Joshua chapters 6-8 tell the story of Israel’s first battles with Jericho and Ai as they begin to take over the land of Canaan. God’s instructions for taking out the defenses of Jericho were pretty odd, but because the Israelites obeyed it worked! The fortified walls of Jericho fell, and the city was sacked. The only survivors were a prostitute and her family, because they chose to be on Gods side. Unfortunately, one guy (Achin) chose not to follow God’s instructions completely and it affected the whole community. After they repent, God gives them victory again and renews His covenant with the Israelites, but this time includes “the foreigners who lived among them”, putting them directly into God’s plan of salvation.
What is one key verse? Why?
The verse that stuck out to me the most was:
Joshua 7:7- “And Joshua said, “Alas, Sovereign LORD, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan!”
Sound familiar? Joshua pulls up the old complaint that what they had before was better than what God has planned. Old habits die hard, even when one witnesses crazy big miracles. Thankfully, God is full of grace and mercy. He explains to Joshua why things aren’t going well and allows the Israelites to repent and re-establishes His relationship with them.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
My vision of God changed when I realized that even when I have sin, doubts and fears, God doesn’t. His love is bigger than all my mistakes and He is always there waiting for me to repent so we can re-establish our relationship and fulfil His plans.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
Reading about Rahab (a prostitute) and how her decision to follow God had a huge impact for generations challenges me to see others through God’s eyes and not judge them for their actions or status in life. God’s plans and wisdom are so much bigger than anything I could imagine that there’s n telling who He has chosen to do something amazing.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I am going to Go With God by putting aside my fears/insecurities, step out of my comfort zone and trust that He knows the best way to get things done.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I saw Jesus at the end of chapter 8, when “foreigners” became part of the re-establishing of the Covenant. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross wasn’t just for Abraham’s descendants, it was for anyone who chooses God’s side, no matter their past.