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Our Journey – Week 13

Come join Our Journeyus to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him! 

Week 13

March 24

Joshua 10-12

March 25

Joshua 13-15

March 26

Joshua 16-18

March 27

Joshua 19-21

March 28

Joshua 22-24

March 29

Judges 1-2

March 30

Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

Last weeks readings began our journey through Joshua…
but I’ve waiting until this week to begin sharing my journey.

At first reading through Joshua many (including myself) can overlook the valuable lessons that can be found in Joshua… see it as only a book of history. When I first read through this book – I kept thinking and praying, “What is it that I’m supposed to learn from this?” Confused because all I kept seeing was the battle’s to “take” the promised land. Through prayer and close reading of this book we can learn:
*  The key to Joshua’s success was his submission to God
*  The book of Joshua is about obedience
*  Joshua demonstrates complete faith to lead a nation
As we live the Christian life, we need to cross over from the old life to the new, put off our selfish desires, and press on to possess all God has planned for us. Like Joshua and Isreal, we need courageous faith to live the new life.
Conflict is inevitable, we should be as merciless as Israel in destroying sin in our lives. Keep asking yourself, “Would this please God?”
Living in the world can easily make us prone to wandering away from God, we must continually renew our commitment to obey Him above all other authority and to worship Him alone.
*  Remove sin from our lives before it takes control of us
*  Always inquire of the LORD with every situation

We are told in Joshua, “be strong and courageous!” Understand that with obedience comes His complete asurance that He will be with us and we have nothing to fear. But, with disobedience, of course, His presence is not known – felt. In my opinion its not the He leaves us – because it is shared in 1:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you” but that He is disappointed and we will not notice His presence, we have to learn to come to Him – give Him everything – in complete faith.

The fall of Jericho is shared in the book of Joshua 5:13 – 6:27.

Always keep in mind, when one (only one) sinned [Achan] all of Israel paid the cost. The notes from The Life Application NIV Study Bible share: Notice the results of Achan’s sin: (1) many men died (7:5); (2) Israel’s army metled in fear (7:5); (3) Joshua questioned God (7:7-9); (4) God threatened to withdraw his presence form the people (7:12); (5) Achan and his family had to be destroyed (7:24-26).
  When Israel eliminated the sin from their community, these were the results: (1) God’s encouragement (8:1); (2) God’s presence in battle (8:1); (3) God’s guidance and promise of victory (8:2); (4) God’s permission to keep the plunder and livestock from the battle for themselves (8:2). Throught Israel’s history, blessings came when the people got rid of their sin. You will also experience blessings when you turn from your sin and follow God’s plan wholeheartedly.

The Gibeonites were able to decieve the Israelites because they did inquire of the LORD (9:14).

The Book of Jashar , lost Hebrew work, apparently a collection of songs celebrating national events. Fragments appear in the books of Joshua and Second Samuel. (10:13)

From: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition  |  Date: 2007

More information available: Wikipedia, referencing this as the Book of the Upright.

More information found:

Biblical Foundations for Freedom shares an Overview and Introduction to the Book of Joshua! This overview shares: Joshua is not only to be admired but to be imitated. Several other references refer to Joshua as the Savior of Israel as Jesus is our Savior! The Summary of this outline: Joshua is an excellent book to sudy if one wants to learn how to live out our Christian lives in light of God’s divine and glorious mission. God’s people are on a mission. We need to not only learn how to live our lives properly under the divine guidance of our Lord in this world. He has more to accomplish than just make our lives comfortable. There are battles we need to face in order to expand and establish God’s kingdom. Every battle that is faced in this book provides some wisdom and instruction on how we ourselves are to depend upon God and accomplish His great will.

I also found a commentary on the Book of Joshua with maps written by Brian Rowlands who shares: The Book of Joshua is like a lesson for us today. The book shows us what God wants to do for all Christians. Many Christians are like the Israelites who died in the desert. God has saved them from judgement. But they do not realise all the good things that God has for them. They let other things get in the wayof these blessings.
  It is important to read the Book of Joshua with this in mind. It is not just a history book! The Book of Joshua has important lessons for all Christans. And the Book of Joshua shows us what God wants to do for us here and now. God brought us out to bring us in.

This above referenced commentary shares Think about this: that I’ll add to – 
    God was preparing Joshua to be the leader of the Israelites. Joshua was ready for the job that was ahead of him. We should allow God to prepare us and to use us in His work. Are you focusing on and making the effort to enter your promised land and continue to obey His commands?

I look forward to continuing Our Journey in Judges – next time! God Bless, HL

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