Last week we focused on the purpose, major theme, who is Joshua and how the Lord gave him instruction but this week we will concentrate on the three things that leads to claiming your possession. Whatever it is that you need to possess, you can get it but only from the Lord Jesus Christ.
What are you claiming from the Lord Jesus Christ? Just see yourself holding it in the future and going towards it, and then holding it in your hands. Claiming one’s possession is simply, easy and reachable. But it can only become possible only if you stay focus and in the will and purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I will repeat what I said last week, that, even before you go after your possession, you must understand that there is something to possess or something there for you to fulfill. But how can you possess what is rightful yours? You can possess what’s yours by simply going after it in prayer and fasting, having a plan and or allowing the Lord Jesus Christ to give you direction on where you can find that possession or how to use that gift and or calling that you already have. Once more, what possession do you want to claim from the Lord? In this week lesson as we focus on the three things that directed Joshua to claim the possession for himself and the children of Israel I pray that you will also be able to claim your possession.
These are the three things that will help you to claim your possession; first God made a promise to Joshua, second God’s bestows blessings through obedience and last Joshua acting on God’s promises. Looking at the text we will find that God made a promise to Joshua.
1. God made a promise to Joshua (v. 3-5)
God informed Joshua that the land was going to be given to the children of Israel and also to him. Notice God said that the land was going to be given to the children of Israel first in verse 2 and then HE specified that it was going to be given to Joshua. In verse 2 it says ‘which I do give to them’ specifying a congregated unit.
And in verse 3 here HE said unto Joshua ‘the sole of your foot’, I have given unto you” Here God used the past tense, so God was reminding Joshua that the land was given unto him already, because it was a promise for Moses but it was for the children of Israel to go and get it. This promise was given to Abraham first in Genesis 15:18 and then to Moses in Deuteronomy 11:24. In verse 4 God showed Joshua what he and the children of Israel was going to receive. They were going to get everything from,
- The wilderness of Lebanon (which was promises to Abraham in Genesis 15:18)
- The great river which was the river Eu-phra-te
- The land of the Hittites- mentioned in Deu. 7:1
- The great sea (which is the Mediterrnean sea)
2. God’s bestows blessings through obedience (v. 6-9)
The Lord continues to give confidence to his chosen servant to act upon the gifts and talents which he has given Joshua, those abilities which have been sharpened through the years in leadership and obedience: “Be strong and of a good courage”. The Lord was encouraging Joshua because HE knew that he was going to face some hard times. These words were used four times in verses 6, 7 & 9 and the people used this word toward Joshua in verse 18. Even David encouraged Solomon with these words in 1-Chronicles 22:13, 28:20. In Joshua receiving the land he had to divide the land amount the children of Israel.
God assured Joshua again that he will give the inheritance or land to the children of Israel. And God said that he “sware unto their fathers to give them”. The Hebrew word ‘SWARE’ there is ‘shaba’ and means: Charge by an oath. Feed to the full. To be complete. As if by repeating a declaration seven times and made a covenant
God swore to give them the land. The word ‘give’is ‘naw-khal' and means, Take as a possession. Inherit. Apportion the inheritance. Allotted, Distribute for, distribute and take as a heritage. At this time, God now wanted Joshua to be obedient to him. The law was already given to Moses and these laws the children of Israel had to follow. If they followed these laws then they were going to prosper everywhere they go in verse 7. The word ‘PROSPER’ there means, much more than just financial success, it includes spiritual well being.
Notice that God repeated the same thing in verse 8. In verse 7 he said that Joshua should observe to do according to all the law, but in verse 8 he said after Joshua observes to follow the laws, this will make his ways prosperous and he will have good success. The law that God was talking about was which He gave Moses is mentioned in Exodus 20 ‘the thou shall not laws’. Therefore, in Joshua following these laws God was going to give not only Joshua but also the children of Israel success. The Hebrew word SUCCESS there is ‘saw-kal’ and means, to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, have insight, Act wise and showing intelligence.
Notice that the process and victory of the children of Israel was dependent on Moses. So God now continue to encourage Joshua in verse 9 to not be afraid (aw-rats- that is cause to tremble, oppress, or fear) also neither dismay(khaw-thath- be broken, be scared, terrify, to shatter, confound, beaten down).
God know that Joshua was going to experience the time when he was going to be afraid and dismayed so, He encouraged him before this time or period come. Remember Moses, who walk the walk already knew the responsibility that Joshua was going to face so he encouraged him way before in Deuteronomy 31:6-8.
As the Lord encouraged Joshua, He informed him that he was going to be with him everywhere he goes. The Lord spoke in the first person to Joshua in verse 8, “Have not I commanded thee” and in “For the Lord thy God is with thee”. With thee, this shows assurance that God was with Joshua everywhere he walked, departed, come or all manner of life. Here we find that God was repeating what he told Joshua in verse 2, to go over Jordan with the people into the land of Canaan, and to observe the Law of Moses in all things, and to be of good courage, which is again repeated. Remember God had also mentioned in verse 5 that “no man would have been able to stand before Joshua all the days of his life”. The last thing that happen is that;
3. Joshua acting on God’s promises (v. 10-11)
Having received encouragement from God, Joshua now ‘commanded officers’ to the people and these officers now had to go through the whole camp of Israel, and the camp consisted of six hundred thousand fighting men. These officers were appointed similar to the way Pharaoh appointed officers in Exodus 5:14-15.
These officers had to instruct the people (that include men, women and children) to prepare victuals. And victualsare provision, meat or food of other sorts of food besides bread; for they had manna, the bread of heaven, which fell about their tents every morning, so that they were sufficiently provided with that always, and which did not cease until they had entered the land, even until the sixteenth of Nisan, Joshua 5:12. They had to prepare this for three days; three is the number of COMPLETION OR DIVINE PERFECTION. These were the same three days that the spies hid in the hills outside of Jericho that is mentioned in 2:16 & 22. So the moment they made the move to go over Jordan, they began to conquer what was theirs.
Now understand that the food was to be prepared for them to go over Jordan. This was the command that God gave Joshua in verse 2 to go over Jordan. The officers told them what Joshua said, that they were going over to Jordan to possess the land that God giveth to them. The Hebrew word possess is ‘yaw-rash’ and means, to seize, take possession off, Inherit, be an heir, given us as an inheritance and drive them out completely. The children of Israel wanted what was promised to them by God; therefore, they followed instruction and went to possess the land that God had provided for them.
Now is the time to claim your possession, if God had made a promise to you, and you were obedient to God and acted on God’s promises, without a doubt God will release HIS possession in your life. Now, go and claim it.