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.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.
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