18. Be Strong and of a Good Courage

In the book of Joshua we see the fulfillment of God’s promise to give Canaan to the children of Jacob. Joshua recognizes Jehovah’s role as their god, general, and king.

“Joshua 1–24: The Entry into the Promised Land,” Old Testament Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel (1980), 234–243.
This study guide provides an in-depth look at the book of Joshua. As Moses was magnified by the Lord in the eyes of Israel when God parted the Red Sea, so Joshua was magnified in the same way through the parting of the Jordan River. In each instance the passage represented a new covenant agreement. Israel passed over the River Jordan on the first day of the Passover.

“The Sin of Achan,” Christopher J. Morgan, Ensign, April 2002.
During the destruction and occupation of Jericho, one Israelite man named Achan disobeyed and took of the spoils for himself. Joshua was not aware of what Achan had done or that his presence in the camp had caused the Lord to withdraw His support from the people.

“Rahab the Harlot: Her Place in the Hebrew Bible,” Rebecca Lyn Mcconkie, Selections from the Religious Education Student Symposium, 2004.
This text [Joshua 2 and 6] is significantly less interested in the harlot-ness of Rahab and far more concerned with what comes across as palpable faith. Both Paul and James refer to Rahab as an example of faith, giving her a place in their discourse among Hebrew men such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

“The Restoration as Covenant Renewal,” David Rolph Seely, Sperry Symposium Classics: The Old Testament, 2005.
The Old Testament recounts the historical consequences of obedience or disobedience to the conditions of the covenant. Among these accounts are the assemblies recorded in Joshua 8:30–35 and chapter 24 when Joshua called the people together at Shechem. The Preamble “thus saith the Lord God of Israel” (Joshua 24:2) is followed by the Historical Prologue (see Joshua 24:2–18) in which Joshua recounted God’s mighty acts in behalf of the children of Israel from the calling of Abraham to the miraculous deliverance from Egypt and the conquest of Canaan. The Stipulations (see Joshua 24:14, 18, 23) call for the people to repent and put away their strange gods and renew their exclusive allegiance to the Lord God. The Blessings and Curses are alluded to in Joshua 24:19–29, and the List of Witnesses includes the people themselves (see Joshua 24:22) and the great stone that Joshua erected there (see Joshua 24:26–27). The Deposit and Public Reading is referred to when “Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God” (Joshua 24:26). After Joshua introduced the stipulations of the covenant, he dramatically challenged the people, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15), and a few verses later we read the rest of the Covenant Oath Ceremony when the people responded to Joshua’s challenge, “The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey” (Joshua 24:24).