The LORD commissions Joshua.
Joshua is to move westward across the river in order to give Israel possession of the land (v. 6
To walk over land was a way of legally claiming it.
The idea that the land of promise extends to the river Euphrates reflects Deut 11.24
and royal ideology (Ps 72.8
The LORD as divine warrior
promises Joshua military success (see v. 3
) and a supportive presence (v. 9
The theology reflects Deuteronomy: Undeviating obedience to the book of the law produces prosperity and success. Joshua is to be like the ideal king of Deut 17.18–20
Joshua commands the people.
These three days are concluded by
These tribes have already occupied land east of the Jordan. The command of Moses is reported in Deut 3.18–20
. Rest (vv. 13, 15
) is security in the land established by defeat of the enemy (
The eastern tribes agree with enthusiasm, but their double use of only introduces some tension into the plot. Will the LORD
be with Joshua? Will Joshua be strong and courageous?
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