In Exodus 33 Joshua was called a young man. Only he and Caleb lived out of the 12 men Moses sent to spy out the land. We know Joshua was at least 20 years old. There were in the wilderness 40 years.
Joshua was with Moses when the Lord explained how the children of Israel would become corrupted. No wonder the Lord assured him, as the new leader that He would be with him.
In Joshua 1:5 He told Joshua that no man would be able to stand before him. Verses 6, 7, and 9 He told him to be strong and very courageous.
The Lord affirmed his leadership again in Joshua 3:7. It says, “And the Lord said to Joshua, This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.”
Do you remember in the Song of Moses? They sang prophetically that their enemies would hear and be afraid, and that fear and dread would fall upon them. That is fulfilled in Joshua. I don’t know how the word spread but even the kings from far away heard and came out against the Israelites. Time and time again Joshua and the men of war destroyed them.
It was Joshua’s role to assign the various land for each of the 9 1/2 tribes. 2 1/2 already gained their land on the other side of the Jordan.
Here is a note on Caleb. It gives us a time line. Joshua 14:10 Caleb said that he was 85 years old. Verse 11 says, “I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war…”
Joshua 18:3 says, “Then Joshua said to the children of Israel: How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has given you?”
Great question for us. What areas of our flesh have not been brought under the control of the Holy Spirit? What stubborn habits exist? What behavior is just plain pride and self-seeking? It is time to go in and destroy the enemy’s strongholds and possess that land for the glory of the Lord.