There had also been much intercity warfare among the Canaanites, and afterward the period of the judges was marked by general turbulence. Historical Setting At the time of the Israelite migration into Canaan the superpowers of the ancient Near East were relatively weak. Two spies had already visited the city and promised to save Rahab and her family. Session Two How Flawed Rahab Saved a Nation God delights in using the weak to accomplish his purposes. In the Hebrew Bible the book of Joshua initiates a division called the Former Prophets, including also Judges, Samuel and Kings. But this kind of approach does not develop a relationship with the Lord.
It continues with a description of the tribal allotments and ends with Joshua's final addresses to the people. Learn from the Faith of Surprising Sinners There is much good news for sinners in the book of Joshua. They are not given so we can avoid or go around, but so we can cross them victoriously. They do more than merely record the nation's history from Moses to the fall of Judah in 586 B. References for the course are found in the. The book details the dividing of the land among the tribes.
But there is more here. And the L ord showed him all the land , Gilead as far as Dan , 2 all Naphtali , the land of Ephraim and Manasseh , all the land of Judah as far as the western sea , 3 the Negeb , and the Plain , that is , the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees , as far as Zoar. It is in Canaan, the place of deliverance and conquest. War is a terrible curse that the human race brings on itself as it seeks to possess the earth by its own unrighteous ways. And likewise, as the land of Canaan was full of fortified cities and enemies that needed to be driven out, so the Christian life is a life of conflict with enemies which must be overcome. As a youth he lived through the bitter realities of slavery in Egypt, but he also witnessed the supernatural plagues and the miracle of Israel's escape from the army of the Egyptians when the waters of the sea opened before them. God was calling him to a very special and difficult ministry, one with tremendous challenges and obstacles far beyond his own skill or abilities.
He was an eye witness to the events as indicated by the wording of Joshua 6:25. Israel became God's instrument so to say to fulfil His moral goals Sodom and Gomorra likewise had been exterminated by God for the same reason - but without human intervention. On at least two occasions the text reports writing at Joshua's command or by Joshua himself. The narrative opens with God's command to move forward and pass through the river on dry land. Biblical archaeologists call this period the Late Bronze Age 1550—1200 B.
Philippians 3:3 and Colossians 3:5-11 explain the spiritual meaning of the circumcision for the Christian in the New Testament. For they observed your word and kept your covenant. Gilgal One remarkable characteristic of the book of Joshua is the continuous return of the people to Gilgal the place of circumcision. This question presents sensitive readers with understandable difficulty. Where Deuteronomy ends, the book of Joshua begins: The tribes of Israel are still camped Gre on the east side of the Jordan River. Joshua is a book of history.
Every believer is blessed with every spiritual blessing, is a priest of God with abundant grace available for every situation. But there is another element that is vital to courage and decisiveness in doing the will of God. We may clearly see out of this that the book of Joshua corresponds to the Epistle to the Ephesians in the New Testament. It was just waiting to be possessed. But we must know those promises and act on them by faith. Neither Babylon nor Egypt could maintain a standing military presence in Canaan, and the Assyrians would not send in their armies until centuries later.
To that special divine appointment he was faithful -- as the leader of God's army, as the administrator of God's division of the land and as God's spokesman for promoting Israel's covenant faithfulness. Moses was the great lawgiver who represented the Law of Sinai, that awesome legislation which demonstrates the perfect holiness of God and the sinful condition of man who stands separated from God Rom. Epilogue: Tribal Unity and Loyalty to the Lord chs. And also , all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us. Forty years later a new generation of Israelites, hardened by the years in the wilderness and spiritually strengthened by living in obedience to the Law of Yahweh's holy covenant, were prepared to march forward in faith to claim the Promised Land.
In fact, we were created for such and it is not wrong to long for that time which will come with the return of the Lord Jesus, our Joshua. It must be remembered, however, that the book of Joshua does not address itself to the abstract ethical question of war as a means for gaining human ends. There is good reason to believe that the Jordan was swollen over its banks at this time of year cf. But there are significant reasons to question this conclusion and to place the time of composition much earlier. Such immediate response shows faith in the Word and confidence in the Lord.