Study 7 Presentation 

The Story also talks about five movements that take part in God’s Story: 

Movement 1: The Story of the Garden (Genesis 1-11) 

Movement 2: The Story of Israel (Genesis 12 ‚Äď Malachi)¬†

Movement 3: The Story of Jesus (Matthew ‚Äď John)¬†

Movement 4: The Story of the Church (Acts ‚Äď Jude)¬†

Movement 5: The Story of a New Garden (Revelation) 

The Battle Begins 

Joshua 1:1-2 (ESV) 

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 

2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 

Time has come to enter the Promised Land 

Israel has conquered land on the East side of the Jordan River 

2 ¬Ĺ tribes have claimed land on the East side of the river¬†

Promised to help in the conquest of the Promised Land 

136,930 men 

Send 40,000 warriors to help with the conquest 

In the Lower Story, the giants are bigger than the Israelites 

In the Upper Story, God is bigger than the giants. 

Three Emphases for the People of God: 

1. People of the Word 

2. People of Prayer 

3. People Identified with God Timeless Truth: Faith is the Victory 

I. Transition 

A. Death of Moses 

B. Call of Joshua 

i. Firstborn of Nun 

1. Born a slave 

2. Passover child 

ii. New Name 

1. Hoshea ‚Äď salvation¬†

2. Joshua ‚Äď Yahweh is salvation¬†

iii. Trained under Moses 

1. Assistant 

2. Forty years in the wilderness 

iv. General 

1. Led forces against the Amalekites 

v. Spy 

1. Stood with Caleb against the ten 

vi. Be strong and courageous 

1. What was the cause of fear? 

2. Difficulty of following a legend 

C. Preparation 

i. Three days 

ii. Book of the Law 

1. Joshua told by God to keep the Book of the Law on his lips 

2. People of the Word 

II. Jericho 

A. Background 

i. Oldest city 

1. Archeology ‚Äď older than 8000 BC¬†

ii. Lowest city 

1. 1000 feet below sea level 

iii. Oasis 

1. Clean water 

2. Lush vegetation 

iv. Strategic location 

1. Valley of a mountain pass near the Dead Sea 

2. Connected major trade routes 

B. Two Israelite spies 

i. Check the area, especially Jericho 

C. Rahab the Prostitute 

i. Woman of sin 

1. Pagan 

2. Prostitute 

a. Also an innkeeper

b. Suggestive language 

i. Lie down or lie together 

ii. Rahab ‚Äď broad¬†

3. Worship and immorality 

a. Baal ‚Äď fertility and storm god¬†

b. Prostitution and worship 

ii. Woman of faith 

1. Believed before the arrival of the spies 

a. Hebrews 11:31 ‚Äď her faith led to the friendly welcome¬†

b. James 2:25 ‚Äď her faith led to her works¬†

2. Hall of Fame ‚Äď Hebrews 11¬†

a. One of two women mentioned 

3. Genealogy of Jesus ‚Äď Matthew¬†

1 a. One of two women mentioned 

b. Great great grandfather of David 

iii. Woman of action 

1. Hides the two spies 

a. Spies were not very effective at blending in 

2. Fear of Israel 

a. We have heard what happened when you left Egypt 

b. We know Yahweh, your God is mighty ‚Äď faith statement¬†

3. Concern for family 

a. Mercy for father, mother, brothers, sisters, their families 

b. Gentile asking to be included in the promise 

c. Intercessor for her family 

D. Plan 

i. Mark house with scarlet rope 

1. Sign of their covenant with Rahab 

2. Spies didn’t know God’s plan 

III. Barriers to the Promised Land 

Map of Israel ‚Äď show Shittim, Jericho, Gilgal¬†

A. Jordan River 

i. Information 

1. Flows through a crack in the crust of the earth 

2. Supports very little life 

3. Begins at Mount Hermon to the north 

4. Ends at the Dead Sea ‚Äď around 90 miles¬†

5. One of the fastest flowing rivers for its size 

6. 50-75 feet wide normally 

7. Flood stage ‚Äď can be a mile across¬†

ii. Crossing 

1. Flood stage 

2. Water stops when priests enter the water ‚Äď step out in faith¬†

3. First heap of stones ‚Äď middle of the river ‚Äď 12 stones¬†

4. Take 12 stones from the river with you 

5. New generation crosses through water ‚Äď like the Exodus¬†

a. Baptism 

B. Circumcision 

i. Commanded under the Law of Moses 

1. For some reason this practice was discontinued during the wilderness wandering 

ii. Gilgal 

1. Two miles from Jericho 

2. Important site in the history of Israel 

a. Abraham ‚Äď set up camp by Oaks of Moreh near Gilgal¬†

b. Samuel ‚Äď one of three sites where he judged Israel¬†

c. King Saul ‚Äď made king there; sinned against the Lord by offering sacrifices there;¬†

d. King David ‚Äď Judah gathers around David after his war with Absalom to bring him to Jerusalem¬†

e. Elijah ‚Äď school of prophets welcome him on his way to be taken to heaven by God¬†

f. Kings of Israel and Judah and the prophets ‚Äď place of idol worship (Hosea and Amos)¬†

3. Second pile of rocks 

4. Established Israelite camp 

iii. Rite performed on all males 

1. Dependent on the females 

2. Places the community in jeopardy ‚Äď dependent on God¬†

iv. Passover 

1. Celebration 

2. Eating the produce of the land 

3. End of manna 

v. Presence of God’s army 

1. Joshua meets the commander of God’s army 

2. For us or against us ‚Äď neither, follows God‚Äôs commands not ours¬†

IV. Total Destruction of the Nations 

A. Protection of Israel ‚Äď Holy Nation¬†

i. Bad influences of pagan nations 

B. Not slaughter of the innocent but judgment on the nations 

i. Disobedience to God 

1. Comparable to Flood 

2. Genesis 15:16 

Genesis 15:16 (ESV) 

16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.‚Ä̬†

C. Not based on Israel’s worthiness 

i. Deuteronomy 9:6 

Deuteronomy 9:6 (ESV) 

6 “Know, therefore, that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people.

