The Five Amorite Kings: Part 1 (Joshua 10:1 – 15)

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Joshua 10:1 – 15

Questions:

1. As a teenager, did you ever do something risky to defend a friend? What was it?

2. If you could save one day of your life in a bottle to live over and over, what day would it be?

3. If you had a 30-hour day at your disposal tomorrow, how would you spend it?

4. How does the Lord encourage Joshua in his attack? Where have you heard similar words in the book of Joshua so far?

5. Where else does the Lord help the Israelites in the battle? Can you think of possible explanations for the miracle in verse 13?

6. Who was actually responsible for Israel’s victory? Why is this important in the story?

7. Who in your spiritual community do you feel you could call on for help in a tough spot?

8. What are you doing now that you wish God would give you more time to accomplish?

9. If more time is not available (but more workers would get the job done), is there a way your spiritual community can help you?

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The Gibeonite Deception (Joshua 9)

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Joshua 9

Questions:

1. What was your favorite costume as a child? Why that one?

2. Have you ever bought something that later turned out to be a lemon? How did you feel?

3. Why do you suppose the ruse by the people of Gibeon worked?

4. What was the significance of the Israelites sampling, but not inquiring (verse 14)?

5. Have you made an important decision in your life without inquiring of the Lord? What was the result?

6. Have you ever made a promise which later turned out to be difficult or unpopular to keep? What happened?

7. As a fearful and accursed Gibeonite, would you have fought for your freedom? Or would you have submitted to perpetual slavery? Why?

8. In regard to Question #7, what does your answer say about your fighting style in general? Do you readily accept (or usually resist) authority imposed on you? Does it depend on who is doing the imposing? How so?

9. Strategy was important for Joshua. What does that say about the use of strategy in planning your life? In doing God’s work?

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Ai Destroyed (Joshua 8)

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Joshua 8

Questions:

1. When have you come up a winner the second time around? What made the difference the second time?

2. What is the “come-from-behind victory” in your life you still remember fondly?

3. What was the final outcome of Israel’s attack on Ai? How important was Joshua’s leadership? In your opinion, how much of the outcome was due to the Lord’s direction and how much was due to human planning and effort?

4. Is there some area of your life now in which you hear the Lord saying, “do not be afraid; do not be discouraged”?

5. Have you ever had an occasion when your own self-confidence led you into danger? What great thing might you attempt now in your life if God assured you of success?

6. Some say, “the only failure is the failure to learn”. Others say, “the only thing you can learn from losing is how to lose”. What would Joshua say in this regard? What would you say?

7. If you had been an Israelite soldier, how would you have felt about killing the women of Ai? Would the experience of Achan in chapter 7 have made it any easier?

8. This question (plus Questions #9 and #10) are in reference to verses 30 – 35. When was the last time your “whole family” gathered together? Where? What for?

9. Why do you think the children and aliens were included in this covenant renewal ceremony?

10. What might it mean for you to “build an altar” to the Lord? What would you offer?

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