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JOSHUA
A BOOK ON SPIRITUAL WARFARE and REST
HOW TO POSSESS YOUR POSSESSIONS

CONQUEST
OF THE PROMISED LAND

DIVISION
OF THE PROMISED LAND

CLOSE OF JOSHUA'S LIFE

ACTION ALLOCATION APPEAL
Josh 1:1-5:15 Josh 6:1-12:24 Joshua 13:1-21:45 Josh 22:1-24:33

WARLORDS IN
CANAAN

LANDLORDS IN
CANAAN

ENTERING
CANAAN

CONQUERING
CANAAN

DIVIDING
CANAAN

SECURING THE
LAND

SETTLING THE
LAND

Preparation

Conquest

Possession

Consecration

ca. 1 Month ca 7 Years ca. 18 Years

See also more detailed Chart by Charles R Swindoll

Key Verses:

Joshua 1:8-note, Joshua 11:23

Key Words (NAS95):

Land (84x), 

Possess/possession (27x in 21v - Josh 1:6, 11, 15; 8:7; 12:1, 6f; 13:1; 17:12; 18:3; 19:47; 21:12, 41, 43; 22:4, 7, 9, 19; 23:5; 24:4, 8) Law (Josh 1:7f; 8:31f, 34; 22:5; 23:6; 24:26)

Christ in Joshua (see also notes below) - Christ is the believer's victorious leader, even as Joshua whose name means "Yahweh is salvation" was for Israel. Christ is also shown in Rahab's scarlet cord (click here), which pictures the believer's eternal safety from destruction through the blood of Christ

C H Spurgeon - "He who has once got fairly into the Scriptures can never leave them The book holds you as a magnet holds a needle, or as a flower holds a bee. If you want great thoughts, read your Bible. If you want something simple, read your Bible. If you want the deepest and highest truth that ever was, read your Bible. The book talks to us in our own mother tongue. Why should I have to ask another what my Father says? ... The Bible to many is a dull book, as dry as an old will. But when you hear your own name read out in a will, you prick up your ears. What if there should be something in the Testament of our Lord Jesus for you. When I found my own name there my heart danced for joy. It was in these lines: 'God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life' Get your legacy at once!"

Listen to this Overview of Joshua by Dale Ralph Davis - his commentaries on several OT books (click here) are easy to read, accurate and filled with much practical application.

Bruce Wilkinson - The theme of Joshua is Israel’s possession of the Promised Land and enjoyment of God’s blessings through obedient faith. (Talk Thru the Bible)

J Sidlow Baxter - The five books of Moses lead Israel up to Canaan; and Joshua complements these by leading Israel into Canaan. The further twelve books cover Israel's history inside Canaan; and Joshua introduces these by describing the Israelite settlement in Canaan. It is thus the link book between the two historical groups in the Old Testament. It covers a period of about twenty-five years, and describes one of the most memorable conquests in history. "The occupation of this small strip of territory scarcely larger than Wales, though it led to no further results in the way of conquest, has nevertheless to a great extent molded the moral and religious history of the world." (Explore the Book- J. Sidlow Baxter - recommended)

Henrietta Mears - "Take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own" (Joshua 1:11). It is God's to give! It is ours to possess!....No book has more encouragement and wisdom for the soldier of the Cross than this book of Joshua. It is full of spiritual truth....Joshua completes what Moses began! God never leaves His work unfinished. Remember the great Craftsman always has another tool sharpened and ready for use. Service awaits everyone. You can always honor God best by taking up your task with a strong and resolute heart that trusts God....Joshua led them into a life of faith. Joshua led them into possession (Ed: How? By faith!)....Remember as we study this book of Joshua that God gives—people take. This book focuses on overcoming the enemy and occupying the land. God says, "Take it all....Moses must die before the children of Israel could go into Canaan. Moses could not even enter Canaan himself, to say nothing of bringing anyone else in. Israel had to wait until Moses was out of the way. To the Christian, Moses represents the law. Joshua represents Christ. Christ alone can lead us into the inheritance that is ours. Paul says, "not by works, so that no one can boast" (Eph. 2:9). Oh, that all Christians would simply lean on their faithful Joshua and follow Him only! Christ wants to lead us into what He has purchased on the cross for us....God called Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. We have the words that must have come to him in answer to a prayer for help in his great undertaking. "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5)....Set your foot down. "I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses" (Joshua 1:3). Take it all. These words are just as true for us (Ed: cf Believers have not a promised land but a promised life - Eph 1:3, 2Pe 1:3-4)....God has a way. He gave the directions for the people to follow. Martin Luther said, "I know not the way He (Christ) leads me, but well do I know my Guide."....With men (the task may seem) impossible, but with God all things are possible. God is always doing the impossible. God's biddings are His enablings....The greatness of your power is the measure of your surrender. It is not a question of who you are or of what you are, but whether God controls you....What was the Ark? The symbol of the divine Presence. And Christ is the reality of the divine Presence. He says, "Surely I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20). He goes before us and says, "Follow me," and He sends His Holy Spirit to whisper in our ear and say, "This is the way, walk ye in it." The living Ark of the Covenant is still our guide. He will guide us in the little as well as the great things of life. Yes, "If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm" (Psalm 37:23)." (What the Bible is All About)

Irving Jensen - The average Christian knows the New Testament better than he does the Old, and this is understandable. But the Bible is one book, and the Christian who neglects a major part of it is forfeiting rich blessings intended for his own soul. There are two good reasons why every Christian should be acquainted with the book of Joshua. First, he should know it for its historical—past and contemporary—value. The Jewish nation has never disclaimed title to the land-deed of Palestine which God gave its forefathers and which they appropriated under Joshua. From biblical prophecy and the stirrings of current events it is obvious that the most dramatic history of the land is yet to be written. Second, the book of Joshua is filled with spiritual lessons on how the Christian may live the victorious life (rest-land living) spoken of in Hebrews 3 and 4. (Joshua: Rest-Land Won - Everyman’s Bible Commentary)

William Newell on Joshua - No book is more full of encouragement, wisdom and invigoration for the spiritual soldier....Israel as one has said, must be shown to be not only ungodly, as in Ex 32:1ff, but without strength (Ro 5:6); not only guilty, but helpless, unable to obey God's holy law in their own power. Till man learns both these lessons, God cannot come to him in grace. (See his Lesson on "Joshua: The Book of Possession - 20 page study)

Charles R. Swindoll - What's the big idea? - The book of Joshua was written to the descendants of those who conquered the land, as a historical account of how they had come to settle there. It celebrates God as general, defender, and king. It shows the geographical boundaries given to each tribe of Israel. Even more significantly, the book of Joshua serves as the connecting narrative between the days of Moses and the days of the judges, during which the book was first circulated. That which Moses began and endured in the wilderness, Joshua was able to claim victoriously in the land. God’s promises through the ages were being fulfilled before the people’s eyes. “Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass” (Joshua 21:45). How do I apply this? - The last few verses of Joshua narrate three burials: Joshua (Joshua 24:29–30), the bones of Joseph (Josh 24:32), and Eleazar the high priest (Joshua 24:33). Strange as it may seem, these burials proclaim God’s character. All three men were associated with Israel’s days in captivity (Joseph long ago when Jacob’s family first settled in Egypt, and Joshua and Eleazar as young men on the long journey through the wilderness). And now all three lay at rest in the land of promise, witnesses to God’s faithfulness. 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). (Book of Joshua Overview - Insight for Living Ministries)

Paul R Van Gorder - The word ''Joshua'' means ''Jehovah is Savior,'' or ''Jesus.'' Therefore, we expect to find the book filled with typical teaching about Christ and His work in redemption. The Red Sea, for example, typifies what we are separated from, and is fulfilled in Romans 6 and Romans 7; the Jordan River typifies what we are separated unto, and is fulfilled in Ephesians 1 and Ephesians 2....God's purpose for Israel was not only to deliver them out of Egypt but to bring them into the land of promise. Canaan does not represent heaven. Remember, Canaan had in it walled cities, giants, and chariots of iron. It was a land of conflict, but it was also a land of conquest. God has far more in store for us than simply saving us from the penalty of sin. He desires to give us victory in our present situation, and enables us to claim what is ours in Christ Jesus. ''Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ'' (Eph 1:3). ''Jordan,'' according to Jerome, means ''stream of judgment''; according to Augustine, ''to come down.'' In either case it implies death to self, the experience through which every believer must pass to enter into the rest God intends for us. [cp. Heb 4:8-10-note, where 'Jesus' refers to 'Joshua'. Under Joshua, believing Israel entered temporarily into rest in the promised land. The Lord Jesus brings His people into a better rest.]....The book begins with the words, ''Now after the death of Moses...'' (Josh 1:1). Moses represented the Law. The people could not enter the land of Canaan until Moses was dead. ''For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit'' (Rom 8:3,4-note). Moses died; he could not lead the people in. Likewise, the flesh is weak. What Moses could not do, Joshua did. He led them through the Jordan, which speaks of death and resurrection. He led the children of Israel to victory after crossing the Jordan. He was their advocate in time of defeat. It was Joshua who allotted them their portions within the land. All of this beautifully pictures the work of our Lord in death and resurrection, in His present advocacy at the Father's right hand, and in His provision for believers. Not only is Christ typified in the life and ministry of Joshua, Israel's great warrior and deliverer, but we actually see Christ Himself in this marvelous book. Suppose someone should ask, ''I thought Christ did not exist until Bethlehem. Where do you find Him in the book of Joshua?'' Let's consider several factors. Joshua and the Israelites stand before Jericho, a walled city. God has told them to capture it. Joshua goes on a survey trip around the city outside the walls. Suddenly, he is confronted by a man with a drawn sword. Without question, this is a supernatural being. Joshua asks the question I think most of us would have asked: ''Are you for us, or for our enemies?'' A strange answer came from this supernatural being. ''Nay, but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come'' (Josh 5:14). [The word 'host' means 'army'.] In other words, this person was saying to Joshua, ''I've not come to take your part; I've come to take your place.'' Joshua 6 indicates that this supernatural person was none other than the Lord Himself. What a lesson! Joshua was to learn of One who was adequate for the task and equal to the circumstance. Christian friend, let us not forget this in our work. None of us is sufficient for the assignment. But we have One ''who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think'' (Eph 3:20-note). Yes, this was one of the pre-incarnate appearances of the Lord Jesus Christ....The great lesson for us is that spiritual victories are not won by human means. Hebrews 11 says, ''By faith the walls of Jericho fell down'' (Heb 11:30-note). Faith in what? Faith in the unseen Captain of the Lord's hosts! This great victory in the experience of Israel is a warning. The Lord is dishonored when His church is engaged in activity that stems from fleshly energy, rather than from faith and the empowering of the Holy Spirit....Our heavenly Joshua, the Lord Jesus Christ, walked His earthly pilgrimage in perfect obedience to the Father. Not once did He falter. He could say, lifting His face toward heaven, ''I have finished the work Thou gavest Me to do'' (John 17:4). Unlike the earthly Joshua who died and remains buried, the Lord Jesus Christ arose from the dead and now lives at the right hand of God the Father. What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, our Lord! (OT Reflections of Christ - Joshua - Paul R. Van Gorder - Recommended)

Christ in All the Scriptures - Joshua - A M Hodgkin
We now come to a new Leader and a new command to arise and go in to possess a new land. Moses was not able to bring the Children of Israel into the Land of Promise. Moses was the embodiment of the Law. The Law cannot bring us into the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ. That Jesus Christ alone can do, and through this book Joshua is a type of Him. The very name has the same meaning. Joshua means “Jehovah is Salvation.” “And thou shalt call His name Jesus—Saviour; for He shall save His people from their sins.”

God gave His people a threefold encouragement to go forward and possess the land:—
First—The Gift of the land. “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.”
Second—The Command. “Arise and go. Have not I commanded thee?”
Third—The Promise of His presence. “As I was with Moses so will I be with thee.”
And the Lord commanded them to observe to do according to all the law which Moses commanded, and to meditate therein day and night.

The Land. The entrance of the Children of Israel into the Land of Canaan is full of teaching for the Christian. It is true that in one sense it is a picture of the Better Country to which we look forward as our eternal Home. But in many respects it is far more truly a picture of our present inheritance in Christ Jesus, a good land we are called upon to enter here in this life.
It is a land of Rest from the wanderings of the wilderness life. A land with “great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, and houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not” (Deut 6:10–11).
It is a land of Plenty. “A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig-trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil-olive and honey; a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass “ (Deut 8:8–9).
It is a land of Living Water. “A land of brooks of water, of fountains, and depths that spring out of valleys and hills” (Deuteronomy 8:7).
It is a land of Promised Victory. “There shall no man be able to stand before you” (Deuty 11:25).

Surely this is a picture of our present inheritance in Christ Jesus; it is He who can give such rest to our souls that we are able to say, “We which have believed do enter into rest.” He who did not spare His own Son has promised with Him to “freely give us all things.” Christ has promised to give the Living Water, the Holy Spirit, to those who come to Him and drink. And He has promised continual victory to those who commit themselves to His leadership. A victorious life, full of the Holy Ghost and of power, is God’s purpose for every Christian, and is experienced through continual abiding in Christ. He promises us—not absence of tribulation, but in Him peace; not freedom from temptation and conflict, but through Him victory; not immunity from toil, but in Him rest. “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1).
In the purpose of God, those who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ are already not only “accepted in the Beloved,” (Eph 1:6KJV) but also “complete in Him” (Col 2:9); but it is necessary for us by faith to enter into possession of what is already ours in Christ.

Warfare. The Epistle to the Ephesians is the New Testament counterpart of the Book of Joshua. It tells of the Christian’s inheritance in Christ, the good land, the “heavenly places,” to which He has already raised up by His grace those who trust in Him. It is the epistle most full of deep spiritual experience, yet nowhere have we a fuller description of the armour the Christian needs. It is the highest kind of warfare, “against principalities, against powers,… against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, margin).

Israel’s enemies are a type of ours. Egypt was a type of the world. In the Amalekites in the wilderness—those descendants of Esau who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, a people near of kin to Israel—we have a picture of the flesh, or self. But in the Canaanites we have a picture of a still more deadly foe. From contemporary records as well as from Scripture, these nations seem to have been the very personification of evil. Highly civilized, versed in arts and full of intellectual culture, they were nevertheless hopelessly corrupt. In God’s command to Israel to destroy them utterly (Deuteronomy 20:16–18) we recognize at once His plan of dealing in judgment with nations after having given them full time to repent (see Genesis 15:16), and we have also His care for the moral well-being of His people. “God has a right to choose, without being questioned, the best method of chastening a guilty people, whether by flood, fire, brimstone, earthquake, famine, pestilence, or war. Study carefully these ‘Acts of God’ in the Bible and in our own time” (H. S. Richardson).

The Wiles of the Devil. Israel’s warfare with the Canaanites is a picture of our conflict with Satan. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood.” The word “wrestle” implies a hand-to-hand conflict, and it is just this that the Church is experiencing in our own time. From all lands today we hear the same testimony—those who know most of the power of the Holy Spirit are experiencing most of personal conflict with the Devil. It would seem that he knows that “his time is short,” and that he is therefore putting forth all his power, and they alone can overcome who have learnt the threefold secret of Revelation 12:11: “They overcame him (the Devil) (1) by the blood of the Lamb, (2) by the word of their testimony, (3) by not loving their lives unto the death,” i.e. taking their place on the Cross as crucified with Christ.

