Delivery Man • Joshua
James Mann | Children’s Director
Joshua is an important person in the Old Testament. He first took over the lead of the Israelites after the death of Moses. Then, he led the Israelites through the Jordan and into The Promised Land. Finally, he led the people into conquering the Canaanites and split up the country to all the different tribes. Joshua’s name means “savior” and “deliverer.” This is fitting because Joshua helped deliver the Israelites out of their wandering in the wilderness and into The Promised Land. This is a big deal because for the past forty years these people had been out in the desert. The people were getting unruly and impatient over this time, and the people began to question God repeatedly. If God did not use Joshua to do this, there is no telling what would have happened. One thing that is for sure is that more sin would have followed.
Joshua’s road ahead of him was not easy by any means. He had to take over the reins after the death of Moses. Joshua kept questioning whether this is something he could do. We sometimes think this as we are doing the things God has commanded us to do. We must remember what God said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Sometimes God is trying to use us to help deliver people to Him, but we are too focused on our fears to move past that and do what is needed of us. We must remember that no matter where we go, He is always with us.
Fun Fact: Both Joshua and Jesus mean savior and deliverer. Joshua and Jesus delivered people out of one situation and into another. Jesus delivered us from our sinful way, and instead of sending us directly to Hell after death, He has delivered us into His Father’s hands and given us the chance of everlasting life. Much like the Israelites, this is not something we deserve. We deserve to be left in Egypt to fend for ourselves under the rule of a lunatic. We deserve to be in the wilderness, searching for any means of survival. We deserve eternal pain and suffering because we sin and are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. Instead, God has taken pity on us. He has spared us from eternal damnation and suffering. He sent His Son to deliver us to Him, just like He used Joshua to deliver the Israelites closer to Him.