Friday, December 14, 2012

Bible Study: Be Strong and Courageous - Joshua Chapter 17

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Joshua, although they are a bit better formatted than former efforts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, summer 2009, things are looking increasingly bleak with the economy and unemployment, there is a renewal and increase of racism, and godly principles of living being disregarded. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Stay strong and very courageous. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming to deliver His people and judge the wicked…


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 17 of the Old Testament book of Joshua. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

17:1 – Why did the firstborn of Manasseh (Machir) get allotted Gilead & Bashan? What is significant about Machir (his name means “sold”) being a man of war? His entire family had a reputation for being expert warriors.

17:2 – Manasseh’s other male descendants were Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher and Shemida.

17:3 – Take a minute to sketch this piece of Manasseh’s family tree.

A girl named Noah (this name means “rest”)? Named after “the Noah”?

17:4 – When did the Lord say these girls should get an inheritance? See Numbers 36.

17:7-10 – Manasseh’s land boundaries.

17:11-13 – The cities that Manasseh couldn’t possess because the Canaanites lived there. But when Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to hard labor.

17:14-18 – The people of Joseph – Ephraim and Manasseh.

17:15 – Clear ground in the forest? How could Joshua give them more land? Why was Manasseh involved since they received several tribal allotments? Were they involved?

17:18 – Apparently, the hill country was vast and would be Canaanite-free.

• The book of Joshua teaches us many things including the fact that we must pursue a relationship with the Lord for ourselves rather than leaning on others’ relationships with Him. Joshua followed Moses as leader of Israel, after all. What have you learned and applied to your life from today’s reading that will help you persevere in your relationship with Christ?
• How do you observe God proving to Israel that He is with Joshua as He was with Moses in today’s text? How does it apply to your own life and relationship with Him?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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