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Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10: 15-19

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where you can come together and share your 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 10:15-19

FACTS: What Does it Say?
15: Israel returned to camp at Gilgal
16: These 5 kings fled and hid in the cave at Makkedah
17: It was told Joshua these 5 kings were found hidden in the
cave
18: Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave and guard
them
19: do not stay there yourselves; pursue your enemies and attack
in the rear, do not allow them to enter their cities for the LORD has delivered

LESSONS: What Does it Mean?

15. It’s good to gather together and asses the situation get feedback  and get back to  work
16. the “fearless” leaders of these cities, so  ready to destroy Israel off the face of the earth find themselves cowards  hiding in a cave.  In times of crises our true character comes out
17. You  can’t hide from God
18-19: Do not be distracted from the task at hand even if you  capture a high value target.  Stay focused on the task at hand.  Pursue those enemies.  Often times I give up the fight when God has called me to complete it.  I may say, “Ah, I have done most of it, I’m out” Do not allow the enemy to re-group, finish the task completely.

APPLICATION: What Does it Mean to me?

15. Do I realize we are in this fight together as Christians? Are we listening to one another  and getting back to work together with a common goal?
16. In  times of crises in my life, what was or is being revealed about my character?  Am I strong and courageous in the LORD, or weak and cowardly? Crises reveals my belief, what has crises revealed regarding my belief?  Has my belief and faith been proven or run from?
17. What causes me to question God sees me?
18-19: Am I living in disobedience because I have been distracted from what God has  called me to do? How have I been distracted from the task at hand?  Have I completed things “mostly” but I don’t want to put the finishing touch on it because…..? Too much
effort? Time? I’m not “feeling” it any longer?  I would rather……?  This distraction over here is more “me” and makes more sense?

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.

Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study? Please share this blog link with them.

Homework for July 3 discussion: Joshua 10: 20-27

Kendra Bible Study…Joshua 10:12-14

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where people 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 10:12-14

FACTS: What Does it Say?

12.     Joshua spoke to the LORD and said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, and oh moon in the valley of Aijalon.”

13.    So the sun stood still & the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.

14.    The LORD fought for Israel.

Lessons: What Does it Mean?

12.    Come boldly before the throne of grace….  Pray boldly for your needs.  God told Joshua back in verse 8 that he was not to have fear in this situation, and that God had “given them into his hand”, well then, God, if you have called me here, to do this, and not to have fear, and You said that You would give them into my hands, well then, this is what we need to accomplish that, and it is completely not possible for me to accomplish it, so I am completely, 100% relying on You.  “Do this LORD” was the prayer of Joshua.  Joshua’s faith didn’t waiver, he didn’t say, “Hmmmm maybe God really didn’t call me to this…” Joshua was firm in his faith and bold in his prayer.  When God calls me to do things, there always seems to be a gap between what I can do and what God must do…. this Gap, is filled with faith and obedience, and it is HARD….  God doesn’t call us to do do easy things…. where would the faith be in that?  I want to have the big faith of Joshua…. without being stretched… unfortunately, that is not how it works, and I have a better testimony at the end of things that only God can do anyway….

13.    God provided what His people needed to do that which He called them to do.  That is God’s character, He is faithful.

14.    God fights for His people.

Application. What Does it Mean to me?

12.    What has God called me to do?  What must God provide in order for it to happen? Am I praying for God to do it?

13.    Do I really believe God is who He says He is and will accomplish what He says He will?   Am I living my life proving my belief or unbelief?

14.    Do I believe God fights for me?  When has God fought for me?  How do I need God to fight for me now?

During the summer months, Kendra will be posting notes and new homework every two weeks (instead of weekly).  Feel free to break up your homework and continue to share with one another each week.  All of you are really building a beautiful Bible study community!

Homework for June 19th: Joshua 10: 15-19

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.
Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.

