Joshua 1:5 “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.”

This is a reassurance from God, that He would be with them in
battle. He would go before them and devour their enemies. They must
have faith. God never left them for the 40 years, and He will be with
them now. He did not leave, when Moses died. These are God’s people,
and He will protect them. The promise made to Abraham, Moses, Joshua,
and us is the same. Hebrews 13:5 “[Let your] conversation [be] without
covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he
hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Joshua 1:6 “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.”

Moses had been a meek man. He was quiet and mild mannered. It
would take a strong Joshua to lead them into battle. We know he was
courageous, because he wanted to go into the promised land the first
time they spied it out. He was confident they could take it, even if
there were giants in the land. Joshua’s confidence was not in his own
ability, but in God’s ability. The verse above, is reassuring Joshua
that he would win the battle, and indeed, divide the land.

Joshua 1:7 “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 whithersoever thou goest.”

The law Moses gave them from God was a blessing, if it was kept.
It brought terrible curses, if it was not kept. The law is not to be
adjusted to the right or the left, to fit their convenience. The law
was absolute. They must have great faith, and act upon the commands of
God. I Corinthians 16:13 “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you
like men, be strong.” Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong
in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

Joshua 1:8 “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.”

Their entire lives were to be guided by the law of God. They were
to hide the Words of the law in their hearts so they would never
forget it. They were to think on the reason for them, as well as the
demand of keeping them. The law had to become part of their very
beings. They will prosper and have great success, if they keep this
law of God.

Joshua 1:9 “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.”

Joshua believed God. His courage came from his faith in God.

Joshua 1:10 “Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people,

There was order in their army. God had set Joshua over all of
them in civil matters. Joshua passed the word down to the officers,
who, in turn, gave instructions to the people they were over.

Joshua 1:11 “Pass through the host, and command the people,
saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over
this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God
giveth you to possess it.”

The “victuals”, here, are speaking of meat from hunting. They
were to prepare themselves food for their battle, and for the time it
would take to enter the land. They really would prepare all types of
food for the trip. They will not be fed with manna in the promised
land. At the end of 3 more days, they will pass over the Jordan River,
and be in their promised land.

Joshua 1:12 “And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to
half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,”

These are those who had already received their land on the east
side of the Jordan. Joshua will remind them of the promise they had
made to God, to go and help the other tribes take their land.

Joshua 1:13 “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the
LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and
hath given you this land.”

They wanted the grazing land on the east side of Jordan, and God
let them have it, with the promise they would fight with the other
tribes to take their land.

Joshua 1:14 “Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall
remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye
shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour,
and help them;”

Moses had inquired of God and had given them this land they
loved. He, also, gave them time to build houses for their families to
live in. The wives and the children would stay behind and care for
their cattle and sheep, while the men went to war. They had not chosen
this land, because they were afraid. They had chosen it, because it
was good grazing land for their herds.

Joshua 1:15 “Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as [he
hath given] you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD
your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your
possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD’S servant gave you on
this side Jordan toward the sunrising.”

Toward the sunrising means it was located on the east of Jordan.
The men of these tribes will go with the other tribes, until they are
settled in their land, then they will go home to their families. The
people are great that will be fought, and God wanted all 12 tribes to
stand together in these battles for the land.

Joshua 1:16 “And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou
commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will

They have had ample time to prepare their families to survive,
until they return. They are eager to keep their word to God. They will
go into battle, wherever Joshua sends them. They were so happy with
their promised land, they were eager to do God’s will.

Joshua 1:17 “According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things,
so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as
he was with Moses.”

Moses had made it very clear, before his death, that Joshua was
God’s choice to receive his anointing. Everyone had agreed they would
follow Joshua, as they had Moses. The older Israelites {their fathers}
had not hearkened unto Moses. They died in the wilderness. The new
generation had listened to Moses. They promise to follow Joshua, too.
It was almost like a prayer for Joshua when they said, “Only the LORD
thy God be with thee”.

Joshua 1:18 “Whosoever [he be] that doth rebel against thy
commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou
commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good

Disobeying the commandments of God was certain death. To rebel
against the commandments, is rebelling against God. They must have
faith, not fear. Faith pleases God.