The verse before us speaks of “the wiles of the Devil.” He comes not only as a roaring lion, but as a serpent, as an angel of light, and the climax of his wiliness is the invention of the lie of his non-existence. He is willing to deny his own personality even, if by so doing he can blind men and women to his power.

The Red Sea and Jordan. In “The Faith Chapter” —Hebrews 11—there is a gap of forty years between the crossing of the Red Sea and the taking of Jericho. The interval is filled with unbelief and disobedience, and even the act of faith—the Crossing of Jordan—which brought the Children of Israel into the land is omitted; for had there been no wandering there had been no Jordan: they would have marched straight up from Kadesh-Barnea without having to cross the river.

The two crossings are coupled together in Psalm 114:5 “What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?” There is a close connection between them. Going down into the bed of the sea and into the bed of the river alike signified death. Both show our participation in the death of Christ. The Red Sea crossing includes it all in God’s purpose, though not always so in our experience. There are some Christians who, like Paul, enter into the deep meaning of Christ’s death and receive the baptism of the Spirit almost immediately after their conversion. It was Israel’s wandering that made the second crossing necessary.

And so it often is with Christians now. Through want of clear teaching, it may be, about God’s purpose of blessing, or through personal unfaithfulness, how many wander in a wilderness experience for years after their conversion, and need some definite act like the crossing of Jordan to bring them into “the Lord’s delightsome land” of peace and rest and victory? They have seen Christ crucified for them as the ground of their salvation, but they need to see themselves crucified with Christ. The history of the Israelites crossing Jordan makes this so beautifully simple that it cannot fail to be a help to any soul seeking to know the fuller meaning of Christ’s death.

The channel of the river has several sets of banks, cut out by the stream in its varying fulness, and at this time it was overflowing all its banks. For a great multitude—including women and children and cattle—to have crossed it at such a time was an absolute impossibility. But as soon as the feet of the Priests, bearing the Ark of the Covenant, touched the brimming flood, the waters divided, and the priests stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan until all the people were clean passed over. And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, where the feet of the priests stood, and he commanded a man from each tribe to take a stone out of the midst of Jordan, twelve stones, and he set them up in Gilgal on the other side of Jordan as a memorial, “that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty; that ye might fear the Lord our God for ever” (Joshua 4:24).

Buried and Risen with Christ. The Ark was a type of Christ: He has gone down into death for us. “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” The twelve stones buried for ever under the waters of death show us our place as crucified with Christ. The twelve stones set up on the other side show us our place as risen with Him. “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11). God’s word to us is: “Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” To believe this is as great an impossibility as for Israel to cross Jordan; but as we take Him at His word, and reckon the self-life to be dead with Christ, He makes it true in our experience, and enables us to live the risen life in Christ Jesus.
This is only the beginning of a new life of victory, the acceptance of our position, as risen with Christ, which makes victory possible. It is what Paul meant when he said: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
The next step for the Children of Israel was the renewing at Gilgal of the Covenant with God by the neglected rite of circumcision, separating themselves unto the Lord. God’s separated people were then immediately called to keep the neglected Feast of the Passover. And they ate of the old corn of the land, the manna ceasing from that time. In the slain Lamb and the Bread of Life we have another picture of Christ.
The Captain of the Lord’s Host. Not only in type do we see Christ in the Book of Joshua. There came a day when the Lord Himself shone through in all His glory. “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him, with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua said, Art Thou for us, or for our adversaries?” He queried whether his mysterious Guest had come as an ally or as an enemy; but the Lord said: “Nay, but as Captain of the Host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto Him, What saith my Lord unto His servant? And the Captain of the Lord’s Host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so…. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thy hand Jericho.”
The Burning Bush was a picture of the Incarnation, but how much more vivid was this foreshadowing in the form of a man. God says, “I have given Him for a Leader and Commander to the people.” Ofttimes today some servant of the Lord is hard pressed with responsibility at the thought of some great undertaking, when if he would but lift up his eyes and look he would see One mighty to save, who has come to take entire control.

Victory. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down.” That is the simple record in the New Testament of the taking of the city. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” Those who are living in the Spirit have ceased to fight with carnal weapons; they have learned to wield the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, and quench the fiery darts of the wicked by the shield of faith. The saint wins his victories beforehand on his knees, and then stands still and sees the salvation of the Lord. “Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city.” This book may also be compared to the book of Acts, where, through the Spirit, Christ leads His Church to victory, and heathen strongholds yield to the preaching of the Gospel and to prayer.

“By faith Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies in peace.” The token for her salvation was the scarlet cord with which she had let down the spies, tied in her window. It was like the token of the blood on the door-posts in the Passover In former days in the Royal Navy every rope and cord was marked with a scarlet thread running right through its entire length, so that wherever you cut the rope you found the scarlet cord. The scarlet line of redemption through the precious blood of Christ runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

Independent Evidence. Each step in the record of the conquest of Canaan is the vivid story of an eye-witness, if only there were space to dwell upon all the details. The points of vantage, the configuration of the land, the fertility dependent on laborious cultivation, the picture given of a densely populated country, with walled and garrisoned cities and chariots of iron, of its occupation by various independent nations,—all is exactly the Canaan of Joshua’s day as given in the contemporaneous records of the Egyptian hieroglyphics and the Tel-el-Amarna tablets, and therefore proves that the Book of Joshua is—as it claims to be (Deuteronomy 6:25)—a contemporary document and not of late date. “No mark of late date is discoverable in the names of the cities” (Col. Conder). Jerusalem is mentioned in this book, and it has been objected that this city was not called Jerusalem until the reign of David. “But letters were found at Tel-el-Amarna in Egypt, from the king of Jerusalem, which were written about the very time when Joshua was invading Canaan. In these letters the name Jerusalem appears as it does in the Scripture” (Urquhart). These tablets also constantly refer to the Habiri, who have been identified with the Hebrews. There are frequent appeals from all parts of Canaan to Egypt for help against this powerful foe. One letter says, “The hostility of the Hebrews waxes mighty against the land, and against the gods”; proving their monotheism.

The victory at Jericho was followed by the defeat before Ai. The way to Ai led up a steep rocky defile, so it was natural that the spies who were sent to view the country said, “Let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; make not all the people to labour thither, for they are but few.” The result of this attack was defeat and ignominious retreat. The thought of God’s honor was uppermost in Joshua’s mind. “What wilt Thou do unto Thy great Name? And the Lord said, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned … therefore they could not stand before their enemies.” All the spoil of Jericho was to be devoted to the Lord (Joshua 6:19; Deuteronomy 7:25–26), but some one had taken of the “devoted thing” (R.V.). Early in the morning all Israel had to appear before the Lord, tribe by tribe, and family by family, and man by man, till the guilt was brought home to Achan, and he confessed his sin. “I have sinned … I saw … I coveted … I took … I hid.” And the stolen treasure was found, and judgment was executed on Achan and all his house.

The defeat before Ai was caused by hidden sin. There is a very solemn lesson here—that sin always means defeat. All may look right outwardly, but God is not deceived. Absolute obedience is the condition of victory in the land. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” After the sin of Achan had been judged the Lord said, “Fear not; take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai.” After sin has been confessed and put away God gives victory. We may have had some great victory, like Jericho, and then fail in some little Ai of daily life. He will give victory in the very place where we have been shamefully defeated. But we need all the power of God for every battle, and our position is one of absolute dependence on Him.

Ebal and Gerizim. Next, we have the carrying out of God’s command, through Moses, that the tribes should stand on Ebal and Gerizim, six on one mount and six on the other, and pronounce the blessings and the curses of the Law. It has been objected that people could not hear each other at such a distance; but the acoustic properties of the valley are remarkable, and Canon Tristram tested it on the spot, two of his party stationing themselves on opposite sides of the valley and reciting the Ten Commandments in turn with perfect ease. Ebal is to the north of the valley, Gerizim to the south. The priests standing with the Ark would no doubt be facing the east. The Ark did so wherever the Tabernacle was pitched. Thus Mount Ebal would be on the left hand northwards, Gerizim on the right hand southwards—the same position as regards blessing and cursing as in the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. In the Tabernacle the sacrifices were slain “on the north side of the altar before the Lord.” The altar of sacrifice was likewise on Mount Ebal to the north, the atonement was made in the place over which the cloud of Divine wrath was resting. We cannot but see Divine plan in the perfect harmony of all these details.

Then follows the stratagem of the Gibeonites, who with their mouldy loaves and ragged garments led the Children of Israel to believe they had come from a far country, and therefore entered into a covenant with them. It was because Israel asked not counsel of the Lord, but took of their victuals, that they fell into the snare. Here again we are taught the need of absolute dependence upon the Lord in the life of faith. He is willing to guide us in every detail of our lives, but we must seek to know His will, and not judge by the sight of our eyes or lean upon our own understanding.

Having entered into league with the Gibeonites, Israel was bound to respond to their appeal for help when five other nations rose up against them. God overruled this circumstance to deliver the five kings into the hands of His people. As these nations worshipped the sun and moon, there was a special reason for the miracle which God wrought on that day in showing them His power in controlling the hosts of heaven. We do not know how that miracle was wrought, it is enough for us to believe that He who made the universe could control its action. The ancient annals of Greece, Egypt, and China each confirm the record of a certain “long day” such as God’s Book tells us of.

Possession. The first half of Joshua is mainly occupied with the Key-note of Victory, the second half with the Key-note of Possession. Though “all things are ours” in Christ, it remains for us to take possession of them experimentally by faith. The promise was that every place that the sole of their foot should tread should be theirs. And in the Joshua 13 the Lord said unto Joshua, “There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.” There was a slackness on the part of Israel to possess the land which the Lord had given them (Joshua 18:3).

Then follows an account of the division of the land. The inheritance of the two-and-a-half tribes beyond Jordan, and the inheritance of Caleb. That old warrior claimed the mountain of the Anakims, with its cities great and fenced, which God had promised him forty years before. He said: “As my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war … if so be that the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.” Caleb promised his daughter Achsah to whomsoever would take the city of Kirjath-sepher. Othniel his nephew took it and won the prize. Achsah said to her father, “Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a South land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.” Our Heavenly Father waits to bless us in like manner, and “to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him.”

Failure. Next we read of the inheritance of Judah, and then of Ephraim and Manasseh. We read that the children of Manasseh could not drive out the Canaanites, but put them under tribute and let them dwell in the land (Joshua 17:12–13; see also Josh 13:13 and Josh 15:63). When we come to study the Book of Judges we shall see what trouble came through Israel not obeying God in driving out the Canaanites. The process of degeneration had begun even in the time of Joshua. Though the children of Joseph failed they were also ambitious, and came to Joshua with the plea that they were a great people and their lot was not enough for them. Then Joshua bade them go up into the wood country and take the land of the giants. But the children of Joseph feared to go because the inhabitants had chariots of iron. Joshua’s answer was a wise One: he bade them prove their greatness by driving out the Canaanites which they were well able to do “though they have iron chariots and though they be strong.”

Then we read of the Tabernacle being set up at Shiloh, and the congregation of Israel were assembled there, as the central Place of sacrifice. Then the seven remaining tribes received their portion, and Joshua his own special portion, and the six Cities of Refuge were fixed. The Levites held their cities upon a different tenure from the other tribes, for the Lord Himself was the portion of their inheritance.

Conclusion. The book closes with Joshua’s exhortation to the people. He reminds them that it is God who has fought for them. He exhorts them to keep all that is written in the Law of Moses, and to serve the Lord with all their heart. He invites them to choose this day whom they will serve, but adds his own resolution, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua’s last act was to write these words in the book of the Law of God, and to set up a great stone as a witness to the renewal of the Covenant. He died at the age of a hundred and ten years, leaving a character without blemish. After the account of his death we have the ominous words: “And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the Lord, that He had done for Israel.”

Our Joshua never dies. It is He who brings us into the good land, and it is only as we abide under His leadership that we shall possess it and overcome all our enemies.

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Do you wonder if you are following the Lord's leading to the place where He wants you to be? The Israelites cried out to God, and He heard them, raising up Moses to deliver them out of slavery in the land of Egypt and lead them towards the Promised Land. Because of their sin, however, they suffered the consequences and wandered in the wilderness for nearly forty years. What can you learn from the children of Israel so that you won't make the same mistakes? 7 lessons

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William Blaikie
Commentary on Joshua
The Expositor's Bible
edited by W. Robertson Nicoll
(1893)
Introduction: The Book of Joshua

Expositor's Bible - If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It takes up less space than the original fifty-volume set, and not everything in the original set is worth owning. Samuel H. Kellogg on Leviticus is a classic; so is Alexander Maclaren on the Psalms and on Colossians. —Warren W. Wiersbe, A Basic Library for Bible Students

This set, originally published in 1903, contains expositions by both conservative and liberal theologians. The most important works are by Dod (Genesis), Chadwick (Exodus and Mark), Kellogg (Leviticus), Blaikie (Joshua, I and II Samuel), Adeney (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), Maclaren (Psalms), Moule (Romans), Findlay (Galatians and Ephesians), Plummer (Pastoral Epistles and the Epistles of James and Jude), and Milligan (Revelation.) —Cyril J. Barber, The Minister’s Library

Additional Note: One of the commentaries recommended by Irving Jensen

Joshua Intro
Joshua's Antecedents
Joshua 1:2 A Successor to Moses
Joshua 1:2-5 Joshua's Call
Joshua 1:6-9 Joshua's Encouragement
Joshua 1:10-18 Joshua's Charge to the People

Joshua 2 The Spies in Jericho
Joshua 3:1-7 Jordan Reached
Joshua 3 Jordan Divided

Joshua 4 Jordan Divided (distinct page)
Joshua 5:1-12 Circumcision and Passover - Manna and Corn

Joshua 5:13-15, 6:1 The Captain of the Lord's Host

Joshua 6:1 Captain

Joshua 6:8-27 The Fate of Jericho 17, 22-25 Rahab Saved
Joshua 6:17, 22-25 Rahab Saved

