God’s Promise to Joshua And Believers: A Bible Study And Commentary

Read how God encouraged Joshua (and us) after Moses’ death to lead Israel into the Promised Land.

Joshua 1:2-3

After Joshua was taking over for Moses who had passed away, God must have known Joshua needed encouragement, so He told Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses” (Joshua 1:2-3), so God was telling Joshua that He had promised Moses that Israel would enter the land that He was giving them, so Joshua was not to worry over that since “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.”

Did the promise of God change with leadership of Israel?

How can God say the land has been given to them even before they enter it?

Why did God tell Joshua what he already knew, that Moses was dead?

Joshua 1:5

After God tells Joshua that they would take the land, He tells Joshua, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5), so that must have been encouraging, because we know that God was with Moses and as it was said, he spoke to God face to face, as a man would a friend, so Moses’ intimate relationship with God would be continued with Joshua and reminded Him, “I will be with you” just like I was with Moses, and just as with Moses, “I will not leave you or forsake you.”

Do you think this encouragement speaks to you?

In what ways?

Why did God have to remind Joshua that He wouldn’t leave him or forsake him?

Didn’t he know this already?

Joshua 1:6

In one of the most beloved verses in the Bible, God tells Joshua after Moses had died, to “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them” (Joshua 1:8), so this is actually a command to be courageous and strong for the people, because if Joshua had wavered in doubt, then the people would have also doubted, because when leadership is anxious and fearful and worried, it tends to spread like a virus…fear is contagious.

Do you find things easier when you know someone who is courageous is leading an effort to do something?

How does fear spread?

What does it mean “be strong?”

Wasn’t Joshua already strong?

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Joshua 1:7

Once again, God repeats what is important, or He wouldn’t repeat it, so He says again to Joshua, “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7). Notice that Joshua is reminded again to be strong and courageous but in doing so, be careful to do what God had commanded in the law by Moses. They were not to turn one foot to the left or to the right, but stay firmly in the middle of God’s will and only then will they “have good success wherever (they) go.”

What does it mean to not turn to the right hand or to the left?

What law was God referring to when mention the law that Moses commanded?

Does obeying the law have anything to do with success in the new land?

Joshua 1:8

We know what God was referring to when speaking of the law that He gave Moses by telling Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8). There seems to be a conditional statement that God says it will be prosperous for them if they Book of the Law doesn’t depart from their mouth and they forget to meditate on it, both day and night.

What does it mean to “meditate on it day and night?”

How do you mediate on the law?

What does it mean that “the Law shall not depart from your mouth?”

Joshua 1:9

If someone repeats something to you then it must be important. When I was learning how to drive, I had my brother (who taught me how to drive) remind me several times about looking out for traffic when pulling out. He said it no less than 3 times, so in a similar fashion, God often repeats things that are very important, and here again God tells Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). For the third time in just a few sentences, God reminds Joshua that he must be courageous and not be dismayed and the reason Joshua can be strong and courageous is only because “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” My son when he was very young was afraid of the dark, but when I was with him in his bedroom, he wasn’t afraid. Even though it was still dark in his room, he knew I was with him so he was not afraid or dismayed.

Why would God repeat the command to be strong and courageous three times?

Have you ever found yourself repeating something very important?

Does God being with you give you courage?

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also host of Spiritual Fitness and Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Your writings reek of dumbed down infantile story telling more and more. The questions at the end sound like a sunday school lecture where you indoctrinate children with lies about things you can’t possibly know.

    There’s no evidence anyone name of Moses ever existed.

    The “creator of the universe” isn’t a petty celestial real estate broker..lol

    “god” didn’t say anything in your buybull…men wrote stories that gullible dummies like you swallow whole.

    Do you not eat shrimp and make sure not suffer witches to live as the “law” commands? Thought not. Lunatic

    • Cherise Mcenerney

      One thing that the Lord gave us is free will. You may choose to come on this Christian page and chastise us for what we believe, but truly you should do your homework first. Firstly, the bible has been carbon dated, and I will give you the link to thathttp://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2016/march/incredible-proof-for-why-you-should-have-faith-in-the-bible, Secondly, many archaeologists have found many biblical sites recorded in the Bible, http://www.6000years.org/frame.php?page=home. Many of the scientific community have tried to disprove that God and the bible has ever existed, since before you or I were born. They have tried for many, many years and in fact they have not been able to, but what does it matter.? Do you see Christians come on to your personal pages and try to “convert” you? Being a Christian is a choice, and if you decide not to make that choice, then why personally attack those who do? If you want proof of the Holy Spirit, I suggest that you read the Bible, then maybe you will grasp the full meaning of what the Trinity of the Lord means. The other thing that is remarkable is that many of the scientific community that have tried to disprove God have become Christians themselves. Whatever your anger with God may be my friend, or whatever your situation, I hope that things truly are good for you, and I will ( though you may not want it) pray for you, and hope that you understand I am not challenging you, I have done a lot of research in this area because I do love the Lord so much and want to be informed when those who come to me asking these questions, but the main thing that I tell them is if you want to know the true answers, read the bible for yourself, whether you believe or not, then if you still have questions, at least try to treat others as you would like to be treated, with some sort of respect. At the very least, I wish you luck and peace.

