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Book of Joshua

January 4, 2009
  1. 5 facts about Joshua’s life
    1. Joshua was one of two spies out of 12 that showed faith in God to take the promised land. (the other was Caleb)
    2. Joshua led Israel after Moses’ death in taking the land God promised to Abraham.
    3. Joshua was revered by Israel in the same way as Moses was, because God exalted Joshua in the sight of Israel.
    4. Joshua was on the mountain at Mt Sinai when Moses went up to see God and received the 10 commandments.
    5. Joshua spoke to the Captain of the host of the Lord before the battle of Jericho.
  2. 3 lessons I learned from Joshua 1:5-9
    1. Fear takes you very far from God and denies God’s instruction to be courageous.  My fears and doubts has kept me separated from God.
    2. I have to choose to be strong and courageous,  God does the rest.
    3. When I remember that God is always with me,  I make better decisions and have peace.

 

3.    God’s promise to Joshua (to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land) was conditional. God told Joshua 3 times to do what?  Be strong and courageous.

4.    Was Rahab’s lie justified? Why or why not?  Rahab’s lie was justified,  she was honoring God and showing reverent fear of the one true God by protecting His people.

5.    Name 2 lessons you have learned from Rahab about our own salvation (see Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25).   Salvation is by faith.  Salvation is alive with a working responsive faith. 

6.    In Joshua 3:1-4, we read about Israel crossing the Jordan River. What lesson did you learn about guidance for your life?  I need to be able to see where to step,  looking ahead to God’s leading,  and stepping out in faith and obedience is critical to crossing dangerous places.

7.    In Joshua 4, we read about the Memorial Stones. What did you learn from the fact God appointed a memorial for future generations?  God wanted to remind Israel of the fulfillment of the promise  and it started with a miracle. It is important to set memorial stones in our lives.

8.    In Joshua 4, the Israelites crossed the Jordan River. What lesson did you learn from this story about the purpose of miracles?  This demonstrates that God is behind their crossing into the promised land, confirms Joshua as the leader, and reassures Israel that God’s power is with them.  This helps us see God’s power and love for us.

9.    What lessons did you learn from Israel at Jericho that helps you understand your salvation?  Faith, combined with obedience produces miracles,  God’s is in charge of winning the battle,  I am in charge of obeying God and acting on what He tells me to do.  God will take down the barriers.  I need to trust God in my salvation.

10.  In Joshua 7, you read about the sin of Achan and the Defeat of Ai. Name one lesson you learned from this event regarding the consequences of sin.  Sin will destroy you and your world.  Sin affects more than just you.  Sin brings death.

11.  How many kings were defeated in the book of Joshua? 33 (31 west, 2 east)

12.  Who was Caleb and why did he get a special inheritance? Caleb was one of the two spies who had faith in God the first time Israel scouted the promised land.  At that time Moses swore that the land (Hebron) that Caleb stood on would be his, for his trust and faith in God’s promise.

13.  What city did Judah NOT capture? Who finally did? (refer to 2 Samuel)  Jerusalem, David.

14.  Name the two descendants of Joseph.  Ephraim and Manasseh

15.  Who were the only two people from the older generation to enter the land of Canaan?  Caleb and Joshua.

16.  Joshua 20 tells the story of the appointment of cities where a manslayer could flee if he accidentally killed someone. What were these cities known as? How many cities were there.  Cities of refuge.  Six.

17.  Which tribe was not allowed by God to inherit land? What did they receive?  Levites.  Cities with Pasture lands for livestock.

18.  The Levites received 48  cities and 6 of those were Cities of Refuge

19.  After the cities of refuge were established, what 3 promises of God to Israel were fulfilled? Taking the land,  having rest, all enemies defeated.

20.  In Joshua 22, we read that the tribes east of Jordan were sent home to build an altar. Accusations were made against them by other tribes. Explain 2 things you learned from this event.  The tribes were concerned about being obedient to God, and keeping worship/sacrifices proper before God,  they were concerned about the wrath of God coming on them (as had happened with Achan).  I saw that I should not assume I know why someone is doing something, especially in worship practices.

21.  In Joshua’s farewell address, he challenged the Israelites to live a Godly life. List the 4 things he told them to do.  fear and serve the Lord, and reject idols, choose to serve the Lord, do not associate with other peoples.

22.  What did you learn about parents’ duty in leading their families?  Lead them in obeying the Lord and worshipping and serving Him.

23.  Which other great men of God are recorded in the close of the Book of Joshua?  Joseph, Jacob, Aaron

24.  Do you think the “hornet” mentioned in Joshua 24:12 is literal or figurative?  I think it was some sort of stinging insect or insect plague going ahead of the Israelites.  If figurative, how does a hornet “drive” people out?  By Fear, terror, stinging consciences. In what way did God drive the Canaanites out?  By sending the hornet upon them.

25.  In Joshua 24:14-15, Joshua calls the people to make a choice. What are the choices before us today? What are the modern-day equivalents of the “gods of the Amorites?”  The same choices to fear and serve the Lord, and reject idols, choose to serve the Lord.   The modern equivalents – greed, lust, perversions, immorality.

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One Comment
  1. January 5, 2009 5:35 am

    Thanks for listing some of the key details about the life of Joshua. He is one of my favorite figures in the Old Testament. I jsut recently wrote an article about the crossing of the Jordan on my blog. Would you mind checking it out? It’s listed at http://www.joshuamethod.com. Thanks

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