Questions for Reflection for Study of Joshua 13-24

The journey through the Bible has taken me past the first twelve chapters of the book of Joshua. God chose Joshua to take over from Moses as the one responsible for leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. It seemed like an impossible challenge but with God, all things are possible and we can be all that God made us to be.

Chapters 7-12 have inspired the following poem:

Decisions 
When God is with you,
everything is good
but separated,
it’s not as it should.

That’s the reason
all sin He suspends
for on the cross
He made the amends.

Victory comes when
the Lord is with you
and sets you up
with great things to do.

Consider His way
in preparing this day
for the challenges
that will come your way.

Let God be a part
of all decisions;
the ONE who approves
all the great visions.

Visions of a job,
a husband or wife;
of a family
or anything in life.

When you let God drive
wherever you go
and see Him at work,
confidence will grow.

Victories will come
as you give your best;
enthusiasm
to meet every test.

Think of a forecast;
how data is sought
to make decisions;
informed like they ought.

And how God is involved
in a future that’s bright
so keep on the path
from His great insight. 

By Mark Shields – © 03-16-2017

The reading plan below will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.

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Joshua 13
What does God point out to Joshua at the beginning of the chapter? In what ways do you evaluate your present activities in view of your purpose in life? What do you discover?

Joshua 14-15
By what method is the land divided? What was the special request of Caleb? What about Caleb’s character is revealed by his request? What do you learn from these chapters about the promises and providence of God?

Joshua 16-19
Contrast the attitude of the tribe of Joseph with the attitude of Caleb (See 14:12)? What is the people’s part to experience full possession of their in heritance? What can you learn from this principle?

Joshua 20-21
What is God continually requiring from his people? What are some ideas in how to stand up for what is excellent and righteous instead of being silent? In what past or recent situations have you experienced God’s faithfulness?

Joshua 22
What is Joshua’s primary concern for the Israelites who will be living on the other side of the Jordan? Why do the eastern tribes build an altar by the Jordan? What do the other tribes misunderstand? What can you learn from this event about your consideration for the actions of others?

Joshua 23
What is Joshua’s first reminder to the leaders of Israel? What is God’s promise to them? What are the conditions of the promise? When you are a leader, what can you do to help insure purity of character in those for whom you are responsible?

Joshua 24
What does Joshua emphasize in his review of Israel’s history in the presence of all the people?  What verb is used sixteen times in this passage? After reading this passage, what is a thought about the Israelites relationship with God? What is your thought about your relationship with God?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.  

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.
“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.
“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index.  <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
“Google Images.” Google Images. Web. <https://www.google.com>.
“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.

 

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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