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The History Of Joshua And His Faith In God

By Cathy Mercer

The history of Joshua really becomes interesting after he became the leader of the children of Israel. He enjoyed the assistance of God in several battles. During one, the Lord sent hailstones crashing down to earth and these helped to slay many of Joshua’s enemies. Despite such tales, he was also known for governing Israel and dividing the land up for the tribes. He was over 100 years old when he died.

He is best known for the battles he fought and for being the first general of Israel. It all started when the Israelites were led from Egypt by Moses, where they ended up in the desert at Rephidim. Here, they were attacked by a fierce nomad tribe, the Amalekites. The Israelites did not have an army, but they managed to beat the Amalekites.

When Moses appointed him as the leader of the group, it was one of the last acts he did before passing away. Those interested in this part should consult the Bible passages Joshua 1:, 2:1 for more information. This was written at around 1398 B. C. After he became leader, he was sent to the Jordan River, not far away from Jericho and its high walls.

In order to take Jericho he had to cross the Jordan River during the rainy season as there were no crossings back then. This took a tremendous amount of faith, even though God had given His word they would be safe. The priests carried the Ark of the Covenant across the river, and as they did so, the waters started to recede.

Joshua actually means The Lord is Salvation. His original name was Hoshea, but Moses changed it. His mum was actually a nun who gave birth to him about forty years prior to the Exodus. Those who want more information on his birth mother and his birth should consult 1 Chronicles 7:20,27.

An interesting thing is that though Moses did indeed bring the Ten Commandments up to Mount Sinai at the command of God, he chose Joshua to be at his side for a while as he ascended the mountain. He was a very trusted member of the Israelites and was very loyal to God. At times he was sent as a spy to report on various cities they wanted to take.

Once Jericho’s walls caved in and the Israelites took the city, he was commanded by God to take further lands. Once he’d achieved the will of God, he divided land among the various tribes and was given Timnath-serah as a gift from God. A full twenty-five years after entering The Promised Land of Canaan, he died and was laid to rest in Timnath-serah.

The history of Joshua is strewn with miracles, bloodshed and the power of faith. What becomes clear is that he totally puts his trust in God to deliver on His promises, and it’s this that helped him overcome what were huge odds in many of the battles. If nothing else, it’s a story of how the underdog can come through if they believe they can.

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