Category Archives: Where’s Jesus

Complete Devotion to God Needed (Joshua 23)

In chapter 23, Joshua is presenting a picture of life in the promised Land as a life that needs to be lived in complete dedication to God.  Many people get hung up on the specific instructions that Joshua gives about … Continue reading

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The Internal Witness of the Spirit versus the External Witness of the Altar (Joshua 22)

Joshua 22 is a sad story about the eastern tribes and their fear that one day the main group of covenant people living on the West side of the Jordan would refuse to welcome and honor their physical and spiritual … Continue reading

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Joshua 21 and God’s ministers

In Joshua 21 we find recorded a series of land transactions between the people of Israel and the Levites.  Now that the land has been successfully settled, the Levites, those families who served in the tabernacle, desire to have their … Continue reading

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Christ is our City of Refuge (Joshua 20)

Ancient near east cultures were and still are places where honor is paramount.  These cultures have a deeply embedded pattern of saving face and protecting the honor and family name and part of that involved and still involves the display … Continue reading

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The Land Still to be Taken (Joshua 13-19)

A catalog of geography is how one might view Joshua chapters 13-19 – interesting, but dry for any sort of spiritual development.  But such is to miss the theological truths communicated to the believer in such a chapter.  If we will recall, … Continue reading

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Jesus the Great Conquerer and Judge (Joshua 11-12)

Many people dislike reading the historical books of Scripture like Joshua and Judges because of the warfare and utter destruction of nations that is advocated.  Genocide doesn’t sit well with our contemporary palates, but there are great truths to learn … Continue reading

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Miracles and Salvation (Joshua 10)

Last post on Joshua we encountered the Gibeonites, those tricksters who “bluffed” their way into salvation, but who became true members of the people of God, serving the temple.  In fact, in 1Chronicles 12:4, we find out that the man … Continue reading

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Sin must be judged – The story of Achan (Joshua 7)

Joshua 7 is a heartbreaking story of one man’s sin and how it affected a nation.  In the very first verse we are told that Achan took some of the things devoted to the Lord from the defeat of Jericho. … Continue reading

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Jesus in the Temple Texts

Do you ever wonder why God included all those descriptions of the temple in the Old Testament?  Why it needed to be made of certain materials?  Why it had to have certain furniture?  Why the priests had to perform certain … Continue reading

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To enter the Land, you must be circumcised (Joshua 5:1-6:19)

In chapter 5 we encounter the Jewish nation who has been living in the desert for 40 years and now are preparing to take over the Promised Land.  These men had not been circumcised by their parents according to the … Continue reading

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