Joshua as a New Moses
Since the Lord promises Joshua, “…and as I was with Moses, thus I will be also with you,” it appears that the Lord is comparing Joshua’s future to the life of Moses (Joshua 1:5). Why does God do this? Perhaps to convey to Joshua that God has high expectations of his new role as the Israelites’ leader. Moses was clearly a great, God-fearing leader, referred to as “My servant” by the Lord Himself, simply because he fulfilled God’s will of shepherding the people of Israel (1:2, 7). The Lord thus orders Joshua to follow Moses’s instruction, “…do as Moses My servant commanded you” (1:7). After the Israelites (led by Joshua) crossed the Jordan, “…the Lord magnified Joshua before all the nation of Israel, and they feared him as long as he lived, as they did Moses” (4:14). Moses’s instruction had been followed by Joshua, “the Lord magnified Joshua…and they feared him as long as he lived, as they did Moses” (4:14).