Week #30; Wed, Jul 25, 2018: Dt. 33–Josh. 6
Congratulations on our complete reading of the Pentateuch this week, approximately one-fifth of God’s Word. I find that even before Moses completed the first five books of the Bible prophetic talk of siege predicts disobedience and the consequences that are documented in the books that follow.
DEUTERONOMY 33: Moses’ Final Blessing on Israel
1. Before his death, Moses blessed all twelve tribes of Israel and the Lord showed him all the land that was sworn to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob and their offspring.
2. The Lord said, “You shall not go over there.”
DEUTERONOMY 34: The Death of Moses
1. Moses died in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor.
2. Moses was 120 years old.
3. Moses’ eye was undimmed and his vigor unabated.
4. The people of Israel wept for him for 30 days.
5. Joshua led the people from there for Moses had laid his hand on him at the word of God.
JOSHUA 1: God Commissions Joshua
1. The Lord said to Joshua, “Arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.”
2. The land from Lebanon, the wilderness, the river Euphrates, the Great Sea (Mediterranean), to the going down of the sun (Egypt) will be included, just as promised to Moses.
3. No man shall be able to stand before Joshua.
4. The Lord said, “Just as I was with Moses, I will be with you.”
5. Joshua assumed command of Israel.
6. The Lord said, “Within three days, you are to pass over the Jordan.”
7. The Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh were to leave families and livestock remained in the land east of the Jordan; the men were to pass over armed and help their brothers.
8. Those men could return to the east of the Jordan to take possession of the land Moses gave them.
9. Any who would disobey would be put to death.
JOSHUA 2: Rahab Hides the Spies
1. Rahab hid two spies sent by Joshua to spy out the land, especially Jericho.
2. Rahab requested that the two spies promise to spare her family from the pending battle for Jericho.
3. She tied a scarlet cord in her window that was part of the wall of the city to identify the location of her family during the battle for the city.
4. The two spies returned to Joshua to report what they had seen and about their oath to Rahab.
JOSHUA 3: Israel Crosses the Jordan
1. Joshua led Israel to the Jordan where they lodged for three days before crossing over.
2. The people were to follow the ark of the covenant of the Lord carried by the Levite priests.
3. A separation of 2,000 cubits must be maintained between the people and the ark of the covenant at all times.
4. Upon coming to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, the waters were cut off at Adam (about 25 miles upstream from the crossing site due to the large size of the body of Israel).
5. The people of Israel crossed over the Jordan near the ark of the covenant and 1 man was selected from the 12 tribes.
6. The priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground amid the Jordan (which was at full overflowing during harvest time), and Israel passed over on dry ground as was done at the Red Sea.
JOSHUA 4: Twelve Memorial Stones from the Jordan
1. The twelve appointed men with the priests were told to select from the dry riverbed one stone each and take it before the ark of the covenant.
2. Joshua said, “These stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever” to mark the location where the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant.
3. When the people finished passing over, the ark of the covenant and the priests passed over.
4. The people were in awe of Joshua just as they were in awe of Moses.
5. When the soles of the priests’ feet (who were bearing the ark of the covenant) reached beyond the Jordan riverbed, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place as before.
6. The people encamped at Gilgal on the tenth day on the east border of Jericho and set up the twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan as a memorial for their children.
7. Also, the stone memorial marked for all the peoples of the earth that they may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.
JOSHUA 5: Circumcision of the New Generation
1. A second circumcision of the sons of Israel took place a Gibeathhaaraloth (Gilgal).
2. Since all the males who came out of Egypt died in the wilderness, none of those born along the way were circumcised at Gilgal.
3. The Passover was observed on the plains of Jericho on the fourteenth day.
4. The manna ceased the day after the people ate the produce of the land.
5. The commander of the army of the Lord (Jesus?) appeared to Joshua saying, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” (Joshua complied.)
JOSHUA 6: Jericho Falls
1. Joshua, the men of war, seven priests with trumpets and the ark of the covenant marched around the city seven days and the walls of the city fell “flat” at great shouts and trumpets.
2. Rahab and her family were spared (the scarlet cord was their signal for protection).
3. Gold, silver, bronze, and iron went into the treasury of the Lord.