Category Archives: Our Faithful and Merciful God

After the Death of Joshua

Our first lesson in the book of Judges covers 1:1-3:6. We discuss partial obedience and halfway discipleship as well as the incredible grace of the Lord to children of wrath intent on forsaking Him for other gods.

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Introduction to Judges

Our study of Judges begins with a quick look at why we do what we do followed by the who, when, where, what, and why of Judges.

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Not One Word Has Failed

As the book of Joshua closes, Joshua is nearing the end of his life. In chapters 23 and 24 he gives two final addresses that offer both a charge and a reminder. "Not one word of the Lord's good promises has failed," he asserts, "now choose this day whom you will serve." Our study draws to a conclusion as we reflect on our faithful God who delivers and protects and redeems His people according to His great mercy and grace.  

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All Came to Pass

This lesson covers Joshua 20-22. The allotment of the land will wrap up as Joshua sets aside cities of refuge and the Levites' portion. There will be conflict and threat of civil war. We will see worship as a central theme of this section as we ponder our greater High Priest who has secured our redemption forever. 

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The Inheritance

In this lesson we cover a large portion of Scripture, Joshua 13-19. We are challenged by Caleb's faith and we rejoice in the concrete picture of the Lord's promises reaching fulfillment. It is something of a convoluted lesson that jumps around somewhat but the truths gleaned have much application to us here in 2015. 

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The Whole Land

Joshua 11 and 12 will wrap up the the war account with a summary of the conquest and the narrative will begin to transition to the allotment of the land. Once again we will be faced with the difficult truth of God's wrath and sovereignty and we will also be reminded of the faith building exercise of gratitude.

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The Lord Fought For Israel

In this lesson we explore the Gibeonite deception and the Israelites' failure to seek the counsel of the Lord. We will see mercy amidst judgment and the amazing miracle of the sun standing still as Joshua and the men of Israel fight the southern kings. We will take comfort in our God who fights on our behalf and we will marvel at the great privilege of prayer.

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I Coveted Them and Took Them

After our week off last week, we return with a look at Joshua 7 and 8 where we talk about the Israelites' defeat at Ai, surely something of a shock after the triumph at Jericho. We discuss Achan's sin and its horrific consequences and then the Lord's delivery of a victory at Ai. Joshua 8 concludes with a worship service and a remembering of all of the word of the Lord by the all the people.

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The Lord Has Given You the City

In this lesson we look at the interesting circumstances of Joshua 5 and 6. From Joshua's intriguing visitor to the Lord's rather strange methodology for the capture of Jericho, we have much to think about and discuss! We wrestle with the command to destroy every living thing in Jericho even as we remember that sin must be judged. We will also rejoice in the glorious truth that Jesus bore our reproach!

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The Living God is Among You

In Joshua 3:5, Joshua tells the people to "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." Joshua 3 and 4 are intriguing both in the wonders they describe and in the literary technique they employ. This lesson will consider the amazing things the Lord accomplishes on behalf of His people as they finally cross into the land that had been promised to their ancestors for generations as well as the importance of remembering and reciting the faithfulness of God.

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