Any of the Israelites or any alien living among them who killed someone accidentally could flee to these designated cities: read Josh 20;

God commanded His people to establish cities of refuge throughout the land in the Israeli territory for the preservation of life for those who accidentally killed someone. God considers the dignity of people whether Hebrews of Gentiles;

  • What could we observe the way God provides a place of protection for people? See also Ps 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah
  • What could we observe the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross that we might approach God for protection? See also Heb 10:22  let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
  • What is the Lord Jesus’ invitation to anyone who is in need of His mercy in times of need in life? See also Heb 4:16  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
  • What is the Lord Jesus saying to you of His mercy for you today? See also Mt 11:28-29  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  • How do you want to respond to His invitation?

Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses: read Josh 20;

God has given instruction for those who unintentionally kills someone while they still were traveling in the wilderness. Cities of refuge were to get established for the protection of unintentional murders from the hand of avengers of blood. For, God values the life of human beings.

  • What could we observe the way God declares Himself as the source of human life? Jer 2:13  My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
  • What could we observe the way God created human-being with dignity? See also Gen 1:26-28  
    26  Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
    27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
    28  God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
  • What could we learn of the way the Lord Jesus treated an unnoticed Samaritan woman with merciful interest? Jn 4:3-4 & 7-10  When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now he had to go through Samaria.
    7  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
    8  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
    9  The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
    10  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
  • What is God saying to you of the way He cares for your life? See also Mt 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
  • How do you want to respond to His treatment of yourself?

The Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun an inheritance among them: read Josh 18;

The Israeli tribes have been allotted of their territories by casting a lot in the presence of the Lord at Shiloh. They then gave Joshua his own inheritance among them. Joshua didn’t seek for his own inheritance by himself, but has been granted it by the people of God as God commanded.

The city of Timnath-Serah was given to him as he requested ;

  • What could we observe the way God has promised for those who serve the Lord? See also Num 14:24  But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
  • What could we observe the way God blessed those who serve Him wholeheartedly? See also Ps 37:25-26  I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about His interest in your wellbeing as His servant? See also Ps 16:5-6  LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about your attitude for your future?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice?

The country was brought under their control: read your journal over the week/ Josh 17-18;

The Israeli tribes went to Shiloh to set up the tent of meeting. The whole country was brought under their control already, but the Canaanites were still remaining in the land God has given them. For, they were hesitant to go out to drive those residents out to occupy the land;

  • What could we observe the way God has given the whole land to the children of Israel? See also Jos 14:12-13 Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”  Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.
  • What could we observe the way Caleb occupy the land with Anakites living in? See also 1 Sam 14:6-7 Jonathan said to the attendant who carried his weapons, “Come on, let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will help us. Nothing can keep the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.”  His armor-bearer responded, “Do what is in your heart. You choose. I’m right here with you whatever you decide.”
  • What could we observe the timid attitude of the tribes of Israelites in their campaign for the land of Canaan? See also Num 13:32-33  So they gave a negative report to the Israelites about the land they had scouted: “The land we passed through to explore is one that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of great size. We even saw the Nephilim there—the descendants of Anak ⌊come⌋ from the Nephilim! To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.”
  • What is the Lord saying to you about your own attitude about the land/people/business God has given you?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice that you might occupy God-given land?

How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you?: read Josh 18;

The seven tribes didn’t receive their allotment of the inheritance/land and Joshua saw that they were not eager to go up to drive the remaining people of the land even God has given such beautiful land to them already;

  • What could we observe the way God has given them such  beautiful land as an inheritance? See also Heb 4:1-2 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
  • What could we observe their role in the process of occupying the land to own it? See also Heb 4:3  Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
  • What must have caused them to delay in possessing the land given to them? See also Heb 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
  • What is the Lord pointing out to you of your role that you might possess what God has given you?
  • How do you want to seek Him that you might be granted His reward?

But Joshua said to the house of Joseph–to Ephraim and Manasseh–You are numerous and very powerful: read Josh 17;

The numerous people of the house of Joseph who became two tribes — Ephraim and Manasseh complained with Joshua that they received only one portion. Joshua saw them as numerous and powerful that they should be able to drive out Canaanites among them though they were strong and had iron chariots;

  • What could we observe their heart from the way they talk about strong Canaanites with iron chariots among them? Numbers 13:33 (NIV)
     We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.
  • What could we observe the way Joshua saw their potential in the Lord? See also  Deuteronomy 20:3-4 (NIV) He shall say: “Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.
  • What is God saying to the house of Joseph about their own capability? See also Joshua 1:5 (NIV) No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about your own capability for His kingdom?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice?

Manasseh’s daughters received an inheritance among his sons: read Josh 17;

Zelophehad, the son of Manasseh who did not have a son, but have five daughters went to Eleazar, the priest and Joshua the leader to ask for an inheritance among their father’s brothers. Joshua gave them an inheritance along with the brothers of their father.

  • What could we observe the way they pleaded for an inheritance with the promise God gave through Moses? See also Jos 14:12-14 Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”
    13  Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.
    14  So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.
  • What could we observe the way God grants faith in the promise/covenant of His people? Act 27:23-25  Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’  So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
  • What could we be assured of the blessing through the promises given by God for us? 2 Pet 1:3-4  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
  • What does the Lord say to you about your attitude toward His promises?
  • What do you want to do in response to His voice?

But, they did not dislodge the Canaanites who lived in Gezer. … but they are required to do forced labor: Read Josh 16;

The Ephraimites received an inheritance, an allotment by Joshua and they occupied the land where Canaanites were still living. Though they could require them to do forced labor for them, they didn’t dislodge/drive them from around them;

  • What could we observe their heart from the way they didn’t drive those Canaanites among them? See also Jas 4:4  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
  • What could we observe their rationale in making them do forced labor instead? See also 1 Jn 2:15-16  Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.
  •  What could we observe the consequence of their decision? See also Gal 6:7-8  Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about the compromise you’re making these days?
  • How do you want to respond to his voice?

She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.”

Caleb was the man blessed by God with Hebron as an inheritance. He looked for a man who would strike the enemy down and get a blessing for His daughter Acsah. Acsah asked him for land as well as the springs of water;

  • What could we observe the way God dealt with Caleb who claimed what God has promised? See also Jer 33:2-3  “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it–the LORD is his name:  ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
  • What could we observe the way God has blessed His desire/request of faith? See also Rom 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
  • What is God saying to us through the example of Caleb’s generosity? See also Lk 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
  • What is the Lord saying to you about How you should follow Caleb’s example?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice?

From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites–Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai–descendants of Anak: read Joah 15;

Eighty-five-year-old Caleb drove out Anakites from Hebron just as He believed and declared before Joshua. What an example he must have been to the whole tribe of Judah and the whole tribe of Israelites!

  • What could we observe the power of faith from the way Caleb could drive out those Anakites? See also Mk 9:23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
  • What could we observe the way Caleb lived as a man of faith? See also 2 Pet 1:3-4  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about our role to live out among the people around us? See also Heb 10:37-39 37  For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.
    38  But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”
    39  But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about the way you need to live among the people scared?
  • How do you want to live out this lesson in life the coming days?