The Lord magnified Joshua

Joshua succeeded Moses in taking command and giving leadership to the tribes of Israel. The Lord promised Joshua that He would be with him as He was with Moses and would not fail him. Also, the Lord told Joshua to be strong and of good courage, and obey the commandments. (See Josh. 1:1-9.)

The Lord reiterated the commandments He had given to remind Joshua of the relationship between the blessings of heaven and obedience to divine law: "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." (Josh. 1:9.)The tribes of Israel moved to the Jordan River and camped for three days, preparing to cross at a point near the city of Jericho. At that time Joshua counseled his people: "Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." (Josh. 3:5.)

Such counsel surely reflects that Joshua knew that which would come would depend upon the Israelites' willingness to do the will of the Lord.

The Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel (Josh. 3:7), and soon after "all the Israelites passed over [the river Jordan] on dry ground." (Josh. 3:17.)

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