Chapter 2 of Joshua details the story of Rahab the harlot. When God sent Joshua and the children of Israel across the Jordan River and into the land of Canaan to take possession of the land, the first order of business was to destroy the city of Jericho. It was one of the largest, most prosperous, and most thoroughly fortified cities in the land. But the city was cursed of God and marked for destruction. The sentence of death had been passed upon it forty years earlier (Ex. 23:27-28).
When Moses and the Israelites came to the land of Canaan, twelve spies were sent in to explore. They came back and reported that the land was bountiful, but the Canaanites had a mighty army that could crush the Israelites. Soon, the bad report spread through the nation of Israel and the people rebelled. They cried to God, asking why He would lead them so far, only to let them die by the Canaanite sword.
Chapter three of Engaging the Christian Scriptures goes into detail over selective parts of the sections of history, writings, and prophets. Chapter three gives the reader information over several books in the Bible such as Joshua, Judges, Jeremiah, etc. The chapter dives into the text of Joshua and gives the reader useful insight over Joshua and him leading the Israel across the Jordan river to conquer the land of milk and honey, Jericho. The book of Judges purpose was to teach Israel that God is faithful and certain to punish sin therefore each person must remain loyal and devoted to the Lord. The purpose of Jeremiah was to warn of the destruction that they were about to face and to urge Judah to return and submit to God. Towards the end
Now the Israelites went out to fight against the Philistines. The Israelites camped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines at Aphek. The Philistines deployed their forces to meet Israel, and as the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand of them on the battlefield. When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, “Why did Hashem let us get defeat ? Let us bring the ark of Hasham covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us of our enemies.”
For forty years God had miraculously provided food and water for their forefathers. The current years of blessings and protection caused the inhabitants of the lands to fear God as the nation settled it. They knew something special happened when Israel’s God showed up.
God wanted to Hebrews to be let free from Egypt. To accomplish this God sent ten plagues to Egypt. At this time Moses was the leader of the Hebrews. Moses led his people out of Egypt and into the desert. They wondered the desert for 40 years until they found the land that God had promised them. Joshua led the Hebrews to take over the land from the people who lived there before the Hebrews were
“He told me that it didn’t matter whether or not walls of Jericho existed because the walls stood for the enclosures people built around there hearts when they shut out God.”
His first act as leader was to send spies to Jericho to look at their defenses. Once in Jericho, the spies were hidden from the King’s men by Rahab atop her roof. Once they returned to Joshua, they told him that conquering the city was possible. Joshua and the people of Israel would cross the Jordan River and march for Jericho. Once at the Jordan River, the priests were directed to carry the Ark to the brink of the water. As soon as their feet touched the waters, they parted and the Israelites walked across on dry land. After crossing the Jordan, they erected an altar at Gilgal of twelve stones (one for each tribe) from the bed of the river. Once at Jericho, the Israelites were instructed to march around the city for seven days. On day seven, they marched seven times around the city and then gave a mighty shout. The city wall fell down in their places. Only Rahab and her household were spared. A command was sent out that the whole spoil of Jericho was to go the
1-6). They were sent home with many possessions by Joshua (v. 7-9). When the Transjordan tribes returned, they erected a grandiose altar by the Jordan River (v. 10). The other nine-and-a-half tribes heard about it, and assumed that they had turned away from God (v. 11). Israel then decided to wage a war against them because of their perceived apostasy (v. 12-15).
After the victory, the Promised Land was officially the Israelites' land for the taking. Joshua later led several other victories for the Israelites before he died in the year 1245 BC. Thanks to him, the Israelites now could peacefully live in the Holy Land. If he had not obeyed God, the Promise Land would still be in the hands of the wrong people for another long forty years. His obedience is later referenced in the book of 1 Samuel. "To obey is better than sacrifice." (“15:22”) Joshua clearly knew this, which lead to all of his
Passover is based on the story in Exodus. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt then Moses led them out of Egypt after the last plague. The night before, Jewish people rapidly prepared to leave. They sacrificed a lamb and put blood on their doors to protect them. They also made unleavened bread because they did not have time for it to rise. Moses led them safely out of Egypt, where they were freed from slavery and developed their new identity as a nation. Passover is centered around the story of Exodus. Thus, Passover celebrates the liberation of the Israelites and the birth of their independent
Subsequently, in the books of Joshua and Judges the authors capture the tribulations of the Israelites in their attempts to conquer the Promised Land (Tullock & McEntire, 2012, p. 96). Additionally, in the first twelve chapters of the book of Joshua exhibit a decisive conquest through the entirety of the land of Canaan, which provides the initial impression of a seamless transition between the work of Moses and the leadership of Joshua (Tullock & McEntire,
The OEC had committed the sin of Achan (Joshua 7), an Israelite of the clan of Zerah who had participated in the assault on Jericho. After the battle, the Lord instructed Joshua to burn everything in the city that belonged to the people of Jericho except for the silver and gold. Joshua then brought these things to the House of the Lord. Joshua, obeyed God in imposing a herem on Jericho, which Achan subsequently violated. He stole a beautiful garment and hid gold and silver under his personal tent. After discovering Achan's thievery, Joshua brought the matter before the twelve tribes of Israel. God declared (7:12) that Israel could not move forward, or have the Lord's help, until Israel judged Achan for his grievous sin.
And according to the Book of Joshua,the Bittle of Jericho is the first battle of the Israelites of their conquest in Canaan.Based from the 6:1-27 of Joshua, the walls of Jericho fell after Joshua's Israelite army marched around of the city blowing their trumpets and the walls of Jericho is