Joshua is taking the Children of Israel into the Promise Land. Moses just died and Joshua has the mantle.
God tells Joshua to cross the Jordan. Command to be of courage, and immerse himself in the law. Joshua reminds the eastern tribes of their military obligations. They pledge him their allegiance.
Joshua sends two spies to Jericho. They go to the house of a harlot called Rahab. The king of Jericho gets wind of this, but Rahab says the men have left – in actual fact, they were hiding in the flax on her roof. Rahab tells the spies what fear there is of the Israelites, and begs that she and her family may be saved on account of the favour she has performed. The spies assure her she will be. Rahab (who lives on the walls) lets the spies down and tells them to hide in the mountains for three days. The spies tell her to hang a scarlet chord to her window and keep her family within – this will keep them safe. The spies are not answerable for anybody’s safety if they leave her house. The spies return to Joshua.
The people instructed to follow the ark at a distance. The ark leads the way. God tells Joshua that when the feet of the Levites carrying the ark step into the waters of Jordan, its flow will be stopped. It is indeed the case – all Israel cross over as the priests stood firm.
On the orders of God, Joshua commands one man from each tribe to take a stone from where the priests stood, and take it with him to his lodging. Joshua then erects twelve stones himself in the middle of the Jordan, where the priests stood. 40,000 prepared for war cross over to the plains of Jericho; when the priests step out of the river, the flow of water resumes. Joshua sets up the twelves stones at Gilgal, east of Jericho, as a memorial.
The Amorites and Canaanites to the west of Jericho become fearful. The Israelites born in the wilderness have not been circumcised. They now are at Gilgal. Passover celebrated at Gilgal; provision of manna then stops, as the Israelites can eat the food of the land of Canaan. By Jericho, Joshua meets a military man who describes himself at the Commander of the Lord (angel? type of Christ?). Joshua worships him. He tells Joshua to remove his sandals, for he steps on holy earth.