Kendra’s Bible Study: Joshua 10:6-11

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 10:6-11

What Does it Say? FACTS

6-7. Gibeon sent word to Joshua, “Do not abandon your servants, come to us, save us, help us for all the kings in the hill country have assembled against us.” Joshua went.
8. The LORD said, “DO NOT FEAR, I have given them into your hands”
9. So Joshua came upon them by marching all night
10 The LORD confounded them before Israel, He slew them, & pursued them
11. They fled before Israel, while on the descent, the LORD threw large stones from heaven. More died from hailstones than whom Israel killed with the sword.

What Does it Mean? LESSONS

6-7. Allowing the Canaanite Kings to wipe out Gibeon would have been tempting…. then Joshua is out of his vow, and the conquering of the promised land could go on as scheduled. In Joshua 9:15, it says, “Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them to let them live” Joshua said “he” would not kill them…. but hey, if the other kings in the area wanted to kill Gibeon…. who was he not to allow it…. right? You can see here, just what a man of honor Joshua is! Gibeon is grafted into Israel at this point, just the same as Rahab and her family were, “If you mess with me, my family, or my servants… you are in for it!” Joshua gets the army suited up for battle, and they are going to protect everyone, from the greatest to the least! What a great reflection of what Christ does for us in John 10:11 “I AM the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep”. Joshua is willing here to lay down his life, and the lives of his men, for these new sheep, brought into the fold. Remember Matthew 25:40 as well, as Jesus says, “Truly I say to you to the extent you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Joshua is a man of honor. May I be the same in the vows I make, even to (especially to) the “least of these”.

8. God commands me not to fear in my obedience to Him & promises victory. Challenges force choices…. choose not to fear, “Press toward the goal” Phil. 3:14. LORD, help me to set my unbelief down and pick up the courage and victory in Your Word!

9. Faith is found in the “verb position”. I must participate, “Be careful to do all…Joshua 1:8” Faith is dependent on courage and obedience. I cannot speak of having a deep meaningful faith without having both.

10. As I show up and stand where God has asked me to stand, and say what He has asked me to say, even if it involves an all night march, just wait and watch because God will do what only He can do. If I never have the courage to obey, I will never see what my God wants to show me. It is not what I can do, but through my obedience I get to see what only my God can do!

11. I must have the courage to obey; God does the work. To Him who can do far more than I can ask or think…. Ephesians 3:20

What Does it Mean to Me? APPLICATIONS

6-7. Am I constantly looking for loopholes to “get out of” promises made? Do I say what I mean and mean what I say because of the God I serve? Does honor and integrity matter in my life? Will I keep my word if it is a person of “importance” and “title”, but not so much if the person has neither importance or title in my eyes?

8. Do I have a faith that beats back fear, or does my fear consistently get the best of my faith?

9. How has obedience to God required courage in my life? Did I face up, press in & have the necessary courage to obey…. or not?

10. What testimony of God’s character have I seen displayed in my life? Where has God asked me to stand and what has He asked me to say?

11. Will I be careful to do according to what God has asked of me (Joshua 1:8) or will I shrink back in fear?

LIVE IT OUT.

Lord, help me to have the courage to press in to faith and not to run in fear, help me to stand where You have asked me to stand and say what You have asked me to say with courage.

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean
to you.   Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.

HOMEWORK: Joshua 10:12-14

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10:1-5

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 selected from Joshua 10:1-5 homework:

The FACTS: What does it say?
10:4&5:  (The King of Jerusalem said) Come and help me attack Gibeon for it made peace with Joshua and Israel.(5) So they gathered with their armies and fought against it.

LESSONS: What Does it Mean?
These two verses in Joshua 10, struck me as I read them and immediately thought of the words Jesus said:
John 15:18-22, 25 “If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before if hated you. (19) If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this, the world hates you. (20)…. if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you, if they kept My word they will keep yours also. (21) All these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. (22) If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. (25) They have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law: ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE’.”

