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Today’s Lesson might be an example of Bible hermeneutics, the study and practice of “interpretation.” From Joshua 22, next in line in our short journey through this key Old Testament Book of history. I’d like to ask each of you to read the entire chapter (all 34 verses) when you can. It tells a story. […]
“And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of […]
Concerning the Levites, when they asked Joshua for places to live: … “The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle. And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities […]
Sunset last night, just before the Revival Service! I’m writing you at 5:42 am this morning. With well over an eight hour drive ahead of us! But at the same time I am thrilled over the Word of God! Pray for us today, please. By the way … On the way to Church each night, […]
As we transition from Joshua chapter 20 to Joshua chapter 21 … we also are shifting from the Book’s shortest chapter (20) to its longest chapter! Yes, chapter 21 has a total of 45 verses! Therefore it must be of significant importance, judging from the Holy Spirit’s “emphasis” placed on its content. Yet still, we are […]
As of last week an Atlanta (Georgia) area radio station has been airing a short segment each day (Monday through Friday) of one of our Bible Study CD Sermons! I realize most of you cannot hear those broadcasts in a local sense … but they are on the Internet as well … live! At 11:30 […]
The remaining three Cities of Refuge are listed today, three of six. (With six in the Bible being the number of lost mankind! Human beings, who sinned against God, were created on the sixth day! The number of the coming anti-Christ is six hundred and sixty and six! And many more instances are available! Lucid […]
Joshua chapter 20, verse 7 begins to name the Cities of Refuge! I maintained in an earlier Lesson that they (clearly) are pictures of our Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s see now. “And they appointed KEDESH in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and SHECHEM in mount Ephraim, and KIRJATHARBA, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah.” […]
Today we see an epochal event in the life of an accidental “manslayer,” one living in a City of Refuge … “until the DEATH of the HIGH PRIEST that shall be in those days.” Joshua 20:6, mid-verse. The erring Jew, protected (but still somewhat incarcerated, unable to leave the city limits of his refuge) by law […]
All of Joshua chapter 20 discusses the Old Testament Cities of Refuge. A man who had accidentally killed someone could find safety within the walls of that place, that city, free from the fear of reprisal from some angry family member of the deceased. Of course, he had to prove his innocence! That he was not […]
I am amazed at this Bible concept known as the “Cities of Refuge.” Today’s Verse adds to the beauty of the whole arrangement, in fact. “And if the avenger of blood pursue after him, then they shall not deliver the slayer up into his hand; because he smote his neighbour unwittingly, and hated him not […]
Specific directions are often given by the Lord concerning legal procedures, in the Old Testament particularly. Much of it, after all, is the “guidebook” for the Nation of Israel, legislatively speaking. In fact, whole chapters of the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy) are given to areas of “civil law!” And Joshua chapter 20 fits into that […]
Why these (six) Cities of Refuge? One reason: “That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.” Joshua 20:3, today’s Text. They have something to do with “killers!” But not cold-blooded (with forethought and malice) “murderers!” (There is no doubt […]
Today we begin two or three lessons (at least) focusing on Joshua chapter 20. Best I can tell (with just a quick look) it is the shortest chapter (only 9 verses) in the whole Book, which has a total of 24 chapters. (If you count the verses, 658 in all.) Interesting note: Joshua chapter 16 […]
Joshua chapter 19 concludes: “These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” Verse 51 of […]
A massive project, though a small land area. Dividing to each Tribe of Israel their respective territories. How was it to be done? Joshua 18: 10 gives an example. “And Joshua CAST LOTS for them in Shiloh before the LORD: and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions.” […]
Pastor Tim Fluty (of the Garrison Creek Baptist Church in Connersville, Indiana) owns this 1613 King James Version Bible. I asked him last night after the Revival Service if I could “hold” this little treasure in my hands! The Edition above is the first King James Bible ever printed in this smaller “quarto” size! Most […]
Watch this Text: “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them. And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance. And Joshua said unto the children […]
Normally this morning I would have written a Lesson from Joshua 17:14-18. Discussing the behaviour of the Tribe of Joseph, both negatively and positively. But years ago here on the Website I did such a study. It is still available on our “Archive” Page. Or you can use a search engine (I just did) looking […]
The 16th chapter of Joshua concerns the children of Joseph, the land they were to be given. God decided such matters in ancient Israel. Of course the Tribe of Joseph basically consisted of his two son, Manasseh and Ephraim. In only 10 verses their “real estate” holdings are described. But notice the last two verses […]
The fifteenth chapter of the Book of Joshua is filled with geography, nearly 100% so! The Tribe of Judah is being given his inheritance in the Land of Canaan. A gift from God to those people, I might add. The people of the Old Testament often inherited Land (or crops or good health) as part […]
As a young Pastor/Evangelist I preached about today’s “hero” dozens of times! Caleb, “who wholly followed the Lord.” Joshua 14:6-14 tells his story, at least as far as his “inheritance” is concerned. “Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and CALEB the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest […]
Having conquered the “whole land,” according to Joshua 11:23 (“So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.”) … we now learn (in a very sad Passage) that […]
Joshua chapter 12 is the mid-point of the Book. Yes, it contains 24 chapters. And it, chapter 12, is pure history! The scoffers would wrongly say, “pure legend!” It’s almost as if Joshua kept a daily “journal!” Each battle, just as well say, each victory is precisely recorded. Or at least listed! As in verse 1: […]
We’ve finally arrived at the last verse of Joshua chapter 11. Five Lessons from that “pericope” of Scripture, but critically important to understanding the history of ancient Israel. And verse 23 is a summary statement, for sure. Almost a biography! One of the most astounding lives ever lived, in fact. (Of course Joshua is a […]

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