• Commander of the Lord’s Army

    Joshua 5:13-15

    Even believers can presume that God is on their side on a particular issue without due consideration. Though he was not an evangelical, Abraham Lincoln’s famous words can serve us well here: “My concern is not whether God is ...Read More

  • Rahab’s Adoption

    Joshua 2; 6:22-25

    First John 3:16–18 makes it very clear that we acquire many brothers and sisters when we become children of God, many of whom will count on us to help take care of them when they are in need ...Read More

  • Meditating Day and Night

    Joshua 1:8

    We meditate on Scripture not simply to fill our minds with knowledge, but to prepare ourselves to act rightly even when the text is not before us. A.W. Pink notes in his Gleanings from Joshua: Joshua’s “mind was ...Read More

  • Dividing the Land

    Joshua 20

    Theonomists want to establish the penalties of the Mosaic law in society today, but this position is ultimately not tenable because unlike the old covenant, the new covenant community is not a geopolitical entity. That does not mean, however, that ...Read More

  • Facing the Alliance

    Joshua 10

    When we call people to faith in Christ we are not offering them a choice that can be made with impunity. God commands all people everywhere to bow to His Son, and those who will not bow today will most ...Read More

  • The Seriousness of Sin

    Joshua 7

    By our obedience to God’s commands we can by no means earn our place in His kingdom. Nevertheless, that does not mean that our faithfulness to His law is unimportant. As those converted by His Spirit through the preaching ...Read More

  • The Fall of Jericho

    Joshua 6

    Joshua and the Israelites were commanded to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan because of the spiritual threat they presented to God’s people (Ex. 34:11–16). Since this holy war was limited in scope and duration, the church is ...Read More

  • Be Strong and Courageous

    Joshua 1

    Our feelings are often unreliable and in any case they cannot determine the truthfulness of God’s promised presence. Whether we sense that He is present or not, the Lord is with us to accomplish His will, and we must ...Read More

  • How to Serve

    Joshua 24:14–15

    Any one who leads Christian ministry in the church will tell you that his most challenging task is recruiting volunteers. Most churches depend on the same faithful people for everything while the rest of the congregation is content to just ...Read More

  • Joshua

    Joshua 5:13–15

    Joshua, who bears the same name in Hebrew as our Lord does, met Jesus as the commander of God’s army, but is also himself a type of savior. As leader of the Israelites in victory over Canaan, Joshua typifies ...Read More

  • Eternal Security

    Joshua 4:1–9

    God promises that those whom He foreknew and predestined He has also glorified (Rom. 8:30). God’s mighty acts of redemption show us that when God promises something, He always fulfills that promise. Remember the ways in which God ...Read More

  • Basic Literary Forms I

    Joshua 10:13a

    Modern science and mathematics enable us to speak with great precision at times. Truth, however, does not always demand the kind of precision that we find in modern science. Remember that the approximations, estimates, and other uses of language we ...Read More

  • Questioning God’s Lot

    Joshua 17:14–18

    Ephraim and Manasseh find much of their land occupied by enemies. Other tribes seem to receive much more peaceful territories. So God guided the lot, and so He does in the lives of His people today. Some struggle more than ...Read More

  • Claiming a Share

    Joshua 17:1-13

    Zelophehad’s daughters came boldly before Joshua because God had promised them an inheritance. How much more should we come before God to claim what has been promised to us? The Word of God encourages us to come boldly (Heb ...Read More

  • The Sons of Joseph

    Joshua 16:1–10

    Ephraim did not obey God’s command to drive the Canaanites out. That meant that idolworshiping pagans lived in their midst, and their hearts were soon led astray. We often cannot foresee the negative consequences of disobedience and unbelief in ...Read More