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.

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and what they mean to you.
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Homework: Joshua 10:6-10

 

2 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10:1-5”

  1. So glad you’re back online! Your thoughts have been so encouraging! Here’s what I got from these verses:
    Facts:
    v.1 Adoni-Zedek, king of Jerusalum, heard what Joshua had done & had made peace w/the Gibeonites.
    v.2 They feared greatly because Gibeon was a great city, greater than Ai, & its men were mighty.
    v.3 Adoni-Zedek sent to the kings of Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, Eglon
    v.4 Come & help attack Gibeon for the peace it made with Joshua & Israel.
    v.5 All gathered & went up, all their armies & camped before Gibeon & make war against it.

    Lessons:
    v.1-2 The king of Jerusalem felt betrayed & wanted revenge. Maybe he was jealous because of the greatness of the city of Gibeon & its mighty men. Betrayal & revenge – feelings that can do great harm. Probably because of their fear, they felt they had to take matters into their own hands. We have to remember that God is our avenger. In Hebrew, it translates “go’el” which means to redeem. God is the “go’el”. (Isaiah 41:14)
    v.3-4 The king of Jerusalem formed a coalition of the other Canaanite kings to attack Gibeon because of their actions. We should be ready for attacks when we befriend those whom others may feel jealous toward. Jealousy extends out of the sin in man – 2 examples I can think of are Cain/Abel & Rachel/Leah. Greed is another motive that causes us to do harm against one another.

    Applications:
    I have felt betrayed before but what thoughts did it lead me to…jealousy & revenge? Did I covet what others have and allow myself to fall into Satan’s trap?
    When I’m fearful, do I take matters into my own hands? Do I try to solve the problem/situation in a vengeful way? Do I involve others?
    Will I allow God to be my “go’el”, my Avenger? Shouldn’t I be telling others about how God has been my Redeemer? How will I do that TODAY?!!
    Am I careful about listening to what others say about fellow Christians? Do I have my “sword of the Spirit” ready for attacks that come my way?
    Do I ask God to reveal thoughts of jealousy/greed that may be in my heart & seek forgiveness & show repentance?

    Live it out:
    The whole chapter of Psalm 51 is my prayer especially v. 10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

  2. Verse 10 Facts: king of Jerusalem heard Joshua had captured Ai and utterly destroyed it, just as he had done to Jericho and its king

    Meaning: news travels far and wide of the things one does, especially (or so it seems to me) when it involves destruction. Good news doesn’t seem to have as much of an effect.

    What it means to me: What things about me are being broadcast in the world and how are these broadcasts taking place? Does my reputation precede me in a good way, as someone to be feared and/or respected? More so, is what is being spoken about me true of the deeds I have done?

    Verse 2 Facts: he feared greatly because Gibeon was a great city, greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty

    Meaning: “Mighty Machines” is a tv show for kids that focuses on machines doing their everyday tasks (such as garbage trucks, cranes, backhoes, frontloaders, snow plows, and demolition machines—currently my grandsons’ favorite!). This verse makes me think of that because the men of Gibeon were mighty. The lyrics go like this:

    Mighty machines
    Big and mighty machines
    Working for you doing mighty things
    They’re mighty machines

    Lifting and pulling and flying so high
    Building a building up to the sky
    You can watch them all day and never know why
    They’re mighty machines

    Hear them roar
    Watch them soar
    Sit right down and see
    There are stories to enjoy
    For every girl and boy…

    Mighty machines
    Big and mighty machines
    Working for you doing mighty things
    They’re mighty machines

    Okay, now that I am back to my explanation (speaking of which, if you don’t know by now, I can ‘most always find a song for every thought or sentence that I hear. It’s part of my charm ;-)), the men were doing mighty things for their land. It was just who they were; they weren’t trying to impress others. It was their job. The king however feared greatly because these men from another kingdom were so powerful yet they had fallen. When people are being indirectly threatened and they are “the best of the best” how are you to defend yourselves when maybe you aren’t so great?

    What it means to me: Okay, this goes back to reputation. Even though I know my strengths, they are meaningless when they aren’t being channeled to the right arena. What fears keep me back from doing what I am called to do? How often have I let others thoughts and their fears keep me from being who I am?

    Verse 3 Facts: the king sent word to the kings of Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon

    Meaning: when the enemy is coming, one seeks out help from those close by.

    What it means to me: When I see someone whom I perceive is out to get me, whom do I call on for backup? These kings feared for their lives because of previous destruction to nearby lands. Do I learn from others’ mistakes and losses or do I too have to find out for myself why bad things happen when I am allegedly just minding my own business? Do I look for trouble or wait for it to find me? When it comes, am I prepared?

    Verse 4 Facts: “Come and help me and let’s attack Gibeon for it has made peace with Israel.”

    Meaning:
    *When fighting battles it is always good to have support. Sometimes though, so that others live in the fears we have created for ourselves, we may bend the truth.
    *Also, many of us like to stoke the flames and have others do the dirty work while we sit back and enjoy the spoils. *We don’t want others to succeed so we try to tear them down when they have achieved the peace they had sought out.

    What it means to me: Do I enjoy my friends’ peace or am I envious of it and seek to tear it down rather than build them up? When I see others living a life that is in keeping with following God, do I want that for myself or do I think I am too unworthy to enjoy it as well so I seek out assistance in making a mess for myself?

    Verse 5 Facts: the five kings gathered together with all their armies and fought against Gibeon

    Meaning: Misery loves company. Fear is a great uniter of folks who may not have under normal circumstances gathered together. As these warriors gathered, they had to pull together for one common agenda: to destroy Gibeon.

    What it means to me: Real or imagined, who is out to destroy me? What common thread do they have that wants them to tear me down? At this point, Gibeon is unaware that they are about to be attacked. Most of the time I don’t sit around thinking others are plotting against me. Is my life, my testimony something that others fear so much so that they are willing to band together to see me defeated? Is my armor strong enough, ready enough to fight them?

    APPLICATION: from these five verses, I see that a country is about to be attacked because they turned from their ways to serve a country that is led by God instead of man. The enemy is out there to destroy me too and will use whatever and whomever he can to achieve his desire. I must be constant! I must be on guard, even when things seem to be peaceful because that is when I am most vulnerable and less likely to have all of my battle gear intact. It’s the little sneaky ways the devil has that he uses to come and take my joy, my new desires to be better for God. Plus, someone is always watching me, waiting for that chink in my armor to crack so that they can slide an arrow through. God, please help me to stand strong, to stay in Your Word and in Your strength so that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I do not have to fight alone; really, that I don’t have to fight at all. I just have to be on guard and let You do this for me. Help me to not stay in my own strength but to rely on Yours.

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