Joshua 11 plays with your emotions. It builds suspense, has intense action, and celebrates glorious victories. Then it beats you down and leaves you questioning everything. Here’s what I mean. Against The Odds It seems that the chances of Joshua’s success decrease with each successive battle. Jericho was a walk in the park. Ai had … Continue reading
Do you ever wish there were more hours in the day? Have you ever thought to yourself, “gee, I have SO MUCH to do today, but there is absolutely no way I am going to get all of it done?” I think we can all remember a time when we had to fight five rival … Continue reading
I see what you did there. Oh, you Gibeonites! So crafty. So wily. So clever. Honestly, I gotta hand it to you. You managed to find a loophole in God’s law. And not only did you find it, you exploited that sucker for all it was worth. You knew that the Israelites were coming to … Continue reading
Or, “Your sin is not just about ‘You and God.‘” Just went we thought everything was going along swimmingly. Just when we thought Israel might get it right this time. Just when we thought their army would move through the promised land fighting battles as an invincible, immovable force. Achan had to go and steal … Continue reading
Alright! Joshua 6! Another one of those über-famous stories that also happens to be über-weird and über-interesting. I just figured out how to put an umlaut on my “u,” so I plan on üsing it liberally. I’d like to start talking about this battle by acknowledging the difficulty of reading about the slaughter of an … Continue reading
Do you think if the Israelite men knew they were going to get circumcised upon crossing the river they still would have done it? I don’t know. I’m just asking. Geez! Well, apparently this generation of Israel was not so hot on cutting off their sons’ foreskins because none of them are circumcised. And we … Continue reading
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Confession: I was wrong. I take back what I said yesterday about the limited amount of space given to the crossing of the Jordan. Joshua 4 actually gives a lot of airtime to the ceremony following the crossing. My bad. I spoke too soon. The New Moses Remember what Moses’ name meant? “Out of the … Continue reading
Sometimes the Bible is the king of understatements. We’ve been building up to the events of Joshua 3 for a LONG TIME. It has been the major narrative focus ever since they crossed the Red Sea (speaking of that, what is it with these people and crossing through water?). And how much space is devoted … Continue reading
Rahab is easily the most famous prostitute in history. But she did not gain her fame by the ways we might think. She did not entertain kings or subvert kingdoms with public scandal. She chose a different path, and the world has never been the same. Here are three things we can learn from her … Continue reading
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Oh man! Can you feel it? Everything is so new! We’re kicking off Joshua today, I have new markers and a new binder for my manuscript, Spring is in the air, I saw The Avengers on Saturday and couldn’t fall asleep because I was thinking about how awesome it was. Maybe I didn’t need that last part … Continue reading