Commissioned      Joshua 1:1-9 HCSB     Dec. 04, 2016

 

Introduction

Joshua demonstrates a good example of a person who usually follows the Lord.   He had a great example

in Moses and received a similar command for himself that God gave Moses.  He is told to remember and obey the command of the Lord and remember to follow them precisely.  God will be with him as he does.  A very simple plan for success.  We all receive a somewhat similar command.  We are to obey and follow the commands of our Lord.

 

 

1.    A New Leader . . Commissioned.  1:1-5                                       

A.   Commissioned Authority . . Given by the Lord.   v 1-3

1 After the death of Moses the Lord's servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, who had served Moses:

2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am

giving the Israelites.

3 I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses.

 

B.    Commissioned Authority . . Granted by the Lord.   v 4-5

4 Your territory will be from the wilderness and Lebanon to the great Euphrates River—all the land of the

Hitties —and west to the Mediterranean Sea.

5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses.

I will not leave you or forsake you.                                                                                                                   

Joshua received a call from the Lord to be the leader following the death of Moses.  This had to be a meaningful experience.  He has seen how God guided Moses and performed great works through him.  Now He

calls him to lead the people into the promised land.  What an experience for Joshua.  God promises to lead him and protect him in all his activities as he follows the Lord’s guidance.  God tells him no one will be able to stand against him as long as he lives.  What a promise from the Lord.  What if we could have leadership like that for one of our leaders today?

 

2.    A New Task . . Commissioned.  1:6

A.   Commissioned task . . Leadership to portray.   v 6a

 "Be strong and courageous,. . .”

 

B.    Commissioned task . . Land to Distribute.   v 6b  

“ for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance.”

 

Joshua is told to be strong and courageous.  It seems this would not be hard to do as he remembered that the Lord had promised for his protection and guidance.  If he remembered the Lord was with him and no one would be able to stand against him he would have to be very strong.  His strength and ability to be courageous was coming from the Lord not from a human source.  His task to distribute the land was land that had been promised to Israel long ago, known as the promised land.  But even today Israel has difficulty over this land.

 

3.    A New Trust . . Commanded.  1:7-9

A.   The Command . . Restated.    v 7

7 Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses

 commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go.

 

B.    The Command to be . . Recited.    v 8-9

8 This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you


may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.

9 Haven't I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord

your God is with you wherever you go."  HCSB

 

 

 

Joshua was told to restate the commands over and over again so he did not forget them and put them into practice.  This great advice for people today.  Many know the commands and still break them because we do not

recite them to ourselves everyday.  Joshua was told not to turn to the right or left.  He knew God wanted him to walk straight and not to waver away form the commands.  God’s promises were in tune with the commands.  Joshua would be a success as long as he obeyed God.  The same is true for us today.  Sad stories can come because some today have not been faithful.  Joshua was told to recite the commands day and night.  What if we did that do you think it would affect our lifestyle?  Positive attitudes are helpful but add the faithfulness to the commands of the Lord and what do you get?  Joshua usually gave a very good example of faithfulness as he was commissioned.  Amen?  Amen!