...the Lord spoke to Joshua...
Read or hear the story from Joshua 1:1-6
Read excerpts from JOSHUA and the Promised Land
Conquest, Peasant Revolt, and Immigration
Theology of Land
Have you ever experienced
anything like a call from God?
Have you ever felt like saying "Give me a break, God?"
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|Joshua (which means "savior" and in Greek
is "Jesus") is first introduced as one of the
spies Moses sent to spy out the land (Numbers 14-15).
and Caleb reported that the land was good, flowing with
milk and honey, but the other spies reported that the
cities were formidable. So the people were too afraid to
obey God and enter the land. God was very angry. For a
whole generation the Israelites had to wander in the wilderness.
Now once again the people are on the boundary of
freedom and fullness -- at the banks of the Jordan River.
God calls Joshua, as God called Moses, to be a leader
for God's people. God says, "Arise! Cross!"
- The call includes:
of the task: Arise and cross the Jordan into the
of divine presence and assistance: I will be with
you; I will not fail you.
Be strong and courageous.
God calls persons and communities to special service. A
challenge is to discern what that call might be. In this story
the original audience was invited to identify with Joshua and to
listen to God speaking to him privately, quietly, confidently.
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Where are your holy places?
What things set them apart as special for you?
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Sometimes they are
Sometimes they are
Sometimes they are
in your home
- For the people who first told and heard this story,
"the land" was a specific place -- sacred,
special, and seeded with principles of justice. "The
land" was an expression of covenant
-- a gift of a holy place from God in exchange for the
promise of service. The land meant:
Safety, peace, economic prosperity
Identity as a community, a sense of belonging
Right relationship with God
- There are many today who understand also their land this
- * These links
jump to several outside sites for further information on
land issues and organizations working with marginalized
persons. Links do not constitute an endorsement by the
Women's Division of the information on other web sites.
These links expose United Methodist Women to diverse
perspectives; afford us an opportunity to compare them to
United Methodist positions; and, encourage United
Methodist Women to critically analyze the issues raised
by the Joshua web pages
people seeking to protect their land
Environmental Network* is a
grassroots alliance to help indigenous nations
and their people to stand up against local and
multinational corporations and any national
policy action that contaminates the land, water,
or air of indigenous people and their
working to save the environment
for the Environment (AFE)* an
organization that is a national nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping
citizen activists use the political process to
solve environmental problems. AFE tracks
environmental ballot initiatives and referenda,
convenes electoral skills training workshops and
seminars, and produces guides for electoral
Women for Environmental Justice* a group
who strives to ensure that all people regardless
of race, gender, or economic status are entitled
to Environmental Justice. They advocate on behalf
of people in North Carolina because contaminants
and toxins are dumped in primarily minority and
low-income population areas.
Environment and Development Organization* a group
that believes women must have an equal say in
decision-making on environment, development, population, reproductive rights, technology, political participation and other issues affecting their lives, their families and the future of the planet, and healthy communities to make a healthy planet.
Principles of The United Methodist Church
What do you think?
How could this story be misused?