Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
THE LORD APPOINTS JOSHUA TO SUCCEED MOSES. (Jos. 1:1-18)
Now after the death of Moses—Joshua, having been already appointed and designated leader of Israel (Numbers 27:18-23), in all probability assumed the reins of government immediately "after the death of Moses."
the servant of the Lord—This was the official title of Moses as invested with a special mission to make known the will of God; and it conferred great honor and authority.
the Lord spake unto Joshua—probably during the period of public mourning, and either by a direct revelation to the mind of Joshua, or by means of Urim and Thummim (Numbers 27:21). This first communication gave a pledge that the divine instructions which, according to the provisions of the theocracy, had been imparted to Moses, would be continued to the new leader, though God might not perhaps speak to him "mouth to mouth" (Numbers 12:8).
Joshua—The original name, Oshea, (Numbers 13:8), which had been, according to Eastern usage, changed like those of Abram and Sarai (Genesis 17:5-15) into Jehoshua or Joshua (that is, "God's salvation") was significant of the services he was to render, and typified those of a greater Saviour (Hebrews 4:8).
Moses' minister—that is, his official attendant, who, from being constantly employed in important services and early initiated into the principles of the government, would be well trained for undertaking the leadership of Israel.
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