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Joshua
Precept Upon Precept Bible Study

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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Lesson 2 You've Not Passed This Way Before
Lesson 3 It's War, Whose Side are You On?
Lesson 4 Prosper in the Midst of Difficulty

Lesson 5 No Retirement in Time of War
Lesson 6 Your Worldview- PC or BC?

Lesson 7 Serving the LORD

Paul Apple
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Joshua 1-10
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Taking God's Gift of the Promised Land -
Spiritual Victory in the Book of Joshua

Albert Barnes
Notes on the Book of
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Joseph Benson
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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

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
Commentary
On the Book of Joshua

This was John Calvin's last written work in 1563 completed shortly before his death. David Howard notes that "It consistently engages the text and is filled with many good insights, even for today." (Evaluating Commentaries on Joshua)

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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

Rich Cathers
Sermon Notes

On the Book of Joshua

Joshua 1

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Joshua 6-7

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Joshua 12-14
Joshua 15-17
Joshua 18-20

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Thomas Constable
Commentary Notes on Joshua
Conservative, Millennial

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W A Criswell
Sermon Notes
On the book of Joshua

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

Ron Daniel
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

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

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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)
Israelology: Part 5 of 6 - Israel Future (Part Two)
Israelology: Part 6 of 6 Other Relevant Topics - Illustrations of Israel (including marriage)

Arno Gaebelein
Commentary on Joshua
Introduction
Outline
Appendix - Rahab, Gilgal's Prophetic Significance

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John Gill
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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
Commentary
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Doug Goins
 Sermons on Joshua
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

Joshua 4:1-24 The Two Memorials

Joshua 5:1-15 Conditioned for Conquest

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

L M Grant
Commentary on Joshua

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Dave Guzik
Commentary on Joshua
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Hawker's Poor Man's
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Matthew Henry
Commentary on
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(1706)

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David Holwick
Sermon Series on Joshua
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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

R Kent Hughes
Selected Sermons on Joshua
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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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J Hampton Keathley, III
Studies in the Life of Joshua
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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.

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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

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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 2:1-7
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Joshua 2:11-24
Joshua 3:1-3
Joshua 4:1-8
Joshua 4:9-24
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Joshua 6 Intro
Joshua 6:1-4

Joshua 6:5-27
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Joshua 7:19-24
Joshua 7:25-26
Joshua 8:1-35
Joshua 9:1-27
Joshua 10:1-8
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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
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Joshua 22:10-20
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Joshua 23:1-3
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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

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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

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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
Israel’s Golden Years: Overview 1-11, 22-44, Lessons for life Bob Deffinbaugh
Joshua - 28 Audio Messages (no transcripts) Dan Duncan
Scripture Index - Joshua - Most are Mp3's

Series by Dale Ralph Davis on Joshua Mp3's but his material is excellent

Gospel Coalition
James Gray Brief Commentary Notes James Gray
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
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Joshua Outline Notes J Vernon McGee
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
COMMENTARIES AND SERMONS
ON JOSHUA

A Commentary on Joshua - Intro Speaker's Commentary

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F C Cook
Notes on Joshua. J. G. Bellett
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

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A Commentary on Joshua - Intro Lange's Commentary

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

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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
Joshua - Glimpses of Jesus in Joshua  Robert Morgan

Defender's Study Bible - In the box labeled "All these words" type in the name of the book and the chapter number and click "Advance Search." Scroll down to see Dr Morris' notes.

