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Title: The Conquest of Canaan

Old-Testament SurveyThe Book of Joshua
  • The Conquest of Canaan

Gods Promises to Abraham
  • God made three promises to Abraham
  • Nation
  • Land
  • Seed
  • While in Egyptian bondage, Abrahams descendents
    grew into a nation leaving, they became a free
  • Now the nation of Israel needs a home, and God is
    preparing to deliver on His second promise.

Gods Promises to Abraham
  • Joshua is the foremost character in the book that
    bears his name.
  • God names Joshua to be Moses successor (15-9).
  • God tells Joshua to be of good courage because He
    will not forsake him.
  • In three days, they will cross the River Jordan
    to claim their inheritance.

The Spies and Rahab
  • In preparation for the first battle, Joshua sends
    in two spies to survey Jericho.
  • Rahab, a harlot, hides the spies in return, they
    promise her and her family safety when Israel
    takes the city (2).

Crossing The River Jordan
  • Joshua commands the Levites to take the ark of
    the covenant into the river.
  • When they did so, the water dried up and Israel
    crossed over on dry land (3).
  • Twelve stones are taken out of the river bed and
    set up in Gilgal as a memorial. They camp at
    night before crossing (4).
  • They are instructed to circumcise the boys and
    men who are uncircumcised (5).

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Crossing The River Jordan
  • At Gilgal, Israel eats the produce of Canaan and
    the manna from heaven. (510-12)
  • Joshua saw a messenger from God, standing with
    his sword drawn (513-15).
  • Jerichos inhabitants lock themselves within the
    walls of the city.

Taking Jericho
  • Gods instructionsmen of war are to march around
    the city once a day, for six days. No speaking.
    Led by seven priests carrying trumpets and the
    ark of the covenant (61-11).
  • On the seventh day, march around seven times,
    blow the trumpets, and shout. The walls will fall
    down! (615-21)
  • They are not to take any of the accursed things

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Failure at Ai
  • A man named Achan disobeyed Gods instructions.
  • The small force sent to attack Ai was routed.
    Thirty-six men died (71-5).
  • God tells Joshua there is sin in the camp. He is
    to find the guilty (76-15).
  • Achan is found guilty he and his family are put
    to death (716-26).

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They Take Ai
  • 5000 men attack from the west, and the rest from
    the north.
  • Ai saw Israel and went out to attack them,
    abandoning the cityambushers attacked and burned
    the city! (816-20)
  • Ais army saw the smoke, and they had no power to
    flee. Israel easily defeated them. (821-25)
  • Spoils of the city were divided among the people

Blessings and Cursings
  • After the victory, Joshua built an Altar on Mt.
    Ebal, and they offered sacrifices to the Lord
  • Joshua reads the law, and Israel renews her
    covenant. Half stand in front of Mt. Ebal, and
    half in front of Mt. Gerizim (832-35).

The Gibeonites
  • Gibeon heard about Jericho and Ai and sought to
    make a covenant with Israel (93).
  • To deceive Israel, they dressed as if they had
    traveled a long way (93-6).
  • Israel had been forbidden to make covenants with
    the people of Canaan, but Joshua did not consult
    the Lord (98-15).
  • When Israel learned the truth, they kept the oath
    and did not attack Gibeon (917-21).
  • The Gibeonites became their servants (924-26).

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The Conquest Continues
  • Joshua conquered all the southern part of Canaan.
  • Now he turns his attention to the north and
    defeats an alliance of its kings (11).
  • Israel has defeated 31 of Canaans kings and is
    now in control of the land (12).
  • Still, some parts of Canaan remain unconquered

Dividing the Land the Inheritance
  • The land will be divided among the tribes
    according to the numbers of people in the tribes.
  • The Levites received 48 different cities within
    the borders of the different tribes.
  • Different Levite families received different
    cities (21).
  • The tabernacle was set up at Shiloh (18).
  • They appointed six cities of refuge (20).

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A Problem for the Eastern Tribes
  • Now that Canaan is secure, Reuben, Gad and half
    of Manasseh return home (221-9).
  • Upon returning, they erected an altar. The other
    tribes thought they were rebelling (2210-12).
  • The High Priest and ten other priests went to
    investigate (2213-20).
  • The altar wasnt built for worship it was to
    witness to their brethren that they were
    partakers of the same covenant (2221-29).

All the Land Is Given
  • So the LORD gave to Israel all the land of which
    He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they
    took possession of it and dwelt in it. The LORD
    gave them rest all around, according to all that
    He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of
    all their enemies stood against them the LORD
    delivered all their enemies into their hand. Not
    a word failed of any good thing which the LORD
    had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to
    pass. (Joshua 2143-45)

Joshuas Warnings
  • Behold, this day I am going the way of all the
    earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all
    your souls that not one thing has failed of all
    the good things which the LORD your God spoke
    concerning you. All have come to pass for you
    not one word of them has failed. Therefore it
    shall come to pass, that as all the good things
    have come upon you which the LORD your God
    promised you, so the LORD will bring upon you all
    harmful things, until He has destroyed you from
    this good land which the LORD your God has given
    you. When you have transgressed the covenant of
    the LORD your God, which He commanded you, and
    have gone and served other gods, and bowed down
    to them, then the anger of the LORD will burn
    against you, and you shall perish quickly from
    the good land which He has given you. (Joshua

Joshuas Final Challenge
  • 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. (Joshua

Joshua Dies
  • The people agree to follow God (2416-22)
  • Joshua sets up a stone to be a witness of the
    covenant between God and the people (2423-28).
  • Joshua dies at the age of 110 Eleazar, the High
    Priest, also dies (2429-33).
  • Josephs bones, brought from Egypt, are buried at
    Shechem which Jacob had bought for a burial plot
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