A Study in the Book of Joshua
Lenya Heitzig & Penny Rose
- Who would God choose to lead the headstrong Israelites? Someone with experience. Someone who could stand up to pressure. Someone steadfast. Someone faithful. Someone who would courageously reach for the future. Someone like Joshua.
- Joshua 1:3-5 1. God promised to give the Israelites “every place” they stepped on in the land. What does this promise say about God’s character? 1. Every Place: God promised the Israelites immense physical territory, but they have never claimed every place He offered. God also promises us spiritual territory and triumph: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Cor. 2:14). Have you claimed every area He offers?
- Joshua was probably eighty years old.
- Joshua 1:6-9 3. “Observe to do” (Josh. 1:7) means “carefully do.” T Why do you think it would take great courage for Joshua to carefully do everything God’s Word commands? 3. Very Courageous: The second command is stronger than the first, adding “very” to courageous. The implication is that is takes more fortitude of heart to obey God’s Word than to wage a war. It’s true; personal conformity to God’s laws allows us to conquer new territory.
- p.p. 32-33
- They(Israelites) promised to go wherever Joshua sent them. Why was “wherever” important? Wherever The Israelites promised to go “Wherever.” Unknown to them, this would include crossing a flooding river, entering a harlot’s house, stopping for a mass circumcision, going longer than they thought they could go and fighting many battles. Are you willing to say, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go” (Luke 9:57)?
- pp. 40-41
- LIVE OUT . . . 8. Joshua did not hurry across the Jordan or rush into battle. Instead, he waited on the Lord to prepare his heart as well as the people’s hearts and minds. Are you hasty when facing your battles? Using the word WAIT as an acrostic, list four ways you’ll wait on God before your next conflict. For instance you might consider Working on your relationship.
Watch the Lord
Await the Lord’s Guidance
Initiate his Instruction
Carry out the Task
- 8. Time to Wait … Time spent waiting is never wasted. God uses it to strengthen us for what is to come. Waiting provides time for a perspective check, seeking to see things through the eyes of faith rather than the flesh. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” (Ps. 27:14) pp. 70 – 71
- We all face battles to win, obstacles to conquer, and enemies to defeat. Like Israel, victory comes to those who trust and obey. Our Lord assures us of His presence: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). And when God prevails, we should give Him the glory by remembering His work in our midst and erecting a monument to His holy name.
- 8. Unbelief in God’s promises prevented the exodus generation from entering God’s rest. Doubt is honest uncertainty, but unbelief is a stubborn refusal to trust God and act on that trust. What helps you keep the faith when you’re tempted toward unbelief? 8. Unbelief does not hinder God’s faithfulness (see Rom. 3:3, but it does affect the individual’s capacity to receive the benefits of His faithfulness. The unbelief of one generation of Israelites prevented them from seeing the Promised Land (see Heb. 3:19). The skeptic is limited to what he or she experiences, while “all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). p. 101
- God kept count of the days the spies were in Canaan to number the years of their wilderness experience. Imagine if the Lord punished you with one year of trial for each day of your unbelief in His promises. How long wold you suffer? How would that make you feel? What lesson would you learn? p. 101
- We’ve all heard that “one bad apple spoils the barrel.” The phrase came fro one of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, but Chaucer put it a bit differently: “Better is one rotten apple out of hoard, than that is should rot all the remnant.” We began to wonder, does one rotten apple really spoil the barrel? It turns out that it does. Scientists say that ethylene is involved in the ripening process of fruits known as “climacteric” fruits, which include apples, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, and others. These fruits produce a burst of ethylene as they ripen, which is followed by increased respiration and accelerated ripening. Exogenous ethylene stimulates ripening in these fruits. This is why one rotten apple does indeed spoil the whole barrel. One overripe apple produces ethylene, which diffuses to the others and accelerates their ripening. The same is true in both the physical and spiritual realms. When we humans come in contact with a person infected with a virus, we are in danger of being contaminated with the virus and passing it on to those around us. Spiritually, sin is a virus that is just as contagious as a cold or the flu. Achan had been contaminated with greed, and it had already cost the Israelites a great deal. The only way to deal with this deadly danger was to isolate the source and destroy it before it infected the rest of the people. Achan was a bad apple who could have spoiled the whole nation. p. 150
- When you break through to personal victory, how do you respond? Perhaps you gloat, glorying in your own prowess, or greedily desire more. But do you take time to thank God, remembering that He makes victory possible? Don’t be like nine of the ten lepers who, after being healed, failed to thank the very One who had cleansed them. Luke records that only “one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan” (Luke 17:15-16). p. 169