The book of Joshua records the culmination of Israel’s journey to the Promised Land. Here we see God fulfill His promise to give the land of Canaan to Jacob’s descendants. Joshua portrays the Lord as their general, the One who would lead His people in victorious battle if they would trust and obey.
God is the ultimate promise-keeper. As faithful and present as He was with Israel, so He is with us. “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Questions for this week:
- The commissioning of Joshua was a big deal. He became the successor to Moses and as such was looked to by the nation of Israel for leadership. Have you ever been “commissioned”? How would you define commission?
- Have you ever had a tough act to follow? Leading in the absence of Moses must have been at least a little bit intimidating. How would you have handled the transition if you were in Joshua’s shoes?
- God gives Joshua the same promise as He gave to Moses…His Presence. Why do you think this was the content of the promise and not any number of other things? What does it mean to you to not be forsaken? How does this illustrate God’s heart to us today as followers of Christ?
- How is Joshua’s commissioning similar to the Great Commission? From God to Moses to Joshua, talk about how we follow a similar inheritance of authority from God to Jesus to those with the Holy Spirit. How is God’s promise of Presence similar to the promise of the Holy Spirit.
- What might Joshua be thinking? What would you be thinking, hearing this voice of God, speaking? Would it encourage or intimidate you? How is Joshua’s response to the call to leadership different from Moses’ (Exodus 4:10)? Discuss why some people innately doubt, while some people innately believe. Did God use Moses, despite his protests and doubt?
- Had Joshua ever demonstrated the ability to perform miracles before his commission? Discuss times where you’ve felt the urging from God to perform a task you felt wasn’t likely or possible. What happened? How did you feel? What was the result afterward?