Joshua 7 Achan's Trespass

Joshua 7 Achan's Punishment

Joshua 8:1-29 The Capture of Ai

Joshua 8:30-35 Ebal and Gerizm

Joshua 9 The Stratagem of the Gibeonites

Joshua 10 The Battle of Beth-Horon

Joshua 11, 12 The Battle of Merom

Joshua 13, 14:1-5 Joshua's Old Age-Division for the Eastern Tribes

Joshua 14:6-15 The Inheritance of Caleb

Joshua 15-19 The Distribution of the Land

Joshua 15 The Inheritance of Judah

Joshua 16, 17 The Inheritance of Joseph

Joshua 18, 19 The Distribution Completed

Joshua 20 The Cities of Refuge

Joshua 21:1-42 The Inheritance of the Levites

Joshua 21:43-45 No Failure of God's Promise

Joshua 22 The Altar Ed.
Joshua 23 Jehovah the Champion of Israel

Joshua 24 Joshua's Last Appeal
Joshua 24 Joshua's Work for Israel

Adam Clarke
Commentary on Joshua

Clarke (1760-1832) was Methodist, Wesleyan, Arminian, (e.g., Clarke "suggested that although God can know all future events, He chooses not to know some events beforehand" Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, page 808). He did not always interpret Scripture literally and so was amillennial (to quote Clarke on 1000 years - "I am satisfied that this period should not be taken literally" [see comment on Rev 20:4] - he interpreted Revelation as a Historicist) which led him to interpret the church as fulfilling many OT promises to Israel. Influential in development of doctrine of Entire Sanctification (or "Christian perfection"). Affirmed the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, but held a belief of "plenary dynamic inspiration" (idea of every thought inspired), thus falling short of "plenary verbal inspiration" (every single word inspired) (Bib. Sacra: Vol 125, p 163, 1968). In summary, a useful, respected commentary but as with all extra-Biblical resources you are advised to "Be a Berean!" Acts 17:11

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John Calvin
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Alan Carr
Sermons on the Book of Joshua
"Claiming You Canaan"

Joshua 1:1-18  This Land Is Our Land
Joshua 1:1-9 Canaan Land Is Just In Sight
Joshua 2:1-15  Rahab In Rehab
Joshua 2:8-21 The Scarlet Thread
Joshua 2:1-24 She's Not The Girl She Used To Be
Joshua 2:1-24  Rahab: Not The Girl She Used To Be -
Joshua 3:1 - 4:24 How To Get Past Your Jordan
Joshua 5:1-13 Are You Ready To Claim Your Canaan?
Joshua 5:1-12 Preparing To Enter Your Canaan
Joshua 5:11-12 And The Manna Ceased
Joshua 5:13-15 The Leader Meets The Lord
Joshua 5:13-6:22  Tearing Down The Walls
Joshua 5:13-6:21 Our Battle With Life's Strongholds
Joshua 6:1-21 How To Make Your Walls Fall Down Flat
Joshua 6:1-21 Overcoming Our Walled Cities, Part 1
Joshua 6:1-21 Overcoming Our Walled Cities, Part 2
Joshua 7:1-26 Some Things Can't Be Hidden
Joshua 7:1-26 God's Prescription For An Achan Heart
Joshua 8:1-35 How To Ambush Your Ai
Joshua 8:1-35 Victory Is Yours, If You Want It
Joshua 8:30-35  Cursing And Blessing
Joshua 9:1-27 Being Too Friendly With The Enemy
Joshua 9:1-27 A Little Too Close For Comfort
Joshua 10:6-14 Valuable Lessons For The Day Of Battle
Joshua 10:6-14  Lessons For The Day Of Battle
Joshua 14:6-15 Caleb: The Gray-haired Conqueror
Joshua 14:6-14 Give Me My Mountain
Joshua 20:1-9 The Cities Of Refuge
Joshua 20:1-9 A Place Of Safety
Joshua 23:1-8 An Old Soldier Prepares To Break Camp
Joshua 23:1-8 An Old General's Final Orders
Joshua 24:1-28 It's Time To Make Up Your Mind

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Thomas Constable
Commentary Notes on Joshua
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Joshua 1:1ff God's Warning

Joshua 1:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9 Strong in the Lord

Joshua 1:1-9 Strong in the Lord (2)

Joshua 1:10-Joshua 2:1-24 The New Leader

Joshua 1:2 Over This Jordan

Joshua 1:1-9 The Divine Commission To Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9 In the Day of a New Beginning

Joshua 3:1ff Crossing Jordan

Joshua 3:1-5 Our Wonderful New Day

Joshua 4:1ff-Joshua 5:1ff The Stones of Gilgal

Joshua 5:13, 14, 15 The Warrior Christ

Joshua 6:1ff And the Walls Fell Down Flat

Joshua 7:1ff Achor- The Valley Of Trouble

Joshua 7:1-26 Achan- The Sin We Are Afraid to Confess

Joshua 8:1ff The Altar on Ebal

Joshua 9:1ff The Wiles of the Gibeonites

Joshua 10:1ff There Was No Day Like That

Joshua 11:1ff The Final Victory

Joshua 11:19 All Others They Took In Battle
Joshua 12:1ff
The Allotment of the Land

Joshua 14:6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Give Me This Mountain

Joshua 23:1ff, 24:1ff The Last Appeal of Joshua

Joshua 24:15 Whom Shall I Choose To Serve?

Joshua 24:24, 25 Our Covenant Day With God

Kay Daigle
Follow that Dream:
Lessons for Women From Joshua

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1. Dreams from a Big God

2. Dreams Built on Faith

3. Dreams Remembered

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5. Dreams that Depend upon God

6. Dreams that Seem to Fall Apart

7. Dreams Require Perseverance

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Study Notes
On the book of Joshua

Joshua 1 The Victorious Christian life

Joshua 2-4 Rahab's faith; The scarlet cord ; Consecration

Joshua 5-6 Circumcision before possession; Walls fall by faith

Joshua 7-8 Achan; You can't stand with sin; Process of falling into sin

Joshua 9-12 Not praying; Swearing to your own hurt; The sun stood still

Joshua 13-19 Strongholds; Completely cutting out sin; Our lot in life

Joshua 20-21 Cities of refuge; Levi scattered

Joshua 22-24 A troublesome altar; Joshua's farewell

J Ligon Duncan
Sermons
On the book of Joshua
Updated December 12, 2015

Joshua 1:1-9 Marching as to War: Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua 1:10-18 Marching as to War: Captain Joshua! Attenshun!

Joshua 1:1-9 To Serve with Distinction (Guy Richardson

Joshua 5:1-11 Ouch!

Joshua 7:1-15 How Achan's Sin Was Found Out

Joshua 7:16-27 The Morphology of Sin and Repentance

Joshua 8:1-34 The Defeat of Ai: Learning the Lesson of Unconfessed Sin

Joshua 13:1-21:45 Possessing the Promised Land

Theodore Epp
Devotionals on Joshua
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Joshua 1:1-9 Workmen Die, but God Lives
Joshua 1:10-18 Questionable Separation
Joshua 2:1-14 A Pagan Testifies
Joshua 2:15-24 Faith in Action
Joshua 3:1-8 Preparing to Move Out
Joshua 3:9-17 A Step of Faith
Joshua 4:1-11 Memorials of Faith
Joshua 4:12-24 A Place of Spiritual Resurrection
Joshua 5:1-15 Evidence of Separation
Joshua 6:1-14 A Key to Future Victories
Joshua 6:15-27 A Shout of Faith
Joshua 7:1-12 A Wrong Time to Pray
Joshua 7:13-26 Dealing With Sin
Joshua 8:10-30 New Orders and Methods
Joshua 9:1-15 Deciding Without Praying
Joshua 9:16-27 Learning From Mistakes
Joshua 10:1-15 God is Sovereign
Joshua 11:16-23 Possessing an Inheritance
Joshua 18:1-10 Failing to Appropriate
Joshua 23:1-8 Courageous in Godly Living
Joshua 23:9-13 The Way to Victory
Joshua 23:14-16 Not One Thing Has Failed
Joshua 24:1-13 All of Grace
Joshua 24:14,15 We Must Choose
Joshua 24:16-33 The People's Choice

Alfred Edersheim
The Bible History—Old Testament
Book of Joshua
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Joshua 1-2 The Charge To Joshua - Dispatch Of The Two Spies To Jericho - Rahab

 

Joshua 3-5-12 Miraculous Parting of the Jordan, and the Passage of the Children of Israel - Gilgal and its meaning - The First Passover on the soil of Palestine

 

Joshua 5:13, 6:27 The "Prince of the Host of Jehovah" appears to Joshua - The miraculous fall of Jericho before the Ark of Jehovah

 

Joshua 7:1-8:29 Unsuccessful Attack upon Ai - Achan's Sin, and Judgement - Ai attacked a second time and taken

 

Joshua 8:30, 9:1-27 Solemn Dedication of the Land and of Israel on Mounts Ebal and Gerizim - The Deceit of the Gibeonites

 

Joshua 10-12 The Battle of Gibeon - Conquest of the South of Canaan - The Battle of Merom - Conquest of the North of Canaan - State of the land at the close of the seven-years' war

 

Joshua 13-21 Distribution of the land - Unconquered districts - Tribes east of the Jordan - "The lot" - Tribes west of the Jordan - The inheritance of Caleb - Dissatisfaction of the sons of Joseph - The Tabernacle at Shiloh - Final division of the land

 

Joshua 22-24 Return of the two and a half Tribes to their Homes - Building of an Altar by them - Embassy to them - Joshua's Farewell Addresses - Death of Joshua - Review of his Life and Work

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Joshua 1:1-15 Who Me? A Leader?
Joshua 4:1-3,8,10-11,17-24 The Thrill of Victory
Joshua 7:6-7,10-13,16-21,24-26 The Agony of Defeat
Joshua 24:14-28,31 Pass on the Baton

Max Frazier
Devotional Study on Joshua

The Conquest of the Promised Land - A Devotional Commentary on Joshua

Arnold Fruchtenbaum
Israelology

Israelology: Part 1 of 6  Introduction: Definition of Terms
Israelology: Part 2 of 6  Israel Present (Note: Article begins on Page 2)
Israelology: Part 3 of 6  Israel Present (Continued)
Israelology: Part 4 of 6 - Israel Future (Part One)
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Commentary on Joshua
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Bruce Goettsche
 Sermons on Joshua
Union Church

Joshua 1:1-18 Called to Overcome

Joshua 2 Going Against the Current

Joshua 3-4 Practical Steps for Empowered Living

Joshua 5:1-15 Preparing for Battle

Joshua 6:1-21 The Walls Come Down
Joshua 6:22-27 Is God a Tyrant?

Joshua 7 Avoiding Achan's Sin

Joshua 8:30-35 Keeping Your Focus

Joshua 9 The Danger of Living by Sight

Joshua 10:1-15 The Longest Day

Joshua 14:6-15 Living Until You Die

Joshua 17:12-18 Battling a Sense of Entitlement

Joshua 20 The Church: A Place of Refuge

Joshua 22 Key Ingredients for the Growing Christian

Joshua 23 How to be Blessed by God

Joshua 24 The Choices Before Us

L M Grant
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Doug Goins
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Peninsula Bible Church

Joshua A New Beginning - Introduction to Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9 A Hard Act To Follow

Joshua 1:10-18 Follow The Leader

Joshua 2:1-24 An Unlikely Ancestor

Joshua 3:1-6 Standing at The Jordan

Joshua 3:7-17 Crossing The Jordan

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Joshua 6:1-27 Faith is the Victory

Joshua 7:1-26 Learning From Losing

Joshua 8:1-35 Turning Defeat Into Victory

Joshua 9:1-27 A Costly Lesson

Joshua 10:1-43 Victory at Gibeon

Joshua 11:1-12:24 The Final Conquest

Joshua 13:1-33 The Spoils of Victory

Joshua 14:1-16:10 This Land is Our Land

Joshua 17:1-19:51 Initiative or Inertia?

Joshua 20:1-9 Cities of Refuge

Joshua 21:1-45 Cities of the Levites

Joshua 22:1-34 And When the Battle's Done

Joshua 23:1-16 Authentic Christian Leadership

Joshua 24:1-28 Commitment to the Covenant

Joshua 24:29-33 Faithful to the Finish

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Hawker's Poor Man's
Commentary on
Joshua

Introduction

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Matthew Henry
Commentary on
Joshua
(1706)

Joshua Intro
Joshua Commentary  1
Joshua Commentary  2
Joshua Commentary  3
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David Holwick
Sermon Series on Joshua
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There you will find the sermons below on this book

Joshua 1:1-9 Joshua- A Leader For Our Times
Joshua 2:1-14 Rahab- A Good Prostitute
Joshua 3:1-14 Moving Out- Crossing the Jordan
Joshua 6:12-20 Your Walls Can Tumble Down
Joshua 6:17-21 Holy Violence
Joshua 7:19-26 Achan- One Person, One Sin
Joshua 9:3-16 Gibeonites - Conning Your Way to God
Joshua 20:2-9 A Place to Hide
Joshua 23:1-6 Hold Fast, Hold True
Joshua 24:15-27 The Ultimate Choice

Jodi Hooper
Sunday School Study Plan for Kids
Bible Lessons 4 Kids

About Bible Lessons 4 Kidz.

Joshua and the Israelites Enter the Promised Land (Joshua 1-5)

Achan’s Sin and Battling Ai (Joshua 7-8)

The Gibeonite Treaty (Joshua 9-10)

Israel’s Downfall (Joshua 23 - Judges 3)

R Kent Hughes
Selected Sermons on Joshua
Mp3's only

Joshua 1:1-9 Joshua's Divine Challenge (Boldness)

Joshua 1: Joshua's Commission

Joshua 2 The Scarlet Cord

Joshua 4 What Do These Stones Mean?
Joshua 5:1-12 The Captain of the Hosts (faith)
Joshua 6:1-27 Faith's Falling Walls
Joshua 7:1-26 The Folly of Hidden Sin
Joshua 8:1-9 The Seriousness of Sin

Joshua 10 Communion

Joshua 9:1-27 When Leadership Falls
Joshua 10:1-26 The Sun Stood Still

Joshua 14:1-15 Caleb - Green and Growing

Joshua 22:1-12 Keeping Shalom In Israel

Joshua 23:1-16 Joshua's First Farewell
Joshua 24:1-15 Making a Commitment

H A Ironside
Addresses on Joshua

Preface

Joshua 1:1-9 The Divinely Appointed Leader,

Joshua 2 Give Me a True Token,

Joshua 3 Crossing the Jordan,

Joshua 4 The Stones of Witness,

Joshua 5 Lessons From Gilgal,

Joshua 6 The Fall Of Jericho,

Joshua 7 Sin In The Camp,

Joshua 8 The Fall Of Ai And The Proclamation Of The Law,

Joshua 9 The Wiles Of The Devil,

Joshua 10 When The Sun Stood Still,

Joshua 11-12 God's Word Tested And Proven,

Joshua 13-14 Caleb, The Wholehearted, Or The Energy Of Faith,

Joshua 15-19 The Inheritance Of The Tribes And The Story Of Othniel And Achsah,

Joshua 20 The Cities Of Refuge,

Joshua 21-24 The Last Days Of Joshua's Leadership,

 

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Hymns
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J Hampton Keathley, III
Studies in the Life of Joshua
from Bible.org

Introduction Introduction and Background

Joshua 1:1-18 The Commissioning of Joshua

Joshua 2:1-24 Preparing to Enter the Land

Joshua 3:1-4:24 Crossing the Jordan

Joshua 5:1-15 Consecrating the People
Joshua 5:13-15 Captain of the Lord's Army

Joshua 6:1-27 Destroying Fortresses; Victory at Jericho

Joshua 7:1-26 Defeat at Ai and the Sin of Achan

Joshua 8:1-35 Victory at Ai

Joshua 9:1-27 The Peril of Walking by Sight

Joshua 10:1-43 Destruction of the Amorite Coalition

Keil & Delitzsch
Commentary on the Old Testament
Joshua

Spurgeon on Keil & Delitzsch: We cannot read Keil with pleasure, for we want spiritual meat, but yet it is most desirable for us to know what the text really means. Without indicating either the spiritual lesson or the moral of the history, Keil simply explains the facts, and in so doing aids the reader to realize them. We confess we should like something more. A work for the learned. It has received the highest commendations from competent scholars. But it is somewhat dull and formal.

