Chapter 1: Be of Good Courage
After the death of Moses, Joshua takes on the great responsibility of filling the shoes of the great prophet. I think that Joshua may feel overwhelmed, because the Lord keeps telling him to not be afraid and to be of good courage. The Lord commands Joshua to mediate upon the law and the words of the books, that he might be able to follow the commandments.
“…thou shalt mediate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8)
What can we learn from the above verse? We learn about the importance of study, especially in the commandments of the Lord. We learn that it is important to constantly study, ponder and pray about the scriptures that we read. If we do this we will have a better understanding of the words and know how to act, thus making us more prosperous and successful in our lives.
Joshua begins to prepare Israel to enter into the land of Canaan.
Chapter 2: Spies to Jericho
Joshua sends out spies to the land of Canaan. The two spies come across a house of a harlot who gives them a place to stay. But the king of Jericho finds out that two unknown men came into their land, so he goes to search for them…. but the harlot hides the men on the roof and tells a lie about where the two men had gone in order to help the two spies escape. She asks them for kindness like she had given to them when they come to destroy Jericho… because she trembled at the power of the Lord that led them into the Promised Land.