1. Exposition

Should Joshua be faulted for not making arrangements for a successor, like Moses did?

Judges 1:1 (ESV)

1 After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the LORD, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?”

No he should not be faulted for this. His military campaigns against the Canaanites were successful, thereby clearing the way for the tribes of Israel to take charge of their own futures. Receiving a message from Yahweh that his time to die was at hand (Joshua 13:1–7), Joshua had supervised the apportionment of the tribal land grants, as a general oversees the distribution of the spoils of war (Joshua 13:1–19:51). But while Yahweh’s instructions regarding Joshua’s arrangements for the future said nothing about a successor, the descendants of Israel as a group were to accept the challenge of continuing the holy war against the enemies occupying the land that remained…. They were to fear God, remain true to the Torah of Moses, and, led by the Divine Warrior, drive out the enemy (Joshua 23:1–13).1,2