Bible Study for Heathens Message Board › Discussion Points for Joshua (the book, not the study group member)
Do you agree with the author’s opening statement, “The book of Joshua gives us an excellent insight into understanding spiritual warfare and how to prosper in the will of God.”? Why or why not?
Mention two promises that God gave to Joshua? (Verses 3-5) Are these promises relevant to us today? If yes, How? Joshua 1:3, Joshua 1:5. What commandments did God give to Joshua? (Verses 6-8)
Why do you think the spies chose to stay in her place? What arrangement or promise did the spies make with Rahab? Can you explain Verse 19?
Do you see any connection between Joshua 3:13-16 and Joshua 1:3? What does Chapter 3:15 - 17 tell us about walking by faith? What gave the priests the confidence to dip their feet in the water? (Verse 8) Is that the basis of faith?
What was the reason for taking the stones out of the river? Chapter 4:2-8
Why did Joshua circumcise the Israelites? Chapter 5 Who was the man in Joshua 5:13-15 ? Compare Joshua 5:15 with Exodus 3:1 Do you see any similarity? Who do you think the person in Joshua 5:13 was?
God told Joshua He had given him Jericho (verse 2). Yet Joshua still had to fight for it. How does this relate to God’s promise? Did Israel keep their promise with Rahab? What are the long-term implications of this? Describe the military tactic employed to take the city of Jericho.
Were the children of Israel aware that God was angry with them? (Verses 1-2)? Why did the men suggest that only 2 - 3,000 people go up against Ai (verses 3 - 4)?
The Israelites were allowed to take the spoil of Ai as their booty (verse 2). How does this differ from the instructions given concerning Jericho? Why do you think God allowed them to keep the spoil?
What two methods (mentioned in verse 1-4) did the people employ in order to protect themselves against Israel? Why did the deception of the Gibeonites succeed with the Israelites? Who were the main people deceived among the Israelites by the Gibeonites (verse 15-22). How is this deception considered relevant in today’s world?
Why was Gibeon being attacked by a combination of five kings and their armies? What gave Gibeon the confidence to call upon the help of Israel? How did God intervene in the battle and why?