Congrats everyone, if you have been following the Bible Summary series you will know we have completed our first section which were the Books of Israel’s Beginning.
We have journeyed through the beginning, seen the set up promises of God, and His answer to His people. After lasting in the desert for forty years, the old generation has passed away, and the new generation can finally arrive on the Promise land. But there are still problems ahead.
With Joshua taking over Moses’ position as the new leader we begin the new section of Historical books. This section will last all the way to the book of Esther.
Consisting of 24 chapters, this book’s lesson is about the people of Israel learning victory comes through faith in God.
The name of Joshua comes from the Hebrew, “Hoshea,” meaning “Salvation.” Moses changed Joshua’s name to Yehoshua, meaning, “Yahweh is Salvation.” Joshua is also called, “Yeshua,” a shortened form, which is the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek name, “Iesous,” meaning, “Jesus.”
Joshua’s name symbolizes though he is the leader of God’s people, God is the Conqueror. (Holy Bible Vine’s Expository Reference Edition New King James, 1997, Thomas Nelson.)
Let’s begin. 🙂
Ch. 1 – God’s Commission to Joshua
God tells Joshua it is time to journey to the new land. He is to remember and have courage God is with him. Everything that God has said will happen, will happen. Joshua will have the words of the law in him, and he is to mediate and pray on it day and night.
Joshua tells the Reubenities, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manaseeh that the wives, children, and livestock will remain on the land Moses gave them, on the side of the Jordan, but first the men must prepare for battle, and afterward, they can go to their land and live. The men agree, they will do as they are told.
Ch. 2 – Rahab Hides The Spies
Joshua sends two men to overlook Jericho, yep, they’re spies. They lodge in the home of a harlot, named Rahab. The king of Jericho finds out and demands she turn over the spies to him.
Instead, she lies. She hides the men on her roof, and answers that she didn’t know where the men came from. Should the officials leave now they might be able to catch them.
Rahab tells the spies she and the rest of Jericho are faint hearted. They heard what God had done for the people of Israel, and because of the great, and awesome terror of God the courage in the hearts of Jericho have melted away. She tells the men to swear by the Lord that since she showed them kindness, that the men will show kindness to her father’s house, and give her a true token. (Sparing her family)
The men tell her, should she not say a word, when the land is theirs, then she will be shown kindness.
She lets them down through a rope from her window, and advises them to leave through way of the mountain, so they are not caught.
The men respond by telling her to have a scarlet cord in her window, the one she let the men through, and to bring her family to her home. If anyone dies outside the home, the blood is not on the men, but should harm fall to anyone inside the home, the blood is on them. They remind her, should she say anything, the oath is broken, and they leave.
She ties a scarlet cord to her window, and keeps her word.
The men tell Joshua God has given the land over to them because the people of Jericho are faint hearted.
Ch. 3- Israel Crosses The Jordan
This is a pretty powerful moment and scene. Joshua tells the men to sanctify themselves because God is about to do wonders. The men who are in the mountains are told to go forward only after they see the priests and the ark of the covenant moving forward.
The day arrives and the priests, as soon as their soles touch the edge of the Jordan the waters from the upstream stood still and rose in a heap far away. The waters were cut off and the people crossed the Jordan. It stayed dried land till all of Israel had crossed.
Ch. 4- Memorial Stones
Joshua says one man from every tribe (12 tribes total) were to gather a stone, and leave them in the place they would lodge for the night. These stones were to represent how God got them through the Jordan by drying up the land, just like He did in Egypt. The stones stood as a memorial so that when children asked about the stones, they would be told this story. The glory of God remembered. (Joshua 4:06-09 & 20-24)
Ch. 5- Commander of the Army of the Lord (Holy Spirit, Jesus?)
Ch. 5:13-15 So, this gets REALLY interesting. Joshua looks up and sees a Man standing opposite him. This Man had a sword drawn in His hand. Joshua asks if He is for them or for the adversaries.
The Man answers, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
Joshua falls down and worships Him. Asking what the Lord will say to His servant. He is told to take off his sandals for he stands in holy ground.
Ch. 6- Destruction Of Jericho
Jericho was a fairly secure place. No one went in and no one went out. Tall walls built around the city. God tells Joshua they will march around the walls for seven days. Walk around the city walls each day for six days, seven priests blasting seven trumpets of ram horns. But on the seventh they are to walk seven times around the city, blasting trumpets. The priests will sound with one long trumpet sound and then ALL the people will SHOUT.
Then the walls will fall down.
Joshua tells them not to make any sounds/shouts till he says so.
On the seventh day, after the seventh completed walk, the priests sounded a long trumpet sound, and Joshua declared for the people to shout!
The people shouted and the walls fell flat! Silver, gold, bronze, and iron would go to the Lord and be part of the Lord’s treasury, nothing else will be saved or allowed to live.
But Joshua did have the two men go and retrieve Rahab and her family that was with her. Afterward, the city was burned, nothing remaining.
God was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the country.
Let’s leave this post on a high note because, as with the children of Israel, this doesn’t last long.
What would it be like to have God knock down some heavy walls in your life?
(Can’t get enough posts? Check out my second blog Peeking Beneath)
(Need to catch up on other book/chapter summaries? Check out the page with all bible book posts covered so far.)