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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3 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 8: 23-29”

  1. Joshua 8:23-28

    Vs. 23 They captured the king of Ai alive and brought him to Joshua.
    Vs. 24 They finished chasing and killing all the men in the open fields.
    They went back and finished everyone inside.
    Vs. 25 The entire population of Ai—men and women—were wiped out that day, 12,000 in all.
    Vs. 26 Joshua kept holding out his spear until everyone who had lived in Ai was completely destroyed.
    Vs. 27 The livestock and treasures were not destroyed.
    The Israelites kept these as plunder for themselves, as the Lord had commanded Joshua.
    Vs. 28 Joshua burned the town of Ai. It became a permanent mound of ruins, desolate to this very day.


    Vs. 23 The king was defeated and brought under authority
    Vs. 24 they did a thorough cleansing of all on the outside and inside. The visible problem and the hidden future roots.
    Vs. 25 Four times the people that Joshua sent to Ai the first time were wiped out. 1,000 for each tribe.
    All Israel shared in the consequence for Achan’s sin, now all were sharing in the victory of obedience.
    Vs. 26 Joshua did not stop until it was completed. He did it thoroughly, all the way.
    Vs. 27 They were rewarded, this time by God’s command. How foolish to be Achan and trade victory for disobedience in having a few things selfishly, when he could have had it all freely.
    The Lord commanded they be blessed, so He takes blessing seriously too.
    Vs. 28 Now all that remains of their defeat is the sign of their victory. A pile of desolate ruins sharing where it WAS, not where it IS.

    Vs. 23 In what areas am I still king of my life that I need to submit to authority? Am I using anger and irritation as a sign of rights I have not yet yielded?
    vs. 24 Do I take them time to allow God to do a thorough cleansing–inside and out? Do I just want to take care of the visible problems and hold on to the unseen roots to nurse back to life later?
    Vs. 25 Do I realize fully how others are affected both by my obedience and disobedience? Am I mindful of that in my choices?
    Vs. 26 In what areas do I need to be thorough and complete? When am I tempted to not finish something entirely, or to stop while I’m ahead?
    Vs. 27 Do I act on the belief that God takes blessing seriously? Am I ignoring a command of blessing because I feel that it must not be for me?
    Vs. 28 Am I willing to show others the signs of defeat and victory in my life? Am I paying attention to those remembrance markers to learn and grow from?
    Do I see an old pile of ruins and remember just the pain of defeat, or do I see the victory?


    23 The Israelites took the king to Joshua, alive. He had to have been a mixed bag of emotions, knowing he was soon to be face-to-face with the one who overcame him.

    24 The Israelites completed their task, leaving no man behind. They took care of any semblance of the enemy, checking all areas to make sure he had been eradicated completely. They had them killed by the sword; you know, the one that is The Word, that is quick and powerful? That sword!

    25 12000 folks died that day. All were considered as the enemy of the Israelites.

    26 Joshua didn’t stop until the enemy had been completely destroyed. This seems repetitive but one has to be sure that the sin is gone with no hope of renewal.

    27 There is always something good that can come out of war. Some things are innocent in the battle for our souls and our Lord often rewards us in our times of overcoming the enemy (as if that wasn’t reward enough!). He keeps His promises to supply all our needs.

    28 Joshua burnt down the city. Desolation is quite a sad word. Nothing was left to show of this once powerhouse of the enemy.

    29 Joshua celebrated—for one day—his conquest. He hung the king for the Israelites to see so that they could share and revel in their victory. However, the celebration was only for a day because we aren’t meant to take too much credit for victories that God has placed in our hands. Makes us too full of “Look what I did” versus “Look what God has done!”


    23 My enemy is alive. Just because I might have removed myself from the area of sin, from the things that surround me in my sin, that doesn’t mean that the enemy himself doesn’t have to be dealt with; that he doesn’t have to be brought before my King, my Leader. Have I fully given over the things, the ones that hold me back, that are blatant obstacles in my pathway to Christianity to God for Him to deal with instead of me trying to take matters into my own hands? Vengeance is mine, thus saith the Lord!

    24 The enemies in my life: have I without a shadow of a doubt removed all of their presence from my life or have I kept some things hidden—consciously and/or unconsciously—that have the power to still bring me harm? Do I take advantage of the power of The Word to assist me in this battle?

    25 How many enemies have been defeated in my life? How many sins have been conquered and is it important that I know this?

    26 My utter defeat of the enemy will not be done this side of heaven—on my own, that is. Am I allowing the power of Christ to work in my life in order for me to see that in truth, the battle isn’t mine and I don’t have to work so hard trying to defeat what has already been conquered?

    27 What rewards have I received when I have fully entrusted God to fight my battles? Peace? Wisdom? Relief? How have I shared these gifts with others so that they too may see the richness of following God and allowing Him to keep His Word?

    28 There was a time when I burnt my enemy. The smoke lasted all day and the embers burned throughout as I watched my sin smolder. But did I make it a heap that is completely gone or is there something I left behind?

    29 Victory comes at a price. I am sure there was some sadness as Joshua and the Israelites watched the king hanging on that tree. Have I too thoroughly enjoyed the victory that I forgot to see the cost of sin and the effects of it to those who caused it, sure, but to feel the sadness that they were not able to be redeemed as well? Christ died for those sinners as much as He did for me. I need to remember this and not get haughty and full of self so much that I forget that I too am worthless except for Him.

  3. Hi online gals,
    I was so struck by what you said Stefanie at the end in v. 29 “Have I too throughly enjoyed the victory that I forgot to see the cost of sin)…then (feel the sadness that they were not able to be redeemed as well) WHOA !! Those got me. I got tears in my eyes from that. Honest answer…I sometimes do forget the most important things. That was an eye opener. Thanks.
    Okay here goes:
    v.23 They brought the king of Ai to Joshua.
    v.24 When all of Ai was wiped out the Isrealites returned to the city and wiped it out too.
    v.25 12,000 men/women fell in Ai (all)
    v.26 Joshua did not draw back the javelin until all had fallen in Ai.
    v.27 Israel carried off plunder as God instructed.
    v.28 Joshua burned Ai & made it permanent heap of ruin.
    v.29 Kink of Ai hung on tree til sunset. They put his body at the city intrance, covered it with rocks.
    v.23 This is a picture of what will happen to Satan one fine day. The Lord will take care of His own and those who come against us.
    v.24-26 In Hebrews 10:26,27 it says (26) ” If we delibrately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of truth no sacrifice for sin is left (27) but only a fearful expectation of judgement and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Ai is an Old Testament picture of that truth.
    v.27 There is plunder (reward) to dig out of a fierce battle. Look for it.
    v.28 God will purify our souls with the intense fire of purification (trials) to rid us of evil.
    v.29 The body of the king was a representation of what will happen after sin…death…always death. Lets let God bury our sin and the stones could be an altar to the Lord. Only my God could do that. Praise be to Him!!
    Listen to His voice:
    -Do I LIVE in the knowledge that Satan is a defeated foe? Do I react to the problem at hand in that knowledge?
    -Do I share the reality that someday judgement will come for the world? Do I have compassion for those who are blind to the truth?
    -Do I allow God to wipe ALL sin out of my heart? What is my attitude in the midst of these purges?!? Is it trust or complaining?
    -Do I wallow in the pain of my battle and miss the plunder?
    -Do I resist the intense fire of purification?

    I want change and transformation but resist the pain it will take to get there. I must embrace what God chooses for me and learn through it. Teach me Lord.

    Thanks girls!! Y’all are terrifical (a word my 9 year old says) Have a great week.

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