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.

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HOMEWORK: Joshua 10:12-14

8 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study: Joshua 10:6-11”

  1. Yay! We are back on track. When the comments section was closed last week I was afraid we might be losing this study. Thanks for sticking with us Kendra!

  2. Hi online gals!!
    I am also glad to see the comments back on! I enjoy this study.
    This weeks study was so totally cool. “God confused the Amorites” “and hurled down hail stones.” how totally COOL! How totally God!
    I teach preschool and everyday I read a portion of the Bible to them. Almost everyday I say to them “EVERY story out of the Bible really happened and is all true. Sometimes we will read other books that are pretend stories, but not these. THESE are ALL TRUE.” I thought of that when I read this weeks study. God really did this. That’s MY God!!
    Ok here goes:
    Facts:
    v.6) The Gibeonites sent word to Joshua…(Save us) The Amorites have come against us.
    v.7) So Joshua marched his entire army , including his best fighting men.
    v.8) The LORD said to Joshua “Do not be afraid of them. I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will withstand you.”
    v.9) After an all night march Joshua took them by surprise.
    v.10) The LORD threw them (Amorites) into confusion before Israel. Israel pursued and cut them down.
    v.11) As they (enemy) fled the LORD hurled large hailstones down on them from the sky. More died from the stones than the sword of Israel.

    Lessons:
    v.6) We must stand for those cannot. Joshua stood and defended the helpless. Evil will join forces but Greater is He who is in us than he thats in the world (1 John 4:4)
    v.7) Joshua followed through with his commitment. He did it well, not half heartedly.
    v.8) The Lord spoke so clearly to Joshua. God told him specifically “Don’t be afraid” He gave him specific instructions and encouragement. God will zero in on what He wants us to know and see. We must be looking. He will speak to OUR hearts that clear too.
    v.9) Joshua used his cleverness (or military smarts) (whatever you would call it) for God. He did not lay down on the job. When there was something to do (led by God) he did it with such integrity and honor. It is no wonder he was so successful. His bravery is stunning.
    v.10) You can clearly see whose battle this really is!! The LORD threw them into confusion…that sentance done my heart good. The LORD has the victory…in my battle. Do I believe that or not?!? Yes, my Father, I do. Help me to remember it IN the battle.
    v.11) Then the LORD hurled down hail stones!!! WOW!! That’s MY God!!!!

    Applications:
    -Do I take up for the under-dog? Do I fight for the helpless? Am I remembering like He says to do and realizing we are already victorious?
    -Do I give whatever God is asking me to do my 100%? Do I go at things half-hearted?
    -Do I seek out the LORD until I hear from Him? Do I believe Him when He tells me something (like Joshua did when God said the battle is already won) or do I say well that works for other people…just not for me…I CANNOT!
    -Do I do the hard things He asks of me?? (marched all night)
    -Do I trust what He tells me before I see the victory?
    -Will I trust God to come through for me in His way?

    Live it out:
    I must be a woman of high integrity and honor. The LORD fights for the under-dog. There is a time to fight and He needs to be leading it. God wants 100% of me. By obeying and giving Him 100% we will open doors of revelation. His presence and guiding will be more obvious. I want to follow thru with doing the hard things He has called me to do. It is in these hard things that Christ is revealed. We can trust Him for there is no darkness in Him.
    Oh LORD I want to trust You in the good AND the bad. Help us to do just that, sweet LORD. Help us live lives of high integrity!

    I hope everyone has a very blessed week!!
    All my love and caring, Robin

  3. Kendra, I have to admit that when I first read these verses back when you assigned them a couple of weeks ago, the hair on my body just stood up! You see, the theme of our Women’s Conference was “Women of Valor”! I knew God would be with us as we ministered to the ladies this past weekend during our conference & that He had chosen these verses to be the ones I would use in my small group sessions. God is so awesome! As I was preparing for the conference, I felt that God was trying to tell me that our ladies group were the ones going to battle for those ladies that would be attending the conference. It was as though He was showing me that we were ‘women of valor’ and those attending would be the ‘Gibeonites’ who needed help. We’re not anything special and God deserves all the glory, honor, & praise for everything that was accomplished during our conference.

