Today’s bible study is Joshua 1:8: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
In this difficult and extremely dated passage, we have to begin by understanding that Moses had to have died before Joshua and the Israelites could go into the Promised Land since God had already told Moses that Moses would not enter the Promised Land. This was because he had not obeyed God. The Israelites had to enter the Promised Land to know completely the goodness of God.
Many Christians are like this. Paul wrote, ‘You must not live as you used to live. You must leave behind your old character. It made you live that bad life. The bad things that you did were hurting you. You must have a new mind. You must put on the new character that is like God’s holy character. You must only do the things that are good and holy.
The death of Moses brought with it new opportunities for the people of God. Until now, Joshua had only been a helper. He was the assistant to Moses. Now he had new responsibilities. It was important that he accepted these responsibilities. God’s work could not continue until Joshua accepted his new responsibilities. God could not bless his people until Joshua led them into the Promised Land. God brought them out to bring them in.
So it is with us. We must not expect other people to do all the work. God calls each one of us to work for him. .In verses 1-9 God gave Joshua three very important things to do: Lead the people into the Promised Land, defeat the enemies that lived in the country, and believe that God would do good things for the Israelites.
(Part II will be published on Thursday, October 24)
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