We are ONE…..so COLLABORATE
1. After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.
13 “Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you after he said, ‘The Lord your God will give you rest by giving you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle, must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites. You are to help them 15 until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land the Lord your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.” Joshua 1: 1-2; 13-15
I have read this text many times, as it is one of my ‘favourite’ books, since Joshua is a transitional book, and a book of progression. It describes the movement of the children of Israel leaving the wilderness and moving to the land of promise and plenty. It's really a story of going from survival to thriving. It has never been God’s intention to have his people, then and now, in a place of just surviving.
But as I read the text again, I noticed that God wasn’t interested in just one tribe thriving he was interested in the success of all tribes….’moving as one'
Notice in verse 1. The LORD tells Joshua that Moses is dead and ‘now it’s time’ for the children of Israel to cross over the Jordan to inherit their possession. The time and season of Moses has ended, and now Joshua is entering into a new era and season. The children of Israel are now going to take possession of the promise originally spoken by God to Abraham in Genesis 12. Joshua now prepares the people, firstly they must start packing and secondly, he tells them to prepare provision for the journey. Both of these points are messages and principles in themselves. Finally he speaks to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh and reminds them of an agreement that they formally had with Moses.
In Numbers 32:1-20, God had blessed these tribes with cattle and livestock, and during that time, they noticed it was prime land for rearing livestock. So they asked Moses, Eleazar the priest and the elders for favour to remain on the 'east side of the Jordan’ meaning they didn't need to cross over to the other side of Jordan. Moses' initial respond was ‘shall you sit here and rest while your brethren go to war and fight for their possession’. But the tribes agreed to build sheepfold for the cattle, houses for their wives and children, but they would cross over the Jordan and help the other tribes to possess their own land and inheritance. So now in Joshua 1:13-15 he reminds the tribes of that promise.
Once again, they remembered the promise, ‘our men of war will go over the Jordan and we will not come back until all our brethren have their rest just like us’. This is and should be our prayer and meditation as we pursue ‘our goals and endeavours’. Individually we may have purposes and goals, but they only really matter in the context of 'our collective larger goals and objectives. We must never leave a tribe member to fight on their own, but we must fight and win together, as one. Of course there are some of us who are more advanced and at differing levels in securing our inheritance, but we must not rest until we are all pursing our inheritance and place of rest.
To your inheritance 'Moving As One’