is rare for a charismatic leader to transfer power to a successor. In
this message we are going to examine the power transfer from Moses to
Joshua. In studying the life of Joshua, there are only a few references
which provide details about his personal life. One thing that
immediately stands out is the fact that Joshua suddenly became a
personal assistant to Moses around 30 years of age. Joshua had the
caught the vision that God had given to Moses.
was determined to do all he could to make it come to pass.
had faith in God.
Joshua remained loyal until Moses was taken home by God.
unclear why Joshua was selected since he was from the tribe of Ephraim
and Moses was from the tribe of Levi. Ephraim was not considered a high
ranking tribe by the children of Israel. Nevertheless, Joshua was a
tribal leader, and when the time came to spy out the Promised Land, he
was selected to represent the tribe of Ephraim.
spies returned from their assignment, Joshua and Caleb gave a good
report of the land and its inhabitants. The other ten tribal leaders
declared that the land could not be conquered while Joshua and Caleb
stood fast and were exempted from the resulting curse that God
pronounced upon the adults because of their unbelief. Joshua stood firm
in his support for Moses when the people cursed him for not having
water, for wandering in the wilderness and in the rebellion caused by
the challenge of a lifetime after Moses’ death to step up to the
position of leading the Israelites. There was a burden that came with
the mantle of leadership. Joshua must have asked God for the same
anointing as Moses. It is important to always stay faithful in the
position where God has placed you in this life and not to deviate from
it. That is the one of the most important aspects of Joshua’s life.
Please join me this Sunday as we dig deep into this message and study
the life of Joshua.
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures this Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell