Sunday, July 10th, 2016
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.
God is the ultimate promise-keeper. As faithful and present as He was with Israel, so He is with us. “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Questions for this week:
- How much better would it have been if Achan simply lived in obedience? How do you see Achan’s sin and disobedience in your life?
- Why was Achan sentenced to death? Was his punishment what he justly deserved?
- Is this passage (and the Old Testament) relevant to us today? How does Jesus’ death and resurrection apply to this passage?
- How does the story change after Achan’s confession and punishment for his sin? Why, then, were Joshua and the Israelites able to take city of Ai, and not before?
- Within our communities, how ought we approach one another when we suspect disobedience to God? How should we respond when approached by one another about sin that may be present in our lives?
- How can sin in our lives hold us back from experiencing the fulfillment of God’s promises?