Joshua 1:6, 'Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.'
The book of Joshua records one of the most interesting portions of Israel’s history. It is
concerned with the ending of the wilderness wanderings and the beginning of a new life in Canaan. H. A. Ironsides says that the book of Joshua is the book of inheritance and is
closely associated with Ephesians in the New Testament. We have the manifestation of
Divine life in the book of Genesis; redemption in the book of Exodus; then the entrance
into the holiest and the believer’s sanctification in Leviticus; the people of God under trial
and testing in Numbers; and the government of God in Deuteronomy; Joshua is about the people of the Lord receiving their inheritance in the promised land.
In the book of Joshua, we are introduced to the divinely appointed leader who is to guide
the people into their inheritance. The name “Joshua” has the very same meaning as
“Jesus” in the New Testament. Joshua took up where Moses left off.
The text expresses the fact that this inheritance of land was promised to their father’s
(Genesis 13:14-17). Many people think that Jordan is a type of death and Canaan is a type of heaven. A better explanation is that Canaan is a type of Christian warfare and victory.
Prayer: Lord, give us the boldness and courage that we need to claim our Divine