The rest of the nations around Gibeon are furious that Gibeon made peace with God and His people.  Some are convicted to repentence (Gibeon) and others convicted yet angered and embittered.  I love the fact that Gibeon was not a city of weaklings, but a city of great men of valor, and that valor is shown more boldly in their humility to put aside their brute strength, take on the title of slave, in order to be part of God’s people! WOW!!! Humility before God is strength and LIFE!
Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts.”

I should not be surprised that when I decided to follow Jesus, things will get tough, Jesus told me they would, but REMEMBER:
John 15:26,27 “..I will send to you from the Father, that is, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you will testify also..”

DO NOT BE SHOCKED BY ADVERSITY!  BE CONFIDENT IN THE GOD WHO CALLED ME. DO NOT SHRINK BACK.  BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.  The enemy attacked the new members of God’s family, Be on alert and be ready to fight with those, for those, encourage (pour courage into) those who are new in their faith.  STAND STRONG TOGETHER, and have your eyes peeled, ready to see God fight for His people!  Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee GREAT ND MIGHTY things which thou knowest not!”

APPLICATION: What does it mean to me?
When have I felt the weight of the world against me? Did I stand strong in the Truth of God’s Word or fall hard in the reality of my own strength or lack thereof?

Am I surprised by the hatred of the world against God’s people?

How have I been challenged and encouraged by these verses?

LIVE IT OUT:
Know what God’s Word says.  Pray for and encourage new and seasoned believers.  Challenges force choices, Lord, give me the strength to stand and not run.

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications from a verse or two
and what they mean to you.
Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please
share this blog link with them.

Homework: Joshua 10:6-10

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:22-27

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 9:22-27

FACTS: What Does it Say?

22: Joshua spoke: “Why have you deceived us, saying ‘We are far’ When you are within our land?”
23: Now you are cursed and shall never cease being slaves
24: They answered: “It was told that the LORD had commanded Moses to give you the land & destroy the ALL inhabitants, we feared for our lives.”
25: “We are in your hands, do as it seems good and right to do.”
26: They did not kill them.
27: Joshua made them hewers of wood, drawers of water for the congregation and the altar of the LORD

LESSONS, What does it Mean?

22: Joshua confronts the lie. Sin must be dealt with, not shoved under the rug or ignored. We are sinners. We will all find ourselves at one time or another in this situation, confronted with our wrongdoing. Romans 3:23 “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10 “There is none righteous, no not one.”
23: There are consequences for deceitful actions, sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” We too, all find ourselves deserving of a punishment, we too have no hope of getting out of. BUT…. GOD!!! Romans 5:8 “BUT GOD demonstrated His own LOVE for US that while we were still sinners (enemies, Gibeonites,) Christ died for US!” Romans 10:9 “ that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
24-25: The Gibeonites knew the Truth, when confronted with their deceit they did not fight the charges, “Yes, we came in deceit. You are calling us liars, that is accurate, do as you (Israel) think is right.” The Gibeonites believed God would do what He said he would do when they heard it through Moses, so they were doomed, a people without hope. Gibeon is trying to be counted in with Israel and their God, they realize they don’t deserve to be saved, and they put their future in the hands of Joshua. Romans 10:9 “ that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”
Before I get all up in Joshua’s grill for “letting Gibeon off the hook” I need to remember that same grace is extended to me and to you from God Almighty! We are all no better than the Gibeonites, and yes, grace and mercy have been extended to us through Jesus, if we are willing to accept it. The choice is ours! (this same grace was extended to Rahab and her family in chapter 6)
26: Gibeon did not receive what they deserved. By the grace of God, they were saved.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through our LORD Jesus Christ.” Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is NOW NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
27: Once saved by grace, honestly it doesn’t matter what it is that God has asked me to do, no task is too menial or too far beneath me, because of the depths to which God has come to invade my life and save me. By the grace of God, Gibeon was able to cut wood and draw water for the God of Israel, now, their God…. the God who saved them, not because they lied were they saved, but because of God’s grace and His grace alone. PRAISE GOD! Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all my sin….
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”

Applications, What does it Mean to Me?

