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Thursday – Joshua 24

1.  Joshua leads the people to renew their part of the covenant that God had made with them. He reviews all the things the Lord has done for them.  What has Jesus done for us in our new covenant of grace?

2.  There are still many false gods that we must face that tempt us to serve them.  What are some of them you must face?   What commitment does Joshua make that is still a good one for us?  See the last sentence of 24:15.  Memorize it and keep it in your heart.

3. What did Joshua do as a physical reminder of the covenant they had with the Lord?  See 24:25-26.   What is a special reminder and remembrance of our new covenant?  If you’re not sure, see 1 Corinthians 11:24,25.

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Wednesday – Joshua 23

1.  What was most dangerous about the nations that still remained in the promised land?  See 23:6-7, 12-13.  What does that say to us, who live in a world filled with sinful influences?

2.  What about intermarrying with an unbeliever now?  Is it forbidden for us?  Or is it simply unwise?    Question 3 will also guide you with the answer.

3.  Joshua talks about the covenant God has made with the people ofIsrael.  Note the most important command of that covenant in 23:16.   God’s Old Testament covenant withIsraelwas a two-way agreement:  God had saved them and provides for them, andIsraelmust obey the laws of the covenant, or it is broken. Israelconstantly failed on their part.  That’s why we have a New Covenant (Testament) in Jesus!   Our New Covenant is a one-way covenant in which the Lord has done everything for us!   It is a covenant of grace!  See Hebrews 9:15.

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Tuesday – Joshua 22

1.  It was time for the 2½ tribes to return to their home on the east side of theJordan.  Before they crossed the river, what did they build?  22:10.  Why did the western 10 tribes consider this such a terrible offense that they were ready to go to war?  See 22:19.

2.  What was the real intention of the 2½ eastern tribes?  See 22:22-29.  The western tribes had assumed the worst.   What does Luther’s meaning to the 8th commandment have to say about that to us?

3.  The eastern tribes knew that the chances of a separation in the future were very real. What does the Lord encourage us concerning our unity with others?  See Ephesians 4:3.

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Monday – Joshua 20-21

1.  God had explained about the cities of refuge and the cities for the Levites through Moses in Numbers 35.  There you will find further instructions about what was considered a murder and what was considered an accidental death.  Now it is time to put those instructions into reality.  How does the idea of these cities of refuge give an extra meaning to many Psalm verses like  Psalm 46 and especially Psalm 2:12 which is a prophecy of Jesus?

2.  All six cities of refuge were also cities for the Levites.  Why do you think this would be a wise idea?   See Deut. 33:10.   The cities for the Levites were how many in number (21:41)?

They were scattered throughout all ofIsrael. Why would this be a wise idea?  How might this apply to present-day pastors and teachers?

3.  Chapter 22 ends with a statement that gives us confidence and courage in the face of difficult circumstances.  What can we depend on?

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Saturday – Joshua 18-19

1.  There are seven tribes who are waiting to be assigned land.  Read 18:1-10.  What are they to do to receive their inheritance?  What will Joshua do to decide who gets what?  How do you trust the Lord in a similar way when you make a decision?

2.  For chapters 18-19, find these 7 tribes on a Bible map.  Read 19:47. Dan had difficulty taking their land in the south near Judah, so they went all the way north, around Mt. Hermon. This gives them a future problem:  they are always the first to be attacked.

3.  Read 19:49-51.  Joshua was from the tribe of Ephraim. He finds his place last, not first.  Why is this important? What does this show about a good leader?

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Friday – Joshua 16-17

1.  For chapters 16 & 17, locate Ephraim and Manasseh on your Bible map.

2.  Read 17:3-6.  Zelophehad’s daughters were mentioned before in Numbers 27:1-11.  Their land is located east of the Jordan River.  What does this tell you about God’s care for all his children, including the women?  

3.  Read 17:14-18.  What does Ephraim complain about?  How does Joshua answer?  What is their real problem and sometimes our problem as well?

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Thursday – Joshua 13-15

Today and the rest of this week, in chapters 13-19, we have the details of dividing the land among the tribes of Israel.  Why so much detail?  If the tribes have a dispute about who owns what, there is a detailed description right in the Word.  This would also be an encouragement in the future to drive out the remaining Canaanites and take what is supposed to be theirs.   You may skip the reading of all the place names, and concentrate on the verses mentioned in the questions.  Instead, use a Bible map of Israel to find the location of the tribes in each chapter.

1.  Joshua 13 describes the land east of the Jordan River. What tribes had been permitted to receive this land?  Find them on a map.  Read 13:14,33 and 14:4.  Levi will not receive any land at all. What will they receive instead?  How might this apply to those serving the Lord in the public ministry today?

2.  Read all of Chapter 14.  Caleb received the land he had explored 45 years ago.  Locate Hebron on the map, in the southern part of Judah.  What is he going to do and how is he going to do it?  See 14:12.  What projects are you working on today, that you can do with the same attitude?

3. For chapter 15, find Judah on a Bible map.  Read only 15:63. Jerusalem will not be taken until the time of King David, about 400 years later. What does this tell you about how the Lord looks at the timing of his promises?

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Wednesday   Joshua 11-12

1.  Why was Joshua so successful in all their endeavors to take the land?  See 11:9,15.  This is especially true of what command, which we find very hard to understand. See 11:14.  What commands in God’s Word do you need to listen to today, ones you know but have a hard time accepting as important or necessary?

2.  According to 11:20, what had the Lord done to the hearts of the Canaanites?   This means that they had no chance and God had no mercy left for them at all.  He had already judged them for their eternity.  He had done the same with Pharaoh of Egypt.  What caused the Lord to do this?  If you’re not sure, look up Deuteronomy 7:1-6, 16.

3.  Chapter 12 is a summary of all the kings and place names that Israel defeated.  You may skim this chapter

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Tuesday – Joshua 10

1.  This chapter records the victories which the Lord gave Israel over the entire southern half of Canaan – what would later be Judah and the southern half of Samaria.  What miracles did the Lord do to defeat the coalition of 5 kings?  See 10:11-13.  Some of you may have read internet articles about how NASA proved that there is an extra day in history, because of this miracle.  This is an “urban legend” as there is no scientific way to catalog such a phenomenon in history.  Others scoff at this miracle, as being impossible or else the solar system would be ripped apart.  How would you answer such a criticism?

2.  What does Joshua do with the kings’ bodies?  See 10:26-27.  This is following what the Lord commanded in Deut. 21:22-23.   That verse is quoted in Galatians 2:13 in reference to Jesus!   When Jesus was hung on the tree of the cross, what curse was he receiving?

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Monday – Joshua 8-9

1. Joshua and Israel obeyed the Lord’s instructions for defeating Ai and they won the victory! As Moses had raised his staff all day to bring blessing on their battle over the Amalekites (Exodus 17:10-13), so what did Joshua raise all day?  See 8:18,26.  How we do the same in the spiritual battles we face?   See Ephesians 6:10-18.

2.  Joshua carried out the instructions that Moses had given in Deut. 27-28 – half the people pronounced the curses from Mt. Ebal and the other half pronounced the blessings from Mt. Gerezim.  Even in the midst of their battles, what was important for them to do?  How are you doing that today?

3.  In Chapter 9, what was the Gibeonites’ deception?  What had Joshua failed to do? See 9:14.  In what circumstances might you make decisions based on your own common sense, instead of consulting the Lord in his Word?  Yet notice that the Lord did make this mistake work out for good.  What did the Gibeonites become?  See 9:27.  As they served humbly and heard the Word of God, what most likely happened for many of them?

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