Life and leadership of Joshua


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Life and leadership of Joshua

  • Life and leadership of Joshua

  • “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH” (2 Tim. 4:7)

  • Joshua’s concern: His people & their relationship to the Lord

  • He called two meetings

  • Meeting for the leaders of the nation (v. 2)

  • Meeting for all the tribes of Israel in Shechem (24:1)



Israel’s Future Dangers (23:1-16)

  • Israel’s Future Dangers (23:1-16)

  • Obey the Lord, and He will bless you in the land; disobey Him, and He will judge you & remove you from the land

  • Mt. Sinai, Plains of Moab, Mt. Ebal & Gerizon

  • What the Lord did for Israel (3-4)

  • History since Egypt

  • The Gentile nations were God’s enemies as well as Israel’s

  • The same God who overcame the enemy in the past will help Israel in the future.



“For the Lord you God is He who has fought for you.” (Joshua 23:3)

  • “For the Lord you God is He who has fought for you.” (Joshua 23:3)

  • For as today trust with courage & confidence

  • “History is His story” A.T. Pierson

  • God may change His methods, but His Character never changes.

  • What the Lord said to Israel (5-10)

  • The secret of Joshua’s success & the reason for Israel’s victories: his devotion to the Word of God (6, 14)

  • He obeyed God’s commandments & believed His promises



Know the Word of God & the God of the Word.

  • Know the Word of God & the God of the Word.

  • God’s promises

  • Unconditional & conditional depending on obedience to God’s law

  • Israel remains a separated people (7- 8)

  • Gradual disobedience

  • Associate with Gentiles (pagan) nations, discuss their religion, worship their gods & Jewish men marrying pagan women.

  • Pressure of the World



Trying to conform (Rom. 12:1-21, I John 2:15-17)

  • Trying to conform (Rom. 12:1-21, I John 2:15-17)

  • Courage to defy (23:7)

  • Love for the Lord – desire to please Him (8)

  • Cleave (8): husband’s relationship to his wife

  • Joshua 27:10 from Deut 32:30

  • What the Lord would do to Israel (11-16)

  • Word of God is two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12)



God’s Word never fails, word of promise for blessing & chastening

  • God’s Word never fails, word of promise for blessing & chastening

  • Moses warned against compromising with the evil nations; Joshua reaffirmed the warning (23:13)

  • If compromising, God would remove His blessing & nations will bring distress & defeat to Israel

  • Snares, traps, scourges & thorns

  • Removal from the land to the land of exile

  • Canaan, the good land; 3 times (13,15-1 6); God, “good land” (Ex. 3:8); Caleb, “a good land” (Num. 14:7; Moses, “good land” (10 times)



Meditating on God’s goodness, a strong motivation for obedience

  • Meditating on God’s goodness, a strong motivation for obedience

  • Resisting temptation (James 1:13-17)

  • Nathan (2 Sam. 12:1-15)

  • Father’s goodness leads to Prodigal son’s repentance (Luke 15:17)

  • “The goodness of God leads you to repentance” (Rom. 2:4)

  • Focus on the Giver, not the gift



Joshua’s three admonitions

  • Joshua’s three admonitions

  • Keep God’s Word (23;6)

  • Cleave to the Lord (23:8)

  • Love the Lord (23:11)

  • Israel’s Past Blessings (24:1-13)

  • History “a vast early warning system” Norman Cousins

  • “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” George Santazana



Shechem: farewell address

  • Shechem: farewell address

  • God promised Abraham (Gen. 12:6-7)

  • Jacob built altar (30:20)

  • Between Mt. Ebal & Mt. Gerizem

  • Address:

  • 1st – nations & land

  • 2nd – Lord, 21 times

  • Serve: 15 times



God chose Israel (1-4)

  • God chose Israel (1-4)

  • National identity, an act of God’s grace John 15:16

  • The Lord God of Israel: 15 times

  • God delivered Israel (5-7)

  • Deliverance

  • Joseph (Ps. 105:16-22)

  • Moses & Aaron from bondage (23-45)

  • God guided Israel (8-10)

  • God brought Israel out that He might bring them in (Deut. 6:23)

  • Kadesh Barnea

  • Balaam



God gave them their land (1?-13)

  • God gave them their land (1?-13)

  • Hornets (12)

  • Invading armies (Deut 1:44, Ps. 118:12, Isa. 7:18)

  • Reports that made the inhabitants of Israel afraid Joshua 2:11

  • Goodness of God (13) because of God’s love

  • Grateful heart, a strong defense against the Devil’s temptations



Israel’s present Responsibilities (24:14-33)

  • Israel’s present Responsibilities (24:14-33)

  • To love and fix your heart upon Him because you want to, not have to.

  • Decision (14-18)

  • No neutrality

  • Rid of gods

  • People as incurably religious

  • They must choose

  • “He and his house would serve only the Lord (15)

  • “Therefore will we also serve the Lord; for He is our God (18)



Devotion (19-28)

  • Devotion (19-28)

  • Look honestly in their own heart (19)

  • Jealous God (Ex. 20:5)

  • Husband & wife faithful to vows

  • Warnings

  • Hearts only to the Lord (23)

  • People affirmed their desire to serve only the Lord (16-?8,21 24)

  • Joshua write in the book of the law



Joshua set up the stone, 9th & last memorial as perpetual witness to their agreement

  • Joshua set up the stone, 9th & last memorial as perpetual witness to their agreement

  • Memorials are good as long as you don’t allow them to become the focus of idolatrous worship

  • Burials

  • Joshua was buries in Ephraim At 110 year old

  • Eleazar was buried in Ephraim near Shiloh

  • Bones of Joseph was buried in Shechem where Jacob bought for burial

  • Shechem, an important city of Ephraim & Manasseh, sons of Joseph

  • After Joshua’s death the elders guided the nation (Deut. 6:7)




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