Chapter One - God Meant Us to Be

Joshua to fight Amalek. Joshua did as Moses said and defeated Amalek laying down a lifelong foundation of spiritual recognition and faith. Their level of trust and dependence upon each other continued to grow and deepen. Moses relied heavily upon Joshua’s loyalty and competence, while Joshua trusted Moses’ wisdom and connection to God. They were mutually dependent upon the other’s obedience to God’s will. I believe Joshua was drawn to God’s calling on his life through Moses’ mentoring.

Moses took Joshua as his young aide in Exodus 33:11, renamed him Joshua (Nu 13:16), sent him to explore the promised land (Numbers 13:16-17), then commissioned, encouraged, and strengthened him (Deuteronomy 3:28). It is important to note that Moses did not tell Joshua what to do. Joshua had to hear from God Himself.

Moses’ final act as a mentor was to pass the leadership of the Hebrews on to Joshua.

Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying: ‘Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.’ And the LORD said to Moses: ‘Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.’ So Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation. And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses (Nu 27:15-20,22-23).

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