Peacemakers: Judges 1:1-2:15

Judges 1:1-2:15

She said, “Let me have another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs. – Judges 1:15 (Why did she want the spring?)

Peace with God is shaken because they failed to drive out the people who lived on the land God was giving them. (2:1-3)

Peacemakers: Joshua 18:1-24:33

Joshua 18:1-24:33

So I just finished reading Joshua 18-22, where all the land was allocated to each tribe of Israel. My question, now that everyone is spread out… How did they keep up with all their sacrifices? It seemed like sacrifices were a daily thing, it also kept the priests fed. How did this all happen now that everyone was so spread apart? I’m sure it would have taken days for people to get to the altar to present their sacrifices.

Rest from enemies, is peace. (23:1)

Joshua warned Israel, disobedience against God would destroy the peace of God. (23:15-16)

Peacemakers: Joshua 10:1-17:18

 Joshua 10:1-13:32

Absence of fear, is peace. (10:8)

God fights our battles. (10:14)

Joshua’s life was not at peace.IMG_20190708_074442

Wholeheartedly following God, brings you peace. (14:9)

What did they do with all the bodies they killed during Joshua’s campaign? 

Why couldn’t the tribe of Judah drive out there Jebusites? (15:63)

Why didn’t the descendants of Manasseh kill the Canaanites? (17:12-13)

Peacemakers: 6 Joshua 5:13-9:27

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Joshua 5:13-9:27

I wonder how many men marched around Jericho? How long did it take? 6:8-11

Keeping your promise, is an act of peace. 6:22

Sparing lives, is an act of peace. 6:25

Stealing from God, and disobeying him, is not a peaceful act. 7:1,11

Still don’t understand how one man can talk to thousands without the message being altered. 8:34-35.

So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord. Then Joshua made a peace treaty with them and guaranteed their safety, and the leaders of the community ratified their agreement with a binding oath. – Joshua 9:14-15 (The beginning of Israel’s demise.)

 

Peacemakers: Joshua 3:5 – 5:12

Joshua 3:5 – 5:12

Memorials help us remember what God has done for us. Also so others can see what God has done for us.

So Joshua circumcised their sons—those who had grown up to take their fathers’ places—for they had not been circumcised on the way to the Promised Land. After all the males had been circumcised, they rested in the camp until they were healed. – Joshua 5:7-8 (How long did that take???)

The very next day they began to eat unleavened bread and roasted grain harvested from the land. No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan. – Joshua 5:11-12 ( Looks like it took long enough to plant and harvest.)

 

Never Traveled This Way Before

… giving these instructions to the people: “When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, move out from your positions and follow them. Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about half a mile behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don’t come any closer.” – Joshua 3:3-4 

It caught my attention when they were heading into the land God was giving them, Joshua told Israel the Ark will be their guide, since they’ve never traveled this way before.  Made me think about how they moaned and groaned about wandering the wilderness. They probably didn’t need a guide while they were there since they had been wandering for 40 years. They probably knew it forward and back. It made me think about how God might be trying to teach us lessons when we find ourselves in the same predicament time after time, and we complain about it just the same. 

We need a guide to lead us where we’ve never traveled before, too. When we start following God, we are led into his promises.