from the This Is the Old Testament reading plan

Joshua 1:1-18, Matthew 28:16-20, Hebrews 13:5-6

BY She Reads Truth

This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we move from the Pentateuch into the second section of the Old Testament, the Historical Books.

What Is Joshua? The book of Joshua records God’s fulfillment of the renewed covenant in Deuteronomy and describes Israel’s entry into the promised land under Joshua’s guidance.

How Joshua Fits Into the Story: Joshua narrates Israel’s journey to the promised land, where the nation received its promised inheritance. Miraculous events, such as the crossing of the Jordan River, marked the Israelites’ journey. God gave Israel victories, but each victory required a step of faith. God’s holiness and provision are evident throughout this book, reminding future generations of His covenant faithfulness to His people. 

Reflection Questions: 
1. In light of Joshua 1, how does the promise of God’s presence change how you live?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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77 thoughts on "Joshua"

  1. Kendall Bernard says:


  2. Mary Alice Prater says:

    Yes…. I agree

  3. Moorea Fowler says:

    What jumped out to me in reading this passage is “be strong and courageous” mentioned 4 times.

    1. Mary Layton says:

      I looked up “why did God repeat this 3 times? God knew that Joshua knew he was facing an insurmountable duty to lead the fickle Israelites through a fortified city with a massive army. Joshua had also seen how God had supported Moses.

      This reminded me I could have courage to help care for a difficult, struggling aging parent.

  4. Joyce Walker says:

    I am thankful to know and able to be assured that God is with me always and love me and I can rest in him

  5. Kim Gillis says:
    How Great Thou Art—this is a friend of mine and he sang this with Nettles on Duets—he was runner up.

  6. Melissa Mcronney says:

    Lord help me to obey

  7. Katie says:

    What an amazing reminder! God is always with us and he will lead us so we must be courageous. Amen!

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