We begin Book of Joshua today…. Are we all ready to dive in?
The Book of Joshua Overview
This book is broken into two main parts. The first is a narrative of events surrounding the conquest of Canaan. The second part is the assignment and settlement of the land. It concludes with Joshua’s farewell speech.
Joshua was committed to obeying God and obedience is a central theme of the book. It is the central theme of Joshua’s life and his final charge (Joshua 24:15).
As we read the book of Joshua, lets make a commitment – a commitment to obey the Words of the Lord. Let’s commit to follow where He leads, and be the kind of leader that brings others into His Kingdom.
Purpose: To give the history of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land.
Author: It is assumed Joshua wrote this entire book, except for the end. Commentaries say, that the high priest, who was an eyewitness of these events might have written the ending.
Time Period: The precise time is not clear. An estimate is 1050 BC
Key Verse: Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- Entering the Promise Land (1:1-5:12) – Joshua demonstrated his faith in God as he took up the challenge to lead the nation. Israel re-confirms their commitment to God and their obedience as they cross over the Jordan. For us, we need to cross from our old life, to our new life in Jesus Christ. We need to put off our old selfish desires and possess all God has planned for us. This will require us to conquer some strongholds in our life, just as Israel conquered the nations that were in the Promised Land. We need courage to live this life of faith.
2.Conquering the Promised Land (5:13-12:24) – Joshua and his army moved from city to city conquering the land and destroying evil. We too need to conquer the evil and strongholds in our lives.
- Dividing the Promised Land (13:1-24:33) – Joshua pleads with Israel to worship God alone and to follow the example that Joshua has left. They have seen the mighty hand of God at work but they were prone to wandering. We have seen God work in our lives, yet our hearts still wander. We must renew our commitment to love and obey Him above all else.
Faith: The children of Israel demonstrated their faith in God daily to save and guide them. They looked at how God had been faithful in the past to help them stay focused in the present. We can have strength to follow God as we remember His promises. Faith starts with believing He can be trusted.
Leadership: Joshua is a clear picture of Jesus Christ. He is also an example of an excellent leader. He was confident in the Lord and obeyed His voice. To be a strong leader, we must be ready to listen and obey. Strong leaders are good followers of God.
Conquest: God commanded his people to conquer Canaan. This was to be a fulfillment of the promise that God made to Abraham. They were to do it completely but they never finished the task. We too need to be willing to conquer sin and evil in our lives, and continue to work at it until the job is finished.
Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:
Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions
The Verses of the Day:
I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on. The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week! Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8
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Printable Bible Coloring Chart
Printable Joshua Word Searches for Kids
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