The Cities of Refuge

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

September 28, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 20; Romans 13:1–14

How do these passages apply to us as Christians? Are they referring to the same thing?

TuesdayJoshua 20:1–3; Numbers 35:9–34; Deuteronomy 19:5–6

These passages describe examples of the justice of God. Do you agree? Are they just? What’s the application to you?

WednesdayJoshua 20:3–5; Deuteronomy 1:9–18; 19:1–3; James 2:1–13

What do these passages teach us about God’s justice? Any application to your daily life?

ThursdayJoshua 20

One of the expositors said that Joshua 20 “breathes the sanctity of human life.” Is that true of both the manslayer and the one who is slain? What do you think? Why does the manslayer have to stay in the city of refuge until the High Priest dies?

FridayJoshua 20:6; Numbers 35:30–34; Hebrews 2:14–18; 9:22; 10:3–4, 10–14

In Numbers 35:30–34 there’s no ransom for either the murderer or the manslayer that went to his city of refuge. Why not? Clearly, blood had to be shed when someone died in these circumstances. Where’s the blood shed for the manslayer?

SaturdayJoshua 20:9; Exodus 22:21–24; Leviticus 19:33–34; Ephesians 2:11–21

God’s justice is for everyone, including the stranger (alien, sojourner). How does that apply to us? To you?

Lots of Lots

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

September 21, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 18–19

Read these two chapters and see what lessons are there for us as Christians.

TuesdayJoshua 18:1; 21:2; 22:9, 12; Deuteronomy 12:1–14; Luke 1:73–75; John 4:20–24; I Corinthians 15:54–56; Hebrews 10:24–25; Revelation 21:1–4

God has fulfilled His promise to choose a place where His name would dwell, where His people would worship Him and have rest from their enemies. How does that apply to us?

WednesdayJoshua 18:5–7; 13:8–13; John 1:16; 17:11,20–23; I Corinthians 12:12–13; Ephesians 4:1–7

Joshua 18:5–7 reminds us of the lesson we learned in Joshua 13:8–13. What was it? Why is it a constant concern? Is it your concern? Why or why not?

ThursdayJoshua 18:1–3; Isaiah 55:6–7; Matthew 25:1–13; II Peter 1:3–11

Why do you think Joshua is so concerned in 18:3? What is he concerned about? Is that a concern that applies to us as Christians?

FridayJoshua 18:6,8,10; Genesis 37:1–11; Psalm 16:5; 31:15; John 21:20–23

Why was it so important for Joshua to cast lots “before the Lord”? Why was that necessary? What would happen if he didn’t? What’s the application for you?

SaturdayJoshua 9:49–50; Numbers 14:20–38; Lamentations 3:22–23; Luke 4:14–22; Philippians 1:6

Joshua’s inheritance brings us back to the main theme: the faithfulness of our God! In what ways does that encourage you?

I Have a Better Idea!

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

September 14, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 16–17

Read Joshua 16–17. What are the lessons you see there for us as Christians? And for the church?

TuesdayJoshua 16:1–5; Genesis 48; Isaiah 55:8–9

Read these passages carefully. What do we learn about God in the order the names of Ephraim and Manasseh are placed? What is the application to you?

WednesdayJoshua 15:1,20; Genesis 29:31–35; 38:1–30; 43:8–10; 44:16–34; I Chronicles 5:1–2

Speaking of name order and what it symbolizes, Joshua 15:1, 20 clearly shows the tribe of Judah receiving their allotments first in the land of Canaan (i.e. west of Jordan). Why do you think Judah was placed first?

ThursdayJoshua 17:3–6; Numbers 27:1–11; 36:1–12; Joshua 14:6–12

Read the account of Zelophehad’s daughters and their request. Note the similarity with Caleb’s request in Joshua 14:6–12. How are they both alike? What can we learn from them?

FridayJoshua 15:63; 16:10; 17:12–13; Exodus 23–33; 34:11–16; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 50:6; I Peter 2:25

Compare the Joshua passages with the Exodus passages. What is beginning to happen? What is the application to you?

SaturdayJoshua 17:14–18; Deuteronomy 7:1–5, 17–26; 20:1; Romans 8:31

What is going on in Joshua 17:14–18? What’s the concern of Joseph’s people? What’s Joshua’s response? Who is right and who is wrong? What’s the application?

