Horizons Bible Study Guide: Lession 1 - Who is the God of Joshua?
Some additional information regarding the modern state of Israel
Some Definitions: Palestianians, Palestine, Jews, Israel, Israeli
Discuss: Attributes of God
Read Joshua 1:1-9
Promise to Joshua to“be with you”, God encourages (be strong and courageous)
Read Joshua 23:3 God fights for Israel
Read Joshua 23:16 Holy God requires obedience
Discuss: God chooses - establishes his chosen people in Canaan
Read Romans 9:1-29 God chooses certain people at various times
Why did God direct the Israelites to destroy the inhabitants?
The Canaanites lived in a highly developed and advanced culture in the
land of Canaan for thousands of years prior to the entrance of the
Israelites. The Canaanites were ejected because of their disregard for
God. (Mikhael, Joshua Study, p 12, 57 and 58)
2. Canaanites were
pagans and God wanted to keep “His people” separate ..not influenced by
pagan ways…ie worship many gods, sacrifice their children, temple
(Deuteronomy 7:6, 9:4 to 5, 12:31, 18:9 to 13, 20:16 - 18)
Any difference between the Israelites and the Caanaites?
Mikhael (Joshua Bible Study) seems to say that the Israelites and the
Caanaites were both deserving punishment, ...in 538 BCE the Persians
conquered the Babylonians, and the exiles were allowed to return to
their homeland, by then called the province of Judea. (p13)
2. We are all sinners, yet God chooses to use certain people at various times for God’s purpose.
(Romans Chapter 9)
Discuss: Creation of modern state of Israel/”refugees”
Point of View: Fairness
there are consequences for our actions
(what are all the factors creating the refugee situation?)
Point of View: Win/Lose vs Win/Win
(p22) for someone to “be delivered”,
someone else is “put in a difficult position”
Compassion - what is helpful?
Discuss: God’s plans ?? Lots of speculation...only God knows
Is the modern state of Israel the same as ancient Israel?
1. No (Mikhael, Joshua Study, p 21)
2. No, but... __________________