Trek through Joshua
Scripture reading for March 7th: Joshua 23-24, Judges 1-3
Key Scriptures: Joshua 23:11,14-15 “So be very careful to love the Lord your God. . . . Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. But just as every good promise of the Lord your God has come true, so the Lord will bring on you all the evil He has threatened, until He has destroyed you from this good land He has given you.”
Joshua was soon to depart from God’s people on earth. He called them again into a love relationship with God. This love was demonstrated by faith in God’s unchanging Word. All the promises of God are true–‘good’ ones and ‘bad’ ones! The choice would be up to them!
Rejoicing in God’s Promises: Through Christ Jesus, all God’s good promises are ours. Through loving God and obeying our Lord we escape the judgment promised His adversaries! “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in Him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, the are “Yes” in Christ.” 2nd Corinthians 1:19-20
Scripture reading for March 6th: Joshua 18-22
Key Scriptures: Joshua 18:1-3 “The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tent of Meeting there. The country was brought under their control, but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance. So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you? . .”
The Israelites had entered the land and taken control of it by God’s help. But seven of the tribes had not taken possession of their allotted inheritance. Joshua asked them how long they would wait to claim what was theirs!
Rejoice in our inheritance: Jesus Christ, our Joshua, has allotted His people an eternal inheritance–the Kingdom of Heaven! We possess it by faith! “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. . .” (Matthew 25:34)
Scripture reading for March 3rd: Joshua 14-17
Key Scriptures: Joshua 15:18-19 “One day when she (Acsah, Caleb’s daughter) came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.”
Caleb had given his daughter to Othniel, Caleb’s nephew, because he had possessed the land occupied by one of the giants in Judah’s inheritance. His daughter desired to have the springs of water in that dry land and asked for them as part of her inheritance. Caleb gave her the springs!
Rejoice in springs of living water: Jesus promised that if anyone came to Him, and drank, out of their inmost being would flow rivers of living water! “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them. By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.” (John 7:37-39)
Scripture reading for March 2nd: Joshua 9-13
Key Scriptures: Joshua 10:25-27 “Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Then Joshua struck and killed the kings and hung them on five trees, and they were left hanging until evening. At sunset, Joshua gave the order and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had been hiding. At the mouth of the cave they placed large rocks, . .”
After the victory over five Amorite kings, Joshua brought them out and had his leaders put their feet on their necks. He then spoke prophetically about the Lord bringing God’s people victory over all their enemies! The king’s bodies were thrown into the cave and it was sealed over!
Rejoice in God’s victory: Jesus Christ, our Joshua, will defeat all our enemies! “They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city He loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” “(Revelation 20:9-10)
Scripture reading for March 1st: Joshua 5-8
Key Scriptures: Joshua 6:20-22 “When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and the took the city. They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it–men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys. Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitutes house and bring her out and all who belong to her, . . .”
The Israelites faced the walled city of Jericho and were given instructions to take the city and devote all in it to the Lord. They obeyed God by marching and then shouting as trumpets were blown. The thick walls collapsed and victory was theirs. They spared a prostitute and her family who had helped them!
Rejoicing in God’s Power: God shows both judgment to the wicked amazing mercy to sinners who trusted Him by faith! “By faith, the walls of Jericho fell after the people had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.” (Hebrews 11:30-31)
Scripture reading for February 28th: Deuteronomy 34, Joshua 1-4
Key Scriptures: Joshua 1:8-9 “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. The you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you: Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As Joshua took over leadership at the passing of Moses, God spoke to him about his leadership. It was really a call to follow God through meditating and speaking forth God’s word! This would require great courage and strength but the rewards would be prosperity and success! God would be with Him all the way!
Thankful for Jesus: Jesus Christ, our “Joshua”, calls us to abide in Him and allow His Word to abide in us and we will be fruitful! “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be give you. This is to My Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8)
Scripture reading for March 8th: Joshua 22-24
Someone has said that “if you don’t stand for something, then you will fall for anything.” I am not ashamed to state publicly that I love Jesus Christ! I also have repeatedly told my children that our family serves the Lord and we are known as followers of Christ. I don’t want the Lord to be ashamed of me because I have been ashamed of Him! (Luke 9:26)
Joshua gave his farewell address to the people God had allowed him the privilege of leading. He had lived a hundred and ten years and knew by personal experience that they were stubborn and rebellious. He made a strong statement to provoke them to serve the Lord. When we take a public stand we let others hear our heart and all are held more accountable to the leader’s example.