Introduction

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Studies in the Life of Joshua
J. Hampton Keathley, III

Introduction and Background

1. Joshua 1:1-18 The Commissioning of Joshua

2. Joshua 2:1-24 Preparing to Enter the Land

3. Joshua 3:1-4:24 Crossing the Jordan

4. Joshua 5:1-15 Consecrating the People

5. Joshua 6:1-27 Destroying Fortresses; Victory at Jericho

6. Joshua 7:1-26 Defeat at Ai and the Sin of Achan

7. Joshua 8:1-35 Victory at Ai

8. Joshua 9:1-27 The Peril of Walking by Sight

9. Joshua 10:1-43 Destruction of the Amorite Coalition

John Kitto
Daily Bible Illustrations
Joshua

Joshua 2 Espials
Joshua 3 The Passage
Joshua - The Hebrew Right to Canaan - What it was Not
Joshua - The Hebrew Right to Canaan - What it was
Joshua 5 Old Corn
Joshua 6 Fall of Jericho
Joshua 6:25 Rahab
Joshua 6:3-6 The Number Seven
Joshua - The River Jordan
Joshua 7 The Accursed Thing
Joshua 9 The Craft of the Gibeonites
Joshua 10 Joshua's Miracle
Joshua 18 Surveying
Joshua 15 The Book-City
Joshua 22 The Altar of the Reubenites
Joshua Himself

Paul E Kretzmann
Joshua Commentary

Introduction

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John Lloyd
Joshua Commentary
A Critical and Expository Commentary
1886

John Lloyd examines the book of Joshua as a literal, prophetic, and spiritual history of the Jewish people. In The Book of Joshua: A Critical and Expository Commentary of the Hebrew Text, he explores the idea of Joshua as an archetype for the coming Messiah—and the journey to the promised land as a mirror for entry to heaven. Lloyd’s commentary is divided into two parts: the conquest of the land and the division of the land. The verse-by-verse commentary comprises grammatical, exegetical, historical, and ethical notes that mine the depths of this early prophetic work. It also includes an index of geographical names. John Lloyd was the rector of Llanvapley, a village in Wales.

Note: Verse by verse analysis

Preface
Introduction

Joshua 1:1-9 Commentary

Joshua 1:10-18 Commentary

Joshua 2:1-7 Commentary

Joshua 2:8-21 Commentary

Joshua 3:1-8 Commentary

Joshua 3:9-13 Commentary

Joshua 3:14-17 Commentary

Joshua 4:1-18 Commentary

Joshua 4:19-24 Commentary

Joshua 5:1-12 Commentary

Joshua 5:13-15 Commentary

Joshua 6:1-27 Commentary

Joshua 7:1-26 Commentary

Joshua 8:1-29 Commentary

Joshua 8:30-35 Commentary

Joshua 9:1-2 Commentary

Joshua 9:3-15 Commentary

Joshua 9:16-27 Commentary

Joshua 10:1-27 Commentary

Joshua 10:28-43 Commentary

Joshua 11:1-15 Commentary

Joshua 11:16-23 Commentary

Joshua 12:1-24 Commentary

Second Part: The Division of the Land of Canaan

Joshua 13:1-14 Commentary
Joshua 13:15-23 Commentary

Joshua 13:24-28 Commentary

Joshua 13:29-31 Commentary

Joshua 14:1-15 Commentary

Joshua 15:1-23 Commentary

Joshua 15:13-20 Commentary

Joshua 15:21-63 Commentary

Joshua 16:1-10 Commentary

Joshua 17:1-18 Commentary

Joshua 18:1-28 Commentary

Joshua 19:1-51 Commentary

Joshua 20:1-9 Commentary
Joshua 21:1-45 Commentary

Joshua 22:1-34 Commentary

Joshua 23:1-16 Commentary

Joshua 24:1-33 Commentary

Geographical Names

Alexander Maclaren
Joshua Sermons

Joshua 1:1-11 The New Leader's Commission
Joshua 1:7-8 The Charge to the Soldier of the LORD
Joshua 3:4 The Untrodden Path and the Guiding Ark
Joshua 3:5-17 The Waters Saw Thee - They Were Afraid
Joshua 4:10-24 Stones Crying Out
Joshua 5:14 The Captain of the Lord's Host
Joshua 6:10,11 The Siege of Jericho
Joshua 6:25 Rahab
Joshua 7:1-12 Achan's Sin, Israel's Defeat
Joshua 10:12 The Sun Stayed
Joshua 13:1-8 Unwon But Claimed
Joshua 14:6 Caleb - A Green Old Age
Joshua 20:1-9 The Cities of Refuge
Joshua 21:43-45, 22:1-9 The End of the War
Joshua 24:19-28 The National Oath at Shechem

J Vernon McGee
Thru the Bible - Joshua
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Joshua Intro 
Joshua Writer
Joshua App
Joshua 1:1-2
Joshua 1:3
Joshua 1:4-9
Joshua 1:10-11
Joshua 1:12-18
Joshua 2:1-7
Joshua 2:8-10
Joshua 2:11-24
Joshua 3:1-3
Joshua 4:1-8
Joshua 4:9-24
Joshua 5:1-10
Joshua 5:11-12
Joshua 5:13-15
Joshua 6 Intro
Joshua 6:1-4

Joshua 6:5-27
Joshua 7:1-3
Joshua 7:4-9 
Joshua 7:10-18
Joshua 7:19-24
Joshua 7:25-26
Joshua 8:1-35
Joshua 9:1-27
Joshua 10:1-8
Joshua 10:9-14
Joshua 10:15-23
Joshua 10:24-4
Joshua 11:1-22
Joshua 11:23
Joshua 12:1-24
Joshua 13:1-6
Joshua 13:7-33
Joshua 14:1-9
Joshua 14:10-11

Joshua 19:1-48
Joshua 19:49-51
Joshua 20:1-9
Joshua 21:1-45
Joshua 22-1-9
Joshua 22:10-20
Joshua 22:21-33
Joshua 22:34
Joshua 23:1-3
Joshua 23:4-16
Joshua 24:1-14
Joshua 24:15-28
Joshua 24:29-33
Joshua 14:12-15
Joshua 15:1-63
Joshua 16:1-10
Joshua 17:1-15
Joshua 17:16-18
Joshua 18:1-28

Miscellaneous
Resources on Joshua
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Eugene D. Stockton, "Fortress temple of Shechem and Joshua's covenant," Australian Journal of Biblical Archaeology 1.1 (1968): 24-28.

 

Bryant G. Wood, "The Search for Joshua’s Ai," Richard S. Hess, Gerald A. Klingbeil & Paul J. Ray Jr., Critical Issues in Early Israelite History. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2008. Hbk. ISBN: 978-1575068046. pp.205-240

 

Stephen Dray, "The Book of Joshua, Part 1," Evangel 23.1 (Spring 2005): 2-6. 

Stephen Dray, "The Book of Joshua, Part 2," Evangel 23.2 (Summer 2005): 34-39.

Stephen Dray, "The Book of Joshua, Part 3" Evangel 23.3 (Autumn 2005): 66-71.

Stephen Dray, "The Book of Joshua, Part 4m" Evangel 24.1 (Spring 2006): 2-6.

Studies in the Life of Joshua (J. Hampton Keathley III)

David Merling, "The book of Joshua. part I: its evaluation by nonevidence," Andrews University Seminary Studies 39.1 (Spring 2001): 61-72.

David Merling, "The book of Joshua. Pt II, Expectations of archaeology,"Andrews University Seminary Studies 39.2 (Autumn 2001): 209-221

John A, Beck, "Why Do Joshua's Readers Keep Crossing the River? The Narrative-Geographical Shaping of Joshua 3-4," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 48.4 (Dec. 2005): 689-699

Peter C. Craigie, "The Conquest and Early Hebrew Poetry," Tyndale Bulletin 20 (1969): 76-94.

Richard S. Hess, "The Book of Joshua as a Land Grant," Biblica 83 (2002): 493-506.

David M. Howard Jr., "'Three days' in Joshua 1-3: Resolving a Chronological Conundrum," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 41.4 (Dec. 1998): 539-550

Adrian Jeffers, "Ideal versus real history in the book of Joshua," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 12.3 (Summer 1969): 183-187

J.P.U. Lilley, "The Altar in Joshua and Judges," Tyndale Bulletin 5/6 (1960): 32-33

Jeffrey J. Niehaus, "Joshua and ancient Near Eastern warfare," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 31.1 (March 1988): 37-50

Lewis Bayles Paton, "Israel’s conquest of Canaan," Journal of Biblical Literature 32.1 (1913): 1-53. 

Douglas Petrovich, "The Dating of Hazor's Destruction in Joshua 11 by Way of Biblical, Archaeological, and Epigraphical Evidence," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 51.3 (Sept. 2008): 489-512.

Pekka Pitkänen, "Ethnicity, Assimilation and the Israelite Settlement,"Tyndale Bulletin 55.2 (2004): 161-182

Have NASA computers really proven Joshua's 'long day'? (Jonathan Sarfati)

Dean R. Ulrich, "Does The Bible Sufficiently Describe The Conquest?,"Trinity Journal 20:1 (Spring 1999): 53-68.

Gordon J. Wenham, "Deuteronomic theology of the book of Joshua,"Journal of Biblical Literature 90.2 (June 1971): 140-148.

GENERAL RESOURCES
On Joshua
David M. Howard, Jr., "Evaluating Commentaries on Joshua," Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 2.3 (Fall 1998): 4-10.

Best Commentaries on Joshua - Tim Challies

Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Joshua by Keith Mathison

#1 choice of both Challies and Mathison = Joshua- No Falling Words - Dale Ralph Davis (and I absolutely agree his commentaries are exceptional!)

Best Commentary on Joshua - Best Commentaries Reviews

The Best Old Testament Commentaries You’ve Never Heard Of -  Justin Taylor

Best Commentaries on Joshua

A Practical Study of Joshua - The Path of Obedience Leads to Victory
See nice maps
Distribution of the Land = Page 18
Physical features of Canaan, Canaan before the conquest = Page 36
Northern and Southern Campaigns = Page 37

Don Anderson

Art and Pictures Related to Joshua

Joshua - more pictures related to Joshua

Joshua - >300 pictures related to Joshua

Joshua Clip Art - Color and Black & White

BLB Image Gallery -- 36 Images Related to Joshua

Art
Joshua 1-24 - See all devotionals on a one page Back to the Bible
Theology of Joshua - Excellent overview - take a moment to read Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology
Visual Survey on Joshua - Mp3 (46 minutes) Kenneth Boa

Joshua Overview - A Home Given- Entering, Conquering, Settling

Transcript

Questions

Andy Burnham
The Book of Joshua - Charted Out Chart
Israel’s Golden Years: Overview 1-11, 22-44, Lessons for life - chapter by chapter overview - well-done Bob Deffinbaugh
The Conquest - The Message of Joshua - Mp3 Mark Dever

Joshua, the Book of - Holman Bible Dictionary

Joshua, book of - Bridgeway Bible Dictionary

Joshua, the Book of - Easton's Bible Dictionary

Joshua, the Book of - Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Joshua, Book of - Morrish Bible Dictionary

Joshua, Book of - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Joshua, Book Of, - Cyclopedia of Biblical,

Joshua, Book of - The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Book of Joshua - 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Dictionaries, et al
Joshua - 28 Audio Messages (no transcripts) Dan Duncan
Joshua Overview Don Fortner
Scripture Index - Joshua - Most are Mp3's

See especially the Mp3 sermons by Gary Inrig and Kent Hughes as both are excellent

Gospel Coalition
James Gray Brief Commentary Notes James Gray
Joshua - 28 Audio Messages (no transcripts) Matt Heidelbaugh
Christ in the Book of Joshua A M Hodgkin
The God Who Gives Rest in the Land - Joshua
The God Who Gives Rest in the Land - Joshua - (expanded excerpt)
Paul R House
Joshua - Bible Introduction (same material as in MacArthur Study Bible)


I. Entering the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1–5:15)

II. Conquering the Promised Land (Joshua 6:1–12:24)

A. The Central Campaign (Joshua 6:1–8:35)
B. The Southern Campaign (Joshua 9:1–10:43)
C. The Northern Campaign (Joshua 11:1–15)
D. The Summary of Conquests (Joshua 11:16–12:24)

 

III. Distributing Portions in the Promised Land (Joshua 13:1–22:34)

A. Summary of Instructions (Joshua 13:1–33)
B. West of the Jordan (Joshua 14:1–19:51)
C. Cities of Refuge (Joshua 20:1–9)
D. Cities of the Levites (Joshua 21:1–45)
E. East of the Jordan (Joshua 22:1–34)

 

IV. Retaining the Promised Land (Joshua 23:1–24:28)

A. The First Speech by Joshua (Joshua 23:1–16)
B. The Second Speech by Joshua (Joshua 24:1–28)

 

V. Postscript (Joshua 24:29–33)

John MacArthur
An Introduction to the Book of Joshua David Malick
An Argument of the Book of Joshua David Malick
Maps Related to Joshua

Map of Palestine During Joshua's Time

12 Tribes of Israel

Book of Joshua OT Map at Time of Conquest
Joshua, Conquest of Canaan, Central & Southern Campaigns
Joshua, Conquest of Canaan, Northern Campaign
Hazor - Joshua 11:1 - photo list in left column!
Megiddo - Joshua 12:21- photo list in left column!
Jezreel, Jezreel Valley - (Google) Joshua 15:56
En Gedi- Joshua 15:62 - photo list in left column!
Gibeon
- Joshua 18:25, 21:17- photo list in left column!
Hazor
- Joshua 11:1, 10, 13- photo list in left column!

