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LIFE OF JOSHUA.
Joshua eminently qualified for his station. Chosen by God
to be the successor of Moses. Command of God to him to cross the Jordan, and promise of future divine support.
The providence of God is seldom more conspicuous than in the preparation of individuals for the important stations which they are destined to occupy. This was eminently the case with regard to Joshua, the successor of Moses. Of the tribe of Ephraim, and the son of Nun, he was in the prime of manhood when the Israelites left Egypt. The wonderful scenes through which they passed at that time, and during the long course of their progress to the borders of the promised land, --with the various dealings of God with them, both in the way of mercies and of judgments,—were full of instruction to a reflecting mind. Joshua, undoubtedly, treasured up this instruction in his heart.
He was early treated by Moses in a very confidential manner, and chosen from among the most prominent of his countrymen, for the discharge of peculiar and arduous duties. The band which fought at Rephidim against the Amalekites, was led forth by Joshua to the field of battle and of triumph. He alone attended Moses, when, leaving the elders at a distance, the latter went up the highest part of Mount Sinai, to receive the tables of the law from the hand of God himself. For six days they were together, before Moses approached still nearer the divine presence in the midst of the cloud. And when he descended, having abode there forty days, it was Joshua who again accompanied him ; while, as they drew nigh the camp, they heard the shouting of the people, and discovered their idolatry in the worship of the golden calf.
He was one of the spies who were sent from Kadesh-Barnea to explore Canaan. He remained faithful to the trust reposed in him, and was distinguished, together with Caleb, from the rest of their treacherous and unbelieving associates, and from the murmuring Israelites, by the divine assurance that they alone should enter the
promised land, of all who were twenty years
age and upwards when they came out of Egypt.
He doubtless, in addition to all the laws and ordinances, the instructions, promises and threatenings, which were communicated by God to the whole body of the people, received, for his per