Joshua

THE PROMISE FULFILLED  

It’s finally time to take the promised land and this book details how they did it. Joshua is a book about courage and strength and if you need some historical might, then you are going to love this book. Read how they won the battle, read how they took the promised land and be encouraged as they establish the Kingdom of God after 40 years of delay.

PART ONE | PART TWO | part three

 
 

 

Part One

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

J 1:5


DIVE

5 things to help you enter your promised land

Welcome to the first week of Joshua, this incredible book is the turning point of the Old Testament. A turning point is that point in a movie when everything comes to a climax and you lean in. The characters are ready, the scene is set, you know the plan, you know the enemy and now for the big fight scene. From this point, we can either go backward down the hill or we can push through, win this victory and enter the new day.

In Joshua 1:1-18 we find the calling of Joshua. In the Snapshot, we discovered the background of this servant-hearted man and now God is calling him to step forward and lead the people. Let me show you five things you need to know as you step out of your comfort zone into the promised land.

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DEEP DIVE

the old testament: in review by RYAN KERRISON

The book of Joshua is an incredibly fascinating book, full of prophetic undertones, leadership advice, and epic historical narrative. It serves the bridge between the Pentateuch and the rest of the biblical corpus known by Jewish communities as the Tanak (Torah - Instruction), Nebiim (Prophets), and, Ketibim (Writings), or for Christians; the Old Testament. Joshua is known by biblical scholars as the final book in the Hexateuch (the relationship theory that Joshua alongside the first five books of the Bible was once a single literary work), and as one scholar puts it, “presents as complex a literary problem as any book in the Bible”. This Deep Dive, however, shall focus less on these aspects and rather on the story so far…

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Part Two

for the Lord, your God is in heaven above and on the earth below

J 2:11


DIVE

grabs of wisdom pt.1

For the Dives for Joshua, I wanted to change things up a bit. In the Dives I am going to show you quick grabs of wisdom that jumped out at me as I studied the book. Joshua has so much in it that I didn't want to limit our study to one topic, so here are my first seven grabs of wisdom as you read this book.

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DEEP DIVE

Land, Leadership and Lord by RYAN KERRISON

To frame this Deep Dive, a brief survey of the pivotal events that have occurred between God, and the people of Israel is in order.  At the forefront of those events stand the Abrahamic Covenant, arguably the most prominent covenant made by God to humanity. Here is an excerpt from the first time we see it at the beginning of Genesis 12:

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

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Part Three

But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD!

J 24:15


DIVE

GRABS OF WISDOM PT.2

Let’s continue as we did last week with some grabs from this life-changing book.


STAND UP! WHAT ARE YOU DOING DOWN ON YOUR FACE?

This is the best line in the whole book – when you hear Joshua’s prayer in 7:6-9 its submissive again, he has forgotten he is not the servant, he is a leader “Pardon your servant, Lord” it’s with torn clothes that he is seeking God and God responds “What the heck are you doing on your face!” This is awesome, he is saying this is simple  - you don’t need to beg me – Israel sinned, then he tells them exactly what is going on.

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DEEP DIVE

Crossing the Jordan By Nathan Ross

When reading the book of Joshua there are many outstanding stories, but one story that remains with the reader long after the reading is that of the crossing of the river Jordan. It’s a captivating recount, found in chapters 3 and 4, of how the Israelites crossed the raging Jordan river over into the land of Canaan – The Promised Land! The Israelites had been wondering the wilderness 40 years and this is the big moment it’s all been leading up to. It’s such a powerful story, but it is also quite peculiar, and when one begins to delve into the details of the account we find that there is much more than meets the eye.

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