Joshua 4:14: God Magnifies Joshua before the People

Verse 14:[1] On that day the LORD (Josh. 3:7) magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.

[He magnified Joshua] That is, so that his authority might increase with honor among the people, who willingly yield to those that are greater than themselves, that Divine Providence favors. Just how important it was to the Israelites that Joshua was venerable to them, the great tempests following his death[2] clearly show (Masius).

[1] Hebrew: בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֗וּא גִּדַּ֤ל יְהוָה֙ אֶת־יְהוֹשֻׁ֔עַ בְּעֵינֵ֖י כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל וַיִּֽרְא֣וּ אֹת֔וֹ כַּאֲשֶׁ֛ר יָרְא֥וּ אֶת־מֹשֶׁ֖ה כָּל־יְמֵ֥י חַיָּֽיו׃

[2] See Judges.

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  1. Precious thoughts on honorable leaders and leadership from Matthew Henry: “Notice is taken of the honour put upon Joshua by all this (Joshua 4:14): On that day the Lord magnified Joshua, both by the fellowship he admitted him to with himself, speaking to him upon all occasions and being ready to be consulted by him, and by the authority he confirmed him in over both priests and people. Those that honour God he will honour, and when he will magnify a man, as he had said he would magnify Joshua (Joshua 3:7), he will do it effectually. Yet it was not for Joshua’s sake only that he was thus magnified, but to put him in a capacity of doing so much the more service to Israel, for hereupon they feared him as they feared Moses. See here what is the best and surest way to command the respect of inferiors, and to gain their reverence and observance, not by blustering and threatening, and carrying it with a high hand, but by holiness and love, and all possible indications of a constant regard to their welfare, and to God’s will and honour. Those are feared in the best manner, and to the best purpose, who make it to appear that God is with them, and that they set him before them. Those that are sanctified are truly magnified, and are worthy of double honour. Favourites of heaven should be looked on with awe.”

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