Joshua lived with so many gifts – as Moses’ assistant/servant, successor, military commander, courageous spy, a model for all of Israel’s future kings. I loved that he possessed the Lord’s spirit, participated in the prophetic. He stirred up the faith of his army by ceremony, word, and life demanding of them obedience to God’s word. He was such a spiritual disciple of Moses in so many ways – a military genius and a spiritual giant all in one. If I had to call out what verses explained him the best it would be Joshua 1:1-9.
Joshua was teachable, eager to learn, faithful, available and had a heart for God. It would seem that some of the best disciples are those who have been discipled over a long period of time. I missed that experience somewhat.
I believe that Joshua carried on the spiritual blessing given to Adam and Eve referring to the multiplication of a righteous people. I believe it actually shows up so many times in the Old Testament and again leads us to the Great Commission.
Psalm 37 has some instructions along these lines.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. – Psalm 37:3 ESV
We create and construct peaceable occupation by successive generations following God. This particular Psalm challenges me how I teach those I am discipling.
When I read an account of Jesus, such as the one found in Mark 4: 33-34 …
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
How do I share stories and how do I share relevant stories? When I read further on in Mark, how do I relate the human and divine side of Jesus when reading about the storm?
Joshua helps me a bit in this end for his life gives me the human side that has wide arms open for the divine. Very thankful for the life of Joshua and to know and be part of his story.