Joshua- a Type of Christ

Joshua a type of Christ

We see in Joshua a type of Christ. What does it mean to be a Type of Christ? Join me on this journey and allow the  Bible to come alive to you. Throughout scripture, there are many types of Christ. Some of those types are people who walked this earth thousands of years before us. The events in their lives pointed forward to the new covenant and to Jesus Christ.

You don’t need to know these things to be a Christian or to live in the power of God. Yet, understanding the foreshadowing helps us understand what God is really about. Understanding gives us insight into His character and the way God does things- past, present, and future. Understanding increases our faith and our hope.

Joshua a type of ChristAppointed Savior

Joshua became the leader of the Israelites after the death of Moses. He was appointed by God, as was Jesus. Both the name Jesus and Joshua mean Savior. Joshua was a savior to the people as they advanced to their final conquest. Today, Jesus is Savior to those who follow Him to their final conquest.

Servant, a type of Christ

Joshua was a servant to Moses, for the purpose of becoming his successor. He was a faithful servant. He was submissive and obedient to the will of God. Just so, Jesus became a servant in order to lead His church. He submitted to and was obedient to the will of His Father. Joshua was a servant leader to the people.


Under Joshua’s leadership, the people crossed the Jordan River. It is in this river that Jesus Himself was baptized thousands of years later.

This river is symbolic of death. Through the blood of Jesus, we will also cross the Jordan River, where we will reach the Promised Land. When the feet of the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant touched the waters of the Jordan, the waters parted. The people passed over the Jordan at the time of year when its water was  at its highest. Crossing the River symbolized freedom to the people.

Just so, crossing the Jordan River symbolizes eternal rest at last, provided by Jesus Christ.

Joshua a type of ChristJericho

Under Joshua’s leadership, the people conquered the walled city of Jericho. In this way, we see Joshua a type of Christ. It was not by their might or by their power that the walls of Jericho came down. It happened by the power of God. Just so, Jesus tears down the walls that surround us and have made us prisoners of our own making.


Through Joshua, Rahab and her family were saved. Rahab was an abandoned person, and symbolized the lost Gentile people. Rahab obeyed the instructions of the spies sent by Joshua. Through her faith and obedience, her entire household was saved. Joshua provided salvation and safety for her. Just so, we see in Joshua a type of Christ, for it is in Jesus Christ that we find redemption and safety.


Joshua led the people during the final days of desert-wandering, through the Jordan River and into Jericho, then on to Canaan.  This is the land they had longed for those many years. As their leader, he led them triumphantly to their final conquest. Jesus has done the same for us. He leads us through turbulence, trials, turmoil, and strife straight to our Promised Land.

Joshua a type of ChristConqueror, a type of Christ

That scarlet thread continues on in the life of Joshua – pointing to redemption for anyone who responds. Joshua led the people to the promised land and then gave the land to the tribes of Israel. Just so, at His resurrection, Jesus took possession of Canaan – where He is preparing mansions for each of us.  Joshua was a shadow of the coming Savior. Jesus is the fulfillment of what Joshua was picturing.

Joshua came after Moses, who symbolized the law. Joshua completed what Moses set out to do. Jesus completed the law. He came to fulfill the law, to lead us daily into the Promised Land, In doing so, He conquers our enemies and gives us life. That is what Redemption is all about. Joshua symbolized redemption to the Children of Israel. Jesus is Redemption for everyone who believes on Him.

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Finding Hope in an Imperfect Lineage




In the lineage of Christ, there are four specific women mentioned. From our human perspective, these women, because of their sinful history, should perhaps never have been included in the lineage of a sinless Jesus.

Yet, our gracious God does not discriminate against persons because of past mistakes or failures. He is able to use people, not because of, but in spite of their mistakes. That is what Redemption is all about! I am so grateful!lineage

Tamar was a widow who had twin sons from an immoral relationship with her father-in-law. Judah was one of the twelve sons of Jacob and did not keep his promise to Tamar after the death of her two husbands (his sons). In an effort to make Judah pay, Tamar posed as a prostitute and became pregnant with his sons. Scripture tells us that the Messiah would come through the tribe of Judah. Her son Perez from Judah is listed in the lineage of Jesus.

Rahab was a Gentile and a harlot who later became the wife of Salmon. She hid the Jewish spies who came to scout out her city, and upon instruction from the spies, she later hung a scarlet thread in her window, saving her life and the lives of her family. Salmon was the father of Boaz, who fathered Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David. Rahab lied about the spies, but she is listed in the Hebrews Hall of Faith because she welcomed the spies (not because she lied).

Ruth was a Moabitess and a Gentile. The Moabites descended from an incestuous relationship of Lot and his daughter. She arrived in Jerusalem from a pagan land following the death of her husband. Formerly an idol-worshiper, she came to faith and proclaimed to her mother-in-law, “Your people will be my people, and your God my God.” Ruth cared tenderly for her mother-in-law and caught the eye of Boaz, whose marriage to Ruth continued the lineage of Jesus.

Bathsheba, married to Uriah a Hittite, was also a Gentile woman. She was guilty of adultery with David while her husband was away in battle. David committed murder and lied about his sin, and the child conceived from their sin of adultery died. Later Bathsheba birthed Solomon who became known as the wisest king.


None of these women was without sin. Their lives were far from perfect, but they found grace in Jehovah. Each of these women found hope in the promise of the Messiah, even though they were not aware that God was going to use them to promote His kingdom. They had no idea that God was going to use their genetics to bring the Messiah to His people.

That is why I can find hope today. Even when I am not aware that God can use me, even when I feel unworthy because of my sinfulness, even when I think I am not capable, God wants to use me.

In His redemption, I find forgiveness and hope – and life.

Even when we are full of sin, He restores. That’s what He did for these women before the manger, the cross, and the resurrection took place. He is still able to do the same for us today!


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