Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10:20-27

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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 10:20-27 

What does it say? THE FACTS

20.   When Joshua and Israel finished slaying them and the survivors who remained entered the fortified cities,
21.   all the people returned to camp in peace, no one uttered a word against Israel
22.  “Open the mouth of the cave, and bring the five kings out”
23.   They did so: The king of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish & Eglon
24.   Joshua called for all men of Israel, and said to the chiefs who had gone w/ him”Put your feet on the necks of these kings” So they came near and put their feet on their necks
25.  Joshua said, “Do not be afraid or dismayed, be strong and of a good courage, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies.
26.  Afterward Joshua struck, killed them and hanged them on 5 trees until evening.
27.  So it was at the going down of the sun Joshua commanded & they took them down, cast them into the cave where they had been hidden and laid large stones against the cave’s mouth

What does it Mean? THE LESSONS 

20-21: When the power of God has been revealed (to believers as well as non-believers) there is nothing to say that we could possible add.  (EVERY knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus is LORD!)
22-24: These kings went against God and His people with all they had, it is hard sometimes for us to wrap our brains around an all merciful God and an all righteous and just God, we like to focus on the mercy, don’t we?  There is a time for EVERYONE to receive God’s grace and God’s mercy, and that time is NOW! NOW is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2)! If you have ears to hear, HEAR!  Because there is a day coming, when time will run out…. your decision is NOW.  The Canaanites and Amorites, and all the other “ites” had year after year, decade after decade to repent, and stop the wickedness (Genesis 15:6)…. until God said enough is enough and their wickedness was complete, and God went before Israel like a consuming fire and destroyed these nations that were mightier than Israel.  Did God give Israel the land because they were so good?  No, God gave Israel the land because Canaan was so wicked, and because of the Righteousness of God’s character, not the righteousness of Israel’s character (Deuteronomy 9). God loved the people of Canaan, and was patient and long suffering waiting for them to come to repentance. In Romans 1 Paul talks about not having an excuse, because if you see one sunrise you should know there is a God, but the people of the land became more depraved, and deepened in their wickedness, and the result, the consequence of sin is always death.  Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death.”  God means what He says.  Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned BUT the GIFT of God is eternal life!.”  Yes, there is hope!!! The GIFT of God is eternal life, a life raft! Well what is the gift of God? Is it possible for you and I to attain this gift? YES! John 3:16, “For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only Son (Jesus) that whosoever BELIEVES in Him will have everlasting life!” The gift of God is Jesus! Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!” 2 Peter 3:9, “The LORD is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward YOU, not wishing for ANY to PERISH but ALL to come to repentance”

GOD IS MERCIFUL, AND GOD IS JUST.

25: Joshua remembers what God has said in His Word, and encourages the nation.  God is faithful to His Word, and Joshua is living by it.  The things God calls us to do are hard, we will be tempted to run, hide and be discouraged.   I must remind myself who God is, not who I am.
26-27:  The very thing these kings thought would be their shelter was their grave.  Be careful what I put my faith in, if it is anything other than Jesus, I will come up short.  The stones piled up in front of this cave, this grave, are a good warning to you and me… don’t delay in repentance to God! John 14:6, “I (Jesus) AM the Way, the Truth and the LIFE no one can come to God, but through Me.”

What Does it Mean to Me? THE APPLICATIONS

20-21:  When have I seen God work in mighty ways and been speechless about what He has done, either for me or someone else? (If the answer for this question is never… read the stories of Hudson Taylor, Amy Slessor, Bill Bright, Jim Cymbala) there are countless others on the testimony of God’s amazing power that will leave you and I speechless!
22-24: Has there been a time in my life when I have personally repented of my sin and asked for the forgiveness of God that is available because of Jesus?  Or am I living my life in direct opposition to God, thinking I have plenty of time to make things right before the end?  Do I realize and know that God loves me and His plan for me is not destruction and punishment, but love and acceptance if I will just humble myself before Him?  Do I need to stop here and NOW and ask God to forgive me?
25:  Am I in God’s Word enough to remember His promises and challenges to me?  Do I believe God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do?
26-27: Who or what do I put my faith in to provide for my safety, my needs my assurance for the future?  A job? A spouse? A talent? My charity? The good stuff I do? Only Jesus is our assurance!

HOMEWORK:
Read Verses 28-43 (Joshua chapter 10), focus doing the 3 questions on verses 40-43. 

