Sunday, August 28th, 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:
- Read Joshua 23:3. What has the Lord done recently “for your sake”? How can you live in grateful response to Him for this?
- In verses 6 through 10 of Chapter 23 we see Joshua instruct, before his death, the nation of Israel to do several things in relation to the Lord. They are to be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses (verse 6), to cling to the Lord their God (verse 8), and they are to be very careful to love the Lord their God (verse 11). Why do you think these were the parting reminders of a leader who was about to die? How do they serve as instructions to you today?
- What does Chapter 23 teach about who God is and who He created us to be? How does sin corrupt this relationship?