Sunday, November 24, 2013

God as the Source of Courage for the godly Army (Joshua 1:5-9)

Joshua 1

King James Version (KJV)

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate 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.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Here Joshua is told that as long as an army has God on its side, that army is invincible. God is the true source of courage. 

As Israel's chief magistrate, Joshua is to constantly meditate on God's law, which leads to observing it, which leads to success. He must not add or take away from God's law.

John Gill writes, "it would be well if generals of armies would observe this; the way to obtain victory over enemies being to be observant of the laws of God themselves, and to take care that they be observed by the soldiers under their command: or 'that thou mayest act wisely'."