaching Notes
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Omar C. Garcia

Joshua 1

Joshua 1:1-9

1:1 Now after the death of Moses [cf. Deut. 34; leaders do not lead forever; Moses mentioned 57 times in Joshua; “God buries His workmen, but His work goes on.”] the servant of the LORD [title of honor and authority; this title used more often to refer to Moses than to any other individual in OT] it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister [an aide or assistant; one who gives personal service to a leader], saying,


1:2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give [the promised land was a “gift” from God] to them, even to the children of Israel.


1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses [cf. Deut. 11:24-25a].


1:4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.


1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life [assurance of victory]: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee [assurance of God’s presence is still essential to spiritual success (cf. Matt. 28:19-20)]: I will not fail [Heb. verb can also mean “leave”] thee, nor forsake thee [cf. Heb. 13:5].


1:6 Be strong and of a good courage [Joshua faced an awesome task]: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.


1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous [always good to repeat encouragement], that thou mayest observe [obedience necessary for victory] to do according to all [not some; you cannot pick and choose which portions you want to obey] the law [probably some or all of Deuteronomy (cf. Deut. 1:5 re: “this law”)], which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn [deviate] not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.


1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate [Heb. word means “mutter” and was usually done aloud] therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do [knowing is not enough] according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success [the by-products of a life devoted to God and His Word (Wiersbe); emphasize wise and prudent behavior rather than “financial success”].


1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee [God’s presence is the best antidote to fear] whithersoever thou goest.


Joshua 1:16-17

1:16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and [expanded their affirmation] whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go [new leaders need encouragement more than advice].


1:17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses [new leaders need prayer].

Source:Omar C. Garcia

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