Henry Morris

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

William Newell
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 Johnny Sanders
Joshua Commentary - 106 pages John Schultz
Joshua Commentary (230 pages) Bob Utley
VERSE BY VERSE
RESOURCES ON JOSHUA
Joshua  What Do These Stones Mean? Robert Hubbard

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

R Kent Hughes

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 In Depth Commentary On Site
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 Paul House
Joshua 1:1-2 Strength From the Sorrow Streams in Desert
Joshua 1:5 Never Forsaken Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 1:8 The Key to Good Success Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 1:8 The Word (Topical memory system) - Audio LeRoy Eims
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 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 - Rahab of Jericho Donald Wiseman
Joshua 2 - Rahab The Woman who fulfilled the Word of YHWH David Merling
Joshua 2:6 The Faith of Rahab John MacArthur
Joshua 2 - Rahab (Mp3 only) Walt Hendricksen
Joshua 3:1 Early in the Morning Woodrow Kroll
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 Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 3:13 Wet Feet 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 Dave Roper
Joshua 7 Learning from Losing Dave Roper
Joshua 7 Victory Our of Defeat (Our Daily Walk) F B Meyer
Joshua 5:9 Rolled Away Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 5:13-15 The 'What Man' Woodrow Kroll
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  Robert Morgan
Joshua 6:3-5 It's a Mystery to Me Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 6:12 God's "Haves" and "Wills" Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 6:15 Perfect Promises Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 6:20-25 The House On The Wall That Could Not Fall Don Fortner

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

R Kent Hughes

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 Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 7:11-12 It Only Hurts Me Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 7:16 Sin in the Camp Woodrow Kroll

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

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 8:1 Solid As the Rock Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 8:10 Failure and Success Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 9-24 Commentary William Kelly

Joshua 9:1-27 When Leadership Falls  - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 9:3-6 Making Godly Decisions Woodrow Kroll

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 13:13 Incomplete Obedience Woodrow Kroll
Tony Beckett

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 Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 18:2-3 How Long? 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 22:1-12 Keeping Shalom In Israel  - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 22:4 Rest for the Weary Woodrow Kroll

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

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 23:6-8 Pass It Along Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 23:14-16 Not One Thing Has Failed Elizabeth Elliot

Joshua 24:1-15 Making a Commitment - Mp3

R Kent Hughes
Joshua 24:13 Not For Sale 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 Woodrow Kroll
Joshua 24:15 The Great Duty of Family Religion  George Whitefield
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

Joshua 1:3
Joshua 2:18
Joshua 3:13
Joshua 4:20
Joshua 5:13
Joshua 6:20
Joshua 7:10
Joshua 8:32
Joshua 9:14
Joshua 10:14
Joshua 11:23
Joshua 12:6
Joshua 13:1
Joshua 14:11
Joshua 15:19
Joshua 16:4
Joshua 17:18
Joshua 18:8
Joshua 19:49
Joshua 20:9
Joshua 21:45
Joshua 22:27
Joshua 23:11
Joshua 24:19

F. B. Meyer's
Through the Bible Commentary
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 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 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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Our Daily Bread
Devotionals on Joshua
Radio Bible Class

Updated January, 2014

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 1:5 He's Always On The Bridge

Joshua 1:5 The Apprentice

Joshua 1:5 I Will Never Leave You
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 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 5:15 Worthy Of Worship (See also Sammy Tippit's 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 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 24:1-25 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 It's Your Choice - 2

Joshua 24:15-24 One Small Choice

Joshua 24:19 Will You Examine Yourself - My Utmost For His Highest
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)

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

Peter Pett's Commentary
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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

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Joshua  1:1-4 Exposition
Joshua  1:5-9 Exposition
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Joshua  24:29-33 Exposition

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

 

Through the Bible (C2000 Series)
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Joshua 9-16
Joshua 17-24

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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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 Marching as to War

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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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Cross References to Joshua by chapter and verse
R A Torrey

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John MacArthur: "The one book, apart from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies."

Note: The best commentary on Scripture is Scripture (Compare Scripture with Scripture) and these cross references compiled by Torrey are the most comprehensive work of this type with over 500,000 entries. However, always check the context (Keep Context King) to make sure that the cross reference is referring to the same subject as the original Scripture. The Puritan writer Thomas Watson said it this way - "The Scripture is to be its own interpreter or rather the Spirit speaking in it; nothing can cut the diamond but the diamond; nothing can interpret Scripture but Scripture." See an example of the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture. See also Use of Cross-References

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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.
 

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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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