For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4



 A Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough

Copyright 2001 James Melough


“Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel,” Jos 1:1-2.

Moses is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ dying to deliver us from the bondage of sin and Satan as typified by Israel’s bondage in Egypt, leading us out of the world as represented by Egypt, to begin our journey home to heaven; but Joshua is a type of Christ in resurrection, as the Captain of our salvation, leading us into the enjoyment of the inheritance (spiritual blessings) secured for us by His death.  The words “Now after the death of Moses” assure us that the lessons of Joshua’s experiences are related to what has to do with Christ “raised again for our justification,” Ro 4:25, “the Captain of our salvation,” living for us, and leading us into the spiritual sphere represented by Canaan; and confusion will be avoided if we remember that Canaan is a type, not of heaven, but of the spiritual sphere into which we are introduced at conversion, and the blessings of which we are meant to enjoy even while we are still here on earth.

In this context it is instructive to note that Joshua is described as “the son of Nun,” for Nun means perpetuity.  Joshua portrays Christ as the true “Son of perpetuity,” the One Who lives in “the power of an endless life,” Heb 7:16.

Moses must die before the work of Joshua could begin.  Christ must die to redeem us before He could lead us into the enjoyment of the blessings secured for the redeemed through His death.


     Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
© 2000-2005 James Melough