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The Book of Joshua
“To Canaan’s Land I’m On My Way”
Outline of the Book
• The Conquest of Canaan (Joshua 1-12)
– Conquest prepared (Joshua 1-5)
– Conquest carried out (Joshua 6-12)
• The Division of Canaan (Joshua 13-24)
– Division east of the Jordan (13)
– Division west of the Jordan (14-19)
– Division of the cities (21-22)
– Division conditions and reminders (22-24)
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Chronology of the Conquest
Event
Reference
Time
2nd year
(40 years old)
Caleb Sent Out to
Spy the Land
Numbers 10:11;
13:1-2
Wilderness
Wandering
Moses’ Last
Speeches
Numbers 14:33-34 2nd – 40th year
(38 years)
Deuteronomy 1:3 40th year
Israel Crosses the
Jordan River
Joshua 4:19
Caleb Assigned His Joshua 14:7,10
Inheritance
41st year
47th year
(85 years old)
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Joshua 13
Lessons for Today
• The spiritual inheritance given to all faithful Christians
is a place in God’s family and heaven (13:13;
Acts 20:32; Rom. 8:17; Col. 3:24; 1 Pet. 1:4).
• The Lord provides for his spiritual priesthood
(13:14,33; 14:4; 1 Pet. 2:5-10).
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Joshua 14
Lessons for Today
• God makes clear his will to all and Godly leaders are
first led by God (14:1-2; Mt. 17:5; Heb. 1:1-2).
• The Lord is not slack concerning his promises
(14:5; 2 Pet. 3:9).
• Men who follow the Lord together build close and
firm relationships (14:6; 2 Tim. 4:9-21).
• Blessed is the man who obeys God at all times
(14:6-12; Psa. 1:1-3).
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Joshua 14
Lessons for Today
• The only way to follow the Lord is to wholly follow the
Lord (14:8-9,14; Rom. 12:11; 1 Cor. 15:58).
• Rest comes after labor. There remains a Sabbath rest
for the people of God (14:15; Heb. 4:7-9; Rev. 14:13).
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Joshua 15
Lessons for Today
• Like Caleb, we must wholly follow the Lord even in our
old age (15:13-15; Tit. 2:2-3; Philemon 9).
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Joshua 16 - 17
Lessons for Today
• Not completely separating ourselves from worldly
influences will cause problems for God’s people in the
future (Josh. 16:10; 17:12-13; Num. 33:55-56;
Jud. 2:1-3).
• Don’t complain about what you receive from the Lord,
but use what he gives you to the fullest (17:14-18;
Phil. 2:14).
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Joshua 18
Lessons for Today
• God’s house is in the midst of God’s children (18:1;
Heb. 8:2; Rev. 21:3).
• There is room in the kingdom for all of God’s children
(18:2; Lk. 14:22; Jn. 14:1-3).
• God’s people need to be busy completing the work
that God has given them to do (18:3; 1 Cor. 15:58).
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Joshua 19
Lessons for Today
• God’s leaders will not be forgotten (19:49-50;
2 Tim. 4:6-8).
• Let all things be done decently and in order (19:51;
1 Cor. 14:40).
• It is good for brethren to dwell together in unity
(19:51; Psa. 133:1; Eph. 4:1-3).
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The Sanctity of Human Life
( Numbers 35:9-34 )
Five Truths Concerning the Value of Life
1. Human life is valuable because it is made in the image of
God and it is not to be taken (Gen. 9:5-6; Rom. 13:9).
2. There is a difference between murder (intentional death) and man-slaughter (unintentional – city of refuge).
3. God holds the murderer accountable by law and
punishable by the death penalty (judge, jury, execution).
4. There is to be no ransom for the murderer, only death.
5. Murder pollutes the land.
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“All Came to Pass”
( Joshua 21:45 )
Premillennialism Is A False Theory
1. Premillennialism says that the Jews will be a great
nation in the future. The great nation promise to
Abraham has already been fulfilled (Gen. 12:1-3;
Ex. 1:7; 12:37).
2. Premillennialism says that the Jews will possess their
land in the future. The land promise to Abraham has
already been fulfilled (Gen. 12:1-3; Josh. 21:43-45).
3. Premillennialism says that Jesus will reign as King on
the earth in the future. The seed promise to Abraham
has already been fulfilled (Gen. 12:1-3; Gal. 3:16).
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Joshua 20
Lessons for Today
• The Lord is a place of refuge (20:2; Heb. 6:18).
• The Lord is careful to hand down punishments that are
just and fair (20:3,9).
• The “avenger of blood” demonstrates that God holds
all life as sacred and the murderer is to be punished
while the innocent is to be protected (20:5,9; Gen. 9:5;
Rom. 13:4,9).
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Joshua 21
Lessons for Today
• The Lord’s priesthood today offers up spiritual
sacrifices (21:1; 1 Pet. 2:5-9).
• The “laborer is worthy of hire” is demonstrated by the
Levites being given tithes and cities to live in (21:2;
Lk. 10:7; 1 Cor. 9:14; 1 Tim. 5:18).
• The Lord keeps his promises and gives his people all
that he says he will (21:43-44; Tit. 1:2; 2 Pet. 3:4-10).
• The Lord never fails (21:45; 2 Tim. 2:13).
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Joshua 22
Lessons for Today
• Do not judge according to appearance, but judge
righteous judgment (22:12-20; Jn. 7:24).
• It is folly and shame to give answer before hearing the
truth (22:12-20; Prov. 18:13; Jn. 7:51).
• Zeal without knowledge is dangerous and can lead to
needless problems (22:12-20; Rom. 10:2; Phil. 3:6).
• Avoid “evil surmising” (22:12-20; Acts 16:27; 21:20,29;
1 Cor. 13:6-7; 1 Tim. 6:4).
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Joshua 22
Lessons for Today
• Merely being labeled as a wrong-doer does not make
it so (22:12-20; Mt. 11:18-19; Acts 26:24-25).
• It is important to be zealous for the truth and accurate
with the truth (22:12-20; Jude 3).
• The Lord knows our hearts and the true purpose for
which we do what we do (22:22; Rom. 2:16;
Heb. 4:12-13).
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Joshua 22
Lessons for Today
• The Transjordan tribes did not take an “out-of-sightout-mind” approach to religion and neither should we
(22:24-25; Phil. 1:27; 2:12).
• It is important to pass on the pattern of the Lord’s
word from generation to generation (22:28;
2 Tim. 1:13).
• Let us never rebel and turn away from the Lord (22:29;
Heb. 12:25).
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Covenant Renewal of Joshua
Covenant Renewal of Moses
Joshua 23-24
Deuteronomy 27-33
1. Made at death (23:1-2)
1. Made at death (31:2; 32:50)
2. Obey the law (23:3-7)
2. Obey the law (29:9; 32:46)
3. Cleave to God (23:8-13)
3. Cleave to God (30:20)
4. Blessings & curses (23:14-16) 4. Blessings & curses (27 – 30)
5. Past provisions (24:1-13)
5. Past provisions (32 – 33)
6. Make a choice (24:14-15)
6. Make a choice (30:15-19)
7. People promise (24:16-21)
7. People promise (5:27)
8. Covenant witness (24:22-28) 8. Covenant witness (31:19-28)
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Joshua 23
Lessons for Today
• When we are old and look back over our life let us be
able to show the good things we have done for the
Lord and his people (23:2,4,14; 2 Tim. 4:6-8).
• Let us never forget the bountiful blessings we have
received from the Lord (23:3,5; Eph. 1:3).
• When we are old let us remind the younger generation
of the importance of remaining faithful to the Lord
(23:6,8-11; Tit. 2:1-8).
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Joshua 23
Lessons for Today
• It takes courage to keep all of God’s word and not
deviate from it (23:6; 2 Jn. 9-11).
• We must cleave to the Lord and love him with all our
heart (23:8,11; Mt. 22:37; Acts 11:23).
• One and God make a majority (23:9-10; 2 K. 6:16;
1 Jn. 4:4).
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Joshua 23
Lessons for Today
• We must come out and be separate from worldly
influences around us (23:7,12-13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1;
Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:11-12; 1 Jn. 2:15-17).
• One day we must go “the way of all the earth” – the
way of death. Are you ready for your day of death and
the judgment to follow (23:14; Heb. 9:27)?
• God keeps his word (23:14; Heb. 6:18; Tit. 1:2).
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Joshua 23
Lessons for Today
• All of God’s promises will come to pass, both the
rewards and punishments (23:15; Jn. 5:29;
Mt. 25:46; Rom. 11:22).
• The wages of sin is death (23:16; Rom. 6:23).
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Joshua 24
Lessons for Today
• We should be moved to faithful obedience to the Lord
when we consider all he has done for us (24:1-13).
• Both sincerity and truth are needed in service to God
(24:14; Jn. 4:24; 1 Cor. 5:8). Christians should put away
idols (24:14,16,20; 1 Cor. 10:14; 1 Jn. 5:21).
• Life is full of choices. You choose your life’s destiny, so
choose carefully. Choose the Lord “this day”! Do not
procrastinate (24:15).
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Joshua 24
Lessons for Today
• True leaders set the right example for others and
practice first what they preach (24:15).
• We cannot serve God and false gods at the same time
and be right with God (24:19; Mt. 6:24).
• God will not forgive willful sin because he is holy and
jealous (24:19-20; Heb. 10:30-31).
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Joshua 24
Lessons for Today
• Incline your heart to the Lord (24:23; Psa. 119:36).
• We all, like Joshua, should be leaders and a “servant of
the Lord” (24:29; Col. 3:24).
• Burials are common-place. Are you ready to die and
meet the Lord (24:29-33; Jn. 5:28-29; Heb. 9:27)?
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