      • pud

        You silly people never ever think anything out. You are incapable of basic logic and reason.

        There is no such thing as free will and you can’t be given it. We are born blank slates and everything that goes into making decisions is the absolute result of all prior experiences in our lives. It is a measured fact that we have a thought before we are even aware of what that thought is.

        Carbon dated? Hahhahahahahahaha! So what? Coming from dummies like you who reject dating methods when talking about fossils I find this hilarious!

        I’ve read the buybull…it’s junk and no “spirits” jumped out at me either.

        Can’t have anger at that which does not exist..hello?

        Pray your brains out for all I care…you will hear nothing but crickets in reply

        Delusion is a powerful thing….I feel so sorry for you

        None of you who lie to children deserve my respect.

        • Cherise Mcenerney

          Then quite honestly why are you here? Surely you must have better things to do with your time?

          • pud

            Fair question…If you wanted to help alcoholics with their addiction where would you go…to a pub or a church?

            You go where the addicts are.

            You want this site to be a reinforcing feel good happy place where you mutually support each others delusional thinking….like all cults do.

            I come here to hopefully save some of you from your warped demented lunatic belief system…like a cult deprogramer. I hope someday to see the end of religion and all the stupidity it fosters.

            Just doing my small part to rid the world of your cult and make it a civilized rational place

          • Cherise Mcenerney

            Okay on that point, would you go to a bar, pick out an alcoholic, then shame them, tell them they have no right in society, are killing people when they get in their cars, or would you try to reform them by getting them in a group or AA and gently talking to them and getting them back as a reformed member of society? by the way, there are a lot of Christians all over the world doing good works and truth be told, everyone has a right in this world to believe what they choose to believe. It is our human right. No one is telling you that you are wrong to believe what you do. We are all human beings that are given human rights to do as we choose. I understand that you may have contempt for what we choose to believe, but that is our choice. I don’t think that you would be very happy is someone came trying to tell you what you can or cannot believe like in many countries around the world and have spoken with many that don’t believe and that is their and your choice. why not use your obvious intelligence to speak out for peace for this country or the world,? There are so many things wrong today that are happening that affect our children,and I believe that something happened to you somewhere along the line within a church somewhere that affected you greatly. Anyway, I cannot debate with you or chat with you any more today, but I do hope that tht you will think more about a greater cause, or maybe to “debate” with a little more respect as everyone does deserve, as I have shown you, as you do get more bees with honey than vinegar. I do not believe that you wll change anyone’s minds here, as this is a place of worship, a haven for Christians to come as we have FAITH, and faith gives us more peace and more strength in our Christianity than anything. I will still pray for you, and hope that maybe you can find relief for your anger my friend.

          • pud

            I would feel sorry for an alcoholic because they suffer from a disease..a physical dependence whereas you and your cult suffer from a self imposed god virus that deserves ridicule. Bad ideas do deserve ridicule and shame. I bet you would be happy to ridicule islam as much as I am.

            I don’t care what you believe if you kept it to yourself but you don’t! You vote…for other imbecile christians who want to take us back to the dark ages….bibles in school, god in the classroom, anti science, anti evolution fact…etc. If you all shut up and lived in your delusional cocoons I would have nothing to say…but you don’t!

            I DO think about the greater cause which is why I want you to watch the 2 videos I sent to you and to leave this despicable mind warping cult you now belong to.

            FAITH is the MOST dishonest position anyone can take! FAITH is gullibility and ignorance and not wanting or caring about what is true!


          • pud

            Oh, I don’t have any anger just contempt and I’m not your friend and nothing fails like prayer.

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  • pud

    Hey jack and cult….Take the “christian challenge”! 10 questions every christian should be able to answer….see if you can squirm your way out of these truths like the weasel in this youtube desperately tries to do…


    • Miranda

      Most of these questions are about the Old Testament and just show a complete lack of understanding of history and the role of Christ in establishing a new covenant with humanity through his redeeming sacrifice that saves us all from sin. Jesus as part of the Triune Godhead did order these things and, and it was his right to do so God had showed the people his love and forgiveness by allowing them to live in the first place but they turned to sin. In those days before Jesus walked the earth, God had people atone for their sin by sacrifice and direct punishment, and before the days of Israel’s kings God was sovereign so he set the laws according to his will, and as the creator of the universe he has the right to do anything he pleases to his creation according to his perfectly good nature, especially those who willfully sin against him. I suggest you look up Divine Command Theory and what Christs fulfillment of the law means in between your atheist propaganda videos and attacks on Pastor Wellman some time.

      That is why by sacrificing himself Jesus inaugurated such a glorious act of Charity upon us all, by paying the price for sin that we could not, by perfectly obeying the Law, Christ delivered us from the laws of Moses that had enjoined stoning and sacrifices.

      • pud

        LOL…how convenient! Is “jesus” “god”? Yes or No

        • Miranda

          I will take that as a sincere wish to learn more about God!!

          Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each is a distinct person while remaining fully God, as in the Nicene Creed “Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made”. So Yes he is, though a distinct person, fully man and fully God.

