Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” NIV
I’ve heard it said that if you are trying to teach something, listen for your own words coming back to you from the learner. When you start to hear back from them the things that you’ve been saying to them, you can have some level of confidence that the lesson has been assimilated.
That’s what I think is interesting about these verses that I’ve been looking at over the last week or so.
God repetitively gives this message to the Israelites. Moses assimilates it, and repeats it to Joshua, but, Moses dies before Joshua leads the people into the promised land.
God then gives this message to Joshua, and now, Joshua is delivering the message to the people, “Don’t hold back. Don’t be timid. Be strong! Be confident!” MSG
What a great message for today!