    Facts:
    v.6 The men sent to Joshua saying, “Do not forsake your servants, come quickly, save us, help us. The Amorites have gathered against us.”
    v.7 Joshua ascended & all the people of war with him. All the mighty men of valor.
    v.8 The Lord said, “Do not fear them, I have delivered them into your hand, not a man will stand.”
    v.9 Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched all night.
    v.10 The Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter, chased them, struck them dead.

    Lessons:
    v.6 The men of Gibeon were mighty but still had to ask for help. Even the strong in faith need support & help at various times, especially during battles they face in everyday life. New Christians especially need the family of God to rally behind them & sometimes go before them. Leaders need our prayers & support. We weren’t meant to do this life alone, neither to face our enemies alone. Seek out Godly wisdom & those strong in the knowledge of the Lord to help you fight your battles. The Gibeonites reminded Joshua they were their servants. We must recognize those who are put in lowly positions & not forget them.
    v.7 Joshua went right away. He stepped it up. He knew his responsibility. He took all the men of war, the mighty men of valor. Valor – strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness; strength of mind to carry on in spite of danger; the absense of indecision even in the face of death. Joshua didn’t think twice about what he needed to do and God honored that. They were going to fight for the integrity of the people.
    v.8 The Lord reminded Joshua not to be afraid. Just as He had done before, He had already delivered the enemy into Joshua’s hands. God has already fought our battles. Let us not forget that!
    v.9 Joshua marched all night. Some of the hardest battles are fought at night, in the darkness, in dark places. That’s why we need the light of Jesus inside us. God never slumbers nor sleeps!
    v.10 The Lord was in control of their goings & comings. He planned the surprise. He causes confusion among the enemy. His actions are swift & complete.

    Applications:
    v.6 Am I showing support to the new believers around me & new people who join my church? Am I willing to step into battle for/with the leaders in the church? Do I seed out Godly wisdom & help from those strong in God’s Word before I go into battle? How can I better recognize those who are in lowly positions or need help?
    v.7 In what ways do I need to “step it up” to serve the Lord? Do I show valor in my daily walk? Do I have integrity?
    v.8 Am I praising God for the victories He’s already given me? For the ones He’s going to give to me?
    v.9 Do I let the light of Jesus shine in the dark places? Am I willing to go all the way wherever the Lord leads?
    v.10 Do I recognize when God is in control and give Him honor & glory? Do I believe God’s plan is better than mine?

    Live it Out:
    Lord, I see that I can’t fight my battles alone. I need Godly wisdom & prayer warriors for help. I pray to be a Woman of Valor. I praise you for Who You Are! Allow me to take your light to those who need it. I can give everything into Your Hands because You have given the victory!! Praise Your Great Name!!
    Amen

  4. Robin,
    Your words are so sweet to hear!! God bless you as you teach those young preschoolers! Yes, That’s MY God, too!!
    Have a blessed week!
    Kay

    1. Kay,
      Thank you for your kind words. I wanted you to know how much your thoughts and wisdom mean to me too! You have blessed me soooo many times. (NO FLATTERY HERE) just Truth!!
      I am also glad to hear the conference went well! ” Women of Valor” Is that what He has been filling us up with or what??!! How cool is that. When I read the title of the conf. I just smiled inside and marveled at God. He goes ahead of us and prepares the way. Who knows the lives that will be forever changed because of that conference. I LOVE THAT!! Thank you for sharing that with us. KEEP ON CHARGING FORWARD…WOMAN OF VALOR!!
      In HIM, Robin
      p.s. Still praying for your sister!!

  5. Verse 6

    Facts: The men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua to not abandon his servants, come to us quickly and save us and help us, for the kings have assembled against us.

    What does it mean: Isn’t it funny how once you get on the right path your old enemies (perhaps even your old friends) want to destroy you? They just can’t stand to see you turning to the correct paths so they set out to wreak whatever harm they can and seek your demise. So what do you do? You call on the one(s) who have helped to get you out of your mess and hope that they will continue clean up duty.

    What does it mean to me? When in the position of leading new folks to Christ, we cannot just give them the basics. They need some meat to go with the milk and if we do not properly train them, then each time a trial comes their way they are going to call on us rather than learning dependency on Christ, the True One Who saves and redeems. Am I doing my part to continue teaching the gospel—not just by mouth but by my actions?

    Verse 7
    Facts: Joshua and his men went up.

    What does it mean: When called upon by our brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to act.

    What it means to me: Do I act accordingly when I am called upon? Do I bring assistance or try to handle things myself or do I take others who are qualified as well to better aid in the trouble at hand?

