Lessons in Joshua 1 and 2

  1. Prosperity is found in the Lord (Joshua 1:8). What good will it do or be for a man who gains the world, but then loses his soul?
  2. The mighty men of valor lead the nation (Joshua 1:14). The word valor means strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness (Webster, 10th Collegiate, p. 2041). Those who are men of valor are to be the leaders in the congregation of the Lord’s body. What did Paul say to Titus (Titus 1:5-11)?
  3. Rejected authority results in a bad day for the rejecter (Joshua 1:18)! In this country, in our society, it is almost a badge of honor to resist those in authority. The Lord did not look upon those who do that with any virtue when it came to His will.
  4. Is there a lesson with regard to lying (Joshua 2:4)? Did the Lord need for Rahab to lie in order for the spies to have success? Clearly the answer is no. Whatever weakness a person may have, whatever there is in the way of short-comings and sins experienced, the Lord will not be pleased with such; He will, however, be pleased with those who live by faith. This was Rahab.
  5. That which the Lord did in history (Joshua 2:10-11), those things that were and are monumental with regard to His intervening in the affairs of man (to bring about His purposes), these things are not to be relegated to history books as points of fact. They are, on the other hand, to help us understand that with the Lord’s intervention people should pay particular attention. A great many people who call themselves Christians will say, and say it with emphasis, that they are not considering that which the Lord did as insignificant. Unfortunately they speak better than they live!
  6. When you say you will do something did you find a reason for not doing it? Honoring one’s word is crucial to credibility (Joshua 2:15-21).
  7. Those who go outside when they are admonished to stay inside pay a heavy price (Joshua 2:19-21).