Theme: Obedient Faith
Scripture: Joshua 6:1-27
Notes and questions:
B1 Background and situation
- In the book of Joshua we see God fulfilling His promise to Israel. They did receive the land that was promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God fulfills His promises.
- Jericho was the city before them. It was very fortified with double walls, open area between the walls, and a ditch before the walls. If Jericho could withstand the advance of Israel, then Canaan was safe.
- City prepared Joshua 6:1
- God’s instructions Joshua 6:2-5
- Joshua’s instructions to priests Joshua 6:6-11
- The 6 days of marching Joshua 6:12-14
- The 7th day of marching and final instructions Joshua 6:15-19
- The conquest Joshua 6:20-21
- Rahab and family rescued Joshua 6:22-23
- The final outcome Joshua 6:24-25
- The curse Joshua 6:26-27
B3 City prepared Joshua 6:1,
- What was the attitude of the people of Jericho?
- What do you think Rahab was thinking?
B4 God’s instructions Joshua 6:2-5,
- Who is the deliverer?
- Is anything too hard for the Lord?
- How can we apply this to our situation?
- Why did God give these types of instructions? Doesn't it seem a little weird for an army to do this?
- How do the Israelis show their faith?
B5 Joshua’s instructions to priests Joshua 6:6-11
- How long was it before Joshua gave the command to march?
- Why the trumpet?
- Note: the trumpet was an animal horn, the shofar.
- Attribution: By slgckgc - Blowing The Shofar on Rosh Hashanah, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43461373
- Why did the people have to be silent?
B6 The 6 days of marching Joshua 6:12-14
- Would it seem weird to do this for six days?
- How can we apply this to our day and lives?
B7 The 7th day of marching and final instructions Joshua 6:15-19
- Why were all the goods of the city devoted to God?
- Did the people understand the directions?
- Why were only the metals to be given to the treasury of God? (They were cherem, that is, devoted).
B8 The conquest Joshua 6:20-21
- Was it wrong to kill every single person in the city except Rahab and her family?
- Is God wicked, as some charge, to order this?
- See Deuteronomy 9:4-6 and Genesis 15:16.
- See also Romans 6:23.
- What about the infants? The parents made a bad decision, so the children suffered. Rahab and family were NOT killed.
B9 Rahab and family rescued Joshua 6:22-23
- Was the promise of safety carried out?
- Why were Rahab and her family placed outside the camp?
B10 The final outcome Joshua 6:24-25
- Why was the city burned?
- What is the significance of the phrase “...to this day?”
B11 The curse Joshua 6:26-27
- Why was rebuilding the city given a curse?
- Why was Joshua successful?
- Can we be success in what God has asked of us? How?
B12 Next week
- Divine intervention
- Theme: Miraculous faith
- Scripture: Joshua 10:1-27