    Verse 8
    Facts: The Lord told Joshua to not fear, I have given them into your hands; not one shall stand before you.

    What does it mean: the Lord was continually speaking to Joshua—which meant Joshua had to be in constant contact with Him. God kept making and keeping His promises to Joshua. Perhaps that is why Joshua stayed in touch with Him. Sure, he had his fears. After all, he was human. But a strong word from our Father had Joshua back on track, ready to tackle his next assignment.

    Means to me: I need to always be constant in prayer but find that too often I am not. When I need refreshed, assured, persuaded that God’s ways are best, then I go to Him. When I fear, do I go immediately to God with my concerns? Do I believe that He will go before me and my best course of action is to just do as He says?

    Verse 9
    Facts: Joshua came upon them suddenly by marching all night.

    What does it mean: the enemy isn’t always alert either. He tends to get lazy in the darkness.

    What it means to me: when I am persevering in my task, it might take me all night to accomplish it. When was the last time I surprised my enemies by being faithful and prepared so that the harm they intended for me did not come to fruition?

    Verse 10
    Facts: the Lord confounded them, slew them, pursued them, and struck them

    What does it mean: Reminds me of the song “The battle’s not mine, said little David. Lord it’s Thine I’m in Your favor. I’m giving it all to You. I knew not what to do. And I’m so glad You’ve let me see, You’re really all that I need, so the battle’s not mine, I give it to You. Lord, it’s Thine.” When we allow God to fight our battles, He does so much more than just take it to the boxing ring once. He confounds the enemy (I Corinthians 1:27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,). He does things in a mighty way and doesn’t let the enemy rest. No, He strikes them down and wins not just the battle but the whole war!

    What it means to me: Am I letting God fight my battles? Do I allow the wisdom of God to be used rather than the foolishness of Stef outsmart the enemy? When I see God moving, do I allow Him to finish what He started or do I try to step in and finish the squirmish myself?

    Verse 11
    Facts: the fled from Israel and the Lord threw large stones on them and they died; more died from hailstones than the sword.

    What does it mean: oh sure, I can do some damage. I can even do so righteously and as commanded. But the victory belongs to God. The little harms I can inflict don’t even compare to what He can do when His children are being afflicted.

    What it means to me: Before God will act, I have to be in the place of readiness. How can I use my sword effectively if I don’t practice with it, if I don’t have it ready? What am I doing to stay sharp in the Word of God to be useful in His defeats of the enemy?

    Application: Sigh. Once again I find myself falling short in the area of being prepared. I need to be much more consistent in my reading and studying of God’s Word. I need to be more faithful in taking the time to ponder the scriptures and realizing their impact on me, not just these guys and gals whose stories were recorded. They were recorded for my benefit and I need to learn and glean from them.

    Also, I find myself being challenged to be a better friend, a better teacher. If I am not equipping the ones under my influence–such as my beautiful grandsons!–to know that God’s Word is more than just a story, that these lessons are for making us more like Jesus, then I am falling short on the mission I have been given. Right now their little minds are wide open and the truths I teach them, the truths that I live out before them, are what will be influencing their thoughts and patterns of dealing with life. May I do better, so much better, is my prayer.

    1. Hi Stefanie,
      I love to read what you get out of these verses. You put things out so clearly.

      Ya know how sometimes you have to just hear it said outloud (or read it in this case)before it sinks in from your head down to your heart? You wrote “When I see God moving, do I allow Him to finish what He started to do or do I step in and finish the squirmish myself?” Those words were meant for me right now, TODAY. The LORD has been telling me in a certain situation to let Him handle it…but for some reason I feel the need to “preach” to this person…and “fix” them. I needed to “hear” what HE said (thru your words!)
      I too find myself challenged to be a better friend, wife, mother, and Christ follower! Your words are valuable to me! Thanks, sis.
      In Him, Robin :0)

  6. You ladies make this such an awesome way to study & learn Bible truths! I so appreciate the way God leads you & gives you such insight.

    Stefanie, You show so much honesty in your responses, it really makes me want to be more accountable in my words & actions. Thank you.

    Robin, Thanks for the note about my sister. She goes for scans on June 4th and will get the results on June 6th. I really think God will “show up & show out” for her. But whatever the results of her tests it won’t change the fact that our God is awesome! He is still doing great things!

    Blessings,
    Kay

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