OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY

Compiled by: Gary W. Summers


   

JOSHUA

OUTLINE
1. Preparing for the Conquest (1-5) a. Joshua's Charge (1) b. Two Spies Sent (2) c. Crossing the Jordan (3-4) d. Circumcising the New Generation (5) 2. The Conquering of the Land (6-12) 3. Inheriting the Land (13-22) 4. Joshua's Last Acts (23-24)
EXPLANATION
The conquest of Canaan occurred around 1400 B.C. Caleb was 40 when he was a spy. sent out from Kadesh-Barnea (Judges 14:7), which would have been 1444 B.C. He asked for his inheritance at 85 (Judges 14:10), after the conquest. Since the wanderings took 39 additional years after the rebellion at Kadesh-Barnea, the conquest then took six years, being completed about 1399 B.C. Joshua died at the age of 110, about 1375 B.C. The theme of this book could be given as "the faithfulness of God to His faithful people." In their one departure (which they quickly remedy) they lose a battle, but all other battles they win. Possess and possession appear over 20 times; inherit or inheritance occur over 60 times.
KEY VERSES
21:45 "Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass." 24:14-15 "Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
HIGHLIGHTS
1:1-9 God's Encouraging of Joshua. 2:1-24 The Spies Meet Rahab; What the People of the Land Think of Israel (2:9-11). 5:13-15 The Commander of the Lord's Army. 7:1-26 Sin in the Camp. 8:1-29 The Concept of an Ambush. 9:1-27 Israel is Deceived. 10:6-15 The Lord Fights for Israel. 14:6-15 Caleb Asks for his Inheritance. 20:1-9 Cities of Refuge. 22:1-34 A Misunderstanding of Intent (An Important Lesson).
JOSHUA'S EXHORTATIONS
1. The Blessings of Faithfulness (23:2-11) 2. The Disadvantages of Faithlessness (23:12-16) 3. The Historical Recounting of God's Deeds (24:2-13) 4. The Conclusion of the Matter (24:14-15) 5. The People Promise Their Continued Faithfulness (24:16-25)

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