As I mentioned last time I got the opportunity to write a short devotional for DiscplesWorld magazine. It was on the book of Joshua. The main point I emphasized was the number of times the phrase “Be strong and courageous” appears, four times in the first chapter!
I wish that I had already read an article where the writer tackled the problem many people have with Joshua, that it tells of genocide. While acknowledging that that does appear to be what God says to do, what actually happens isn’t. Rahab, a resident of Jericho, is spared along with all who stay in her home when Jericho is conquered, in chapter 2. Rahab is another woman who is mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1.