Lesson 18: “Be Strong and of a Good Courage”

Old Testament Class Member Study Guide, (2001), 13


Study the following scriptures:

  1. a.

    Joshua 1. The Lord calls Joshua to succeed Moses. Joshua prepares the Israelites to possess the land that the Lord has promised them.

  2. b.

    Joshua 3–4; 6. The Israelites cross the Jordan River on dry ground and place 12 stones there as a memorial of their crossing. Through the faith of the Israelites, Jericho is destroyed.

  3. c.

    Joshua 23; 24:14–31. Joshua and his people covenant to serve the Lord.

Moses was the only leader an entire generation of Israelites had known. But the Lord took him at the end of their sojourn in the wilderness—just when they faced a great test. Remembering his promises to Israel, the Lord raised up a new leader, Joshua.

  • What did the Lord tell Joshua to do to “have good success”? (See Joshua 1:8.) Why do you think scripture study would have been important for Joshua to succeed in his calling? How has regular scripture study helped you?

  • What important counsel did Joshua give at the end of his life? (See Joshua 24:14–15.) Why is it important to choose today to serve the Lord? How can we show that we have chosen to serve him?

Additional reading: Joshua 7; 14.