John explains that Joshua's charge from God is drastically different from that cultural charge we've all heard many times before when we face a daunting task. The cultural charge says, "You can do it. You have the strength within you to achieve your goals."
God, on the other hand, reassures Joshua by comparing him to Moses. However, unlike Moses, Joshua is leading God's people out of a nation, not into one. Rather than receiving the law, Joshua is tasked with meditating on the law, leading people in it, and reading and obeying it. Joshua is probably thinking to himself, "I can't do this. I am ill-equipped." And unlike our culture's charge of you can find the strength within yourself, God's charge to Joshua says, "I will be with you just like I was with Moses. I will not leave you nor forsake you. I will give you the strength and courage you need for this task."
God provides Joshua with strength and courage through his
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