- Use a map briefly to clarify in your mind the events described here.
In what ways is this chapter an interesting sequel to chapter 9?
What lessons had Joshua and Israel learnt?
- These thing ‘were written down as warnings for us’ (1 cor. 10:11).
What examples can we follow?
See verses 6ff, 16-22, 24, 25; 26-40; 42; and cf. Ps.15:4 and Col. 3:5.
- Verses12, 13. See NBC, pp. 247-8. By the action of God’s sovereign providence conditions were granted, which we cannot fully explain, which enabled the Israelites to gain a complete victory.
- Verse 40. ‘The Negev’ was the arid southern land.
- See Deut. 7:1-6 as the background to tis chapter.
What factors led to the disobedience of Joshua and his leaders?
- Having realized their error, how did the Jewish leaders deal with situation?
What principles can we draw from this for ourselves?
- Trace the subsequent history of the Gibeonites, see in Josh. 10:2; 11:19; 2 sam.21:1-9; 2 Chr.1:1-13.
- Using a map, follow the plan of campaign.
Note the contrasts and similarities to the conquest of Jericho.
What principles of victory emerge from chapters 6 and 8 for the people of God?
- The background to verses 30-35 is to be found in Deut. 11:26-29; 27:1-28:68.
What were the purposes of this dedication service?
- What sins are described here?
What were their results?
Cf. also Is. 59:1, 2.
- What steps were necessary to rectify the situation?
Why was the punishment so drastic?
How ought this chapter, Is. 53:5 and 1 Pet. 2:24 to affect our view of sin?
- 6:1, 2; cf. Heb. 11:30. What can we learn here concerning the conditions and demands of conquering enemy strongholds by faith?
Have you a faith that perseveres?
Cf. Heb. 3:14; 6:11, 12; 10:35, 36.
- Follow the rest of Rahab;s life in 6:22-25 and Matt. 1:5, 6. Salmon may have been one of the spies.
What truths does Rahab illustrate concerning God’s way of dealing with men?
- Before the conquest of Jericho come the events described in chapter 5.
Note their order. What is their significance:
(a) for the Jews;
(b) for Joshua;
(c) for us?
- Compare and contrast the position and attitude of the people here with that of their fathers in Num. 14:1-10. Which group reflects your own attitude?