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Mary Fairchild

Joshua: Valiant Warrior, Successful Leader, Faithful Follower of God

By July 30, 2010

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I absolutely love to examine the lives of the Old Testament's extraordinary heroes. Joshua is, by far, one of my favorites. While putting together this study, Jack Zavada observed, "It is hard to find a weakness in this man." As a matter of fact, some Bible scholars view Joshua as an Old Testament representation, or foreshadowing, of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah.

Battle of Jericho
Joshua obeyed and God brought Jericho's walls down.
Joshua's name, previously Hosea, was changed by Moses. Joshua is the English name for Yeshua in Hebrew, meaning "Yahweh [the Lord] is Salvation." What the great leader Moses (who represented the law) was unable to do, Joshua achieved when he successfully led the people of God out of the desert to conquer their enemies and enter the promised land. His accomplishments point to the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross--the defeat of God's enemy, Satan, the setting free of all believers from captivity to sin, and the opening of the way into the "promised land" of eternity.

Joshua's first stunning victory as leader of Israel was at the Battle of Jericho. God deployed his troops using an unusual strategy in one the most impressive miracles in the Bible. Joshua's faithful obedience was key to their triumph.

I invite you to immerse yourself in this study of Joshua. You'll learn a few lessons from his life and discover the secret to his success as one of the most favored leaders of Israel.

Learn About Joshua:

Joshua - Faithful Follower of God
Battle of Jericho Bible Story Summary
Introduction to the Book of Joshua

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Comments
August 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(1) Havok says:

“Jesus” is also the English word for “Yeshua” (via latin, I believe). Perhaps “Jesus” was named so by his supporters so as to evoke images of the previous “Saviour” who conquered Canaan?

Also, archaeology doesn’t support the conquest of Canaan as depicted in the bible (for example, Jericho wasn’t not inhabited at the time of the conquest).

While Joshua may make for interesting reading, any claims to historicity of him or his exploits are dubious at best :-)

January 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm
(2) DS says:

Christianity is based on faith, you either believe or you dont, you can go with what man says or with what God says, as Jesus said to Thomas:
” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
So you may make sense to the unbeliever but the Lords Rightous shall walk by faith!!

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