22: Am I willing to confront the sin in my life and deal with it? Have I ever stopped to realize that I am a sinner, unholy before a holy God?
23: Do I get mad at God when I am faced with the consequences for my own actions? Do I find myself in a place of hopelessness because of my sin? Did I ever realize the consequences for my sin are separation from a God who loves me and provided a way to fix that gap of separation?
24-25: Am I quick to agree with God about the status of my heart, or am I stubborn trying to fight the charges with some fancy lawyering? Have I asked God what the status of my heart is? Am I thankful for the grace God extended to me, but when it comes to “other worse” people in my eyes, do I judge them and get angry with God’s mercy and love? Do I believe and take God at His Word, like the Gibeonites did?
26: Do I realize God has provided a way out from underneath the consequences of my sin?
27: How has God extended His grace to me? Have I accepted God’s gift of grace in my life, Have I accepted Jesus? (God’s gift is always a gift, offered, free and undeserved, but it is not mine until I receive it and take it for myself)

LIVE IT OUT!
Have you ever accepted the grace God has offered to us through Jesus? We too can be counted in as His people, like the Gibeonites and Rahab, but we have to accept the gift. The great thing about this gift, is that is it always available 24/7 to everyone who will accept Him! God’s gift is not a groupon available to just a select few, it will never be sold out! Jesus was God, with skin on. Jesus lived a perfect life, and died a horrific death, the death which demonstrated the wrath God Almighty has against sin. Three days later Jesus rose from the grave! The payment of sin paid in full when He died on the cross, and the grip of sin broken when He rose from the grave. God loves you that much, that He came personally to fix the separation your sin created between you and Him. If you have never accepted God’s free gift of grace, will you now?

If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation! “God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications from a verse or two and what they mean to you. Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.

Homework: Joshua 10:1-5

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:16-21

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 9:16-21 

FACTS, What Does it Say?

16: At the end of 3 days after they made a covenant with them, they heard they were neighbors, living within their land.

17: Israel came to their cities on the third day.

18:  Israel did not strike them b/c the leaders swore an oath by the LORD God of Israel.  The congregation grumbled

19: The leaders said, “ We swore by the LORD the God of Israel, we can’t touch them.”

20: We will let them live, lest wrath be upon us for the oath we swore.”

21:  They became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation.

LESSONS, What does it mean?

16-17:  The deceit of Gibeon towards Israel is discovered.  People will set out to deceive me in this world, unfortunately it is a cold hard fact.

18-19:  Hold fast to your word, your word needs to be your bond, it reflects upon the God I say I serve, especially when it is difficult.   Popular opinion may try to sway and pressure me to break my word, after all, the oath was made upon a lie… so doesn’t that make a nice loophole for me to get out of it?  The right thing to do is never the easy thing.

20:  Don’t sin on top of a sin.  Perspective is everything… Don’t be so quick to complain about someone else’s integrity that I degrade my integrity in the process, maybe I am currently being tested in the exact same way…  “In your anger do not sin” Psalm 4:4, Eph 4:26

21:  Better is one day in Your courts as a wood chopper, water carrier, door holder or bathroom cleaner…. than a thousand elsewhere! Perhaps my reaction to the situation will bring that person into contact with their Saviour! PRAISE that God kept His Word to me in spite of my poor behavior!

Application, What Does it Mean to me?

16-17: When have I been purposely deceived by someone and what was my reaction when I found out? Have I ever purposefully deceived someone to get my way or to get ahead, and what was the other person’s reaction when they found out? Anger? Hurt? disappointment? What was my reaction in both situations?  Godly or ungodly?  Did I attempt to make things right, or is it always right so long as I come out ahead? 

18-19: Even strong godly leaders will make mistakes, am I quick to point the finger, or do I realize I am just one decision away from making the exact same mistake?  Am I swayed by the convincing arguments of friends to break my word to someone?

