Character Studies

Lesson 11

JOSHUA

Then He inaugurated Joshua the son of Nun, and said, "Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you."  (Deut. 31:23)

Text: Num. 13-14; 27:12-23; Joshua
Name: Jehovah is salvation
Place: Wilderness of Sinai, Canaan (the Promised Land)
Occupation: Military commander and Leader of Israel
References: Exo. 17:9-14; Num. 32:11-12; Deut. 31; 34:9; Josh. 1:1-9; 24:15

JOSHUA'S BACKGROUND
Exodus 17:9-14; 24:13; 32:17-18; 33:11; Num. 13:8, 16
Son of Nun, tribe of Ephraim
A slave in Egypt
His name changed by Moses from "Hoshea" to "Joshua"
Military commander
Moses' assistant and successor
One of the 12 spies sent into Canaan

JOSHUA'S FAITH
Exo. 17:8-14; 32:17-18; 33:11; Num. 14:6-10; Josh. 1:1-9
Against the Amalekites
As Moses' assistant (Exo. 24:13)
With sin in the camp (Exo. 32:17-18)
As one of the 12 spies
When ordained by God to lead Israel
In battle against the enemies of God's people
At the end of his life

JOSHUA'S LEADERSHIP
Exo. 17:8-14; 24:13; Num. 14:6-10; 27:12-23; Deut. 31:7-23
Good preparation and godly encouragement (Deut. 1:37-38; 3:28)
A man of faith (Num. 14:6-10)
A worshipper of God (Exo. 33:11)
It was established by God (Num. 27:12-23)
He sought God's help (Num. 27:21; cf. Josh. 7:6-9)
The confidence of the people (Deut. 34:9; Josh. 4:14; 24:31)
Courage (Josh. 1:2-9; 5:13-15; 24:14-15)
He challenged the people to greater faithfulness (Josh. 23; 24:16-25)

JOSHUA'S CONQUESTS
Exodus 17:8-14; Num. 33:50-56; book of Joshua
In the wilderness of Sinai
East of the Jordan River
The land of Canaan
The division of the land

JOSHUA'S FAREWELL
Joshua 23-24

LESSONS FOR US
God blesses those who are faithful.
Obedient faith is saving faith.
God's leaders are to trust in the Lord.
God's leaders are to be respected.
The victory of faith.
Divine retribution against sin.

QUESTIONS
1. What king did Joshua defeat when Israel was coming out of Egypt? Describe what happened and God's judgment against this nation. (Exo. 17:8-14; Deut. 25:17-19)

2. Describe the official ceremony which was held in Numbers 27:12-13. Why was it held?

3. What was the Lord's instructions to Joshua after the death of Moses? (Josh. 1:1-9)

4. Describe how Israel crossed the Jordan River, and what they did. (Josh. 3-5)

5. Who was Rahab? How did she show faith in God? (Josh. 2; 6:22-25; Heb. 11:31; Jas. 2:25)

6. Why did the walls of Jericho fall? (Josh. 6; Heb. 11:30)

7. What happened at Ai? Why? What was the solution? (Josh. 7)

8. What did the Gibeonites do? (Josh. 9)

9. Why did the sun stand still? (Josh. 10:1-15)

10. Describe the military strategy used by Joshua to conquer Canaan. Were all the peoples driven out of the land? (Josh. 10-13)

11. What were the cities of refuge? Where were they located? (Josh. 20)

12. How much of Canaan was possessed by Israel? (Josh. 21:43-45; 23:14-16)

13. How long did Joshua's life and work influence Israel? (Josh. 24:31)