Let’s read 69.) Joshua chapters 1 thru 4. The Bible transitions from the 3rd to the 4th Time Phase or Stage here. The Origins Stage was Genesis chapters 1 thru 11. Then the Patriarchal Phase was Genesis 12 thru Exodus 1:7. This was when we learned of the first 4 Promises or Prophecies. That Stage ended with the fulfillment of one of those Prophecies. The Exodus Phase commenced at Exodus 1:8 and just ended with Deuteronomy, the passing of Moses, and the fulfillment of a second of the Prophecies. The story transitions into the 4th Time Stage here as Israel is about to enter Canaan to begin the Conquest Phase, fulfilling the third of the first 4 prophecies given by God. This one, of course, is the establishing of Israel in their Promised Land.
The first chapter tells of the succession of Joshua unto the place of leadership after Moses. The second chapter relates the story of Rahab the harlot in Jericho and the 2 spies sent out by Israel. (She finds a prominent place later in scripture right into the very genealogical line of Messiah says Matthew 1:9!) From chapter 3, we are told the story of how Israel miraculously crossed the Jordan River, stepping foot for the first time in the land that was to become Israel. And, from chapter 4, we learn of how Israel was to commemorate that crossing and how that Joshua came to be revered by the people just as Moses had before him. The time of the preparation for their first encounter with the inhabitants of the land was to begin at Jericho, on the western side of the Jordan River. It is the time of Conquest. It is the time for the fulfillment by God of a third of the first 4 prophecies.
While Moses lived and ministered unto the Lord and Israel, he learned of and related the 3 later prophecies which were to characterize and define the history of the people of Israel from the end of this Conquest Stage until the time that Messiah was to come. Oh, the lengths that God went to gives us His Word demonstrate to us that He really exists; and to affect a full salvation for you and me… It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell