Now then, you and all these people, get ready…
It’s a very simple sentence. Not long; not hard to understand. It’s the context, and the participants in the conversation that make these words unique.
As the book of Joshua begins, Moses had just died. The nation of Israel was in an awkward and vulnerable time. The only leader they had known during the exodus was now dead. Undoubtedly, many in the camp wondered what would become of them now.
Therein lays the beauty of the opening sentence. It occurred within the larger context below:
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. (Joshua 1:1-3)
What’s the point? Simply this – when a man of God dies, nothing of God dies along with him. God’s plans are not thwarted simply because one godly person exits the scene. God’s message to Joshua, Moses’ replacement, was this – get yourself ready, because I’m going to continue what I started! In fact, I’m going to complete what I started.
If the idea to enter Canaan had been Moses’ plan alone – then it would have died along with him. However, when a plan we’re involved with is God’s will, then nothing will be able to stand against it. God will bring about what He’s started – even if one of His chosen servants is removed from the equation.
Have you allowed yourself to become discouraged because a godly leader has passed off the scene? How can the story of Moses and Joshua encourage you to carry on? –Dave
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