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Resources from the series: Joshua


Joshua 24 Reconsecration

In Joshua 24, we come to the end of our studies in the book of Joshua. In the text this evening, verse 15, we find the well known words, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," and that gives me a wonderful opportunity for me to say that this chapter serves as beautiful bridge between the studies of Joshua and what...


Joshua 23 Joshua's Farewell Speech

Joshua is about 100 years old, but he's not too old to preach sermons. In fact, in the closing chapters of the book of Joshua he preaches three sermons. And Joshua is dying as he lived. The concerns that have been Joshua's burden all of his life are still the same concerns and burdens with which he departs from this life. There is...


Joshua 22 When Good Intentions are Misunderstood

One Friday, in February 1674, a certain farmer's daughter, Anne Beaumont, wanted to go to a nearby town, Gamlingay to hear John Bunyan preach. Apparently, Anne had been offered a ride by someone who failed to arrive. It would have been impossible for her to walk because of the weather and some local flooding.

Just then Bunyan himself arrives, passing through...


Joshua 13-21 Marching as to War: “Possessing the Promised Land

“So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers and they possessed it and lived in it. And the Lord gave them rest from every side according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them The Lord...


Joshua 11 & 12 When God is like a Wild Animal

I said last week that you cannot make sense of Joshua apart from the cross of Jesus Christ. In particular, the battles, the warfare, the bloodshed, the (at times) "scorched earth" policy where no survivors, "nothing that breathed" (11:11) survived–these things that we have read about in our Bibles tonight are deeply disturbing. If they are not...


Joshua 10 Marching as to War: The Sun stands still

Can the Bible be trusted? Is it fatally flawed by out-worn concepts and ideas? Can we possibly believe in giant fish swallowing a man for three days and then spitting him up on the shore–alive! Did God really provide manna from heaven for forty years? Was the Red Sea really divided in the way Cecil B. de Mill...


Joshua 9 When God Makes Up for Our Stupidity

The people of God can do the most stupid things. There is a story of a man from Utah who married a woman after courting her in an AOL chatroom for six months. He proposed and she accepted. They met briefly, twice. The wedding took place in April 1996. Present at the ceremony in the Ritz Carlton Hotel were...


Joshua 8 The Defeat of Ai

There is something altogether beautiful, yes, beautiful about the opening verse of this chapter. No matter what you make of the rest of this chapter, there is something absolutely beautiful about this opening verse. I don't know about you, but I imagine Joshua was feeling a little discouraged. The city of Ai had failed to be taken. Some of his men had...


Joshua 7:16-27 The Morphology of Sin and Temptation

Michael has been married for 25 years. He has three children; one is away from home and working. Two are in college. Michael is a successful businessman, in the eyes of the world. His business requires him to take frequent trips away from home for several days at a time. During one of these trips he finds himself lured to...


Joshua 7:1-15 How Achan's Sin Was Found Out

On September 17, 1791, Major General Arthur St. Clair headed north from what is now Cincinnati, Ohio, to establish a fort at the head of the Maumee River where he was to be soundly defeated by the Shawnee Indians. He had been brought almost out of retirement by President George Washington. He took one look at the opposition, whom he...


Joshua 5:1-12 Ouch! Dr. Derek Thomas

Imagine that you were some great military leader preparing your men for battle in the hours that follow. How would you go about it? Stonewall Jackson prayed with his men. Henry V, before the battle of Agincourt, walked amongst them and spoke words of courage, rallying them to "stiffen the sinews and summon up the blood." You may remember the great scenes...


Joshua 5:13–6:27 There Was No Battle at Jericho!

The really amazing thing about the battle of Jericho is that there was no battle! It is something which is summarized for us in Joshua 6:2, when the Lord says to Joshua: "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and it's fighting men." When we turn to the pages of the...


Joshua 3 & 4 Crossing the Jordan

In our earlier studies in the Book of Joshua we have begun to notice that there are a number of themes which are important for us to try and grasp if we are to understand what this book is essentially about.

The first is that when God makes His covenant promises He always keeps them. He had promised to give...


Joshua 2:1-24 #3. Rahab, a Scarlet Cord and a Lie!

Was it right or wrong?

This is what many of you want to know! Was Rahab justified in telling this bald-faced lie or not? There's no way around it: it was a lie. Is this the Bible's answer to the question that Corrie ten Boom faced: you have hidden some Jews in the attic and the Nazis are...


Joshua 1:10-18 Captain Joshua! Attenshun!

Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, "Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, ’Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, to possess it." And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to...


Joshua 1:1-9 Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua chapter 1. Now it came about after the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, "Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place...

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