20: Will I give people what I think they deserve? Or will I be careful that I don’t find myself in the same exact sin?  Will I hold fast to my oath for the sake of God’s name even when it’s difficult?  Will I hold fast to my oath for the sake of God’s name when people both godly and ungodly would understand if I didn’t?

21:  Will I keep an eternal focus when I am currently suffering and taking a loss? When has my reaction to a situation been a good example of Christ for someone else and when has my reaction to a situation been a not so good example of Christ? Have I thanked God for His faithfulness to me regardless of my deceitful actions?

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications from a verse or two and what they mean to you.  Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.   

HOMEWORK: Joshua 9:22-27

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:7-15

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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Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:1-6

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 9:1-6 

Verses 9:1-2 What does it say:  
When all the kings beyond the Jordan heard of it (Jericho, Ai, the reading of the Law), they gathered together to fight with Joshua and Israel.

Verse 9:1 What does it mean: 
Here, the kings beyond the Jordan hear of what went down, mainly Jericho and Ai…. then they hear that the Israelites have a gathering where basically the “Law of the Land” is read…. and they don’t even have possession of all the land?  Who do they think they are?  Well, this really made the rest of the kings in earshot pretty mad…. so what do they do?  Well, they decide to put aside their differences and come together and fight against Israel.  Hmmmm, this sounds vaguely familiar even today, does it not?  I think it is pretty remarkable that these kings, who surely had their own fighting amongst themselves, decide to unite, against their common enemy. 

Verse 9:1 What does it mean to me:
What would happen if we in our country put aside our differences in the church and united to fight against our common enemy for the glory of God?  What is so important that keeps us at odds with one another?  Baptisms? Praise songs? Order of service? Liturgy? If the enemy can unite, why can’t we?

Verse 9:2 What does it mean:
Those in opposition to God fear what God can do.

After I experience the victory God gives me, the enemy will try to overwhelm me to prevent me from continuing to live in victory

When I live a life of obedience to God I should not be surprised when the enemy notices and sets his sights on me. 

Verse 9:2 What does it mean to me:
Do I realize the reason why the enemy comes together with such fervor to beat me down is because the enemy actually lives in fear of what God can do?

When have I experienced the thrill of victory only to be faced with an enemy who wants to overwhelm me in the next minute?

Am I surprised when I hear the enemy is set on coming against me?

John 15:18  “ If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.”

Verses 9:3-5 What does it say:
When Gibeon heard, they acted craftily- took out worn out sacks, wineskins that were torn and mended, worn out and mended sandals, worn out clothes, all the bread in their provision was dry and crumbled.

Verses 9:3-5 What does it mean:
I need to be careful what I see with my eyes is not always the truth.  The enemy is deceptive and crafty.

Verses 9:3-5 What does it mean to me:
Am I naive, quick to believe everything and everyone I see, or am I seeking godly discernment? Proverbs 14:18 “The naive inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge”  Proverbs 14:15  “The naive believes everything but the sensible man considers his steps.”

Verse 9:6 What does it say:
They went to Joshua at Gilgal and said to Israel, “We have come from a faraway country make a covenant with us.”

Verse 9:6 What does it mean:
I cannot always trust what I hear people say.  It is not always what they do say, but what they don’t say…. “a far away country”…. what country?  Name it.  Those who seek to deceive leave out little facts…. be aware.  Details matter.  Bring what I hear before the LORD and ask Him to sort it out… it is above my pay grade.  People do not always say what they mean and mean what they say.

Verse 9:6 What does it mean to me:
Do I realize the enemy will say the things that I want to hear…  so I will not question it?  Am I really listening to what people are saying and to what they are leaving out? Do I hear what I want to hear so that I won’t have to act and discern? 

*Proverbs 15:5 “For your guilt teaches your mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty.”

