Leadership by Joshua Part 9

In Joshua 2 we see Joshua ready to take Jericho.First off he only send two spies, not 12 like Moses did. Learn from your predecessor’s mistakes. Verse one said he did it secretly also. He remembered what the people wanted to do to him and Caleb when they brought a God-inspired report. In fact the report here is the same as Joshua and Caleb’s, “The Lord has given us the whole land” (verse 24).

In chapter 3 we see God’s plan for taking the land. Look at verse 7: “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites.” You can do everything right and be a good leader in yourself but only God can make you a great leader in the eyes of the people.

In chapter 5 Joshua and God renew the covenant. I’ll spare you the details but that’s dirty business. No one is signing up to be on the renew the covenant committee. In verse 3 it says : So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the entire male population. Leaders do what has to be done even when its dirty work.

In chapter 6 we see the execution of the Jericho plan. You no doubt are very familiar with the story. Leaders who trust in God’s plans will complete tasks that are impossible.

Chapter 7 and 8 we see a see-saw battle between Ai and Israel. Joshua suffers his first defeat and runs to God instead of away from him. He then totally defeated AI.

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