The book of Joshua’s theme is one of victory. The Hebrews entered into, overcome obstacles, and possessed all the Promised Land (Joshua 21:43). They did this to fulfill God’s plan / purpose.
Joshua was one of the two spies who, forty years earlier, gave a godly report about the land of Canaan. The other was Caleb. Joshua was Moses’ apprentice, and would successfully lead the Hebrews. Through his communication with and obedience to the only true God, Joshua would prove to be a greater military commander than Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, or Napoleon.
Joshua in the Old Testament is the same name as Jesus in the New Testament. This is not a double fulfillment, but Joshua is a type or shadow of Jesus; much like Joseph the Patriarch was. Joshua defeated giants conquering the Promised Land. Jesus defeated Satan conquering sin and death. Whose victory was greater? Colossians 2:13- 15 answers that question.
As we study the book of Joshua, there is much application for us as over-comers. In the previous fleshly life before Christ we were focused on self-esteem, self-pity, and self-gratification. We were no threat to the enemy. After crossing the Jordan River, and dying to self (Romans 6), we are to walk in the Spirit. Like John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, there are still many enemies for us to face. The most frequent and resilient being our own flesh.
The book of Joshua provides insight into the plans of the enemy to disarm us. How can we defeat the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life? The principles found in this book provide answers and strategies for us to follow today.