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The Greatest Men of the Bible (14 of 15)
Joshua-The Man After Whom Jesus Was Named
Clarence E. Macartney
"The servant of the Lord." That is one of the greatest
epitaphs of the Bible. It was spoken of Moses, one of
the greatest men in the Bible, when he died "on Nebo's
lonely mountain." Here it is spoken of Joshua at the
end of his great and heroic life. "Joshua the servant
of the Lord." That always, and preeminently, he was.
No man ever lived who more deserved that epitaph.
At first it may seem strange that when our Savior, the
Son of God, came into the world He was given for His
personal name the name of Joshua, the greatest warrior
of the Old Testament. Why not Moses, or Samuel, or
Elijah, or even David, or Isaiah? But the angel told
Joseph before the birth of Mary's child that he was to
call his name Jesus, which is the New Testament form
of Joshua and which means "The Lord is salvation" and
in connection with Christ meant that He would save His
people from their sins. In certain great aspects
Jesus-the Prince of Peace, who shed no blood but His
own-and Joshua-the blood-stained conqueror of Canaan-
are much alike. Both did wholly the will of God. It
was said of Joshua that he left nothing undone of all
that the Lord commanded Moses, and on the cross Jesus
cried out, "It is finished." Joshua foreshadows Christ
in His complete obedience to the will of God, and as
Joshua led the people across the River Jordan and
conquered Canaan for them, so Jesus by the power of
His death and resurrection leads His people through
the Jordan of death and into the promised land of
peace and rest. It was said of Joshua at the end of
his great life that he gave the people "rest," and so
Christ has prepared rest from the toil and trouble and
sorrow and sin of this world for His people.
There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures ban ...
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