Friday 23rd march
The book of Joshua was written to assure the Israelites the Living God will reward obedience, and also to record the entrance and conquest of the promise land. In chapters 1-4, Joshua and the Israelites enter the promise land. As they arrive at the Jordan River, we find details of an incredible, miraculous crossing. Chapters 5-12, Joshua follows God’s orders and first conquers the central of the promise land. Including the grand fortress of Jericho. The Israelites occupied the southern land and then the northern land to complete the occupancy; however, although they controlled the region, they never did completely conquer it. Finally, in chapters 13-24, the land is divided up and distributed among the tribes of Israel. Some of the larger cities are placed aside for the Levitical priests who did not receive a portion of land, due to their duties. When Joshua dies he gives one of the greatest challenges that lasts for all generations including our own, “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (24:15).
The Lord Commands Joshua, Rahab and the Spies, Crossing the Jordan