The closing chapter records the confession of Joshua:”. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) This confession has stood over the years as a beacon to fathers, pastors, and those who fear the Lord. It brought a positive response from the Israelites as well! (Joshua 24:16-18) After their positive response, Joshua spoke negatively about the people’s ability to follow through with serving the Lord. “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end to you, after he has been good to you.” (Joshua 24:19-20)
I believe that Joshua knew these people too well. He also had Moses’ song that warned of the people’s future unfaithfulness. (Deuteronomy 32:15-22) God had warned these leaders so that they could preach and prepare the people to avoid the temptations of idolatry and unfaithfulness. The leaders were expected to teach and live a godly example. Joshua also knew God’s jealous nature! (Exodus 34:14) God would not put up with their sins. Let’s confess along with Joshua and our Jesus: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” We will impact our family, church, and nation!
Scripture reading for March 7th: Joshua 18-21
“So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them, the Lord handed all their enemies over to them. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:43-45)
God has been faithful to us! Our family has been through a number of trials during our journey. When farming, we experienced a severe drought in 1974 and harvested very little. We had been farming only a few years and really could not stand a crop failure. We had a fire in 1975 that destroyed a large hog building and a large number of animals. It was the only building that was not listed on the insurance policy! In 1976 we had a tornado strike our farm. It destroyed barns, cattle sheds, machine sheds and trees on both sides of our house, but spared us! In 1981 a severe economic crisis hit agriculture as a result of government policies and high interest rates. Many farmers lost their farms and we were deeply in debt, too. In 2001, we were 2 miles from the center of a 6.9 earthquake that shook our house, church and city in Olympia, Washington. God brought us through again and again!
Joshua divided the land because the war in Canaan to possess the land was essentially over. (Joshua 18:2) It took seven years of fighting and following God’s instructions. Not one enemy could stand up against them when they were obedient! Not one promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ever failed!
When everything else in the world is shaking and the worst appears to have happened, God is faithful and His Word is true! “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as He has promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through his servant Moses.” (1st Kings 8:56) “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
Scripture reading for March 6th: Joshua 13-17
Some people are positive and exude strength and courage! God commanded Joshua and the nation of Israel to be strong and courageous! (Joshua 1:8) When we choose to believe God’s Word and act on it, our lives change from sight-driven to faith-driven. Their destiny changed from “dying in the desert” to “possessing the promised land”!
Caleb and Joshua were the only two left out of 603,550 Israelite males that left Mt. Sinai for the promised land. (Numbers 1:46) They were two spies who brought back a good report! God rewarded them by sparing their lives and allowing them to have what they proclaimed in faith! (Numbers 14:24) Caleb’s inheritance included the fortress at Hebron where the Anakites lived. (Joshua 14:15) They were large people and renowned fighters. At 85, he was still confident in God’s ability to give him the land! (Joshua 14:12) Joshua blessed Caleb and sent him off to his inheritance!
Caleb is one of my favorite people in the Bible. He maintained an attitude of faith and confidence even in his older years. At 85 we find him strong and vigorous and ready for battle! He wasn’t thinking retirement or looking for a rocking chair! He understood what belonged to him, and was ready to take it and possess it! He praised God and made the good confession!
What obstacle do you face today? Learn from Caleb how to walk by faith and confess God’s ability to help you! “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, 85 years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day! You yourself heard that the Anakites were there and that their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as He said!” (Joshua 14:10-12)
Scripture reading for March 5th: Joshua 9-12
Sometimes the days aren’t long enough to get done everything that we would like to. Joshua had just such a day when he responded to the call to help the Gibeonites. Joshua prayed to the Lord and asked God to cause the sun to stand still while the nation of Israel attacked it’s enemies. God listened and performed a great miracle!
The Gibeonites had earlier deceived the Israelites in order to save their own lives. Joshua made a covenant with them and then found out that they had lied to him. (Joshua 9:22-23) As a result, this Canaanite tribe became servants to Joshua and Israel. A lack of prayer and discernment caused this problem. A short time later, five Amorite kings had formed an alliance and were attacking Gibeon. God spoke to Joshua and told him to go and attack and He would give him the victory. (Joshua 10:7-8) Joshua and his troops marched all night long. God helped the Israelites out with a heavy downpour of hailstones, killing more of the enemy than did the Israelites! The fight was going well, but daylight would soon be gone. Joshua prayed for the sun to stand still and God listened causing it to stand still in the sky for nearly a day! (Joshua 10:12-14)
For the sun to stand still in the sky, the earth had to quit rotating! Only God could make this happen! The hail storm that killed the enemy but did not affect the Israelites was also a miracle! (Joshua 10:11) God always works with His people and loves to give them victory over their enemy, Satan!
At the end of this story, Joshua brought the five kings out of the cave and had his men put their feet on the kings’ necks. (Joshua 10:24-25) He instructed them to be strong and courageous! They got a visual picture of victory and where God wants our enemy Satan! (Romans 16:20)
Do you have a difficult request that only God can help with? With God, nothing is impossible! (Luke 1:37) If we ask Him in faith, He is able to deliver the most difficult request. Ask Him and honor Him with the opportunity to defeat your enemy and get glory!