Nikuzwe Alice, P. 1 Exegesis on Joshua
Exegesis Paper on Joshua 1: 5-10
5 No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. 9 I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
The Joshua 1: 1-5 story is one of the most debated biblical verses. Several bible scholars have argued that the story of Joshua, God, and Israel is the source of the political and religious structure that defined the Israelites after settling in Canaan. It is for this reason that I have decided to examine this verse so that I may have a clear understanding of the subject. The fascinating aspect of the interaction between God and Joshua is the fact that God has a hand the making of the leader. To understand this extract of the bible more clearly, it is important for one to study examine the structure and its composition. Joshua 1:5-10 starts with a statement that is articulated after the death of Moses. In the statement, God promises Joshua that no one will be in his way or be against him in everything he will do and every where he will go. The statement closes with God’s assurance to Joshua that he will make him stronger and courageous. The essence of the opening statement is reinforcing the connection between Joshua and God. It is important that a close relationship is built so that the Israelites can accept Joshua just as they did to Moses. Accordingly, God reinforces this statement by telling Joshua that “ no one will stand against him”. However, God’s declaration of support for Joshua does not come without a price. Joshua is tasked with the responsibility of keeping the book of Law. Keeping the book of law is an indication of the commitment to Mosaic laws that God had given the Jewish people in the days of Moses’ leadership. God tells Joshua to be courageous about the book of law and not go around of the book of law or not turn from it. This passage is perhaps one of the studies that has given me a more broad and depth understanding of God’s connection with the Israelites. God wanted Israel’s people to follow his law. The central theme of this passage is to be stronger and courageous in this action guiding the Israeli people. I have chosen this passage because I want to understand the reason why God wanted Joshua to replace Moses, bestowing him with the responsibility of guiding the people of Israel. I wanted also to understand more about the promised land of Israel. As a contemporary Christian, I sometimes feel weak and uncared for, however, God’s assurance of love and commitment to my wellbeing restores my life. The feeling that God is the source of power and wellbeing is such a wonderful fatherly feeling that takes away all my fears. In this paper, I use historical and theological context of these verses to present my own unique understanding of God relationship to Joshua and to the sojourning Israelites.
Structure and composition of Joshua 1: 5-10
Biddle Mark argues that the structure of the book of Joshua is composite. This means that the...
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