Gateway Assembly

First Steps and New Beginnings

Part 4. The first five chapters of Joshua focus on how the Israelites prepared themselves before stepping into the major battles of the conquest. Having gathered their provisions and crossed the Jordan River, the people were camped within enemy territory. They may not have understood the significance of where they stood at that moment. While camped there on the western side of the Jordan River, three signs proved to them how much their lives had changed. These were the signs of a new era in Israel's history, a new beginning.