Joshua 10

  1. 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?
  2. 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.

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. Verse 40. ‘The Negev’ was the arid southern land.
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Joshua 9

  1. See Deut. 7:1-6 as the background to tis chapter.
    What factors led to the disobedience of Joshua and his leaders?
  2. Having realized their error, how did the Jewish leaders deal with situation?
    What principles can we draw from this for ourselves?
  3. Trace the subsequent history of the Gibeonites, see in Josh. 10:2; 11:19; 2 sam.21:1-9; 2 Chr.1:1-13.

Joshua 8

  1. 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?
  2. 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?

Joshua 7

  1. What sins are described here?
    What were their results?
    Cf. also Is. 59:1, 2.
  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?

Joshua 6

  1. 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.
  2. 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?

Joshua 5

  1. 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?

Joshua 4

  1. 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?