In my last post I looked at six things God told Joshua about going in to the promised land. In this post I want to look at three things Joshua told the people in Joshua 1:10-18.
Joshua 1:10-18 – Joshua then commanded the officers of Israel, 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you.” 12 Then Joshua called together the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. He told them, 13 “Remember what Moses, the servant of the LORD, commanded you: ‘The LORD your God is giving you a place of rest. He has given you this land.’ 14 Your wives, children, and livestock may remain here in the land Moses assigned to you on the east side of the Jordan River. But your strong warriors, fully armed, must lead the other tribes across the Jordan to help them conquer their territory. Stay with them 15 until the LORD gives them rest, as He has given you rest, and until they, too, possess the land the LORD your God is giving them. Only then may you return and settle here on the east side of the Jordan River in the land that Moses, the servant of the LORD, assigned to you.” 16 They answered Joshua, “We will do whatever you command us, and we will go wherever you send us. 17 We will obey you just as we obeyed Moses. And may the LORD your God be with you as He was with Moses. 18 Anyone who rebels against your orders and does not obey your words and everything you command will be put to death. So be strong and courageous!”
1. Joshua told them to get ready (v10-11) – Joshua told the leaders to go through out the camp to get the people ready as in three days they would begin to take the promised land.
2. Joshua told specific instructions (v12-15) – Joshua reminded the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh that they needed to help in the whole battle. Previously they had asked Moses to have the first area in the promised land.
3. Joshua told them to be brave (v18) – Joshua repeated God’s command to be strong and courageous. It seems Joshua knew this would be important for the battle ahead and He wanted to encourage them.
In this passage I like the way Joshua told the three tribes they would have be there until the battle was done. It would be easy to get your part of the land and stop fighting with the others.
But they were obedient to what they had previously promised to Moses and was repeated by Joshua. They were so obedient that they agreed to put people to death is they disobeyed. That is commitment!