By the end of the Book of Deuteronomy, God’s Old Testament church had spent forty years wandering throughout the inhospitable desert of the Sinai. After a generation passed, the Lord led them out of the wilderness, taking them far to the north, where they entered the plains of Moab, just to the east of the Dead Sea in what is now Jordan. As Israel camped at Moab, God prepared his people to enter the promised land, which they would receive as their inheritance. Before entering the land, as recorded in Deuteronomy, God renewed the covenant which he made with Israel at Mount Sinai. After Moses pronounced his final blessing upon the twelve tribes of Israel, named Joshua as his successor, and then climbed Mount Nebo where the Lord showed him the promised land, he died and was buried by the Lord. So, we pick up the story in Joshua 1.