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4 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10:20-27”

  1. Good morning ladies! I miss meeting with you on a weekly basis. I think it makes me lazy!

    On a plus side, I have settled things with my mother. The outcome wasn’t what I had hoped for. In fact, it was devastating to me yet at the same time, I felt a freedom in the knowledge that the truth is out there, that I see our relationship for what it is–isn’t would be a better word– and that I have the closure I needed for me to be able to move forward instead of being stuck in the false world of hoping that one day my mother would love me enough to let go of her worldly things and people and that I would matter more to her than she does to herself. And truthfully? I am fine. I am not mad, angry, bitter, or full of the rage that was consuming me. I could go into more detail but this isn’t the place for it. Kind of. We’ve been learning of battles, warfare, and how to prepare ourselves so this study has helped me somewhat in the resolution of this affair. Thanks for your prayers and insights! They helped and I am better for the time you invested in me.☺

    So, for this time’s study, here are my thoughts. I look forward to reading yours!

    20. FACTS
    Joshua and the sons of Israel finished slaying them until they were destroyed
    the survivors who remained entered the fortified cities
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN
    Joshua and his men completed their job until the kings were destroyed
    WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
    I too need to complete my tasks. Completely, not just enough to get by with. What have I not finished that needs to be further addressed so that I may go on to my next job? How often do I settle for almost versus complete? Am I a survivor ready to be fortified?
    APPLICATION
    Because of the great victory God gave me this past weekend, I feel that I am now ready—finally—to move forward and to get the little things of the past that have been distorting my view of reality get off of my back and do the things I have put off doing. I survived! Now on to my city of refuge where I can finish healing and be readied for the next battle, which is sure to come.

    21. FACTS
    all the people returned to the camp to Joshua in peace.
    No one uttered a word against any of the sons of Israel.
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN
    None were left behind! They returned in peace and their ways of dealing with the enemy were not questioned nor discussed.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
    To return in peace is a great victory. To have lost none of your warriors in the battle must be so satisfying. To be in one accord with the mechanics of fighting the war, to have this harmony amongst the people is the way it should be. Do I follow my leaders? Do I obey without question the methods used or do I murmur and say I would have done things differently?
    APPLICATION
    I need to stop whining and fussing about what it is that I am called and told to do. Obviously, God didn’t put me in charge so things will work out much more smoothly when I just obey.

    22. FACTS
    Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring these five kings to me.”
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN
    Someone has to be in charge and deal with those who have broken the rules.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
    Is it my place to judge? Have I been appointed to convict, condemn, or place a penalty on anyone? Nope!
    APPLICATION
    I need to let those who have the higher authority deal with the lawbreakers.

    23. FACTS
    They brought the five kings out to him.
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN
    When told to do something, I need to do it without question.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
    Who am I to not submit to those who have the authority over me? Am I one who is loyal to my leaders?
    APPLICATION
    Again, I need to do what I am told to do.

    24. FACTS
    Joshua called for the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.”
    So they came near and put their feet on their necks.
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN
    Sometimes we get to enforce the judgment to those who have wronged us. Sometimes we get to partake in seeing them punished.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
    How many times have I wanted honest judgment to be at my hands? Have I experienced the satisfaction of seeing those who wronged me and my loved ones be held accountable for their hateful actions?
    APPLICATION
    One day I will get to see those hurtful folks get their just dues. My part though is to make sure I am judging righteous judgment, as my Bible teaches me to do so.

    25. FACTS
    Joshua said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.”
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN
    As much as I’d like to punish someone for something s/he has done to me, the actual carrying out of the punishment I think they need can be distasteful.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
    Whew, I am sure I would much rather the Lord take care of this than me! Often at our house we have used the term “some folks just need killin’” after an especially heinous news report was given. Truthfully, some of those folks (Jerry Sandusky comes to mind) I could see myself enforcing some cruel punishment to—in my mind, that is. When it came time to actually do it, could I?
    APPLICATION
    I think I will start waiting more for You, God, to handle this, as Joshua promised You would.

