Those that would maintain their spiritual conflicts must not love their ease. 1. The change of leaders is great, but nothing else is changed; and even it is not so great as faint hearts in their sorrow are apt to think, for the real Leader lives, and Moses and Joshua alike are but the transmitters of His orders and His aids to Israel. #3 “meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” Loving God is loving his ways. This does not in any way mean that we will not have trouble. The key to his success would be spiritual — meditating on and obeying the law (i.e., instruction) of the LORD.26 This was to be his first and foremost priority. If we seek God, meditate on and obey His instruction in His word, we will prosper — succeed in the proper endeavors the LORD has for us to do (cf. Moreover, some of the most faithful followers of Christ suffered horribly during their life, and faced death by way of brutal execution (e.g., Paul (2 Cor 11:24-28), the Disciples, and countless other martyrs who have died for the faith over the last two millennia). No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. In the course of that conflict, Jehovah intervened and sent great stones from heaven, killing many of … For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. @DannyScottonJr He was given the kingdom of God, but it cost him suffering. #2 “…always on your lips;” In order for the Word to have a place on the lips, one must have the Word on the mind. For many today, we probably think of someone sitting quietly and privately while emptying one’s mind, chanting, and/or focusing on one’s inner thoughts/self. Hence, Joshua is told to keep the Book of the Law not on his heart or mind, but one his mouth (Jos 1:8).10, In the Hebrew Bible, there are three main sections: (1) The Torah (a.k.a. With “prosperity” and “success” properly understood, in the eyes of the LORD, the answer is rather simple. Teach the Word. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua had no bridge or boats, and yet he must believe that God, having ordered the people over, would open a way. In your family? 29]). Jeremiah spoke several times of the wicked not succeeding in their evil intents (Jer 2:37; 5:28; 13:10; 22:30 [2x]; 32:5). NIV Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. 8. Dt 31:6, 7, 23) and the frequent Deuteronomic warning, “do not turn from it to the right or to the left” (Jos 1:7 cf. If we would live the good and abundant life that God has designed for us, we will be “careful to do everything in” the Bible that God means for the Church to do. May 29, 2018 Joshua Book Introduction. This book of the law shall not depart. He is charged to meditate therein day and night, that he might understand it. We do not. C" Then you will have success ( Joshua 1:8). #4 “Then you will be prosperous and successful.” God knows how he would prosper us. KJV: King James Version . A" The Lord your God is with you ( Joshua 1:9). He has also called us Christians to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:18), and in that he would most definitely have us prosper. Joshua 1:8, Malachi 4:4, and Ps 1:2 all speak of meditating on and/or remembering to be faithful to the law (תּוֹרָה | tôrâ). Jarchi restrains it to the book of Deuteronomy now before him: but thou shalt meditate therein day and night; Through the scripture we can hear His heart and his voice and know what God is truly like. Verses 5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. "Joshua 1:8-9" by Johnny Larrabee. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Would you like good success in your life? What is the key to living a prosperous and successful life? The people’s efforts in Ezra and Nehemiah also succeeded because of God’s good hand upon them (Ezra 5:8; 6:14; Neh 1:11; 2:20). I think probably so. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Josh 1:8; Ps 1:3).”18, Out of the 69 times the verb translated prosper occurs in the Old Testament, 59 times it means to succeed in a particular endeavor — “almost always because of God’s gracious and ever-present hand.”19, For example, Abraham’s servant was given success by God in his mission to find a wife for Isaac (Gen 24:12, 40, 42, 56). All scripture is the Word of God and Joshua was an example of a godly man who both believed God’s word and acted upon it. Joshua 1:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Joshua 1:8, NIV: "Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.Then you will be prosperous and successful." 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be [] successful. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them —to the Israelites. When someone meditates on God’s word, it involves repeatedly reflecting on the word of the LORD in order to conform one’s life to the word of the LORD.5, Ultimately, instead of one’s self, the focus of such meditation is the LORD (Ps 63:6), His works (Pss 77:12), and/or His law (Jos 1:8, Ps 1:2).6 — which was probably read or recited out loud.7, Silent reading was rare in the ancient world.8 And the verb meditate (הָגָה | hāgâ) is more frequently translated “utter”, “mutter”, “moan”, “groan”, or “declare.”9 Therefore, the meditation in view here is probably audible. Joshua steps into the empty place, receives the same great promise, is assured of the same Presence, and is to obey the same law. Our first and foremost priority is to seek God.29. Joshua 1:8. This structure emphasizes the centrality of the book of the law of God as the key to Israel"s success, Joshua"s effective leadership, and God"s enabling presence with His people. This is why we need to be strong and very courageous. Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. And, even the law in Deuteronomy is more than just rules to follow, “it is a pattern for the whole of life, giving shape to what it means to live for [the LORD].”14. Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess. Then you will be prosperous and successful.2, Do not remove this Book of the Law from your lips, but meditate on it day and night so that you will be careful to do all that is written in it. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Whatever God deems right for us in the way of career, financial success, and relational prosperity is what will be best, and what we should want him to do. Thus, the Hebrew Scriptures are structured around this concept, emphasizing its great importance.11, The Book of the Law12 (תּוֹרָה | tôrâ) probably, primarily refers to the law outlined in Deuteronomy, which is recalled by the thrice-repeated phrase “be strong and very courageous” (Jos 1:6, 7, 9 cf. Biblical Meditation 2.2. 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. NKJV This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. In your work? Joshua 1:8. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you [] shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. B" Be strong and courageous ( Joshua 1:9). We also see Israel as a people of the Book ordering their lives after God’s Word. Ver. 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. The only way to consistently live according to his ways is to meditate often on his Word. | Assistant (to the) Pastor | Sound Doctrine & Apologetics @catchforchrist, About | What Does It Mean To “Catch For Christ?”, How to Memorize Any Bible Verse in Less Than Five Minutes. “How does the devout Bible student explain the ‘long day’ that is related in the book of Joshua?” Joshua, chapter 10, contains the account of a great battle between the children of Israel and the pagan Amorites. Commentary on Joshua 8:3-22 (Read Joshua 8:3-22) Observe Joshua's conduct and prudence. For to “be strong and very courageous” does not refer primarily to being strong and courageous in battle, but being strong and courageous when living an obedient life devoted to the instruction of the LORD.28, In my view, the same key to success for Joshua is the same key to success — true success — today. Eph 2:10). Bible Commentary Bible Verses Devotionals Faith Prayers Coloring Pages Pros and Cons, 30 Powerful Bible Scriptures on Forgiveness, Righteousness Exalts a Nation Meaning and Meditation, 18 Strong Prayers for a New Place to Live, Having Done All to Stand Meaning and Meditation, A Good Name Is Better than Riches Meaning and Meditation, 50 Compelling Bible Scriptures on Direction. NLT Study this Book of Instruction continually. He was about to lead the people of Israel into the promised land. Joshua is placed at the beginning of the second section, which concludes with Malachi. Daniel and his friends succeeded in their efforts in exile in Babylon, with God’s help (Dan 3:30; 6:28 [Hb. 8 לֹֽא־יָמ֡וּשׁ סֵפֶר֩ הַתּוֹרָ֨ה הַזֶּ֜ה מִפִּ֗יךָ וְהָגִ֤יתָ בּוֹ֙ יוֹמָ֣ם וָלַ֔יְלָה לְמַ֨עַן֙ תִּשְׁמֹ֣ר לַעֲשׂ֔וֹת כְּכָל־הַכָּת֖וּב בּוֹ֑ כִּי־אָ֛ז תַּצְלִ֥יחַ אֶת־דְּרָכֶ֖ךָ וְאָ֥ז תַּשְׂכִּֽיל׃1, 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. God is certainly able to bless us with worldly success and financial prosperity, but this is no guarantee — no magic formula. C4C Translation 2.1. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 1:5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, a the Lord said to Joshua b son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. The Hebrews had struggled mightily in the wilderness, suffering beyond what should have been necessary, because they did not “keep this Book.” If they were to have any success, it would be by following God’s ways. What It Means For Us 4. #1 “Keep this Book of Law…” The first five books of the Bible are generally considered the Law. We are virtually promised to face persecution if we live a godly life (2 Tim 3:12). 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. This is a lie from satan, and it keeps multitudes from getting to God. In his kindness, he had given his precepts to Moses to write down for them. It consists of the narratives of the creation of the world and of God’s first revelation to his vicarious people through Abraham, and the code of law, of which the Ten Commandments stand paramount. He is charged to meditate therein day and night, that he might understand it. What It Meant For Joshua 3.2. Jesus tells us to first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then other things (i.e., food, clothing, etc.) KJV 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. (Joshua 1:8) Oh, just start from the back of this verse, and ask the question. Commentary 3.1. This was even at a cost or inconvenience. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth He was often to read it, frequently repeat it, and speak of it, to refresh his own memory with it, and the memory of those about him. For then you will make your paths prosperous, and then you will have success, When you think of meditation, what comes to mind? However, this verse in Joshua is true if one will allow God to be the one to define what it is to be “prosperous and successful.” He has put us on the earth as bearers of his divine image so that in the area of “producing, multiplying, and subduing the earth” (Gen 1:28), we can prosper. Woe to the perpetrators of this lie (Mt 18:6). Then you will be prosperous and successful.”