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01 September 2006
  Joshua, Son of Nun
1 September, Old Testament

Rahab
Joshua, the son of Nun, was first mentioned in Exodus 17:8-16. The Lord chose him through Moses to fight the Amalakites, whom he defeated in a brilliant military victory. According to Exodus 24, Joshua became close to Moses and accompanied him when he went up Sinai with "Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. (v. 9)" We know this since Scripture says that 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 (Exodus 33:11) and was a member of the tribal representatives sent to survey the land of Canaan (Numbers 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 (Numbers 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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You said, "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"

Do you think other Prophets - Peace be upon them all - used to have successors too ?
 
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