 

EXCELLENT SET OF MAPS - Ancient Near East from 1200-100 BCE  —  The Conquest of Canaan  —  The Sea Peoples  — The Levant from 1200-1000 BCE  —  The Conquest by Joshua  —  Joshua's Central and Southern Campaigns  —  Joshua's Northern Campaign  —  The Limits of Israelite Settlement  — Israel in Canaan from Joshua to Samuel to Saul  —  The Tribal Allotments of Israel  —  The Division of the Land Among the Tribes  —  Levitical Cities and Cities of Refuge (1)  —  The Levitical Cities (2)  —  The Judges of Israel  —  The Period of the Judges  —  Ehud and the Oppression of the Moabites  —  Deborah's Victory over the Canaanites  —  Gideon's Battles with the Amalekites  —  Jephthah and the Ammonites  —  Samson the the Philistines  —  The Battle at Ebenezer and the Loss of the Ark  —  The Ministry of Samuel and Anointment of Saul  —  The Kingdom of Saul and His Wars  —  Saul, 1000 BCE  —  David's Flight from Saul

Maps
Joshua Outline Notes J Vernon McGee
Survey of the Bible - Joshua - Mp3 - 48 minutes Bill McRae
Joshua Part 1 - Evaluation by Nonevidence (Archaeology)
Joshua Part 2 Expectations of Archaeology
David Merling
Joshua, Judges, Ruth Intro Middletown Bible
Joshua Intro Notes G Campbell Morgan
Joshua - Keys to Joshua - Outline (Theme, etc) William Orr
Israel's Conquest of Canaan (54 pages) Lewis Bayles Paton
Through the Bible Book by Book - Joshua Myer Pearlman

Chronology of History of Israel - Timeline to help appreciate the Historical Context of Joshua

Wil Pounds

The Book of Joshua (Overview)

Author and Time of Writing 

Purpose of Writing

Peculiarities

Overview of Contents

Arend Remmers
Joshua: Guidebook to Victory Ray Stedman
Joshua: The Way to Victory: Joshua Ray Stedman
Joshua compared with Judges C. Swindoll
Analysis of Joshua James Van Dine

Joshua 1-5 God Leads His People - Mp3
Joshua 6-12 God Fights for His People - Mp3
Joshua 13-24 God's People Are Faithful - Mp3

Brad Wheeler
COMMENTARIES AND SERMONS
ON JOSHUA

A Commentary on Joshua - Intro Speaker's Commentary

Joshua 1
Joshua 2
Joshua 3
Joshua 4
Joshua 5
Joshua 6
Joshua 7
Joshua 8
Joshua 9

Joshua 10

Joshua 11

Joshua 12

Joshua 13

Joshua 14

Joshua 15

Joshua 16
Joshua 17

Joshua 18

Joshua 19

Joshua 20

Joshua 21

Joshua 22

Joshua 23
Joshua 24

F C Cook
Joshua 1 - 13. J N Darby
The Book of Joshua - Part 1 (Joshua 1:1 thru Joshua 4:24)
The Book of Joshua - Part 2 (Joshua 5:1 thru Joshua 9:27 )
The Book of Joshua - Part 3 (Joshua 10:1 thru Joshua 19:51)
The Book of Joshua - Part 4 (Joshua 20:1 thru Joshua 24:33)
Stephen Dray
Joshua - short comments on each chapter

Joshua Commentary  1

Joshua Commentary  2

Joshua Commentary  3

Joshua Commentary  4

Joshua Commentary  5

Joshua Commentary  6

Joshua Commentary  7

Joshua Commentary  8

Joshua Commentary  9

Joshua Commentary  10

Joshua Commentary  11

Joshua Commentary  12

Joshua Commentary  13

Joshua Commentary  14

Joshua Commentary  15

Joshua Commentary  16

Joshua Commentary  17

Joshua Commentary  18

Joshua Commentary  19

Joshua Commentary  20

Joshua Commentary  21

Joshua Commentary  22

Joshua Commentary  23

Joshua Commentary  24

John Dummelow
Joshua - Free Bible Commentary in easy English Easy English

A Commentary on Joshua - Intro Lange's Commentary

Joshua Commentary  1
Joshua Commentary  2
Joshua Commentary  3-4
Joshua Commentary  5
Joshua Commentary  6
Joshua Commentary  7
Joshua Commentary  8
Joshua Commentary  9

Joshua Commentary  10

Joshua Commentary  11
Joshua Commentary  12

Joshua Commentary  13

Joshua Commentary  14

Joshua Commentary  15

Joshua Commentary  16-17

Joshua Commentary  18-19

Joshua Commentary  20

Joshua Commentary  21

Joshua Commentary  22

Joshua Commentary  23-24

F R Fay
Joshua Annotated Bible A C Gaebelein
Comments on the Book of Joshua L M Grant

Holman Christian Standard Bible -Study Bible (HCSB Study Bible) - You must establish a free account to use this resource which has short, well done notes

Holman Publishing
Joshua Commentary - verse by verse (32 pages) Johnny Hunt
Joshua 9-24 Commentary William Kelly
Sermons on Joshua (5) - all Mp3's Steve Kreloff

Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Joshua 1
Joshua 2
Joshua 3
Joshua 4
Joshua 5
Joshua 6
Joshua 7
Joshua 8
Joshua 9

Joshua 10

Joshua 11

Joshua 12

Joshua 13

Joshua 14

Joshua 15

Joshua 16

Joshua 17

Joshua 18

Joshua 19

Joshua 20

Joshua 21

Joshua 22

Joshua 23

Joshua 24

G F Maclear

Joshua - Homiletical Commentary

F G Marchant
Joshua Sermons - Victory & Service Illustrated by 14 Sermon from Joshua - 295 pages (1871) Charles D. Marston
MP3s by Chapter - Joshua - Monergism

I also highly recommend Chuck Smith's insightful overviews of the book of Joshua in which he discusses our great need for walking by the Spirit, using this book as an illustration

Monergism
Joshua - Glimpses of Jesus in Joshua  Robert Morgan

Defender's Study Bible Notes - Conservative notes from a well-known creationist. See right margin for links to available notes.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Henry Morris

Joshua - 20 page study - Not exactly a commentary but lessons used at Union Bible Classes - Interesting - Check it out.

William Newell
Joshua - Reformation Study Bible Notes Reformation Study Bible
Joshua - Meditations on Each Chapter (interesting) H. L. Rossier
Commentary on the book of Joshua in simple English Brian Rowlands
Joshua Commentary - verse by verse (100 pages) - well done
Joshua - The Flow of History Through Joshua - Interesting 17 page discussion
Johnny Sanders
Joshua Commentary - 106 pages John Schultz
Book of Joshua Overview - Insight for Living Ministries Charles Swindoll
Rahab, Crossing Jordan, Jericho, Achan, Sun Standing Still, Joshua's Farewell - Lessons for Sunday School classes John Walsh
Joshua Commentary (230 pages) Bob Utley
VERSE BY VERSE
RESOURCES ON JOSHUA
Joshua, Judges, & Samuel - Compromise, Judgment and Blessing -Mp3
Numbers 22 – Joshua - God’s Nation of Law- Saved By Grace - Audio
Joshua 1-6 - Jericho- God’s Emblem of Divine Justice - audio
Tom Nelson
Joshua  What Do These Stones Mean? 26 page article Robert Hubbard

Joshua 1: Joshua's Commission  - Mp3
Joshua 1:1-9 Joshua's Divine Challenge (Boldness) - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
BJoshua 1 Be Strong and Courageous Bob Fromm

Joshua 1:7-8 God's Provision for a Successful Life - God's commissioning words to Joshua teach us that the Scriptures are God's provision to His people for a successful life

Gregg Allen
Joshua 1:7-9 Joshua's Commission Christian Friend
Joshua 1:8 Sermon Rob Morgan
Joshua 1:8 In Depth Commentary On Site - Bruce Hurt
Joshua 1:1-9 Joshua's Divine Challenge (Boldness) Mp3 R Kent Hughes
Joshua 1-4 Taking the First Step Brian Bill
Joshua - The God Who Gives Rest in the Land: Joshua-22 page article Paul House
Joshua 1:1-2 Strength From the Sorrow Streams in Desert
Joshua 1:5 Never Forsaken Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 1:8 The Joshua Code Bible Gateway Devotionals
Joshua 1:8 The Key to Good Success Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 1:8 The Word (Topical memory system) - Audio LeRoy Eims
Joshua 1:9 Our Distinct Advantage Joe Stowell
Joshua 1:9 Marching Orders (Our Daily Walk) F B Meyer
Joshua 1:9 Step Into The River Is Wide Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 1:9 Strong and Courageous (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll

Joshua 2 The Scarlet Cord  - Mp3

R Kent Hughes

Joshua 2:1-24 The Good Faith of a Bad Girl - The Story of Rahab

Gregg Allen
Joshua 2:21 Rahab - Women of the Bible - Bible Gateway Devotionals
Joshua 2 - Rahab of Jericho Donald Wiseman
Joshua 2 - Rahab The Woman who fulfilled the Word of YHWH David Merling
Joshua 2, 6: Rahab David Legge
Joshua 2:6 The Faith of Rahab John MacArthur
Joshua 2 - Rahab (Mp3 only) Walt Hendricksen
Joshua 2:11 Storytime Joe Stowell
Joshua 3:1 Early in the Morning  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 3:4: Courage For The Unknown Road David Legge
Joshua 3-4 Crossing Over Gene Brooks
Joshua 3:13 - Scroll to January 29
Joshua 3:4 The Lord will Provide
J R Miller
Joshua 3:7 Exalted by God  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 3:13 Wet Feet  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll

Joshua 4 What Do These Stones Mean?  - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 4 Our Changeless Lord's Instructions On How To Use Teachable Moments Ron Ritchie
Joshua 4:6-7, 21-24 Giving Children a Godly Heritage Gene Brooks
Joshua 4:1-9, 15-22  When Your Children Ask Dave Roper
Joshua 5:1-12 The Captain of the Hosts (faith) - Mp3 R Kent Hughes
Joshua 5-6 Watching the Walls Fall Brian Bill
Joshua 5, 6 Guilt and Freedom  (scroll down) Dave Roper
Joshua 5:13-6:5 Commander-in-Chief - Mp3 Gary Inrig
Joshua 7 Learning from Losing  (scroll down) Dave Roper
Joshua 7 Victory Our of Defeat (Our Daily Walk) F B Meyer
Joshua 5:9 Rolled Away  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 5:13-15 The 'What Man  (scroll down)' Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 5:13-15 The Captain of the Lord's Army () J Hampton Keathley
Joshua 5:12 The Excellence of Things Ordinary James Hastings
Joshua 5:14 The Captain of the Host of Jehovah Alexander Maclaren
Joshua 6 What To Do With Insoluble Problems Rob Morgan
Joshua 6:3-5 It's a Mystery to Me  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 6:12 God's "Haves" and "Wills"  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 6:15 Perfect Promises  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 6:20-25 The House On The Wall That Could Not Fall Don Fortner
Joshua 7-8 Ai- Victory Through Defeat -- audio Tom Nelson

Joshua 7:1-26 The Folly of Hidden Sin  - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 7:1-26  Digging Out of a Little Sin NIV Couples Devotional
Joshua 7:1-26 The Agony of Defeat J Hampton Keathley

Joshua 7:1ff Hiding the Accursed Thing (The Danger of Hidden Sin in the Body of Christ!)

Related sermon by John MacArthur - The Certainty of Sin, Pt 1

Gregg Allen
Joshua 7:3-5  Let the Victory Beware  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 7:11-12 It Only Hurts Me  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 7:16 Sin in the Camp  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll

Joshua 8:1-9 The Seriousness of Sin  - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 8:1 Solid As the Rock  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 8:10 Failure and Success  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 8:1-29 Victory the Old Fashioned Way
Joshua 8:30-35 Making a Covenant with God
Robert Rayburn
Joshua 9-24 Commentary William Kelly
Joshua 9: Covenants David Legge

Joshua 9:1-27 When Leadership Falls  - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 9:3-6 Making Godly Decisions  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 9:20 Keeping Oaths (11-1-2015) - TGIF - Bible Gateway Devotionals

Joshua 10 -Joshua's Long Day and the NASA Computers

Robert C. Newman

Joshua 10 Communion - Mp3
Joshua 10:1-26 The Sun Stood Still   - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 13:1-7 Never Too Old - Women's Devotional Bible - Bible Gateway Devotionals
Joshua 13:13 Incomplete Obedience Woodrow Kroll
Tony Beckett
Joshua 14:6-15 Catch the Vision - Give Me This Mountain - Mp3 Gary Inrig

Joshua 14:1-15 Caleb - Green and Growing    - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 14, 15 A Man to Match the Mountains (Caleb) Dave Roper
Joshua 14:6-7 Friends in Deed  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 18:2-3 How Long? (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 20:2-4 The Cities of Refuge
Joshua 20:1-9 The Cities of Refuge
Don Fortner
Joshua 20:2-3 The Avenger of Blood Devotional
Joshua 21:45 Promises Kept Joe Stowell
Joshua 22:1-5 Till The Saviour Calls -- audio & video Tom Nelson

Joshua 22:1-12 Keeping Shalom In Israel  - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 22:4 Rest for the Weary  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll

Joshua 23:1-16 Joshua's First Farewell - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 23:6-8 Pass It Along  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll

Joshua 24:1-15 Making a Commitment - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 24:13 Not For Sale  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 24:15 The Choice of a Master
Joshua 24:15 As For Me and My House
James Hastings
Joshua 24:15 You've Got to Choose  (scroll down) Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 24:15 Zealous Leader of a Fickle Peoplen  NIV Men's Devotional
Joshua 24:15 The Great Duty of Family Religion  George Whitefield
Joshua 24:15 Where Have All the Heroes Gone Joe Stowell
Joshua 24:14-15 Choosing to Serve Brian Bill

Joshua 24:15: Will To Loyalty (To Be Faithful)

Oswald Chambers

Joshua 24:19: The Great Probing - The Will You Examine Yourself

Oswald Chambers

F B Meyer
Our Daily Homily
Joshua

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F B Meyer
Joshua and the Land of Promise
Devotional commentary

Note: Be a Berean (Acts 17:11-note) as Meyer appeals to typology a number of times - see  Typology - Study of Biblical types)

Joshua 1:1-6 The Book of Joshua

Joshua 1:7 The Divine Commission

Joshua 1:11, 2:24 Three Days Pause

Joshua 3:10 Passing the Jordan

Joshua 4,5 The Stones of Gilgal

Joshua 5:10-12 Three Successive Days

Joshua 5:13-15 The Warrior Christ

Joshua 6 The Walls of Jericho

Joshua 7:1-13 Arrest and Defeat

Joshua 7:14, 8:28 The Valley of Achor

Joshua 8:30-35 Ebal and Gerizim

Joshua 9 The Wiles of the Devil

Joshua 10:14 A Memorial Day

Joshua 11 Claiming Victory

Joshua 11:23 Rest in the Heavenlies

Joshua 13:1 Land to Be Possessed

Joshua 14, 15 A Veteran Comrade

Romans 5:17 Receiving and Reigning

Joshua 18, 21 The Conclusion of the Task

Joshua 22 Life in the Land

Joshua 23 Take Heed to Love!

