Joshua Quotes

Joshua Quotes

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Two weeks ago our church studied the book of Joshua as a part of our Storyline series, surveying large sections of Scripture in a single message. Due to time I was unable to reference a large number of outstanding quotes related to the book. I’ll post them here now for your edification.

Now, if there is a God Who is capable of speaking the entire Universe into existence (Psalm 33:9), then it must be admitted that He has the power to do with it whatever He wishes. Who is measly man to say that the God of the Universe does not have the power to stop the Earth, Moon, and Sun, and still maintain every other semblance of order? By definition, God is beyond the scope of such criticism. –Brad Bromling

For the writer of the book, the chapters devoted to the distribution of the land (chaps. 13-22) are tantamount to a hymn of praise to God for giving to Israel that which he had promised. –Dillard and Longman

 Joshua was leading Israel into their inheritance, into their rest. But at best it was a temporary rest from enemies, for Israel would have many more foes in the centuries ahead. Although Yahweh had secured an inheritance for his people, it could still be taken away from them, and eventually would be when both northern and southern kingdoms were carried into exile. There is an open-endedness to the book of Joshua: the people have an inheritance, but there is land as yet not possessed. From the vantage of the New Testament, Joshua’s successes were only partial at best, and therefore they pointed beyond themselves to a time when Joshua’s greater namesake, Jesus, would bring God’s people into an inheritance that could not be taken away from them. Jesus would provide the rest Joshua had not attained. –Longman and Dillard

 Two conclusions can be drawn from Hebrews 11:8-22 that contribute to theland motif in Hebrews. First, this passage underscores the relationship between the Abrahamic promises and the promised inheritance. Second, this passage advances the argument that the promised inheritance was not finally fulfilled in the land of Canaan, but rather in the city of God, the heavenly homeland, that was greeted from afar. In this way, it shows “that the land is not only a type of promised rest, but also a type of the city of God.”176 Thus this passage offers an important stage in the unfolding typological trajectory of the land in Hebrews. –Oren Martin

There are exegetical grounds both in the immediate context of the Abrahamic covenant and across the entire Old Testament to argue that God’s original intention for the land was not merely to be limited to the specific geographical boundaries of Canaan. In other words, when situated within the biblical covenants and viewed diachronically, the land functions as a type or pattern of something greater that would recapture God’s original design for creation. –Oren Martin

 Joshua demonstrates initial fulfillment of the Abrahamic promise and at the same time anticipates a greater fulfillment that will bring Eden-like rest. –Oren Martin

 According to the New Testament, Jesus is not only Joshua’s greater namesake , but he is also the Divine Warrior, the captain of the Lord’s army who fights in behalf of his people and achieves victory for them. The inheritance he gives is not a stretch of rocky land in the eastern Mediterranean, but rather renewed heavens and earth and a heavenly city.   –Longman and Dillard

The name Jesus is but a Greek writing of the Hebrew name Joshua, so it is not surprising to see the New Testament drawing many parallels between Israel under Joshua’s leadership and the formation of a new Israel under Jesus. –Longman and Dillard

 On the one hand, God has given the land to Israel in its entirety; on the other, they must occupy it. This combination of challenge and opportunity is the way in which God works with believers. For Christians, the promise of victory over sin and death has been accomplished through Christ. However, this must be claimed through a life of faith in Christ’s work and of faithfulness to him. The theme of the inheritance of the land thus provides a model for the Christian life. –Richard Hess

 [The] promise of the ‘seed’ to Abraham is ‘fulfilled; when Isaac is born and the promise of ‘a place’ is ‘fulfilled’ when Joshua takes Canaan. Fulfilled, yes, but only as ‘pledges’ of the one who can gather up all of the manifold parts of the one promise in himself in their ultimate fulfillment. –Walter Kaiser

 The good news of the rest of the story is that another Joshua has come, and that like his namesake he has led his people through the waters of judgment. In Mark 1, Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, in an act that would later come to symbolize his followers participation in his death and resurrection (Rom. 6). In Mark 1, Jesus passed through the wilderness… and reentered the land, like a warrior returning home. This conquering reentry foreshadows the work that he would ultimately complete on the cross inaugurating a new covenant with his blood. So that, Luke could say that he came to lead a new exodus (9:31). The final result is that Jesus Christ showed himself to be a superior law-giver than Moses who died outside the land; he proved himself a better leader than Joshua, laying down his life so that his people might have an eternal inheritance in the land to come; and the mediator of a better covenant whose promises far exceeded those of the old covenant. –David Schrock

The victory Yahweh achieved over Sihon, Og, and Canaan’s kings is both a preview and a pledge of that time when “the kingdom of the world (will) become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15). Every one of Yahweh’s victories over his enemies in the process of history is a partial portrayal of his victory over all his enemies at the consummation of history. This is meant to steel and strengthen his suffering people as they long for that grand finale. –Dale Ralph Davis

 Would it be going too far to say that the apparent absence of God in various segments of the church may be due to our unwillingness to purge evil from our midst by the costly exercise of church discipline? I realize that some churches are too vigorous, punitive, and insensitive in the application of discipline. But, generally, the contemporary church errs on the side of laxity. Somehow we find it convenient to forget the patient threats of Jesus (letters to the churches [Revelation 2-3]), the destructive power of the Spirit (Acts 5:1-11), and the direct commands of the apostles (1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15). True, the church does not exist in a theocratic form; hence it does not execute death penalties. The necessity of discipline, however, does not cease because the form of exercising it has altered. Our problem is that we prefer the tolerance of men to the praise of God. –Dale Ralph Davis

 Yahweh delight to show his might in the face of our utter helplessness, apparently so that we cannot help seeing that we contribute nothing tour deliverance. –Dale Ralph Davis

 Everything hinges on the word of God and the willingness of those who hear it to believe and obey. –Richard Hess

 Genuine faith never rests content with being convinced of the reality of God but presses on to take refuge in God. –Dale Ralph Davis

 As you read and study Joshua, try to keep asking yourself the question: What is the writer preaching about when he tells me this story? He is not telling you the story only to inform you (although that is part of it); he has a message to proclaim, a God to press upon you.   –Dale Ralph Davis