Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 8: 18-22

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 8:18-22

FACTS from verses 18-22: 

18. The LORD said to Joshua stretch out your javelin toward Ai, I will give it.  19. The men in ambush rose, entered the city, captured it, and set it on fire.  20a. The men of Ai turned and looked, the smoke of the city ascended to the sky.  20b. The people fleeing turned against the pursuers. 21.  When Israel saw the city captured they slew the men of Ai.  22. They slew them until no one was left.  

LESSONS from verses 18-22 

The victory for God’s people is a complete victory… God is not in the business of giving a half-hearted victory, or mostly a victory, but the whole victory.  The enemy MUST flee because of the great name of My God, and that name is Jesus who conquered the enemy once and for all.  Joshua was careful to again… obey “all” immediately, without fight or question.

APPLICATION from verses 18-22 

When have I settled to have part of the victory in an area of my life instead of total victory?  Is there more ground to be conquered in a certain area of my life that I thought was “close enough” to closure but not complete?  Am I obeying “mostly” or “partly” and then complaining that I am not experiencing “total victory”?  Where is the battle in my life being fought and how does God want to bring glory to His name through it?

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Homework for next week: Joshua 8: 23-29

6 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 8: 18-22”

  1. Hi online friends,
    HAPPY EASTER!!
    I actually finished my homework ON-TIME.:o)

    I keep getting the feeling God is armoring us up for a battle (and a victory.) We are definitely in training.

    Okay here goes:
    Facts:
    v.18 THEN the Lord told Joshua to hold out his javelin…God will deliver the city. Joshua did.
    v.19 Javelin raised, his men moved, took the city. Set the city on fire.
    v.20 Ai saw the smoke. Realized mess-up but had no where to run. Ambush in front/Joshua in back.
    v.21 Joshua/Israelites saw smoke. Realized city was taken, they turned and attacked Ai
    v.22 The Ambush came out of the city against Ai. They were trapped!! Israel cut them down. No survivors!!

    Lessons:
    18)When we take step 1 commanded by God, He will show us step 2. Doing the first step will open the door to the next set of instructions.
    19)The next step might be all out battle. We might be lead into a confrontation. BE PREPARED!! We must seek Him to be prepared. Joshua’s men were watching him for a green light. If they had not been watching/alert success might not have happened. It could’ve cost them their victory.
    20)When God leads the battle, He will see to it that the enemy is taken down. Joshua and his boys followed Gods plan precisely. God knows what it takes to back the enemy into a corner and make him fail. The Lord will hedge us in on all sides and be our protection.
    21)God will give us a clear sign of guidance before making your move against the enemy.(smoke rising) Stay focused.
    22)The enemy WILL mess-up (just like the cross)and under estimate God. He WILL be cut down in our lives.We have got to hold on to that FACT. Lay it at His feet.

    Application:
    -Do I get to step 1, then follow through with step 2, 3..so on? Do I skip steps 1,2 and go to 3?
    -Am I ready and willing to do the hard thing? the battle? Have I been training or have I been L-A-Z-Y? Do I keep my eyes on my Commander!?!
    -Do I trust God for the victory no matter HOW or WHEN it comes? Do I panic when things are not looking good (in my eyes)and react badly?
    -Do I do things Gods way or do I try to throw in a little of MY way? Do I trust God will take care of me when the enemy is nipping at my heals? or does that make me lose my focus?
    -Do I wait on my Lord to bring to fruition the things He has a mind to do? Do I complain through the process?

    I feel more and more, the older I get the Lord instructing me to bridle my emotions/thoughts (anger,hurt,snappyness, DISCONTENT-NESS) under His control. I feel like everyday we battle the enemy of our souls to a degree of one sort or another. Sometimes in our everyday happenings he is harder to recognize, so the battle requires a little more paying attention and cleverness. I feel like God is showing me this through this study of Joshua. The physical battles that Joshua and his boys went through can be translated into spiritual battles for us. (I do not want to read ANYTHING into the Word, so please tell me if I am 1 inch off base!!)
    I also feel like God keeps putting His loving hands on my face and saying to Me “Look at Me, not your enemy.” I have to do this with my little boy sometimes and say to him “Look at me, not the T.V. or you’ll miss all I’m about to tell you.” He keeps telling me to keep my focus on Him and do what He says. The thing is, what He is telling me to lay down or get rid of are not necessarily sinful, in and of themselves. We must be in close communion with Him to hear His voice! We must be watching that javelin! The enemy will be cut down!! Hang on!! If we do not tend to the patience and alertness needed to go thru the hard things we will miss Gods plan. The flip side of this is, if we watch the javelin, and do as we’re told, He will show us a communion we could never dream possible!! I BELIEVE HIM!!
    Looking forward to next weeks “digging-in”
    In Him, Robin

    1. Love it Robin!
      LORD, help keep my eyes focused and my heart alert to where You want me!
      Thank you! Happy Easter! He is risen indeed! The victory has been obtained!

  2. After studying this passage tonight I feel there is still much God wants to say to me about this passage b/c I have several “white spaces on my paper…”. However, I wanted to share part of my lesson with you.

