Joshua was selected by God to take the Israelites into the land he promised them. Chapter 1 establishes Joshua and the chapter starts out with an interesting Chiasma. A Chiasma is a figure of speech that has an ABC…CBA pattern of thought. There are a number of these throughout the Book of Joshua. The figure of speech places emphasis on a series of statements by accenting the middle pivot statements. The emphasis takes a student deeper into the Word.
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; (Joshua 1:1,2a)