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Returning to the 'Book of Joshua'. Now that we have had some Introductory Comments for our Sunday/Wednesday Bimonthly Series.
Post 1 of 4, February 24, 2019; Post 2 of 4, February 27, 2019'
Post 3 of 4, March 24, 2019; Post 4 of 4, March 27, 2019;
Let's begin to get into:
The 'Nuts and Bolts' with Outline - the Book of Joshua
Post 1, Part A-B; April 7, 2019; Post 2, April 10, 2019; [A Special Post for Easter, April 21, 2019]; Post 3, April 24, 2019. The 'Character of Joshua', Posts 4 A, 2-parts, May 5, 2019.
Continuing today, May 8, 2019, Post 5.
The 'Man' - and 'His Character' - 'Joshua'. Part B
The 'book', 'J0shua'.
When studying the Holy Bible, it is extremely important that we understand - the genre of any of the 'books'. The book of Joshua is Narrative History. It was authored by Joshua the leader of the Israelites circa 1405-1383 B.C. The key personalities are Joshua, Rahab, Achan, Phinehas, and Eleazar.
It was written to assure the Israelites the Living God will reward obedience, and also to record the entrance and conquest of the promise land. [God is not controlled by 'time'. He keeps His Word, no matter the length we as humans may give to 'time', or 'waiting for God to bring His Word to pass'. Study carefully Romans 15:4 and 1 Corinthians 10:11.] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The book’s primary figure gives it its title. Joshua means “Yahweh saves,”, an appropriate name for the man who led Israel, under God’s command, to victorious conquest of the Promised Land. Scholars believe that Joshua himself or a scribe under his direction penned most of the book. Early chapters include firsthand experiences (the NIV uses the pronouns “we” and “us” in Joshua 5:1, 6, for example) and military details worthy of being known and recorded by a general. Joshua 24:26 refers to Joshua writing a portion of the book himself. After Joshua’s death, the high priests Eleazar or Phinehas may have supplemented some material in this book that alludes to events after the conquest (Joshua 15:13–19; 19:47; 24:29–33).
The Period of History Covered in the Book of Joshua
The events of the book of Joshua span about twenty-five years, starting soon after the death of Moses (Joshua 1:1) around 1406 BC, before the conquest commenced. The conquest of Canaan took about seven years, and Joshua’s final address and subsequent death came almost twenty years later. The book begins with the nation of Israel poised at the banks of the Jordan River, across from Jericho. It records the details of numerous military campaigns that defeated the inhabitants of the land. The book ends with Joshua’s regathering of the nation for his final exhortation.
This history was written to the victorious Israelites who had settled the land. Though they were newly established as conquerors, Joshua reminded them that the conquest was incomplete: “very much of the land remains to be possessed” (Joshua 13:1). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The book of Joshua records the culmination of Israel’s journey to the Promised Land. Here we see God fulfill His promise to give the land of Canaan to Jacob’s descendants. Joshua portrays the Lord as their general, the One who would lead His people in victorious battle if they would trust and obey.
Joshua recounted a story of contradictions. On the one hand, God gave the land that He had promised to the nation. On the other hand, the people failed to possess the land completely, allowing some inhabitants to remain. God fulfilled His side of the bargain, but the Israelites did not finish the job. The Canaanite peoples became a damaging influence on Israel as years went by, even as God had warned.
How to apply what we are learning to our own lives.
As we continue we will look at some of the characteristics of the other characters, gleaning invaluable information about characteristics rewarded, or, not. Note that it is important for us to learn lessons. Have we been lead of the Lord to a task, but, for whatever reason, only half-heartedly done it, or, failed to do it? What does the 'book' of Joshua teach us in this matter? We cannot blame the Lord. What and where have we failed, on our part??
This is one of the reasons why we study 'the entire' Word of God, not just the parts we like. I do pray that this is becoming true to you, and that you are going back to the Lord on some issues, in repentance, asking if you can still obey Him and accomplish what He purposes for you. May you be blessed in doing so. And, if not, still be blessed to have learned this lesson for the future. Amen. Amen.
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