Of over a million men in Israel, it was Joshua whom God chose to succeed His servant Moses. Joshua seems to have always been a man who was there, witnessing and often participating in the miracles, the wonders, the teachings of Moses from the day of the Passover until God took Moses to heaven. A proven man of faith, and Moses’ beloved assistant. He seem to never be on the sidelines, and the first time we meet him he is appointed commander over the Israelite army against the Amalekites. It is Joshua who led Israel into the Promised Land.
Joshua gives his final speech to the nation along with a challenge the people to serve God without turning to surrounding customs, the people pledge allegiance. Joshua dies, is buried, as Joseph’s bones also buried.
In this first of two farewell speeches, Joshua encourages the leaders to be courageous and cleave to Yahweh. He warns them against familiarity with pagans gods, and mixed marriages, “or else” he warns.
Joshua dismisses the warriors of the Transjordan tribes. As they returned to the land given them by Moses, intending to preserve tribal unity in the future, a memorial alter was built, nearly leading to civil war.
Six cities, known as cities of refuge, are chosen for any who accidentally kill another person. Fleeing there would protect them from vengeance of family members. Also, the Levites received land amongst the tribes.