. Joshua Installed as Leader. The Messiah himself, when he was bruised, nevertheless would cause God’s will to “prosper” in his hand (Isa 53:10). Anything else is hypocrisy and a poor witness. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate . That he also received material wealth and reproductive fruitfulness was a bonus, but not the point. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. ESV This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. With “prosperity” and “success” properly understood, in the eyes of the LORD, the answer is rather simple. Many will take passages like Joshua 1:8, Ps 37:4 and others (Ps 1:3, Ps 34:10, Ps 37:25, Prov 10:15, Prov 16:3, Job 36:11)15 as guarantees for success in all one’s endeavors and financial prosperity if one is truly righteous. There’s some kinds of success that are actually not good but I think we all want good success. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Loving his ways is living his ways. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. The converse is also presumed to be true: if one is not succeeding or not prospering financially, then one must not truly be righteous.16 However, this is not what the Scriptures are saying. All his orders to the people, and his judgments, must be according to the law of God. Commentary on Joshua 1:5-9 (Read Joshua 1:5-9) Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. The false prosperity doctrine taught to the shame of the Church all over the world by charlatans is that if you follow God, especially in the form of giving money to some specific ministry of the charlatan, you will be rich, healthy, and have all your wildest dreams fulfilled. 0. Most people tend to talk about what they think about. Joshua 1:8 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but m you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. Text 2. Memorize Joshua 1:8 after watching a brief video tutorial demonstrating the How to Memorize Any Bible Verse in Less Than Five Minutes method below: The Troubling Origins of Princeton University, “Thanks-living” | Colossians 3:12-17 Sermon, “Preach the Word. Joshua 2 Sermon, Bible, Commentary, Lesson, Summary, Explanation. i. He wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written: In this act of obedience w e see Joshua as a man of the Book, obeying the command of Joshua 1:8. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, f as I promised Moses. (translation: Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)) The fallen world makes trouble a foreseen conclusion, and Jesus even promised that trouble would come, even as he promised that he has overcome all of it for us. Explanation and Commentary of Joshua 1:8 The false prosperity doctrine taught to the shame of the Church all over the world by charlatans is that if you follow God, especially in the form of giving money to some specific ministry of the charlatan, you will be rich, healthy, and have all your wildest dreams fulfilled. Observations on Joshua 1:8 . You'll find David Jeremiah's introduction to the Book of Joshua on page 275-276 of The Jeremiah Study Bible. We are saved by grace and by our faith in Christ. Joshua 1:8 NIV Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. In it, God commands Joshua to meditate on His Word day and night to become prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 New King James Version (NKJV). Having the Bible on one’s lips is only advisable to those who are also “doers of the Word” (Ja 1:22). WORDS OF GOD IN RED. Solomon succeeded as king and as builder (1 Chr 22:11, 13; 29:23; 2 Chr 7:11).”20, In addition, out of these 59 cases in which the verb means succeed or prosper, “only once are finances even remotely in view” (Ezek 16:13).21, Furthermore, the verb translated be successful (שָׂכַל | śākal) is more frequently translated understand or become wise.22 Out of the 78 times it appears in the Old Testament, only ten or eleven times does it have the meaning of be successful. Putting it into practice, however can be rather difficult — requiring much strength and courage (Jos 1:6). Joshua 1:8 "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Used by permission. Living according to how he is and how he created the world to work should lead to a rewarding and “prosperous” life. His Word is clear that there are ways to prosper in godliness, and there are ways to fail in evil living. So maybe there’s a bad kind of success. The Bible calls this righteousness, and Jesus said that if we seek it, along with the kingdom of God, all these things will be added to us so that we need not worry for provision. His ways are found in the Bible. All rights reserved. I think we all want good success. According to Webster’s Dictionary, to meditate often entails “engag[ing] in mental exercise (as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.”3 This practice usually has its roots in Eastern religions.4, However, this differs from the meditation we find in the Old Testament. Joseph succeeded in Potiphar’s household because God was with him (Gen 39:2, 3, 23). Joshua 1:8 (Amplified® Bible) ... Joshua had no bridge or boats, and yet he must believe that God, having ordered the people over, would open a way. 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