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Thursday, May 16 2019

A Bible Journey, 188: What Did The LORD Command Joshua To Do?

"The LORD 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"

Joshua was the closest and most-trustworthy friend and ally of Moses. He is called the "minister" of Moses in the King James Version because the word actually means servant (not master, or "mister," which is actually the same word as master, as some cults have done - ministers are servants, not anyone's master). Joshua did not have the now-typical Satanic lust to "lead" in place of Moses (see A Bible Journey, 144: The Succession Of Joshua).


Joshua stood with Moses for the entire forty years in the Sinai. He accompanied Moses part-way up Mount Sinai for the giving of the Ten Commandments by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) and later had joint custody of them in Moses' tent ("tabernacle" means tent; see Why Were The Ten Commandments Kept In Moses' Tent?) prior to the building of the formal Tabernacle (see A Bible Journey, 90: The Founding Of The Tabernacle) and the Ark of The Covenant for the Levite priesthood (see A Bible Journey, 120: Why Was The House Of Aaron Made Holy?): "And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle."

"33:7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation.

And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp. 33:8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. 33:9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. 33:10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle." (Exodus 33:7-11 KJV)

The Ark Of The Covenant

When most of the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land at their first given opportunity, only about fourteen months after the Exodus (see A Bible Journey, 130: The Journey Of The Scouts), it caused the entry into the Promised Land to be delayed by forty years (see A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History). Another of the many results of that was that Joshua, not Moses, led the Israelites (the children and grandchildren of the Exodus generation) home.

"1:1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, 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 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. 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: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." (Joshua 1:1-5 KJV)


Joshua had the same strength of character as Moses. Fortunately for Joshua, the later generation of Israelites (see Hometowns: Campsites Of The Sinai) in the leadership time of Joshua did not have the same liberal weakness of character as the Exodus generation who failed Moses by demanding to return to their slavery (see A Bible Journey, 155: Their Journey Back To Egypt Today) rather than enter the Promised land (see A Bible Journey, 158: God's Law To The Children).

"1:6 Be strong and of a good courage: 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, that thou mayest 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 prosper whithersoever thou goest. 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein 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. 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 whithersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:6-9 KJV)

The other major difference was that Israel was originally intended to have entered the Promised Land from the south, through the Negev Desert (see the Fact Finder question below). In the time of Joshua, they were to enter the Promised Land from the east, by crossing the Jordan River. By that time also, the Israelites had won territory east of the Jordan - that would not have been Israelite territory if they had entered through the Negev Desert (see A Bible Journey, 149: The Eastside Israelites).

"1:10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 1:11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it. 1:12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying, 1:13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. 1:14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; 1:15 Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD'S servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising." (Joshua 1:10-15 KJV)

Unlike the generation that refused to follow Moses into the Promised Land, the Israelites under Joshua forty years later declared "All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go." That generation did it like no other before or since.

"1:16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. 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. 1:18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage." (Joshua 1:16-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What events of Israelite history happened in the Negev Desert?
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This Day In History

This Day In History, May 16

360 BC: Agesilaus, king of Sparta (399-360 BC), died at age 84. He commanded the Spartan army through most of the period of Spartan supremacy in Greece. See also:

The Greek Empire: Cleopatra and The Ptolemies Of Egypt
The Greek Empire: The Seleucids and The Abomination of Desolation
The Greek Empire: Alexander's Horns To The Four Winds
The Greek Empire: Alexander's March To India
The Greek Empire: Alexander Of Macedonia
The Greek Empire: Between The Testaments


218: The Accession of Elagabalus, the 25th Roman emperor (see also The Roman Border Walls Paradox).

1137: (day of month approximate) Adela, the daughter of William I ("William the Conqueror"), sister of Henry I, died at age 75. Adela was the mother of King Stephen, who inherited the English throne through her lineage.

1204: Baldwin IX, the Count of Flanders, was crowned the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.

1527: Florence re-established itself as a republic after the Florentines drove out the Medici.

1532: Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire, landed with his troops on what is today the northern coast of Peru.


Spanish Florida

1568: Mary, Queen of Scots, fled to England after her defeat at Langsides, Glasgow.

1620: William Adams died at age 56. The English navigator and merchant adventurer is regarded by some historians as "the first Englishman in Japan."

1770: Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married 15 year old future King Louis XVI of France.

1879: The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England established the Afghan state.

1932: Japan's Premier Tsuyoshi Inukai was assassinated in Tokyo.

1941: The Parliament of Iceland ended a treaty with Denmark and proclaimed independence.

1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), British Lancaster bombers destroyed the Mohne and the Eder dams in Germany's industrial Ruhr basin using specially-developed "bouncing" bombs that skipped across the water like a thrown stone in order to strike the target from the side (as modern-day missiles can do; see also The Rockets' Red Glare).

1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the "Warsaw Uprising" in Poland ended. Thousands of Jews were killed in a fierce 4-week battle against the Nazi Waffen-SS (one of Adolf Hitler's "special forces" units; see also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1961: Maj. Gen. Park Chung-hee staged a military coup in South Korea. He ruled until he was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979.

1969: The Soviet space probe Venera 5 landed on Venus.


1980: 60 people were killed from an eruption of Mt. St. Helens in a remote area Washington State. Scientists estimated that the force of the eruption was 2500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

1988: The Soviet Army began leaving Afghanistan. The military "superpower" had occupied the country for eight and a half years, but left without being able to defeat the Afghan homeland defenders.

1991: Queen Elizabeth II addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress, becoming the first British monarch to do so.

1995: Japanese police arrested doomsday cult leader Shako Asahar in connection with the nerve-gas attack that killed 12 on Tokyo's subways two months earlier.




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