Joshua 24 Evensong

Jeff Miller
Joshua
Bible.org
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Introduction Introductory Matters on Joshua

Joshua 1:1-18 Timing is Everything

Joshua 2:1-24 Fueling the Momentum

Joshua 3:1-17 A Bridge Built out of Faith

Joshua 5-1-15Starting Well

Joshua 6-1-27 How to Be a Good Winner

Joshua 7:1-26 Falling Down

Joshua 8:1-35 Getting Back on Your Feet

Joshua 9:1-27 Solutions in Haste Lead Often to Waste

Joshua 10-1-28 A God of Second Chances

Joshua 14:1-15; 15:13-19 An Exemplary Octogenarian

Joshua 18:1-10 Overseeing the Overlooked

Joshua 21:1-45 Serving the Servants

Joshua 22:1-34 There Are Two Sides to Every Story

Joshua 23:1-16 Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals

Joshua 24:1-33 Faithful to the End

Robert Neighbour
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Nisbet's Church Pulpit
Commentary on Joshua

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Our Daily Bread
Devotionals on Joshua
Radio Bible Class

Updated October, 2015

Joshua 1:1-7 Much Trouble

Joshua 1:1-9 Recipe For Success
Joshua 1:1-9 His Part - Our Part

Joshua 1:1-9 Mindless Prayer
Joshua 1:1-9 Trust The Compass
Joshua 1:1-9 Inconvenient Or Important?
Joshua 1:1-9 Look Both Ways

Joshua 1:1-9 Leadership Lessons
Joshua 1:1-9 On Shoulders Of Giants

Joshua 1:1-9 Anchors In The Storm

Joshua 1:5 He's Always On The Bridge

Joshua 1:5 The Apprentice

Joshua 1:6-11 The Challenge of Transition
Joshua 1:8 The Way To Success
Joshua 1:9 Equipped for the Task
Joshua 1:9 A Fresh Start

 

Joshua 2:1-14 One Option We Don't Have
Joshua 2:1-14 Unexpected Help

Joshua 2:1-14 Three Tenses Of Trust

Joshua 2:1-14 Storytime
Joshua 2:11-14 Ready To Believe

 

Joshua 3:4  You Have Not Passed this Way Before
Joshua 3:1-13 Strange Territory

Joshua 3:9-17 Standing On The Edge


Joshua 4:1-6, 20-24 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Joshua 4:1-9 Stones Of Remembrance

Joshua 4 The Stones

Joshua 4:1-9 Family Stories

Joshua 4:1-18 Questions

 

Joshua 5:13–6:5 Facing The Impossible

Joshua 5:13–6:2 God’s Plans

Joshua 5:15 Worthy Of Worship

 

Joshua 6 Believing God

Joshua 6:1-5, 20 The Bible Stands!

 

Joshua 7 Space Junk

Joshua 7:1-13 What's the Trouble?
Joshua 7:1-13 A Winning Strategy
Joshua 7:1-12 No Loose Laces

Joshua 7:1-6,19-26 Confession & Consequences

Joshua 7:1ff The Deadliest Disease

Joshua 7:16-22 Here Comes The Boss!


Joshua 9:1-16 Can I Trust You?

Joshua 9:1-16 Moldy Bread
Joshua 9:18 God's People, God's Honor

 

Joshua 14:1-12 Older--And Wiser

Joshua 14:6-13 A 45-Year-Old Promise

 

Joshua 21:45 Amazing Guide

 

Joshua 22:5 Ignoring God

Joshua 22:10-34  Beware Of Jumping To Conclusions

Joshua 22:10-16 Urge To Jump

Joshua 22:34 Flawed Impressions

 

Joshua 23 To Chase Or Be Chased

 

Joshua 24:2,13-18 D-Day

Joshua 24:2,8-14 We Have Fruit!

Joshua 24:1-25 Joshua's Challenge

Joshua 24:15 A Loud Fizzle
Joshua 24:15 Choose
Joshua 24:14-18 Choose Your God

Joshua 24:15 Choosing Our Leader

Joshua 24:15 It's Your Choice

Joshua 24:15-24 The Definite Choice

Joshua 24:15-24 One Small Choice

Joshua 24:22-33 Still Climbing

Joseph Parker
Commentary on Joshua
The People's Bible

Rosscup: This work, later called Preaching Through the Bible (Baker Book House), is rich in its applications and exhortations, though often not particularly helpful for the reader who is looking for exposition that stays right with the text. Treatment of the texts is sermonic. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

Another source - Joshua Commentaries

Joshua Introduction - The Significance of Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9 The Man and His Call

Joshua 1:10-15 Aspects of Human Character

Joshua 1:16-18 Unanimity

Joshua 2 Spirit of Divine Providence
Joshua 2:11 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 3 The New Symbol

Joshua 3 Up to the Brink
Joshua 3:9 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners
Joshua 4 Memorial Stones

Joshua 4:15-24 Coming Up Out of Jordan

Joshua 4:23 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 5 Memorable Events

Joshua 5:13-15 Signs of the Times

Joshua 6 Discipline

Joshua 7 Hindered by Sin

Joshua 7 Curious Conjunctions

Joshua 7 Selected Notes on Valley of Achor, Achan
Joshua 7:13, 15 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 7:18 Achan a Representative Man

Joshua 8 The Taking of Ai Spiritualized
Joshua 8:31 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 9:2-27 The Gibeonites

Joshua 9 Selected Note on Gibeon

Joshua 10:11 The Lord's Artillery

Joshua 10:12-43 Five Modern Kings
Joshua 10:42 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 11 Types of Christian Warfare  (Related Topic - Typology - Study of Biblical types)
Joshua 11:15 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 12, 13 A Recorded Life
Joshua 13:1 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners
Joshua 13:33 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners
Joshua 14 Caleb's Claim

Joshua 15-19 Distribution
Joshua 15-19 Distribution of the Land

Joshua 15:19 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners
Joshua 19:49 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 20-24 After Rest

Joshua 20:2 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners
Joshua 20:5 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners
Joshua 20:7 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 21:2, 43-44 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners
Joshua 21:45 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 22:16 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 24:15 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Joshua 24:27 Handfuls of Purpose for Gleaners

Pastor Life
Sermons on Joshua

The Valley of Calamity Joshua  1:1-26 Michael A. Guido
On To Victory Now! Joshua  1:1-4 J. Mike Minnix
Live Courageously under the Precepts of God Joshua  1:9 Franklin L. Kirksey
Live Courageously in the Purpose of God Joshua  1:9 Franklin L. Kirksey
The Great Conquest Joshua  1:9-11 J. Gerald Harris
The Great Bailout! Joshua  2 J. Mike Minnix
Masterpiece of Mercy Joshua  2 Johnny Hunt
From the Wall of Shame to the Hall of Fame Joshua  2:1-7 J. Mike Minnix
Traveling Unknown Territory Joshua  3 Paul E. Brown
God's Dry Ground Joshua  3:1-17 J. Mike Minnix
Faith to Face Your Impossibilities Joshua  3:1-17 Michael Catt
Memorial Day: The Value of a Legacy Joshua  4:1-9 Alan Morris
Faithing Your Future Joshua  5:13-15 J. Mike Minnix
The Perilous Consequences of Secret Sin Joshua  7 Paul E. Brown
Perilous Progression of Secret Sin Joshua  7 Paul E. Brown
The Aching Achan Caused Joshua  7 J. Mike Minnix
Dealing Redemptively With Your Failures Joshua  7:5-6 Paul E. Brown
Vanquished or Victorious? Joshua  8:1-2 Vince Hefner
The Day The Sun Stood Still Joshua  10:12-14 Paul E. Brown
Give Me This Mountain! Joshua  14:6-12 J. Mike Minnix
I Think I'll Just Go With God Joshua  24:1-28 David E. Owen
I Think I'll Just Go With God Joshua  24:1-28 David E. Owen
Deacon Ordination Sermon Joshua  24:13-15 J. Gerald Harris
The Children in the Home - The Father's Role Joshua  24:14-15 J. Mike Minnix
What About Your Home? Joshua  24:14-15 Terry Trivette
As For Me And My House Joshua  24:15 J. Mike Minnix
The Kind of Father I Should Be Joshua  24:15 J. Mike Minnix
Whom Will You Choose To Serve? Joshua  24:15 W. A. Criswell

Peter Pett
Commentary on Joshua

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A W Pink
Gleanings In Joshua
Read critique of Pink's interpretative approach

Joshua Introduction - The Significance of Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9 The Great Commission

Joshua 1:10-18 The Response of Faith

Joshua 2:1-24 A Scarlet Cord

Joshua 3:1-6 Standing at the Jordan

Joshua 3:7-17 Crossing the Jordan

Joshua 4:1-24 The Two Memorials

Joshua 5:1-15 Symbols of Committal

Joshua 6:1-27 Victory at Jericho

Joshua 7:1-26 Sin, Defeat, Judgment

Joshua 8:1-35 The Conquest at Ai

Joshua 9:1-27 Honor Amidst Deception

Joshua 10:1-43 Victory at Gibeon

Joshua 11:1-12:24 The Final Conquest

Joshua 13:1-33 The Spoils of Victory

Joshua 14:1-16:10 The Division of the Land

Joshua 17:1-19:51 Indolence in Final Possession

Joshua 20:1-9 The Cities of Refuge

Joshua 21:1-45 The Levitical Cities

Joshua 22:1-34 Demobilization

Joshua 23:1-16 Farewell at Shiloh

Joshua 24:1-33 Valedictory

In Memoriam

Matthew Poole
Commentary on Joshua

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Pulpit Commentary
Joshua
Overview

Note that there are multiple homilies associated with each of the following expositions - simply scroll down the page to review the homilies.

Joshua  1:1-4 Exposition
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Joshua  1:10-15 Exposition
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Joshua  2:1-12 Exposition
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Joshua  3:1-6 Exposition
Joshua  3:7-17 Exposition


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Joshua  5:1-9 Exposition
Joshua  5:10-12 Exposition
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Joshua  6:1-21 Exposition
Joshua  6:22-27 Exposition

Joshua  7:1-5 Exposition
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Robert Rayburn
Sermons
on the book of Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9 At Long Last

Joshua 1:1-9 Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua 1:10-18 Embracing Complications

Joshua 2:1-24 A Remarkable Woman

Joshua 3:1-17 What We Always Forget!

Joshua 4:1-24 The Christian Memory

Joshua 5:1-12 The Sacraments- So What-

Joshua 5:13-6:5 Our Unconventional Faith

Joshua 6:6-27 An Objection to Our Faith

Joshua 7:1-26 Benedict Arnold in Israel

Joshua 8:1-29 Victory the Old Fashioned Way

Joshua 8:30-35 Making a Covenant with God

Joshua 9:1-27 The Tangled Web We Weave

Joshua 10:1-15 Miracles

Joshua 10:16-43 Enough Battles Make a War

Joshua 11:1-23 Appearances Are Deceiving

Joshua 12:1-24 Count Your Blessings…Name Them One By One

Joshua 13:1-33 Our Inheritance

Joshua 14:1-15 Eighty-Five Years a Christian Warrior

Joshua 17:14-18:10 Believers and their Doubts

Joshua 20:1-9 Christianity and Culture

Joshua 21:1-45 The Special Priesthood

Joshua 22:1-34 The Right Sort of Worry

Joshua 23:1-16 How to be Faithful to God

Joshua 24:1-13 The Ways of God

Joshua 24:14-28 Serve the Lord

Joshua 24:29-33 "And they buried him…”

Don Robinson
Sermon Notes
on the book of Joshua

Joshua 1:11 Joshua Intro

Joshua 1:1-9 The Soldier of the Lord

Joshua 1:1-18 Evidence Of Revival

Joshua 1:10-18 Preparation

Joshua 2:1-24 Rahab's Faith

Joshua 3:1-17 Getting Our Feet Wet

Joshua 4:1-24 Two Memorials

Joshua 5:1-13 Ready To Conquer

Joshua 6:1-21 Victory at Jericho

Joshua 7:1-26 Sin & Its Consequences

Joshua 8:1-35 Victory at Ai

Joshua 9:1-27 Being Too Friendly With The Enemy

Joshua 10:1-43 Victory with God

Joshua 11-12 God's Word…Tried and Proven

Joshua 14:6-15 Caleb: Wholehearted

Joshua 20:1-9 Cities Of Refuge

Joshua 21:1 Cities Of The Levites

Joshua 22:1-34 The Danger of Assumption and Misunderstanding

Joshua 23:1-16 The Danger of Complacency

Joshua 24:1-33 Stay The Course

Joshua 24:29-31The Leadership Qualities Of Joshua

Rob Salvato
Calvary Chapel
Sermon Notes
on the book of Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9 Joshua's Commission

Joshua 2:8-24 Rahab, A Faith That Works

Joshua 1:1-2:24 Survey

Joshua 3:1-17 Crossing Over The Jordan

Joshua 4:1-24 The Importance Of Memorials

Joshua 5:1-6:27 Survey

Joshua 5:13-6-5 Tearing Down Walls

Joshua 7:1-26 Survey

Joshua 7:19-26 Achan From Sin

Joshua 8:1-35 Survey

Joshua 8:30-35 From Curses To Blessing

Joshua 9:1-15 The Danger Of Walking By Sight

Joshua 9:1-10:43 Survey

Joshua 11:1-23 Overcoming Overwhelming Odds

Joshua 12:1-13:33 Survey

Joshua 14:1-15:63 Caleb's Reward

Joshua 16:1-17:18 Your Lot In Life

Joshua 18:1-21:45 Survey

Joshua 20:1-9 Cities Of Refuge

Joshua 22:1-34 The Danger Of Jumping To The Wrong Conclusion

Joshua 23:1-16 Keep On Loving God

Joshua 24:1-33 Survey

Joshua 24:14-15 As For Me And My House

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Charles Simeon
Sermons Joshua

John Piper says that Horae Homileticae "is the best place to go for researching Simeon's theology. You can find his views on almost every key text in the Bible. He did not want to be labeled a Calvinist or an Arminian. He wanted to be Biblical through and through and give every text its due proportion, whether it sounded Arminian as it stands or Calvinistic. But he was known as an evangelical Calvinist, and rightly so. As I have read portions of his sermons on texts concerning election and effectual calling and perseverance he is uninhibited in his affirmation of what we would call the doctrines of grace....What Simeon experienced in the word was remarkable. And it is so utterly different from the counsel that we receive today that it is worth looking at." (Brothers, We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering) (Bolding added)

Joshua 1:7-9 Christian Fortitude

Joshua 2:8-14 Rahab Protects the Spies

Joshua 4:20-24 The Passage of Jordan Commemorated

Joshua 5:8-10 Israel's First Proceedings in Canaan

Joshua 5:13,14 Christ the Captain of the Lord's Host

Joshua 6:20,21 The Taking of Jericho
Joshua 7:8 Israel Discomfited by the Men of Ai
Joshua 7:19,20 Achan's Guilt and Punishment
Joshua 8:26 Persevering Zeal Recommended
Joshua 9:15 Joshua's League with Gibeon
Joshua 10:24, 25 Joshua's Victory over the Confederate Kings
Joshua 11:23 The Conquest and Partition of Canaan
Joshua 18:3 Sloth and Lukewarmness Reproved
Joshua 22:4,5 The Disbanding of the Troops of Israel
Joshua 22:11,12 The Altar of Witness
Joshua 23:10, 11 God's Interpositions for us are Obligations to Love and Serve Him
Joshua 23:14 God's Faithfulness to His Promises
Joshua 24:21-27 Joshua's Covenant with Israel to Serve the Lord

