One of the most exciting ways for every twentieth-century man to learn practical lessons for facing today's challenges successfully is to study Old Testament Bible characters. Joshua is one of those. Perhaps more than any other Old Testament person, Joshua exemplifies for every man, particularly, positive ways to live a victorious Christian life. He walks through the battlefields of the Old Testament as a godly man. Though he certainly made mistakes, he lived an exemplary life.
Most of what we learn about Joshua is recorded in the book that bears his name—the sixth book in the Old Testament. And though the man Joshua is the focus of our study, most of the lessons that we can learn from his life involve his relationship with others—the children of Israel, the Canaanites, and the unique individuals who were closely identified with him in the conquest of the land.
What can a twentieth-century Christian man living in a vastly different culture learn from a man like Joshua? Admittedly, he was definitely a military leader operating in a very primitive environment. His greatest task was to lead the armies of Israel to take possession of the land of Canaan. However, many of the challenges he faced are essentially the same challenges that an American man faces today as he does battle against the forces of evil that are trying to capture his heart and mind.
While facing literal battles, Joshua demonstrates how men today can be "strong in the Lord and in his mighty power" by "clothing themselves" with "the full armor of God" in order to defeat "the powers of this dark world" and "the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Eph. 6:10-12, NIV).
As we study the life of this Old Testament warrior, we can learn dynamic lessons for living victoriously. In essence, these lessons come from God Himself, though we will see they are fleshed out in Joshua's experience.
These are some of the dynamic and practical lessons you'll learn from Joshua. Welcome to an exciting study.