    Vs. 18 says that God would give Joshua & his army victory over Ai…(God made a promise).
    vs. 19 shows that the Israelites followed Joshua’s commands & orders as given by God (they obeyed their earthly leader who was led by the divine leader).
    Then in vs. 21 & 22, Ai is defeated (Victory was delivered).

    All of this spoke to my heart as follows:
    A. In God’s strength we can do anything. Do I believe this & live this way or do I shrink in fear of what I think He may lay on my heart to accomplish?
    B. When we follow God’s directions (not those of our own making), we can conquer. Why do I act as if I have to have all the wisdom & answers…he’ll provide!)
    C. God gives us strength for the journey/the victory (Hallelujah, oh what a Savior!)
    D. Finally, the smoke was a sign that the city was conquered & final victory could happen. Do I see the signs when God asks me to conquer? Do I acknowledge the He uses people & events to help bring me to a place of victory? Or, do I allow the “smoke” to cloud my vision & pull me further from my walk with Christ.

    So blessed tonight to know a Savior who knows me so intimately & loves me so much that He fights my battles & helps me overcome!

    Kendra, thank you for your spirit filled leading of this online study. What a blessing! I pray you & your family will have a very blessed Easter. Please tell you mom hello & I hope she is doing well. Also, congrats to your husband on his new position at the Cove…that’s wonderful.I know God will use him in incredible ways. Happy Easter!

    1. Happy Easter Kristi! I love the fact that you are not trying to force your paper to be full of words, just for the sake of having words on the page… many times I will have nothing for a few verses, then a couple months or even a year later, something will catch my attention, then all of a sudden… floodgates! I love the fact that God does give us strength for that which he has called us to do… the strength doesn’t ever seem to come early though… but it’s never late either… it is always right on time… I think that stresses me out, so I have made a formal request that God give me that needed strength a tad bit earlier… ha! Hey, you can always ask, right? Things just seem so daunting so many times. 🙂 Thanks for sharing girl!

  3. JOSHUA 8:18-22 What Does It Mean?

    v. 18 The Lord said to Joshua. God speaks to leaders whom He has chosen who are then expected to convey the message. He specifically—and briefly—told Joshua what to do and what the result would be. In blind obedience, Joshua did as he was told.

    v. 19 When Joshua held out his hand, it was the symbolic gesture to his men to immediately do their part. Because of their training, they knew what to do and how to do it. Again, blind obedience as one tends to follow the game play of a leader who is respected (and revered?).

    v. 20 The enemy saw he was surrounded. When God’s people are doing His will, He will send a legion of His angels to compass about our enemies. The enemy who once was in charge now has to flee.

    v. 21 Joshua and his men saw their victory. It was in their hands. Now they had to follow through with the last part: ridding/destroying the men. The enemy must be completely annihilated.

    v. 22 They trapped the enemy on all sides. We need to make sure that there are no holes in our armor for the enemy to sneak back through. No vulnerable areas to be permeated. The men of war struck them all down. None survived. None were in hiding. They got ‘em all!

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME

    I thought a man’s perspective on this would be nice since I tend to focus more on the personal issues rather than the battles and the training of the men and such. I discussed this with my hubby and we talked of blind obedience versus blind faith versus complete trust. As men of war, the Israelites were taught to obey. They trained for long periods of time and learned obedience as part of their habit. However, as Steve and I listened to the second lesson from the cds of this series, I was reminded that Joshua didn’t have this type of training himself. He was Moses’ servant. For these men to put their faith in him must have surely been a supernatural event!

    Another thing that struck me was how the enemy has to be surrounded on all sides. When we let our defenses down or don’t cover all of the bases, there is room for him to sneak back in. So, I need to be more careful and ask myself where my areas of weakness are. What places do I leave myself open and vulnerable to? What things/people do I need to cut out of my life so that I may be victorious and not swayed by them any longer? It’s so hard to lose friends when there seem to be fewer and fewer the older I get. Yet as I reflect, there are some folks, some things that are just not good for me. I must unwaveringly let them go. If I am to increase, my life needs to have some things removed from it.

    Back to verse 18 and how God spoke to Joshua: currently I am not in a church body. Truthfully, I haven’t been to church regularly in almost four years now. Because of this, I have to listen more closely to how God speaks to me, rather than relying on His man to direct me. However, I thank Him that He has sent me this study so that I can be equipped to listen and learn better than I ever have before. Thanks Kendra and you gals for your insights and lessons. I appreciate you!

    1. Praying for you Steph! I will pray that God leads you to a church body where you can see His hand of working in others lives as well as your own. Iron sharpens iron. I love how you and our hubby discuss the lessons! How awesome is that!? The enemy does look for any weakness he can to capitalize on it, and capitalize he will… he is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour… he takes his job seriously too (it reminds me of all that football stuff going on with that Saints coach.. he did the same thing, where is the opponent’s injury? Hit him there again then..) but God… don’t you love those two words! BUT GOD will protect, establish, lead and conquer! A great reminder for me today to put on that armor! Every bit of it! Love you girl! Press on!

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