Chuck Smith
Calvary Chapel
Sermon Notes
on the book of Joshua

Joshua 1 The Man God Uses Sermon Notes for Joshua 1
Joshua 1 Possessing Our Possessions
Sermon Notes for Joshua 1
Joshua 3:4 The Untrodden Path
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Joshua 3:4 The Untrodden Path -2
Sermon Notes for Joshua 3:4
Joshua 3:10-17 Dare to Get Your Feet Wet
Sermon Notes for Joshua 3:10-17
Joshua 5:13-15 The Captain of the Lord's Host
Sermon Notes for Joshua 5:13-15
Joshua 9:3-15 Ungodly Alliances Sermon Notes for Joshua 9:3
Joshua 9:3 Deceived
Sermon Notes for Joshua 9:3-15
Joshua 10:13 The Day the Sun Stood Still
Sermon Notes for Joshua 10:13
Joshua 14:8 Wholly Following the Lord "I Caleb Wholly Followed the Lord"
Sermon Notes for Joshua 14:8
Joshua 24:13,14 Your Choice
Sermon Notes for Joshua 24:13,14
Joshua 23:14 The Faithfulness of God
Sermon Notes for Joshua 23:14
Joshua 24:14-15 A Wise Decision Sermon Notes for Joshua 24:14-15
Joshua 24:15 The Choice
Sermon Notes for Joshua 24:15

 

Through the Bible (C2000 Series) - this series was recorded in the 1980's and while over 30 years old is literally packed with practical insights into how to live the Victorious Christian life based on the eternal truths and principles that are found in the Book of Joshua - highly recommended. This would make a great supplement to your personal through the Bible in a year reading program. Read and study (and meditate) on Joshua yourself first (using the principles of inductive Bible study). Then listen to Pastor Chuck's wonderful Spirit-filled, Christ exalting, Word centered, God glorifying discussion of the chapters you have studied and pondered. I can guarantee you will be edified, equipped and transformed by the Spirit (2Cor 3:18-note)!
Joshua 1-8 Through the Bible

Joshua 9-16 Through the Bible

Joshua 17-24 Through the Bible

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C. H. Spurgeon
All of Spurgeon's Sermons
on the book of Joshua

Joshua 1:2,3 Taking Possession of Our Inheritance
Joshua 1:5 Strengthening Medicine for God's Servants
Joshua 1:7 Joshua's Obedience (Or Listen Here
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Joshua 1:10,11 Crossing the Jordan
Joshua 1:11 Discipline In Christ's Army

Joshua 2:21 The Scarlet Line in the Window

Joshua 3:4 Untrodden Ways

Joshua 5:13-15 Joshua's Vision

Joshua 6:2,3 Jericho Captured

Joshua 7:3, 8:1 All the People at Work for Jesus
Joshua 17:14 Retrospect - The Lord Hath Blessed

Joshua 17:18 Driving out the Canaanites and Their Iron Chariots

Joshua 24:4 Certain Singular Subjects

Joshua 24:13 Gathering Without Planting

Joshua 24:15 Decision - Illustrated by the Case of Joshua
Joshua 24:19 Moral Inability - Sermon Notes

C H Spurgeon
Devotionals on Joshua
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

Joshua 1:5

Joshua 1:7

Joshua 2:21

Joshua 5:12

Joshua 6:26

Joshua 17:18

Joshua 20:3

Joshua 23:10

Joseph Sutcliffe
Commentary
Book of Joshua

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Third Millennium
Notes on the book of Joshua

Joshua 1

Conquest of the Land - Joshua 1:1-12:24

Divine Commission to Begin Covenant War - Joshua 1:1-18

 

Joshua 2

Contrasting Early Covenant Battles - Joshua 2:1-8:29

Jericho: A Positive Model of Covenant Battle - Joshua 2:1-6:27

The Covenant Made With Rahab - Joshua 2:1-24

 

Joshua 3

Consecration for Covenant Battle - Joshua 3:1-5:12

Crossing the Jordan - Joshua 3:1-4:24

A Chronological Account - Joshua 3:1-17

 

Joshua 4

A Topical Account - Joshua 4:1-24

 

Joshua 5

Covenant Sign of Circumcision and Passover - Joshua 5:1-12

The Fall of Jericho - Joshua 5:13-6:21

 

Joshua 6

The Covenant With Rahab Fulfilled - Joshua 6:22-27

 

Joshua 7

Ai: A Negative Model of Covenant Battle - Joshua 7:1-8:29

Israel's Covenant Failure - Joshua 7:1-26

 

Joshua 8

Israel's Covenant Victory - Joshua 8:1-29

The Covenant Renewal - Joshua 8:30-35

 

Joshua 9

Later Expansive Covenant Battles - Joshua 9:1-11:15

The Alliances Formed Against Israel - Joshua 9:1-2

Covenant Victory Over Southern Territories - Joshua 9:3-10:43

The Gibeonite Deception - Joshua 9:3-27

 

Joshua 10

Covenant Victory at Gibeon - Joshua 10:1-15

The Execution of Five Kings - Joshua 10:16-28

Covenant Victories Over Southern Cities - Joshua 10:29-39

Summary of Southern Territories - Joshua 10:40-43

 

Joshua 11

Covenant Victory Over Northern Territories - Joshua 11:1-15

The Whole Land Taken - Joshua 11:16-23

 

Joshua 12

A List of Conquered Kings and Territories - Joshua 12:1-24

 

Joshua 13

Distribution of the Promised Land - Joshua 13:1-21:45

Divine Commission to Allocate the Land - Joshua 13:1-7

East of the Jordan - Joshua 13:8-33

 

Joshua 14

West of the Jordan - Joshua 14:1-19:51

Introduction - Joshua 14:1-5

Caleb's Special Allotment - Joshua 14:6-15

 

Joshua 15

Judah's Allotment - Joshua 15:1-63

 

Joshua 16

Joseph's Allotment - Joshua 16:1-17:18

General Description of the Boundary - Joshua 16:1-4

Ephraim's Allotment - Joshua 16:5-10

 

Joshua 17

Manasseh's Allotment - Joshua 17:1-13

Allotments for Other Tribes - Joshua 18:1-19:48

 

Joshua 18

The Assembly at Shiloh - Joshua 18:1-10

Benjamin's Allotment - Joshua 18:11-28

 

Joshua 19

Simeon's Allotment - Joshua 19:1-9

Zebulun's Allotment - Joshua 19:10-16

Issachar's Allotment - Joshua 19:17-23

Asher's Allotment - Joshua 19:24-31

Naphtali's Allotment - Joshua 19:32-39

Dan's Allotment - Joshua 19:40-48

Joshua's Special Allotment - Joshua 19:49-50

Conclusion - Joshua 19:51

 

Joshua 20

Cities of Refuge - Joshua 20:1-9

 

Joshua 21

Levi's Allotment - Joshua 21:1-42

Summation - Joshua 21:43-45

 

Joshua 22

Covenant Loyalty in the Land - Joshua 22:1-24:33

The Unity of Israel - Joshua 22:1-34

The Transjordan Tribes Released - Joshua 22:1-9

The Controversy Over an Altar - Joshua 22:10-34

 

Joshua 23

The Requirement of Covenant Loyalty - Joshua 23:1-16

All Israel Summoned - Joshua 23:1-2

First Exhortation - Joshua 23:2-8

Second Exhortation - Joshua 23:9-13

Third Exhortation - Joshua 23:14-16

 

Joshua 24

The Covenant Renewal at Shechem - Joshua 24:1-28

All Israel Summoned - Joshua 24:1-2

Historical Reflections - Joshua 24:2-13

Renewed Commitments to the Covenant - Joshua 24:14-24

The Covenant Document - Joshua 24:25-28

Notices of Deaths and Burials - Joshua 24:29-33

Derek Thomas
Sermon Notes
on the book of Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9 Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua 1:10-18 Captain Joshua! Attenshun!

Joshua 2:1-24 Rahab: A Scarlet Cord and a Lie

Joshua 3 & 4 Crossing the Jordan

Joshua 5:1-12 Ouch!

Joshua 5:13 - 6-27 There Was No Battle at Jericho

Joshua 7:1-15 How Achan's Sin was Found Out

Joshua 7:16 -27 The Morphology of Sin

Joshua 8 The Defeat of Ai: The Lesson

Joshua 9 When God Makes Up for Our Stupidity

Joshua 10 Marching as to War: The Sun Stands Still

Joshua 11 & 12 When God is Like a Wild Animal  

Joshua 13-21 Possessing the Promised Land

Joshua 22 When Good Intentions are Misunderstood

Joshua 23 Joshua's Farewell Speech

Joshua 24 Reconsecration

John Trapp
Commentary
on the book of Joshua

C H Spurgeon comments on John Trapp: Would it be possible to eulogise too much the incomparably sententious and suggestive folios of JOHN TRAPP? Since Mr. Dickinson has rendered them accessible,[7] I trust most of you have bought them. Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone. Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to a soldier's life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Some of his remarks are far fetched, and like the far fetched rarities of Solomon's Tarshish, there is much gold and silver, but there are also apes and peacocks. His criticisms would some of them be the cause of amusement in these days of greater scholarship; but for all that, he who shall excel Trapp had need rise very early in the morning. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humour, so much the better for your hearers.

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Cross References to Joshua by chapter and verse
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John MacArthur: "The one book, apart from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies."

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OUR DAILY BREAD
Devotionals on Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9
His Part - Our Part
Our Daily Bread

"Arise, go over this Jordan...I will not leave you nor forsake you." - Joshua 1:2,5

Whenever the Lord assigns us a difficult task, He gives us what we need to carry it out. John Wesley
wrote,

"Among the many difficulties of our early ministry, my brother Charles often said, 'If the Lord would give me wings, I'd fly.' I used to answer, 'If God bids me fly, I will trust Him for wings.'"

Today's Scripture tells us that Joshua was thrust into a position of great responsibility. No doubt
the enormity of the challenge before him made him tremble with fear. How could he ever follow such a
great leader as Moses? In his own strength it would be impossible to lead the people into the Promised Land. But along with the marching orders, the Lord gave him an assuring promise: "I will not leave you nor forsake you" (Josh. 1:5). Then He said, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (v. 9). Such reassurances were the backing Joshua needed.

If God has given you some special work to do that frightens you, it's your responsibility to jump at it.
It's up to the Lord to see you through. As you faithfully do your part, He will do His part. - R W De Haan

I'll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
O'er mountain, or plain, or sea;
I'll say what You want me to say, dear Lord,
I'll be what You want me to be.- Brown

Where God guides, God provides!
 

Joshua 1:2
Look Both Ways

Our Daily Bread

READ: Joshua 1:1-9

Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise. —Joshua 1:2

During our church's annual New Year's Eve Communion service, we say this prayer together: "Father, we surrender this past year and give it up to You. We give You our failures, our regrets, and our disappointments, for we have no more use for them. Make us now a new people, forgetting what lies behind and pressing on toward that which lies ahead of us.

"We give You all our hopes and dreams for the future. Purify them by Your Spirit so that our wills shall truly reflect Your will for us.

"As we stand on the threshold of another year, encourage us by our successes of the past, challenge us by the power of Your Word, and guide us by the presence of Your Holy Spirit."

In every transition, it's good to look both ways. When Joshua assumed leadership of Israel, God told him to consider the past and the future: "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them" (Joshua 1:2). Then He promised, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. . . . Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (vv.5,9).

With confidence in God, we can look back and look ahead, then walk boldly into a new year.—David C. McCasland

Forgive us, Lord, for failures past,
Then help us start anew
With strength and courage to obey
And closely follow You. —Sper


The victories of the past give courage for the future.

Joshua 1:9
Equipped for the Task
Our Daily Bread

"Be strong and of good courage; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

I was in England during World War II working as a surgical technician in an army hospital when I heard the shocking radio announcement: "Franklin Delano Roosevelt is dead!" I was saddened and troubled. Was Vice President Harry Truman qualified to be President?

I was relieved when I heard him say that he felt as if an enormous weight had fallen on his shoulders and that he desired people everywhere to pray for him. This reassured me that he humbly recognized his inadequacies and his need for God's help.

Few of us will ever be thrust into a position of leadership with duties of that magnitude, but most of us know the feeling of inadequacy in the face of great responsibility we are about to assume. It might be that of taking on a new job, getting a promotion at work, choosing a spouse, becoming a parent, or accepting a new ministry in Sunday school or church.

When we face a new challenge, we can take courage from the Lord's words to Joshua (1:9). We can accept our opportunity as from Him and believe that He will give us all we need to do it well. If we meditate on His Word, obey it, prayerfully rely on Him, and work diligently, He will do the rest. He will equip us for the task.—H. V. Lugt

The Lord will give you help and strength
For work He bids you do:
To serve Him from a heart of love
Is all He asks of you.

God's call to a task includes His strength to complete it.

 

Joshua 3:4
Our Daily Bread

"You have not passed this way before" (Joshua 3:4).

When I was a boy, the flame of adventure burned brightly in my soul, filling my life with anticipation. I loved to read stories about pioneers who ventured into the unknown, and I still remember these words of Rudyard Kipling:

"There is no sense in going further—it's the edge of civilization,
So they said, and I believed it—
Till a voice, as bad as conscience, rang interminable changes
On one everlasting whisper day and night repeated—
Something hidden. Go and find it.
Go and look behind the Ranges—
Something lost behind the Ranges.
Lost and waiting for you. Go!"

Although I still like to try new things, I have lost some of my adventurous spirit as I've grown older, and I find myself feeling a bit uneasy as I draw closer to retirement, old age, and death. It's natural, I believe, to feel a mixture of fear and anticipation as we face the un­known. But as I trust God and keep walking with Him, I find that fear diminishes and my longing for heaven grows stronger.

The Israelites undoubtedly felt both uneasiness and eagerness as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. Knowing this, Joshua told them to follow the ark, the symbol of God's presence. The people leading the column were to stay far enough behind the ark so that those in the rear could see it. By trusting God and obeying Him, their fear dissolved and their sense of anticipation grew stronger. And it still works that way today. —H. V. Lugt

Faith keeps the sails of life filled with the breath of heaven.
 

Joshua 3:1-13
Strange Territory
Our Daily Bread

"You have not passed this way before." - Joshua 3:4

When our son Stephen was eight, he was invited to stay overnight at a cousin's house. It was his first time away from home and it all sounded like an exciting adventure. But when we got ready to leave, he started getting that homesick feeling! With tears glistening in his eyes and his voice quavering, he cried, "Mommy, I don't feel so good. I'd better go home with you."

My wife responded, "It's up to you, but I know you'd have a good time."

"But Mommy," Stephen whimpered, "they said they were going to climb a big hill tomorrow, and I've never been there before."

We too can become fearful sometimes as we look ahead because we've "never been there before." But just as the Lord took care of Joshua and Israel (Josh. 3), He will take care of us.

Perhaps right now you are anxious about some new and untried pathway on which the Lord is leading you. Then listen to God's Word and take courage: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye" (Ps. 32:8).

Place your hand by faith in your heavenly Father's hand, and let Him lead the way.-- R. W. De Haan

I have promised you My presence
With you everywhere you go;
I will never, never leave you
As you travel here below.- Rose

God does not ask us to go where He does not lead.
 

Joshua 6
Believing God
Our Daily Bread

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down.... Hebrews 11:30

In the story about Joshua and the city of Jericho, we have a most vivid illustration of faith. God commanded Joshua to gather all the men of war and have them march around Jericho once a day for six days. Then, on the seventh day, they were to com­pass the city seven times, after which the priests were to blow with the trumpets and all the people were to shout with a great shout. The Lord promised Joshua that if they did this, the walls of the city would fall down flat.