    26. FACTS
    afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death,
    he hanged them on five trees;
    they hung on the trees until evening.
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN
    Joshua let the men have some vengeance but he did the final blow to end their lives. He put them up publicly to show the world that justice had been served, much as photos of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were displayed for us to really see that these terrorists were indeed dead.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
    Have I gotten to see the spoils of victory displayed in a manner that is satisfying to me, that lets me know that indeed these folks can no longer harm me? Is there a monument to their deaths that shows me this that I can go back to in order to reiterate to myself that they can no longer hurt me?
    APPLICATION
    Seeing the end of an enemy can be quite satisfying, as well as troubling. If I know in my heart that they have been wiped off of the face of the earth and that their power is gone, can that be enough? Can I too bury them and let the Great Judge take care of their afterlife?
    27. FACTS
    at sunset Joshua gave a command, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and put large stones over the mouth of the cave.
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN
    At sunset. At the end of the day. Ahh, sweet victory lasts only so long. Then the evil needs to be returned to its proper place where it can no longer rear its ugly head. Like the dog that returns to its own vomit, these men were put back to their hideout of what they thought was solace but instead proved to be a place of eternal torment.
    WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
    At the end of the day, when it’s all said, done, and dealt with, the evil needs to be dismissed. Can I let go of the past hurts, see that they have been judged, and let them go so that my day ends in peace? Can I leave these haunts in their own private hells and go on with my life?
    APPLICATION
    Yes, I can! Sometimes I have needed more than 1 or 2—or 800!!—sunsets to have my peace but ladies, it sure is nice to finally get it. I know these verses may not mean the same things to us all but for me, this is what I got out of them. Sin will be dealt with. Sin will pay its price and sometimes we who have been the victims of it get to participate in the judgment of the sinners –in part–, knowing that the final judgment is God’s and He will do what He knows is best for these wrongdoers. The thoughts of taking matters into my own hands has at times overwhelmed me, consumed me even. But it kind of makes me sick inside to think of emitting a punishment that is worthy of the transaction that the perverts, murderers, and other mean people deserve. I am glad I don’t have this power nor obligation to evoke justice. Now if I can just remember this the next time someone commits a heinous act, if I can just remember that our God will deal with these –these…I can’t even find the word to describe them! Anyway, if I can remember that He will, as He promised He would, do to my enemies this form of judgment, then I should be a much happier, peaceable person!

  2. Hi Ladies,
    Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

    Kendra, Your comments are outstanding! I love the way you gave that message, to the point, simple & easy to understand! I was personally challenged by the question “Am I in God’s Word enough to remember His promises and challenges to me?” and “Who or what am I putting my faith in?” This makes us look at ourselves honestly. I need that accountablility.

    Stefanie, I will continue to pray for your situation. Sometimes dealing with family is the hardest part of being a Christian. At least, I know it is for me. You certainly are correct when you say we want to be the judge and hand out the punishment. But that IS God’s place and I’m thankful that it’s not up to me.

    Here’s my thoughts:
    FACTS:
    V.20 Joshua & Israel made an end of a great slaughter. Those who escaped entered fortified cities.
    V.21 All the people returned to camp in peace.
    V.22 Joshua said,”Open the cave & bring the five kings to me.”
    V.23 They did so.
    V.24 Joshua called for all the men & said to the captains, “Come, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” They drew near & put their feet on the necks.
    V.25 Joshua said, “Do not be afraid, nor dismayed; be strong & of good courage. For the Lord will do to all your enemies.”
    V.26 Joshua struck them & killed them & hanged them until evening.
    V.27 At the going down of the sun Joshua commanded & they took them down, cast them into the cave & laid large stones against the mouth, which remain until this day.

    LESSONS:
    V.20 This battle was over. All that could be done was done. A battle with the enemy may end messy. People will get hurt and some will enter into safety. I need to finish what was started, the work God has for me to do.
    V.21 God gives peace. He gives us peace with/from our enemies. Times of peace are refreshing. Phil.4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding….” I like to come home to peace & quiet. Things can be hectic around us but God can bring us peace. “He leads me beside the still waters.” Ps.23:2. Rest in the peace of God. “…shall keep(garrison, guard) your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.” Jn.14:27 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Is.26:3
    V.24 All participated. Put your feet on the necks. Notice it doesn’t say hands, or draw your sword to kill them. They used their feet. Our feet are the part of our body that takes us places, not that they are more important than any other part. All parts have to work together for our body to function. But the feet are significant. The feet of Christ will one day stand on the earth again, stand “upon the necks” of the enemies of the church, His bride! Hallelujah! They drew near. We can’t stand back and get the job done. we have to draw near, get involved, do the work that needs to get done.
    V.25 What encouragement! Joshua exudes confidence! How we need that modeled for us so often, at least I know I need it. Those are the kind of people I want to be around – ones who can tell me from experience what God can/will do.
    V.26-27 We have reminders of sin but it’s not something to dwell on. Our sin is “cast out/down” by our Savior. He takes care of it so that our sins don’t have to hang over us. If we’re having a hard time letting go then we need to remember the sacrifice Jesus made. the scars of sin will always be there but the condemnation is removed. Justice will come one day for sins that have been committed against us. We can trust that God will do what He say He will do.

    APPLICATIONS:
    What is is that God wants me to finish?
    Do I still live in fear? Why?
    Am I setting my mind on God & what He can do so that I can experience His peace?
    If God has revealed what I’m battling against, what steps can I take to defeat the enemy?
    Do I exude confidence and am i the kind of person that people want to be around?
    Shouldn’t I make it a daily paryer to remember the sacrifices that Jesus made?
    Am I letting go of things in the past that could be hindering the work God wants to do in & through me?

