Friday, December 21, 2012

Bible Study: Be Strong and Courageous - Joshua Chapter 18

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 18 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…

18:1 – Israel sets up the tent of meeting at Shiloh. Were they inviting God to dwell among them?

Shiloh was the religious center for over a century.

18:2-3 – Joshua reprimands the seven remaining tribes for delaying their possession of the land. Why would they delay? Which tribes were they? Simeon, Benjamin, Dan, Issachar, Zebulun, Asher and Naphtali.

18:4-6 – A scouting party would survey and divide the land and Joshua would distribute by lot.

18:8-10 – The scouting party completes their mission.

18:11-28 – Benjamin’s inheritance is detailed.

What are we going to inherit from the Lord? How does that make you feel?

• 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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