Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!
Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture. We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.
Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?
Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 9:7-15
What does it Say? FACTS:
7: Israel said to the Hivites: Perhaps you are living within our land how shall we make a covenant with you?
8: a. BUT they said to Joshua, “We are your servants.”
b. Joshua said to them: “Who are you and where do you come from?”
9-10: They said, “Your servants have come from a far country because of the fame of your God; we heard the report of all He did in Egypt, and to the kings beyond the Jordan.
11: So our elders and inhabitants spoke: Take provisions for the journey and go and meet them and say, we are your servants, make a covenant with us.”
12: This our bread was warm when we took it for provisions on the day we left to come to you, but now is dry and crumbled
13: These wineskins were new behold they are torn, our clothes, our sandals worn out because of the very long journey
14: SO the men of Israel took some of their provisions and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.
15: And Joshua made peace with w/ them, a covenant, to let them live, and the leaders swore an oath to them.
What does it mean? Lessons:
7. The Israelites, I think had a feeling, had questions in their gut, who these guys really were….. they pressed them for an answer…. who are you… really? Israel knew that God said not to make a covenant with anyone within the land, they knew the rules, but their eyes were seeing something very believable, their ears were hearing something very believable. Discernment is something given by God and must be sought out from God. Our senses and emotions will betray us.
8. a. BUT they said to Joshua…. notice they did not answer the question…. where is Gibbs from NCIS on this one? Or “The Closer” right? Flattery and compliments from the enemy. Notice the enemy answers Joshua, not the leaders who asked the question, looking for who the softy is perhaps? I wouldn’t think it would be Joshua. They are trying to divide the leader from his counsel. The enemy loves to divide and conquer, be alert. Often times the enemy will tell you exactly what you want to hear.
b. Joshua presses for an answer to the leaders’ question, who are you? Stand your ground. Be firm. Don’t be deceived. Seek discernment from the One who gives wisdom upon request.
9-10: There is STILL no answer to the question. A far country is not WHAT country. Notice now they brought up Egypt and the kings beyond the Jordan, but cleverly left out the most recent victories, so again as to “verify” their story. They were sure to comment on how “far” the fame of the LORD had reached. People are clever… the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9 Be careful of the flattery of others.
11: The Gibeonites had no wish to fight Israel, they were just wanting a promise that they would not be destroyed, and they would be more than happy to be their servants, their slaves. Be careful what you promise and to whom. Your word is your bond. Your word reflects on the God you serve. Be careful. Be careful. Be careful.
12-13. Be careful, what things appear to be, are not always what they are in reality. Only God can give insight, so ask Him who gives wisdom liberally! When someone is pushing me to believe something…. especially when they want me to believe it NOW and ACT NOW, and SIGN NOW, be wary.
14: They believed their eyes, ears and touch. Things are not always what they seem. Times when we don’t think we need to seek counsel of the LORD are probably the very times we most need to seek the counsel of the LORD.
15: Be careful of the promises I make. Covenants should not be taken lightly. My word is my bond, so be careful what situations and people I bond myself to.
What does it mean to me?
7: Am I quick to believe all I see and hear, or am I seeking God on all things, even when the answer seems obvious to me, right in front of my eyes?
8: a. Am I quick to believe flattery and words that tickle my ears and ego? Am I alert to the tactics of the enemy? When has the enemy used the tactic “divide and conquer” in my life? Was it successful? Did I learn from that? Was I bamboozled or wise?
8: b. Am I in prayer for discernment? Am I quick to believe what I hear so I won’t have to press in any longer? I hate confrontation, but am I willing to hold strong and face up or am I quick to crumble and just believe what I hear because it is easier?
9-10: When have I been moved by the flattery of someone else to do something I normally would not do? Have I used flattery to get my way? Is that right?
11: Do I flippantly make promises with people or am I careful and prayerfully consider the covenants I make? Is my word my bond, or an avenue to get what I want?
12-13: Am I quick to believe what I see? Do I rely on my own senses to make decisions or do I prayerfully consider all things?
14: In whom do I trust? Myself? Circumstances? Or am I constantly seeking God’s counsel? Am I quickly making decisions, or patiently seeking and waiting for God’s answers?
15: Have I impatiently made promises to do things, and be places that I never consulted God about? Everything seemed right on the surface, but after I was committed I knew it wasn’t right? Am I impulsive in my decisions?
LIVE IT OUT:
Take everything to God in prayer. Wait for God to clearly reveal His wisdom on the matter then have the guts to follow through with His leading.
Homework for next week: Joshua 9: 16-21
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