Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Joshua 1:2 (NKJV)
As we continue down the road of 2016 it is time to ‘arise’. God has not brought us into 2016 to do a spot of sight-seeing.
When God reminded Joshua of the death of Moses we should remember that Moses was a great leader who accomplished many things. It was with Moses that God brought about the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Yet in Joshua 1:2 God is reminding Joshua that this is a new era.
This would have been particularly significant for Joshua, as his name means ‘Yahweh saves’ or ‘the Lord saves’. Joshua’s name is the Hebrew rendering of the name Jesus.
It is more than coincidence that Moses is the one who gave Joshua his name. Read Numbers 13:16
These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.) Numbers 13:16 (NIV).
In short, God always had a plan and purpose for Joshua, just like he has one for you. Once you realise that in Christ you can do all things, you will be able to arise and see things as God wants you to see them. Arising in this context means understanding the privileges you have by being in Christ Jesus.
More Bible study material on Joshua
They are part of our series on 'Women of the Bible' which continues to be the most popular material on our web site.
To find out why you will have to read them yourself. Women of the Bible
Our summary of the Acts of the Apostles is consistently the second most read section on this site after the Women of the Bible.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is still the greatest asset the Church has today. The body of Christ can still witness God moving across the nations in power as in the days of the Acts of the Apostles.
We recently wrote a new article on 'In Christ, With Christ and For Christ'. This is a good primer for those who want to go deeper in their walk with Christ.Please take a look and also consider our popular piece on different types of prayer.
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