Joshua is the Greek name for Jesus… he took over after Moses died, and led the People of God into the promised land, finishing the work started by Moses 40 years before, with the second generation. The original name of Joshua was Hosea (“saves”), and Moses changed it into Joshua (“God’s salvation”), and it was significant of the services he was to render, and typified those of a greater Savior, Jesus (Heb.1:8, Num.13:8).
Joshua and Jesus are really the same name. Both from the Hebrew Yehoshua or Yeshua, in Greek Joshua, in English Jesus, which means, “he will save”. Joshua will provide a temporal salvation while Jesus an eternal one. The New Testament says that Mary would bring forth a son
Joshua is the book of the War of God, fought by men, with a “war of extermination” killing all defeated gentiles.
We’ve come to the point where the chosen are brought into their land. The reigns of human responsibility turned over to Joshua because of Moses’ and Aaron’s failings. The task of ensuring the people do not forget the commands of God. The task of ensuring the priests care for the covenant so it will not be lost. The task of teaching discernment to recognize trustworthy foreigners, such as Rahab. The task of waging war against many strong nations and establishing their new homes. Such big tasks for this young man, discipled under Moses, chosen by God.
Chosen by God. That’s where our focus needs to be. We are all chosen by God, called to do a variety of ministries, be that teaching or preaching or praying or evangelizing.