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The Conquest


Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Judges Rule Israel (Judges)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5

Opening Prayer

Passing Through Edom (Numbers 20:14-21)
    After wandering in the wilderness for years, how did Israel decide it was time to head north?
      Deuteronomy 2:1-3 = God told them to
    Why did God protect the Edomites from conquest by the Israelites?
      Deuteronomy 2:4-5 = I have given Esau the hill country of Seir
    Did Edom grant Israel's request to pass through on the King's Highway?
      Numbers 20:17-21 = Wouldn't let them through, They went around

God Protects Moab and Ammon (Deuteronomy 2:4-23)
    Why did God protect the Moabites from conquest by the Israelites?
      Deuteronomy 2:9 = I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot
    Why did God protect the Ammonites from conquest by the Israelites?
      Deuteronomy 2:19 = I have given it to the descendants of Lot
    How long had passed when Israel reached Moab (Zered Brook)?
      Deuteronomy 2:14-15 = 38 years since Kadesh, Entire generation had died

Israel Defeats Eastern Amorites (Numbers 21:21-35, Deuteronomy 2:24-3:11)
    How was Israel to capture the land east of the Jordan River? Why?
      Deuteronomy 2:24-25 = Given Sihon & country, Other nations will hear of you & tremble
    Who was responsible for the victory over Sihon, king of Heshbon?
      Deuteronomy 2:32-33 = God give Sihon to Israel at Jahaz
    Who was responsible for the victory over Og, king of Bashan?
      Deuteronomy 3:3-4 = Israel captures Bashan from Og
    What territory did Israel claim after these two victories?
      Deuteronomy 3:8 = Territory covers Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon

Israel Blessed by Balaam (Numbers 22-24)
    How did King Balak plan to protect Moab from this powerful threat?
      Numbers 22:1-6 = Moab King Balak asks Balaam to curse Israel
    Did Balak's plan work?
      Numbers 24:10, 12-13 = Balaam blesses Israel 4 times

Reuben, Gad, Manasseh Settle East of Jordan (Numbers 32, Deuteronomy 3:12-20)
    What special request was made by the tribes of Reuben and Gad?
      Numbers 32:1, 5 = Reuben & Gad ask to stay east of Jordan
    Did Moses grant their request?
      Numbers 32:33 = Moses gave land to Reuben, Gad & Manasseh
    Were there any stipulations to this agreement?
      Deuteronomy 3:18-20 = R, G & M required to fight with brothers

Promised Land Described to Moses (Numbers 33:50-35:34)
    What did God command of Israel before they crossed the Jordan River?
      Numbers 33:51-56 = Israel commanded to wipe Canaan clean
    What is significant about the geography described in Numbers 34 & 35? = Hadn't seen yet
      Numbers 34:1-2 = God defined the land He was about to give to Israel
      Numbers 35:2, 6 = God specified Levite towns & cities of refuge

Moses Dies (Deuteronomy 34)
    What did God need to take care of before Moses died?
      Deuteronomy 31:14 = Commission Joshua as His chosen replacement for Moses
    What is the purpose of Deuteronomy 4-33? = Deuteronomy means 2nd law, Moses reminds
      Deuteronomy 4:1 = To prepare Israel for her destiny before Moses died
    Where did God bring Moses to die and why?
      Deuteronomy 34:1, 4-5 = To Mount Nebo so he could see the Promised Land
    Did the Israelites accept Joshua as their new leader? = They quickly forgot their grumbling
      Joshua 1:16-17 = Yes, they pledged to support Joshua as they had Moses
    Moses felt unworthy of his calling. How well had he served as God's prophet?
      Deuteronomy 34:10-12 = No one else knew God face-to-face or did awesome deeds

Israel Crosses the Jordan River (Joshua 3-5)
    How would God make sure that Israel looked to Joshua as their leader?
      Joshua 3:7 = God exalts Joshua to Israel to know God is with him
    How did God immediately show Israel that He was with Joshua?
      Joshua 3:15-17 = God parts the Jordan River (like Red Sea parted)
    Why did Joshua build a monument of twelve stones from the Jordan River?
      Joshua 4:20-24 = Memorial of God's power and what He did for Israel
    What were Israel's first events after crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land?
      Joshua 5:3-5 = Males were circumcised, none were circumcised in desert
      Joshua 5:10 = Celebrated the Passover
      Joshua 5:11-12 = Manna stopped, they ate the produce of the land
      Joshua 5:13-15 = Joshua meets angel, Promised Land is holy (for neither side)