God’s Promise Fulfilled for Judah

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

September 7, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 15

Read Joshua 15. Are there any specific applications for us as Christians?

TuesdayJoshua 15:1–7; Genesis 12:1–7; 15:7–21

We see here a tedious list of boundaries for Judah’s allotment of the Promised Land. It was not tedious for Israel. Why not? How can we read it like Israel did and benefit from it?

WednesdayPsalm 103; Romans 5:1–11; 8:31–39; 9:4–5; Matthew 6:25–33; Ephesians 1:3

See here in these passages lists describing God’s blessings to His people. How do they apply to you?

ThursdayJoshua 15:13–19; Exodus 23:30–31; Deuteronomy 7:17–24; Acts 5:17–32

Notice in these passages that faith in the Lord is not only talk, but also action. Think of examples of this truth in your life.

FridayJoshua 15:16–17; I Samuel 17:24–27; Mark 10:17–31

Consider the attractive incentives offered for those who go to battle and step out in faith in obedience to God. Does this take away from faith? What’s the application for us?

SaturdayJoshua 11:23; 15:13–19; Job 42:10–17; Proverbs 13:4; Matthew 6:25–33; II Corinthians 8:1–15; Ephesians 4:28

God’s blessings, though spiritual, also include physical blessings, both partially now, and fully in heaven. How does that wonderful truth apply to us now in our daily lives?

Inheritance Given

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

August 24, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 13;

Read Joshua 13. What in the world can we learn from this chapter?

TuesdayLuke 18:18–30; Philippians 3:7–16; Psalm 19:7–11; Proverbs 30:7–9; I Timothy 6:6–10

Notice the diverse views on riches. What makes the difference in these diverse views?

WednesdayJoshua 13:1–7; Genesis 12:1–3; 13:14–17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:14–21

In Joshua 11:16–12:1–23 we see a summary of the victories God gave Israel through Moses and Joshua. Now in Joshua 13:1–7 we see what’s left to do. How do these passages apply to Israel’s remaining work? And ours?

ThursdayJoshua 13:8–13; Numbers 13:25–14:38; Mark 8:34–38

Joshua 13:8–13 lists the cities Moses gave to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Mannaseh. Yet, in the midst of the good news, there is a glimpse of trouble ahead. What is it? Application to us? To you?

FridayJoshua 13:8–33; Psalm 135:10–14; 136:17–22

Read Joshua 13:8–33. There is an awful lot of detail concerning the particulars of the inheritance of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. In the midst of these passages is repeated encouragements for the Israelites: see if you can find them.

SaturdayJoshua 13:33; Numbers 18:1–20; Psalm 73:25–26; 142:5

The Levites did not inherit any land because the Lord was their portion. How does that apply to us as the Church of Christ? Is the Lord our portion?

A Summary of God’s Faithfulness

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

August 17, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 12; Matthew 1:1–17

See here an itemized summary of God’s faithfulness. Are there any applications for us?

TuesdayJoshua 12:1–6; Numbers 21:21–35; Nehemiah 9:22; Psalm 135:11; 136:19–20

Just like Pontius Pilate has a permanent place in the Apostles’ Creed, so Sihon and Og appear in Israel’s praises and prayers. Why?

WednesdayJoshua 12:1–6; 22:21–29; I Corinthians 1:10–13; 3:1–9

It seems like Joshua in chapter 12:1–6 is making a point to remind Israel that the Reubenites, Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh, on the east side of the Jordan, are just as much a part of Israel as everyone else on the west side. Why the reminder? Why is unity so important?

ThursdayJoshua 12:7–24; Genesis 15:17–21; Romans 4:16–21

In Joshua 12:7–24 the writer lists 31 conquered kings. For an Israelite reading this list, would it be tedious or a cause for praise and thanksgiving? Why? Application for us?

FridayPsalm 105; Acts 7; I Timothy 1:12–17

What do these passages teach us about prayers of thanksgiving? How do your prayers compare?

SaturdayJoshua 12:7–24; Revelation 19; Matthew 25:31–46

What do God’s victories over His enemies teach us about the future? How should they be an encouragement for us?