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Who was Joshua? . Seriously, why does he get his own book in the Bible? . JOSHUA . One of the scouts sent into the Promised Land by Moses Was chosen as the next leader of the Israelites because of his unshakeable faith in God Led the Israelites in battles where whole cities/peoples

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Who was joshua
Who was Joshua?

Seriously, why does he get his own book in the Bible?


Joshua
JOSHUA

  • One of the scouts sent into the Promised Land by Moses

  • Was chosen as the next leader

    of the Israelites because of his

    unshakeable faith in God

  • Led the Israelites in battles

    where whole cities/peoples

    were destroyed


The book of joshua
THE BOOK OF JOSHUA

JOSHUA 1:1-18

  • God sends Joshua into Canaan

    • Tells him to be brave, steadfast, and true to the Law

  • Plans to attack Canaan from the east by crossing the Jordan River


Rahab and the spies
RAHAB AND THE SPIES

JOSHUA 2:1-24

  • 2 spies are sent into Jericho

    and go to a lodging house

  • Rahab was the owner and a

    prostitute

    • Recognized them as

      Israelites

  • She hides the spies from the

    king’s men


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How do you think rahab s actions were viewed
How do you think will be safe during the invasionRahab’s actions were viewed?

Was she a traitor? Was she a hero?


Who was joshua

  • Biblical writers show will be safe during the invasionRahab as doing the will of God

    • She would embrace him as the true God

  • Even though she was a Canaanite and a prostitute, she is shown as worthy

    • Has a significant role in the history of Israel and the ancestry of Jesus

      • Son: Boaz

      • Great grandson: King David 


Crossing the jordan
CROSSING THE JORDAN will be safe during the invasion

JOSHUA 3:1-17; 4:1-24

  • The Israelites begin the battle march to Jericho, but the Jordan is in the way

  • The priests touch the riverbed and the water stops flowing

  • 1 man from each tribe carries a stone across the river

    • Build a memorial on the other side

    • Called “Gilgal”, meaning “circle”


In the promised land
IN THE PROMISED LAND will be safe during the invasion

JOSHUA 5:10-15

  • The Israelites are able to enjoy the wealth of Canaan

    • No more MANNA!

  • Joshua meets the captain of God’s army (angels)

    • Like Moses, Joshua is told to remove his shoes before walking on holy land

    • A sign that God will be with them on the battlefield

  • SHALOM: deep peace of God


The fall of jericho
THE FALL OF JERICHO will be safe during the invasion

  • Israelites laid siege to Jericho for 6 days

  • Priests would lead the soldiers

    • First 7 carried rams’ horns

    • Next group carried the Ark

  • On the 7th days they circled the city 7 times, then stormed the wall


The ban
THE ‘BAN’ will be safe during the invasion

  • “devotion to God for destruction”

  • God’s command in the Book of Deuteronomy

    • An order to destroy EVERYTHING in the conquered area

    • Includes inhabitants, people, and their possessions (including animals)

    • Take NOTHING for yourself


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Possible explanations for the ban... will be safe during the invasion

  • Exclusive devotion to God

    • Israelites have been tempted for false gods/worship before

    • May have meant to prevent drifting from the faith

  • God can bring good out of evil

    • Emphasized that total trust/faith in God and following the Law will lead to victory and happiness

    • Pride in one’s power and disobedience will lead to disaster


Defeat at ai
DEFEAT AT AI will be safe during the invasion

JOSHUA 7:1-26

  • Scouts report that Ai will be easily defeated, but Israel loses

  • God tells Joshua that someone broke the ban by taking valuables from Jericho

  • The thief, Achan, is stoned and the goods are burned/buried

  • MESSAGE: Give total obedient devotion to God


The sun stands still
THE SUN STANDS STILL will be safe during the invasion

JOSHUA 10:12-14

  • City of Gibeon makes an alliance

    with Israel

  • 5 local kings siege Gibeon in

    retaliation

  • Joshua and the Israelites attack

    during the night

  • The next day, Joshua asks God to

    stop the sun

  • The kings, referred to as the

    “Amorites” are found and executed


Conquests triibal divisions and cities of refuge
CONQUESTS, TRIIBAL DIVISIONS, and CITIES OF REFUGE will be safe during the invasion

JOSHUA 20:1-6

DEUTERONOMY 19:1-13

The 12 Tribes of Israel

  • Symbolic number

    • 12 Apostles

    • 12 Judges


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Cities of Refuge will be safe during the invasion

  • Likely appeared during

    the time of King David

  • Meant to protect people

    guilty of accidental or

    unintentional killing by

    victims’ families (blood

    vengeance)

  • Sanctuary: universal

    custom, offering aid to the

    persecuted and homeless


Death of joshua
DEATH OF JOSHUA will be safe during the invasion

  • Begs his people to never forget what God has done for them

  • Renewal of the Covenant at Shechem

  • Joshua is buried in his tribal land

  • One of Israel’s greatest leaders

    • Strong, courageous, careful, honest, faithful, and an upholder of the Law