Friday, February 01, 2013

Bible Study: Be Strong and Courageous - Joshua Chapter 24

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…

Stacey


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 24 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…

24:1 – The leaders present themselves to the Lord at Shechem.

24:2-13 – Joshua reminds Israel what God has done for His people.

24:15 – Why would serving the Lord seem undesirable? Did anything keep you from serving Him? What?

This is a great verse to memorize and put into practice!

24:19 – What does Joshua mean when he tells Israel that God will not forgive Israel’s rebellion and sins?

24:22 – What does it mean that Israel is a witness against herself that she’s chosen to serve the Lord?

24:25 – What decrees and laws did Joshua draw up for Israel? The ten commandments?

24:26 – The Book of the Law of God? Deuteronomy?

What is the significance of the large stone?

The oak?

The holy place of the Lord?

Shechem?

24:28-33 – If Joshua wrote this book, who wrote the last 6 verses?

24:29 – Joshua died at the age of 110.

24:30 – If Joshua sent the people away in verse 28, who buried him?

He was buried in the land of his inheritance. Why do you think that the Lord allowed men to bury Joshua unlike Moses, whom the Lord buried, Himself?

24:31 – If Israel served God throughout Joshua’s lifetime, the lifetimes of the elders who outlived him and those who experienced God’s wonders, this verse implies that they stopped serving God.

It also implies that this verse was written after the last of those people died. What was God’s last wonder that He performed on Israel’s behalf?

Who was the only other living person to experience all that God had done for Israel? Caleb.

24:32 – Joseph’s bones are finally laid to rest – a promise kept.

He was buried in the land of his son’s inheritance.

24:33 – Eleazar the priest is also gone.

He was buried in the land of his son’s inheritance.



• 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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