Even though others do not say what they mean and mean what they say, will I rise above and have integrity in a world that knows not the meaning of that word?

Homework for next week: Joshua 9: 7-15

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 8:30-35

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 8:30-35

FACTS from verses 30-35:

30.  Then Joshua built an altar to the LORD

31. a. Just as Moses commanded Israel, as it is written in the book of the Law,

      b. an altar of uncut stones which no man has wielded a tool. 

32. He wrote on the stones the Law of Moses in the presence of Israel.

33. ALL Israel, elders, officers, judges, priests, stranger, native standing on both sides of the ark, half in front of Mt Gerizim and 1/2 in front of Mt Ebal just as Moses commanded to bless the people.

34. Then he read the words of the law, according to ALL that is written.

35. There was not a work of all Moses commanded which Joshua did not read.

LESSONS from verses 30-35: 

30.  Here Joshua and Israel have this huge win!  Israel has just faced the very people who had beaten them back a short time ago and they take back their honor! The people honor their promise to God to obey and then in their obedience they enjoy sweet victory.  So, Joshua, you have just beaten Ai, what a turnaround from your previous engagement! You not only beat them, you annihilated them! So, tell me, what are you and the Israelites going to do?  Are you going to Disneyland?  Where is the BIG celebration?  Instead of reveling in victory the way most people would, doing interviews and party hopping, Joshua leads the children of Israel on a march about 20 miles away.  In Deuteronomy chapters 27-28, when they reached the Promised Land, they were to build an altar to God in this very place.  Joshua knew God’s Word and knew the importance of immediate obedience.  Joshua led the people in obedient victory but also to immediate worship…. Joshua did not even take a day to whoop it up… they were focused on living lives focused on the One True God.

MY LESSON:  Keep your focus!  FOCUS Before the battle laying down my own plans for a great victory…. FOCUS during the battle on being careful to OBEY ALL… FOCUS after the battle (HARDEST OF ALL) giving ALL the glory and Worship back to God!  FOCUS off ME ON HIM! Sometimes we are most vulnerable right after a big win! (Joshua chapters 6-7)

31a. Joshua knew chapter and verse of where he was to go and what he was to do.  Joshua did not concern himself with having to know the why aspect.  God said it, so he did it.

MY LESSON: Be quick to obey because it is written. 

 31b.  Uncut stones.  The altar built is not about Joshua’s ego… that he can build a “rocking” altar.  The altar is not about the talents that any one has to bring to the dance… look what kind of intricate design I can build on this altar, it will be amazing and gorgeous and I will leave a sign at the base, so people know my abilities to make an altar of such magnificence and maybe I can have a little start up business here… NO… the altar is of uncut un wielded stones… ALL the focus, ALL the glory, ALL the honor goes to God. 

My Lesson: God is jealous for HIS GLORY… I need to stay out of it, but be careful to give it in the way He commands.  God uses the rough uncut things in the world to bring glory unto Himself and Himself alone.

32.  I need constant reminders of what God has said.  I need to go out of my way to remind myself, then remind myself and remind myself again of what God has said.  We are sheep, easily distracted and quick to forget.

33. Be careful to obey ALL…. again… no detail was overlooked or put aside, we tend to say things like:  “Well, who cares, so long as we are all there and I read such and such… it doesn’t matter who stands where, who is present and who isn’t”.  IT ALL MATTERS.  EVERYONE MATTERED to God.  Our presence in His presence according to His Word matters.  If one stranger or Levite stayed back in their tent, it would have mattered.  God’s Word is for everyone.  God has something to say to Everyone.  If we don’t show up, it’s noticed by God and it matters to God.

34-35.  Nothing taken out of context, nothing left out…. God’s Word is not a buffet, we can’t pick and choose what we want to hear and discard the rest… all is for our good and God’s glory.  I also like this, because this allows God to just have the platform, lets God speak for Himself!  God’s Word is convicting, exhorting, encouraging, reproving, rebuking, restoring, redeeming and loving all on its own without any added personal commentary. 

