At the beginning of June we left the people of Israel at the edge of the land that God had promised to give them.
Moses, the man chosen by God to lead them out of Egypt and the one who had faithfully led them for 40 years, was dead and the people were on the brink of a new chapter in their story.
They had a new leader, Joshua, but the promise was an old one – they were to enter the land and to possess it.
And, from tomorrow (12th September 2016) we’re going to pick up their story by working through the book of Joshua – and journey with them as they face the challenges of living in this new land. Many stories of success, but stories of failure and lack of obedience to God as well. Stories that encourage, stories that really challenge our thinking and understanding.
Deuteronomy leaves us with a note of confidence – in God and with the leader He has chosen:
Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses. Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, (Deuteronomy 34:9–10)
In the first chapter we see God’s promise to be with them.
Let’s see how it works out.