Sometimes reading the Old Testament is difficult because it is so far away and so different from today. But other times, we see in the struggles of Israel and actions of God experiences that mirror (or even foreshadow) our own. On Sunday, that was certainly the case, as finished the first half of Joshua.
In Joshua 11–12 we found the conclusion of Joshua’s conquest of Canaan. And in these two chapters we saw five portraits of war that provide us with five principles for life.
Importantly, these principles are not just for life in general, but for life in a fallen and embattled world. Truly, our lives are enmeshed in a spiritual battle and Joshua 11–12 helps us see how to fight the fight of faith. You can find the sermon here and response questions and additional resources below.
Soli Deo Gloria, ds
- How is the gathering of armies in verses 1-5 different from what Israel has faced previously? How does God counsel Joshua? (v. 6)
- What is significant about Moses’ command? (11:12–15)
- How should we understand this battle in light of God’s sovereignty? (11:20)
- What does this battle (chapter 11) and these victories (chapter 12) teach us about the Lord?
- What truths and attributes of God do you observe in this narrative?
- How ought we to respond to these truths?
- The Last Battle: 10 Things About Joshua 11–12
- The Strength That God’s Sovereignty Supplies and the Judgment God’s Sovereignty Justifies
On Spiritual Warfare