Israel Conquers Jericho (Joshua 2, 6)
    What happened to the spies that Joshua sent to scope out Jericho?
      Joshua 2:1, 3, 6, 14-15 = Rahab protected them, they protected her
    What other important role did Rahab play that even she didn't realize?
      Matthew 1:1, 5-6a = David's great-great-grandmother, Ancestor of Jesus

    What was God's plan for conquering the fortified city of Jericho?
      Joshua 6:2-5 = March around city 6 days, 7 times on 7th, blow trumpets & shout
    How successful was God's plan?
      Joshua 6:20-21, 25 = Walls came down, Everything killed for God, Rahab spared
    How was faith a factor in the conquer of Jericho?
      Hebrews 11:30-31 = By faith the walls fell & Rahab was protected

    What curse did Joshua give to the destroyed city of Jericho?
      Joshua 6:26 = Jericho rebuilt - Foundations cost firstborn son, gates cost youngest
    Was this curse ever fulfilled?
      1 Kings 16:34 = In Ahab's time, Hiel rebuilt Jericho at cost of sons

Israel Conquers Ai (Joshua 7-8)
    What happened when Israel attacked Ai?
      Joshua 7:4-5 = Israel was routed in its first battle against Ai
    What was the cause of this loss?
      Joshua 7:11, 20-21, 25 = Achan kept devoted things, Was stoned
    What happened during Israel's second attack?
      Joshua 8:24-25 = Ai conquered through planned ambush
    What did Joshua do to renew the covenant at Mount Ebal?
      Joshua 8:34-35 = Joshua read all of Moses' commands to all Israel

Gibeon Deceives Israel into Treaty (Joshua 9)
    How did the people of Gibeon trick Israel into making a treaty with them?
      Joshua 9:3-6 = Made themselves look like distant travelers
    What was Israel's concern and what did they fail to verify?
      Joshua 9:7, 14 = No treaties with neighbors, didn't inquire of God
    What did Israel learn after they made a treaty with the Gibeonites?
      Joshua 9:15-16 = Learned that Gibeon was a nearby town
    What did Israel do with the Gibeonites after learning of the trick?
      Joshua 9:20-21 = Let them live, became woodcutters & water bearers

Israel Defeats Southern Coalition (Joshua 10)
    What did 5 southern kings do in response to Gibeon siding with the enemy?
      Joshua 10:5 = They joined forces and attacked Gibeon
    How was this a bad mistake? = Evil for good
      Joshua 10:9-13 = Israel routed coalition, God stopped sun & sends hailstones
    What did Joshua do after this victory?
      Joshua 10:40-42 = Israel wiped southern region clean

Israel Defeats Northern Coalition (Joshua 11)
    What did the northern kings do in response to this powerful threat?
      Joshua 11:4-5 = They joined forces to fight Israel, a huge army
    What happened at the Waters of Merom?
      Joshua 11:7-8 = God gave the coalition forces to Israel
    What did Joshua do after this victory?
      Joshua 11:12-14 = Israel wiped northern region clean

Promised Land Allocated to Tribes (Joshua 12-22)
    Did Israel conquer the entire territory under Joshua?
      Joshua 13:1 (2-5) = Large areas of land remain to be taken
    What details are given in Joshua Chapters 13 through 21?
      Joshua 13:8 (9-33) = Reuben, Gad, Manasseh land defined by Moses
      Joshua 14:1 (Chap. 14-19) = Land for rest of tribes assigned by Joshua & Eliezar
      Joshua 20:2-3 (1-9) = Cities of refuge defined
      Joshua 21:3 (1-42) = Levite towns defined
    What did Joshua allow after these major victories?
      Joshua 22:1-2, 6 (1-34) = Eastern tribes return home

Joshua's Final Acts (Joshua 23-24)
    What instructions & warnings did Joshua give the Israelites before he died?
      Joshua 23:6-8, 12-13 = Israel charged to obey God & remain separate
      Joshua 24:14-15 = Choose this day whom you will serve
      Joshua 24:24-25 = We will serve & obey, Covenant renewed at Shechem
      Joshua 24:29 = Joshua died at 110 yrs old

Closing Prayer

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