APPLICATIONS from verses 30-35:

30.   Am I quick to focus on God before the battle and during, but then after the victory is God a first thought or after thought?

31a.  Am I quick to obey or do I refuse to move until God graces me with the “why” of the situation?  Am I in God’s Word so that I have clarity of what He has called me to do?

31b.  Am I careful to obey God just as He said, or do I think maybe I should add some “needed flare” on my part to get the message across?  Do I try to tell God what parts of my life He can use and what parts He can’t use? (He can use the pretty parts…. not the rough uncut parts…)

32.  Am I reminding myself daily of what the Word of God says?

33. Have I ever fallen into the trap where I tell myself, “Well, if I’m not there it really won’t matter? No one will miss me?”  If God has laid on my heart to do something or be somewhere… He has something for me, to show me, share with me etc… so how many things have I missed because I discounted my presence at a certain place?

34-35.  When do I want to leave out the hard stuff and just focus on the blessings want or think I deserve?  How many times do I leave important things out because I don’t want to “offend” people? Or turn them “off” to the Gospel?  Do I realize that it is not my job to turn anyone “on” or “off” to the Gospel, but it is my responsibility to be obedient in ALL things?

Homework for next week: Joshua 9: 1-6

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 8: 23-29

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 8:23-29

FACTS from verses 23 & 29:

23. The king was taken alive
29. He hanged the king of Ai.

The king of Ai had to watch what was being done to his people, and then was hanged and died himself.  (It is recorded that he was a wicked king full of arrogance and hatred against God, and especially the people of God.) 

LESSON from verses 23 & 29:

To whom much is given, much is expected.  We are accountable to God for the way we lead His creation, the people or things He has given under our command whether we like it or not, whether we personally believe it or not.  Nothing escapes God’s eye, and He is passionate about people, especially His people.

APPLICATION from verses 23 & 29: 

What or whom has God placed under my authority?  A family? A classroom?  Employees?  A soccer team?  If Jesus physically walked through my day with me, how would He see me treating His people He has entrusted to me? 

FACTS from verses 24-27:

24. Israel finished killing ALL the inhabitants of Ai. 
25. All who fell that day were 12,000, all the people of Ai.
26. Joshua did not withdraw his hand until he destroyed ALL the inhabitants of Ai.
27. Israel took only cattle and spoil as plunder according to the work of the LORD which He had commanded Joshua.

LESSONS from verses 24-27:

God demands my complete and total obedience to all that He has commanded me to do.  God will provide the complete victory, all in His power, in His plan and for His purpose, I need to obey what He has asked.  Obey. Obey. Obey All….  KNOW God’s Word so that I may obey all….

Am I in God’s Word to know what He is asking of me?  Have I been completely obedient to all He has asked me to do, or mostly obedient?  I expect God to grant the complete victory all the time, but I tend not to be as excited about the complete obedience… why is that?  

FACT from verse 28:

So Joshua burned Ai and made it a heap forever. 

LESSONS from verse 28:

No reminders of their wayward sin anymore.  Gone forever.  God takes our failures, gives us a testimony of victory to shout from them! No longer does the word “Ai” bring shame and embarrassment, but when brought up, it brings a personal testimony of complete and total victory!  Wanna talk about Ai?  Yah, let’s talk about Ai!  See in that direction over there? Yah, that was the general vicinity of our TOTAL HISTORIC VICTORY!  Oh, let me tell you what God did at Ai! BRING IT!  WOOT!  Raise the roof! A story of defeat turned upside down to a testimony of COMPLETE and total Redemption! “Our Savior who gave Himself for us that He might REDEEM us from EVERY lawless act!” Titus 2:14! AWESOME!

APPLICATION from verse 28:

What story did the enemy previously beat me down with, but NOW it is a testimony of redemption that I can shout about instead of run and hide from!?

Homework for next week: Joshua 8: 30-35

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