As we end our journey through Joshua, it is important to remember how we fit in the bigger picture. It’s easy to dismiss the people and events of this book as long ago and far away. But the implications of their quest shed significant insight into our daily walk with Jesus.
In today’s text, Peter communicates something that was brand new to the entire world. Previously, the Israelites were the only ones specifically chosen by God. Unless there were special circumstances, for instance, Rahab and her family, the story of God and humanity was mostly about Yahweh and the Israelites. However, because of Jesus, the true living Stone (v. 4), non-Jews are able to be part of God’s family, too.
The Israelites were God’s chosen people whom He was making into a nation. They would always have a special place in God’s heart. But because of Jesus, Peter proclaimed that non-Jews also have a place in the kingdom. Followers of Jesus, regardless of race or ethnicity, “are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (v. 9). Because of Jesus, the tent has been widened and the table has been extended. Just as the Israelites were called out of slavery in Egypt, we have been called “out of darkness into his wonderful light” (v. 9).
The Israelites wandered in the desert for decades with no place to call their home. Then Joshua led the people on a quest into the Promised Land. In a similar fashion, you and I have wandered aimlessly looking for purpose and fulfillment. But the Lord leads us on a quest that is sometimes difficult, nevertheless bringing us to a place that is unimaginable—at home with Him.
>> What have you learned from your study of Joshua? How can you apply those lessons to your own faith journey? Like Joshua, we can step out in faith boldly, obey God’s commands faithfully, and remain loyal to our calling. May you, too, have courage for the quest.