Covenant Renewal

(Originally published March 3, 2017) We have come, at last, to the final chapter of the book of Joshua.  What a journey it has been!  We have walked alongside Joshua as he has followed the Lord in leading the people of Israel into their promised inheritance.  There have been many battles along the way, most... Continue Reading →

Joshua Exhorts the Israelites

(Originally published February 22, 2017) Joshua chapter 23 is Joshua’s “farewell address” to Israel. By some estimates there has been a twenty to twenty-three-year interval between the end of the previous chapter and this speech by Joshua. The conquest is long over and the people of Israel have settled into their new homes and lands.... Continue Reading →

Going Home

(Originally published February 17, 2017) Chapter 22 of Joshua opens with an air of solemnity. The conquest is won, the allotment of lands is complete, and now the time is come for the warriors from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh to return to their families and possessions on the East... Continue Reading →

Every Promise Fulfilled

(Originally published February 10, 2017) This week’s lesson explores Joshua chapter 21 and the allotment of the Levitical cities. Choosing cities for the Levites was the final allotment, and it involved cities and land that had already been apportioned to the various tribes. Before we consider the allotment, we must first go back to see... Continue Reading →

Division of the Rest of the Land

(Originally published February 2, 2017) In last week’s study, we followed along as Joshua and the Israelites began dividing the promised land between the tribes of Israel. This week we will see them finish the process. As we re-join them in chapter 18, it seems that the seven remaining tribes have lost their momentum and... Continue Reading →

Receiving the Inheritance

(Originally published January 30, 2017) We are now zooming through the chapters of Joshua, taking three whole chapters in lesson 12, since much in them is concerned with real estate boundaries, and we will be focusing more on the people involved. We begin by reviewing the subject of the book of Joshua and how chapters... Continue Reading →

The Promised Inheritance

(Originally published January 26, 2017) Alrighty now. The holidays are behind us and we have returned for our first week of Bible study, and so it’s time for the weekly summary of our study lesson. Let’s see if I can remember how to do this! Our study of the book of Joshua has moved from... Continue Reading →

Bible Study Summaries

In September 2016 I was privileged to begin leading a Women's Bible study at my church on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. We have been studying the books of Joshua and Ephesians. The material we are using comes from a PCA church in Glenside, Pennsylvania, New Life Presbyterian Church. Their women's ministry write studies for their... Continue Reading →

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