I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today. Here’s a Preview:
Joshua was Moses’s loyal assistant for most of the years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness. Joshua was a firsthand witness to the special relationship between Moses and God. He saw Moses at his best as well as in his weakest moments.
Here are a few of the key moments in Scripture when we see Joshua’s proximity to Moses as he went about his work with God:
- Moses brought Joshua up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments from God (Ex. 24:13).
- Joshua observed Moses’ righteous indignation when Moses smashed the two tablets (Ex. 32:17-19)
- Joshua witnessed the holy communion Moses shared with the Lord as he guarded the tent of meeting. “The Lord would speak to Moses face-to-face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent” (Ex. 33:11 NASB).
Think about the impact it would have on you to sit and listen to someone converse with God and be called his friend. I believe these opportunities bolstered Joshua’s faith deeply. Joshua was one of the twelve spies who explored Canaan for the first time (see Numbers 13) and one of two who trusted God who came back and advocated for crossing over, as he believed God would protect the Israelites if they chose to take the promised land. He stood up to the entire Israelite nation with Caleb and called on the people to trust God’s character. Continue reading here.