What a testimony!
“As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.” Joshua 11:15
Oh, how sadly the trajectory of Scripture is littered with lives, characters, who spiritually shipwrecked. One after another, from Adam onward!
So Joshua is in reality “a breath of fresh air.”
A man of obedience!
Look at the chain of command here in our Text, the chain of transmission … “As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua …” From the older generation to the younger! Good teaching … and good learning! The way things should ideally operate!
Here’s a New Testament example of the same thing, old Paul to young Timothy … “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
But with Joshua particularly, God records: “… and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.”
“All the Lord commanded!”
Looks like (though we know Joshua was human) 100% obedience!
Why did this man have such a pristine record?
Many reasons, no doubt.
But here’s one, anyway.
He is in the Bible a PICTURE (or a SYMBOL or a TYPE) of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who was God’s very Son and indeed sinless!
More about that tomorrow.
In fact, I’d like to share with you a dozen ways Joshua “prefigures” Christ Jesus our Saviour, our Deliverer!
Meanwhile, today’s Lesson?
“Are YOU an obedient servant of the Lord?”
And let me ask myself, “Am I?”
High on the scale of God’s priorities (if not topmost) is OBEDIENCE!
Can you think of anything today the Lord has asked you to do, led you to become … anything at all … that you have delayed?
That you have ignored?
That you have forgotten?
If so, you well know what to do!
Joshua’s reputation again … “As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.”
Do it again, Lord!
— Dr. Mike Bagwell