The children of Israel became an independent nation when they left Egypt and they received the Law at Mount Sinai. Because of a lack of faith they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. At the end of the 40 years Moses dies and Joshua becomes the new leader. The time to inherit the land has finally come! The book of Joshua tells the story.
Instructions To Joshua – Joshua 1:1-9
Joshua, one of the “faithful spies” from last lesson, was chosen by God to be the new leader. God assured him that He will give them the land.
What “non-military” responsibility does God stress to Joshua as He prepares him to lead the conquest? (7-9)
God asks the rhetorical question, “Have I not commanded you?” What is the implication of that statement?
First Battle: Jericho – Joshua 6:1-5, 15-21.
The first battle of this military campaign was at Jericho. Note the strange battle plan for taking the city of Jericho in Joshua 6:3-5. Honestly, does it make any logical sense?
The children of Israel did what God said and He gave them the victory.
What does it show about Israel and Joshua’s leadership that they were willing to obey God when He asked them to do something so illogical? (Hint: See Hebrews 11:30).
Mission Accomplished – Joshua 21:43-45, 23:11-16.
How many times in the scriptures above does it state explicitly that God has fulfilled the promise concerning the land? (Count them!)
When Joshua realize he was about to die what warning did He give the children of Israel?
Note that the LAND promise, as well as the GREAT NATION promise has now been fulfilled. The final promise God made to Abraham was, “in your seed all nations of the earth will be blessed” referring to Jesus who will be born in this nation and who will die for the sins of all mankind.