    LIVE IT OUT:
    Lord, Live through me & let others see Jesus through me. Give me peace. Give me confidence. You are great & awesome! Mighty are Your works, Oh Lord! Praise Your Holy Name! Amen

  3. Hi online gals!!
    I have been having some computer problems and could not give my input. I did have my homework done and it was very good for me. I did not want you all to think I was out of the game!! I miss you gals. I’ve been praying for each one of you.
    Stefanie, I have had you on my heart the most with your situation. I am sorry it didn’t turn out like you had wanted. I ran across something that made me think of you. Someone said to me that Jesus receives the love that others reject. So when we give out love that gets dropped or not even recognized, Jesus sees, and receives it so it is not lost or really even rejected. I hope that makes sense. I loved the thought that every time I gave out love that others did not receive He “got” it and sent it back to me. All the love you have given out and not got back is not lost…He received it. Hope that helps.
    We’re in this thing together, girls.

    OK here goes:
    FACTS:
    V.20 Joshua and the Israelites destroyed them completely. The few who were left reached their fortified city.
    V.21 The whole army returned to Joshua. No one uttered a word against Israel.
    V.22 Joshua said “Bring the 5 kings to me.”
    V.23 They brought the 5 kings out of the cave.
    V.24 Joshua (after the kings were brought to him) summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army heads ” Come here and put your feet on the necks of the Kings.” They did.
    V.25 Joshua said ” Do not be afraid or discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to the enemy’s we will fight.”
    V.26 Joshua struck and killed the 5 Kings, hung them on the trees, and left them ’til evening.
    V.27 At sunset, Joshua gave the order and they were took down from the trees and thrown back into the caves they’d been hiding in. Large rocks were placed at the mouth of the cave.

    LESSONS:
    V.20 God kept His word with Joshua. He shows over and over He will not lie…cannot lie. If He says it, it will happen. Every accomplishment built their faith in God.
    V.21 Live a life and a walk that no one wants to go against simply because God is in it. I’ve heard we should live our life in such a godly way that if we were talked about in a bad light, not a soul would believe it cause of our close walk with God.
    V.22 We must follow the lead of our under-shepherds. If they are following God and obeying Him, we will be obeying God by following their lead.
    V.24 God is slow to anger but He will judge. And when it falls…woe to the person who is on the wrong side. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Answer His wooing. Don’t turn away when you hear His words to you.
    V.25 Joshua is instilling into his people the very words God sewed into his heart. This says to me ALWAYS go to scripture for our “plumb line” instructions. The army was obviously afraid or Joshua would not have said “don’t be afraid” so this tells me even as seasoned Christians we are going to be called to do things that will scare the pants off of us. Be prepared for this. Counsel yourself with the Scripture. Tell yourself “Do NOT be AFRAID” This tool of “fear” is a powerful one from Satan. Be on guard for that emotion.
    V.26 Judgement will come to the enemies of God. I feel like Joshua was a picture of Gods judgement on a rejectful people. Do not be on the wrong side. Trust Christ with your life. HE IS SO TRUST WORTHY!! The “fun” of sin will not be worth the end…I promise. The bible tells us if we call on His name we will be saved. This is TRUTH. I have called on His Name and He DID save. TRUSTWORTHY and TRUE.
    V.27 If you continue in your rejection of God, your choice will trap you and bury you. Don’t be buried by the rocks of sin but run to the ROCK…JESUS CHRIST!

    APPLICATIONS:
    -Do I call God a liar by my unbelief?? OUCH!
    -Is my walk so close to God that when I’m talked bad about, no one that knows me believes it?
    -Do I respectfully follow my pastor? Do I lift him up properly? Do I see I am disobeying God when I don’t do these things?
    -Do I reject His calling after me?…His wooing?
    -Do I counsel myself with Gods word? Do I go to Scripture for my direction and approval?
    -Do I live like a judgement for rejection of God is real…cause it is!?

    Girls our time is not very long and we’ve got to do this Christian walk right. We’ve got babies and grandbabies and kids that aren’t even ours watching our lives wanting to hear truth. I have felt a huge pull on my soul to walk steadfastly with God. And do it with the highest integrity, to not go to the right or the left. We HAVE to be the real deal. Integrity is going by the way-side. We gotta be the change we want to see!
    God help US to be that woman who says “yes” to You…with our WHOLE hearts.
    I thank God for you all!!!
    Your sis, Robin

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