D. Warning 

i. Reputation 

1. Heard about Egypt 

2. Heard about east of the Jordan 

ii. Angel of God 

1. Creating fear 

2. Exodus 33:2 

Exodus 33:2 (ESV) 

2 I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 

V. Conquest of Jericho ‚Äď strange battle plan¬†

A. Six days 

i. March around the city blowing trumpets ‚Äď seven priests, armed men, ark¬†

1. Trumpet 

a. Two silver trumpets (Numbers 10) not used 

i. Gather the people 

ii. Summon for war 

b. Ram’s horn 

i. Celebrations 

ii. Scarlet rope ‚Äď viewed each day¬†

iii. Fear within the city must have grown 

B. Seventh day 

i. Seven times around the city 

ii. People shout last time 

C. Walls collapse 

i. Except Rahab’s house 

1. Placed outside the camp ‚Äď until purified and circumcised¬†

ii. Every living thing killed ‚Äď people and animals

iii. Precious metals dedicated to God 

D. Curse 

i. Rebuilding of Jericho 

1. Sacrifice the firstborn for the foundation 

2. Sacrifice the youngest for the gates 

ii. Fulfilled in days of King Ahab (1 Kings 16:34) 

VI. Ai 

A. Defeat Israel 

i. Smaller city 

ii. Smaller force used to attack 

iii. Only loss under Joshua 

1. 36 solders die 

B. Sin 

i. Affects the community 

ii. Revealed by lot 

C. Achan 

i. Sin: took cloak, 200 shekels of silver, 1 bar of gold 

ii. Confession 

1. I saw 

2. I wanted 

3. I took 

4. Like Adam and Eve 

iii. Achan and family stoned 

1. Total destruction like Jericho 

2. Their involvement 

a. Dt 24:16 prohibited punishing innocent families 

3. Third mound of stones ‚Äď over the family¬†

a. Sin leads to punishment, faith leads to life 

D. Victory 

i. Ambush 

1. Planning and strategy 

2. God uses Lower Story events to accomplish Upper Story plans 

3. 12,000 die 

ii. Allowed to keep plunder 

1. Achan should have waited a. Reminder to wait for God 

iii. Fourth mound of stones 

1. Over the king of Ai 

VII. Renewal 

A. Altar built 

B. Reading of the Book of the Law 

i. Focus on God‚Äôs Word ‚Äď previously Joshua, now the people¬†

C. Renew the Covenant 

i. Blessings ‚Äď Mount Gerizim and Curses ‚Äď Mount Ebal¬†

VIII. Gibeon 

A. 25 miles away from Gilgal 

B. Deception i. Pretend to be from a far country 

C. Joshua fails to inquire of God 

i. Focus on Prayer 

D. Treaty 

i. Discover the truth

ii. Honor the treaty 

E. Laborers 

IX. Southern Campaign ‚Äď Amorite Alliance¬†

A. Adoni-Zedek 

i. King of Jerusalem 

ii. Change from Melchizedek 

B. Four Kings 

i. City states 

C. Attack Gibeon 

i. Punish the traitors 

ii. Appeal to Joshua 

D. Victory 

i. Battle 

ii. Hailstones from God 

1. Amorites ‚Äď worship of Baal, storm god¬†

2. Hail only strikes Amorites 

iii. Miracle 

1. Extra day of sunlight 

2. Focus on Prayer 

X. Makkedah 

A. Five kings 

i. Captured and executed 

B. Temporary camp for Israel 

C. Southern campaign completed 

XI. Return to Gilgal 

A. Assignment of the Promised Land 

B. Caleb

i. 85 years old 

ii. Requests Hebron 

iii. Difficult area ‚Äď could have chosen something easy¬†

XII. Northern Campaign 

A. Alliance 

i. Jabin, king of Hazor ‚Äď organizes alliance¬†

ii. 14 ‚Äď 15 kings¬†

B. Victory 

i. Royal cities destroyed 

ii. Cities on mounds conquered 

1. Not destroyed 

2. Exception: Hazor 

C. Northern campaign completed 

i. Around seven years 

ii. Main threats removed throughout the land 

iii. Still areas remained to be conquered 

XIII. Joshua 

A. Peace in the land 

B. Shechem 

i. People gathered 

C. Covenant reaffirmed 

i. Standing stone 

ii. Witness to the covenant 

D. Release the people 

i. Tribes to complete the inheritance of the land 

1. Drive out remaining pagan tribes 

E. Death 

i. 110 years old 

F. Time of faithfulness 

i. People served the Lord under Joshua 

ii. Elders continue faithful leading until their deaths 

XIV. Applications 

A. People of the Word

B. People of Prayer 

C. People Identified with God 

D. Obedience Leads to Life ‚Äď Rahab¬†

E. Disobedience Leads to Death ‚Äď Achan¬†

F. Faithful People Lead ‚Äď Joshua, Caleb, Elders¬†

G. God’s Story Works in Unlikely Ways 

Joshua 24:15 (ESV) 

15 ‚Ķ choose this day whom you will serve, ‚Ķ But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.‚Ä̬†

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