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01 September 2005
  The Commemoration of Joshua
Son of Nun yet Son of God

Rahab Saves the Spies
Joshua, the son of Nun, first mentioned in Exodus 17:8-16, was chosen by Moses to fight the Amalakites, whom he defeated in a brilliant military victory. According to Exodus 24, Joshua accompanied Moses when he went up Sinai with "Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel (v. 9)" because after he sent the others down the mountain, "Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. (v. 13)"

He was devoted to the Lord's Presence in the Tent of Meeting (Ex 33:11) and was a member of the tribal representatives sent to survey the land of Canaan (Num 13:8); he and Caleb were the only two who provided honest reports which fully trusted in the Lord to deliver the Promised Land to His people (Num 14:6-9).

God later appointed him to succeed Moses as Israel's leader and he eventually led the Israelites across the Jordan River into the Promised Land, directing the capture of Jericho (Joshua 6), during which he commanded that the lives of the prostitute Rahab and her family be spared (v. 17). We also remember him for his final address to the Israelites, in which he challenged them to serve God faithfully (24:1-28), declaring, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (24:15)"

[Scripture quoted from the English Standard Version.]
 
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