Joshua 1–8; 23–24 – “Be Strong and of a Good Courage”

May 23, 2022 to May 29, 2022

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


“The Sin of Achan,” Christopher J. Morgan, Ensign, April 2002

The tragic life of Achan (Joshua 7) teaches us that we cannot hide our sins from the Lord. 

“The Matrilineal Cord of Rahab in the Via Latina Catacomb,” Catherine C. Taylor, Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 8, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship 

“Rahab’s narrative is found in Joshua 2 and 6, and its legacy continues in the genealogical references found in Ruth 4 and Matthew 1 as well as in the typology of her conversion in Hebrews 11 and James 2. Rahab’s story is ultimately part of a larger story about the sovereignty of Israel’s God and the accounting of his interventions and deliverance in bringing Israel into the promised land of Canaan.” “The story features three main scenes in which Rahab’s voice serves as a powerful catalyst for the breach of walled boundaries, Israelite success, and the establishment of a new kingdom.”

“Biblical Hebrew Words You Already Know and Why They Are Important,” Dana M. Pike, Religious Educator 7, BYU Religious Studies Center  

“The being who appeared to Joshua shortly before the Israelite attack on Jericho said, “As captain of the host [ṣĕbā’] of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship. . . . And the captain of the Lord’s host [ṣĕbā’] said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy” (Joshua 5:13–15). Such passages clearly demonstrate the use of the singular ṣĕbā’ and the plural ṣĕbā’ôt/Sabaoth to designate human and heavenly armies.” 

“Seek Learning by Faith,” David A. Bednar, Religious Educator 7, BYU Religious Studies Center

“We find a powerful example of the interaction among assurance, action, and evidence as the children of Israel transported the ark of the covenant under the leadership of Joshua (see Joshua 3:7–17). Recall how the Israelites came to the river Jordan and were promised the waters would part, or “stand upon an heap” (Joshua 3:13), and they would be able to cross over on dry ground. Interestingly, the waters did not part as the children of Israel stood on the banks of the river waiting for something to happen; rather, the soles of their feet were wet before the water parted. The faith of the Israelites was manifested in the fact that they walked into the water before it parted.”

“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).

“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.