Have you ever tried to put yourself in Joshua's place, and imagine how you would have reacted to such a command? When the Lord gave him these instructions, do you suppose Joshua re­sponded: "Lord, that's a reasonable thing to do. In fact, I'm rather ashamed of myself that I didn't devise such a brilliant plan in the first place. It really makes a lot of sense." Of course, he said nothing of the kind, simply because God's command was not a "reasonable" one to Joshua's mind. That is, he couldn't take out his "slide rule" and calculate scientifically that the predicted results would necessarily follow such actions. And yet, even though some would have ruled it an insane plan thus to attempt the conquest of Jericho, Joshua obeyed God anyway, simply because he had faith! Yes, he was willing to rely on the word of the Lord, despite the fact that it seemed contrary to his own understanding of things. That's what God expects of us today. He wants us to believe His Word — to accept the Bible record in its entirety — whether we can comprehend it or not. There is much in the Book we cannot explain: for example, the Trinity, the vir­gin birth, Christ's substitutionary death, His resurrection, and His coming again; yet we believe these things with all our heart just because God says so! Remember, without such faith it is impos­sible to please God (Heb. 11:6).

Joshua 11:23
Entering Promised Land
Our Daily Bread

So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Loin had said to Moses; and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel (Joshua 11:23).

Writing to a new generation after World War 1, Winston Churchill challenged,

"You have not an hour to lose. . . . Don't be content with things as they are. `The earth is yours and the fullness thereof.' Enter your inheritance; accept your responsibility."

God gave Israel the land of Palestine as their inheritance. He first promised it to Abraham, and He reconfirmed His pledge to others throughout Old Testament times.

In addition to whatever land he owned, the Jewish man would pass on his possessions to his children. Only the priests and Levites owned neither land nor possessions; their inheritance was the Lord.

In the Old Testament, a person had rights to an inheritance only through the death of a parent or relative. Under Roman law of New Testament times, a person became an heir at birth, though he might not receive a full inheritance until a family member died.

In Jesus Christ, the truths about inheritance from both testaments reached their pinnacle: He died that we might enter our inheritance; and He gave us a second birth that we might accept our responsibility

 Joshua 24:15
A Loud Fizzle
Our Daily Bread

"Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ... But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Abe Lincoln told the story of a blacksmith who heated a piece of iron in the forge, not knowing what he was going to make. At first he thought of shaping it into a horseshoe but changed his mind. After hammering on the iron for a while, he decided to try to make it into something else. By this time the metal was no longer malleable. Holding it up with his tongs and looking at it with disgust, the blacksmith tossed it into a vat of water. "Well," he shrugged, "at least I can make a fizzle out of it!"

Joshua would have seen an important lesson in that story. He knew that a meaningful life must have clear purpose. "Choose!" he urged his followers. If you're not going to live for God, then decide against Him. If you are going to live for God, then let your life reflect that decision. But whatever you do, decide! Joshua made it clear that he and his family had made their choice to serve the Lord (24:15).For him, life was not an amusement park but an arena where important decisions had to be made.

What about you? If you don't choose to trust Christ and serve Him, all you will have to show for the living of your days will be a loud fizzle.--  Haddon W. Robinson

Joyfully enlisting
By Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord's side,
Savior, we are Thine.- Havergal

If you decide not to choose,
you've already made the wrong choice.

Joshua 24:22-33
Still Climbing
Our Daily Bread

"Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." - Hebrews 12:1

Few experiences match the challenge and exhilaration of mountain climbing. Those who participate in this exercise of endurance and skill like to compare peaks and share experiences. When European climbers get together to swap stories, they often tell of passing a certain grave along the trail to one famous peak. On the inscription: HE DIED CLIMBING.

To me, mountain climbing is a picture of the life of faith. Throughout our lives we are to continue moving upward -- learning more about God, growing in our relationship with Christ, becoming stronger in our battle with temptation, pushing ahead in telling the lost about Christ.

The author of Hebrews put it this way: "Let us run with endurance." The words "with endurance" may be translated "with perseverance," or more commonly, "to the end."

Joshua was just such a man of God. His "climb" began in Egypt and ended in the Promised Land. He won great battles. We are told that "Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua" (Josh. 24:31). At the
close of his life, Joshua was still urging Israel to serve God faithfully (V. 23).

Lord Jesus, help us to serve You faithfully. May we still be climbing to the very end. -- D C Egner

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a glimpse of glory bright;
But still I'll pray till heaven I've found,
"Lord, lead me on to higher ground."-- Oatman

Faith grows stronger as we climb higher.
 

 

DEVOTIONALS
C H SPURGEON

Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

Joshua 1:5
He Never Fails
Faith's Checkbook

“I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”—Joshua 1:5

THIS word to Joshua is often quoted; it is the basis of that New Testament word, “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Beloved, a life of warfare is before us, but the Lord of Hosts is with us. Are we called to lead a great but fickle people? This promise guarantees us all the wisdom and prudence that we shall need. Have we to contend with cunning and powerful enemies? Here is strength and valor, prowess and victory. Have we a vast heritage to win? By this sign we shall achieve our purpose: the Lord Himself is with us.

It would be woe to us indeed if Jehovah could fail us but, as this can never be, the winds of disquietude are laid to sleep in the caverns of divine faithfulness. On no one occasion will the Lord desert us. Happen what may, He will be at our side. Friends drop from us; their help is but an April shower. But God is faithful, Jesus is the same forever, and the Holy Spirit abideth in us.

Come, my heart, be calm and hopeful today. Clouds may gather, but the Lord can blow them away. Since God will not fail me, my faith shall not fail, and, as He will not forsake me neither will I forsake Him. Oh, for a restful faith!

Joshua 1:7 
“Only be thou strong and very courageous.” — Joshua 1:7 
Morning and Evening

Our God’s tender love for his servants makes him concerned for the state of their inward feelings. He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks not so. From this text it is plain that our Master would not have us entangled with fears. He would have us without carefulness, without doubt, without cowardice. Our Master does not think so lightly of our unbelief as we do. When we are desponding we are subject to a grievous malady, not to be trifled with, but to be carried at once to the beloved Physician. Our Lord loveth not to see our countenance sad. It was a law of Ahasuerus that no one should come into the king’s court dressed in mourning: this is not the law of the King of kings, for we may come mourning as we are; but still he would have us put off the spirit of heaviness, and put on the garment of praise, for there is much reason to rejoice. The Christian man ought to be of a courageous spirit, in order that he may glorify the Lord by enduring trials in an heroic manner. If he be fearful and fainthearted, it will dishonour his God. Besides, what a bad example it is. This disease of doubtfulness and discouragement is an epidemic which soon spreads amongst the Lord’s flock. One downcast believer makes twenty souls sad. Moreover, unless your courage is kept up Satan will be too much for you. Let your spirit be joyful in God your Saviour, the joy of the Lord shall be your strength, and no fiend of hell shall make headway against you: but cowardice throws down the banner. Moreover, labour is light to a man of cheerful spirit; and success waits upon cheerfulness. The man who toils, rejoicing in his God, believing with all his heart, has success guaranteed. He who sows in hope shall reap in joy; therefore, dear reader, “be thou strong, and very courageous.”
Joshua 1:7
Rules for Prosperity (from Faith's Checkbook)

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”—Joshua 1:7

YES, the Lord will be with us in our holy war, but He demands of us that we strictly follow His rules. Our victories will very much depend upon our obeying Him with all our heart, throwing strength and courage into the actions of our faith. If we are half-hearted, we cannot expect more than half a blessing.

We must obey the Lord with care and thoughtfulness. “Observe to do” is the phrase used, and it is full of meaning. This is referred to every part of the divine will; we must obey with universal readiness. Our rule of conduct is “according to all the law.” We may not pick and choose, but we must take the Lord’s commands as they come, one and all. In all this we must go on with exactness and constancy. Ours is to be a straightforward course, which bends neither to the right nor to the left. We are not to err by being more rigid than the law, nor turn out of levity to a more free and easy way. With such obedience there will come spiritual prosperity. O Lord, help us to see if it be not even so! We shall not test thy promise in vain.

Joshua 2:21
“She bound the scarlet line in the window.” — Joshua 2:21
Morning and Evening

Rahab depended for her preservation upon the promise of the spies, whom she looked upon as the representatives of the God of Israel. Her faith was simple and firm, but it was very obedient. To tie the scarlet line in the window was a very trivial act in itself, but she dared not run the risk of omitting it. Come, my soul, is there not here a lesson for thee? Hast thou been attentive to all thy Lord’s will, even though some of his commands should seem non-essential? Hast thou observed in his own way the two ordinances of believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper? These neglected, argue much unloving disobedience in thy heart. Be henceforth in all things blameless, even to the tying of a thread, if that be matter of command.

This act of Rahab sets forth a yet more solemn lesson. Have I implicitly trusted in the precious blood of Jesus? Have I tied the scarlet cord, as with a Gordian knot in my window, so that my trust can never be removed? Or can I look out towards the Dead Sea of my sins, or the Jerusalem of my hopes, without seeing the blood, and seeing all things in connection with its blessed power? The passer-by can see a cord of so conspicuous a colour, if it hangs from the window: it will be well for me if my life makes the efficacy of the atonement conspicuous to all onlookers. What is there to be ashamed of? Let men or devils gaze if they will, the blood is my boast and my song. My soul, there is One who will see that scarlet line, even when from weakness of faith thou canst not see it thyself; Jehovah, the Avenger, will see it and pass over thee. Jericho’s walls fell flat: Rahab’s house was on the wall, and yet it stood unmoved; my nature is built into the wall of humanity, and yet when destruction smites the race, I shall be secure. My soul, tie the scarlet thread in the window afresh, and rest in peace.
Joshua 5:12
“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.” — Joshua 5:12
Morning and Evening

Israel’s weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “for ever with the Lord.”

A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; he gives us “glory begun below.” In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserve in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in his love, and we have perfect peace in him: they hymn his praise, and it is our privilege to bless him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

Joshua 6:26
“Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho.” — Joshua 6:26
Morning and Evening

Since he was cursed who rebuilt Jericho, much more the man who labours to restore Popery among us. In our fathers’ days the gigantic walls of Popery fell by the power of their faith, the perseverance of their efforts, and the blast of their gospel trumpets; and now there are some who would rebuild that accursed system upon its old foundation. O Lord, be pleased to thwart their unrighteous endeavours, and pull down every stone which they build. It should be a serious business with us to be thoroughly purged of every error which may have a tendency to foster the spirit of Popery, and when we have made a clean sweep at home we should seek in every way to oppose its all too rapid spread abroad in the church and in the world. This last can be done in secret by fervent prayer, and in public by decided testimony. We must warn with judicious boldness those who are inclined towards the errors of Rome; we must instruct the young in gospel truth, and tell them of the black doings of Popery in the olden times. We must aid in spreading the light more thoroughly through the land, for priests, like owls, hate daylight. Are we doing all we can for Jesus and the gospel? If not, our negligence plays into the hands of the priestcraft. What are we doing to spread the Bible, which is the Pope’s bane and poison? Are we casting abroad good, sound gospel writings? Luther once said, “The devil hates goose quills” and, doubtless, he has good reason, for ready writers, by the Holy Spirit’s blessing, have done his kingdom much damage. If the thousands who will read this short word this night will do all they can to hinder the rebuilding of this accursed Jericho, the Lord’s glory shall speed among the sons of men. Reader, what can you do? What will you do?
Joshua 17:18
Divine Expulsion
Faith's Checkbook

“Thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.”—Joshua 17:18

IT is a great encouragement to valor to be assured of victory, for then a man goes forth to war in confidence and ventures where else he had been afraid to go. Our warfare is with evil within us and around us, and we ought to be persuaded that we are able to get the victory, and that we shall do so in the name of the Lord Jesus. We are not riding for a fall, but to win; and win we shall. The grace of God in its omnipotence is put forth for the overflow of evil in every form, hence the certainty of triumph.

Certain of our sins find chariots of iron in our constitution—our former habits, our associations, and our occupations. Nevertheless we must overcome them. They are very strong, and in reference to them, we are very weak; yet in the name of God we must master them, and we will. If one sin has dominion of us, we are not the Lord’s free men. A man who is held by only one chain is still a captive. There is no going to heaven with one sin ruling within us, for of the saints it is said, “Sin shall not have dominion over you.” Up, then, and slay every Canaanite, and break to shivers every chariot of iron! The Lord of hosts is with us, and who shall resist His sin-destroying power?

Joshua 20:3
“Your refuge from the avenger of blood.” — Joshua 20:3 
Morning and Evening

It is said that in the land of Canaan, cities of refuge were so arranged, that any man might reach one of them within half a day at the utmost. Even so the word of our salvation is near to us; Jesus is a present Saviour, and the way to him is short; it is but a simple renunciation of our own merit, and a laying hold of Jesus, to be our all in all. With regard to the roads to the city of refuge, we are told that they were strictly preserved, every river was bridged, and every obstruction removed, so that the man who fled might find an easy passage to the city. Once a year the elders went along the roads and saw to their order, so that nothing might impede the flight of any one, and cause him, through delay, to be overtaken and slain. How graciously do the promises of the gospel remove stumbling blocks from the way! Wherever there were by-roads and turnings, there were fixed up hand-posts, with the inscription upon them—“To the city of refuge!” This is a picture of the road to Christ Jesus. It is no roundabout road of the law; it is no obeying this, that, and the other; it is a straight road: “Believe, and live.” It is a road so hard, that no self-righteous man can ever tread it, but so easy, that every sinner, who knows himself to be a sinner may by it find his way to heaven. No sooner did the man-slayer reach the outworks of the city than he was safe; it was not necessary for him to pass far within the walls, but the suburbs themselves were sufficient protection. Learn hence, that if you do but touch the hem of Christ’s garment, you shall be made whole; if you do but lay hold upon him with “faith as a grain of mustard seed,” you are safe.

“A little genuine grace ensures
The death of all our sins.”

Only waste no time, loiter not by the way, for the avenger of blood is swift of foot; and it may be he is at your heels at this still hour of eventide.

Joshua 23:10
One a Majority!
Faith's Checkbook

“One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.”—Joshua 23:10

WHY count heads? One man with God is a majority though there be a thousand on the other side. Sometimes our helpers may be too many for God to work with them, as was the case with Gideon, who could do nothing till he had increased his forces by thinning out their numbers. But the Lord’s hosts are never too few. When God would found a nation, He called Abram alone and blessed him. When He would vanquish proud Pharaoh, He used no armies but only Moses and Aaron. The “one man ministry,” as certain wise men call it, has been far more used of the Lord than trained bands with their officers. Did all the Israelites together slay so many as Samson alone? Saul and his hosts slew their thousands, but David his ten thousands.

he Lord can give the enemy long odds and yet vanquish him. If we have faith, we have God with us; and what are multitudes of men? One shepherd’s dog can drive before him a great flock of sheep. If the Lord sent thee, O my brother, His strength will accomplish His divine purpose. Wherefore, rely on the promise, and be very courageous.

 

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