Friday, January 18, 2013

Bible Study: Be Strong and Courageous - Joshua Chapter 22

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 22 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…

22:1-9 – Joshua blesses the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh and sends them home across the river.

22:1-5 – see Deuteronomy 3:18-20; Joshua 1:1-18.

22:10 – The three eastern tribes built an imposing altar by the Jordan.

22:11-12 – When the remaining tribes heard about the altar, they gathered together to go to war against them.

22:13-16 – A delegation was sent to ask why they rebelled against God by building the altar.

22:17 – What was the sin of Peor? See Numbers 25:1-9. This was when Israel was seduced by Moab.

22:19 – the Lord’s land – Shiloh.

22:20 – Achan took things that were devoted to the Lord and he and his family were destroyed. See 7:1-26.

22:24 – The three tribes declare they didn’t build the altar in rebellion, but as a testimony that they are part of the community of the Lord. They didn’t want to be accused of being outsiders because they were located on the other side of the Jordan River.

22:34 – the altar was named “A Witness Between Us that the Lord is God.”

• 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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