          • pud

            Then gentle jesus meek and mild is the same moral monster who performed genocide,destroyed the world with a flood and turned an innocent woman into salt?

            You recite the babble well! Tell me more!

            How heavy is Thors hammer?

            Tell me exactly what’s a “holy spirit” and how you know this.

          • Miranda

            The Holy Spirit is that promised by Jesus to be a counsellor and guide to those who trust in him, the Spirit led Jesus to the Desert to be tested, can cast out demons, can empower believers with gifts of speaking in tongues, e.g. at the first Pentecost, when the spirit poured out onto His disciples and physically appeared as flame like projections. I know all this because it is recorded in the Gospels and book of Acts which are highly accurate historical documents, they were written within living memory of Jesus time, there a multiple different authors and sources so there can’t be much embellishment as eyewitnesses still lived and could correct them, and the Gospel writer’s themselves are very historically accurate, with Luke capable of writing like a historian and thoroughly researching the events of Jesus life – “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed.” (Luke. 1.1-4)

          • pud

            No. I didn’t ask you to recite the nonsensical babble you cultists have committed to memory like parrots…I asked you to tell me exactly what a “spirit” is and how do you know such a thing exists. Regurgitating krap from the buybull is not a definition. or evidence of truth. You cannot use the buybull to prove the buybull anymore than you can use Harry Potter to prove Lord Valdamor exists.

            We do not come to truth by reading from a book in blind acceptance of the words therein. If that were true then every book ever written would be truthful no matter how absurd or full of fantasy.

            We arrive at the truth of a proposition by empirical evidence and the weight and accuracy of that evidence not by the mantras from a cultist and his book

          • Miranda

            The Holy Spirit is not just any spirit it is fully a part of God, like the Father and the Son, and shares in the community of the Trinity. It is a conscious and active being that has a will and acts in the world as a comforter and counsellor of Christians, and gives them new birth through baptism, and fills people with joy and peace. The evidence for this is in the many people over centuries that have been moved by the Holy Spirit to perform glorious works and endure terrible suffering through the assurance of the spirit indwelling within them. It restrains and combats sin in Christians, it makes you realise your sin, and give you wisdom to turn to God. Millions of people have experienced this first hand, you are proficient with the internet it would take minutes to find hundreds of testimonies to the power of the Holy Spirit.

            It is by studying the Bible against other sources from the ancient world that we can know it is accurate, the book of Acts is full of accurate details about the ancient world and the political situation of the time, many discoveries have been made that validate biblical history, there is no doubt about its accuracy in recording social and political situation of the Holy Land at the time of Jesus. You make the assumption it was all written by one person, in which case it can’t be used to prove itself, but the truth is it was written by many people who could check and correct each other’s work over the years, in fact you could say the Gospels were some of the first peer reviewed literature as they could be checked by people who had witnessed Christs ministry and seen the risen Lord – indeed nearly 500 people saw Him according to Paul and challenged any doubters to ask them, they could’ve stopped Pauls ministry in its tracks by calling him out on it!! Thomas himself didn’t believe the Lord was raised by Jesus in His mercy allowed him to touch the wounds. If these stories were all fake no one would have become a Christian at all, yet the disciples died for this belief, and Paul was imprisoned and executed for preaching the Risen Christ.

            Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

          • pud

            Are you incapable of answering a question?

            I asked for you to tell me WHAT a “spirit” is not a list of your cults made up characteristics and a hog trough of babble…not what you “believe” it does or what your crazy book says….WHAT IS IT?

            What is a “spirit”

            How can you demonstrate the existence of a “spirit”

            Do not reprint your buybull or waste your time with lunatic babble.

            Prove to me that such a thing as a “spirit” exists and how you know this.

            No speaking in tongues! LOL

          • Miranda

            The Holy Spirit is not a what it is a who so you’ve got a category error there. As to other spirits (or souls) they are non-corporeal entities that exist without having a physical body as we understand it, that is they are not baryonic matter, but can influence and interact with the world through, they may exist as being composed of what scientist refer to as Dark energy or Dark matter, and likely interact with humans through effecting gravity on a microscopic level and thus be able to possess people by controlling the cells in their brains and the electrical impulses in their neural circuitry. People can also interact with these entities via dark magic rituals that alter their presence within the Dark energy and attract these demonic beings.

            Science is only now catching up with what Christianity has implicitly known for years, but unfortunately is going too far and things like the CERN particle accelerator might start attracting more demonic energy spirits into our world, or worse create a bridge between out dimensions of existence and let demons through. You can find information about it here http://discovermagazine.com/2013/julyaug/21-the-possible-parallel-universe-of-dark-matter

            There is copious evidence of these spirits in ancient history when people believed them to be gods and set up shrines to them, e.g. the false Gods of Greece, Babylon etc. people didn’t just invent these Gods, they sought forbidden powers and evil entities took their worship to empower themselves, this is why God warns us so often to avoid such idols. To this day people in some cultures still practice paganism experience visions and possession as a result of their witchcraft, this is why missionary activity is so important.

          • pud


            Demonstrate that a single lunatic claim you’ve presented is true.

            Oh, wait, I found it!!