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I have slept late! A rarity, indeed. And today we must drive (have the privilege of driving, really) to the South Carolina Coast (Conway area) to preach a Revival Meeting. For those reasons … A Lesson today is impossible! Maybe later this evening, after we arrive. I hope ya’ll understand. — Dr. Mike Bagwell
Here’s today’s verse … “Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.” Joshua 11:18 Talk about an ocean in a thimble! This one line Sentence of Scripture says a lot! (I heard a scientist, an astronomer, this week tell of a now observable, imploding star … called a supernova … where a single […]
What a testimony! “As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.” Joshua 11:15 Oh, how sadly the trajectory of Scripture is littered with lives, characters, who spiritually shipwrecked. One after another, from Adam onward! So Joshua […]
Israel, her army, with the Hand of the Lord aiding them, has now conquered the southern half of Canaan, her “promised land” indeed! But no sooner had that feat been negotiated, and … “And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, […]
It’s often called the “Southern Campaign.” Joshua and the army of Israel “talking” the Land promised them long ago. Claiming it, based on God’s infallible word to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob! For instance: “In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given THIS LAND, from […]
The Lord has given Israel (yet another) victory! Using both meteorology and astronomy to do so, I might add! (Huge hailstones and lengthened days!) And the army of Israel returns to camp, Joshua 10:21 adds an interesting note. “And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: NONE MOVED HIS […]
It certainly was a miracle, of almost “unbelievable” proportions! One of the most astounding in the entire Old Testament, maybe the entire Bible! Yet we Christians accept it as 100% True, knowing the Faithfulness and Veracity and Power of Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father! Here’s the Text: “Then spake Joshua to the LORD in […]
Let’s see. I want to name the battles Israel has fought thus far, in the Book of Joshua I mean. Jericho! Then little Ai fell next, but only after a second attack! But now, in chapter 10 of Joshua, it’s almost as if God “spurs” Israel further into war by causing (allowing) a coalition (confederacy) […]
War! That’s the only way to describe the event portrayed in today’s Text, Joshua 10:1-5. “Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and […]
Israel has a problem. There is a “enemy” in the Camp! The “Gibeonites,” as we have studied for several days, had “tricked” the Jews into a peace treaty! One could almost observe and be right: “SIN in the CAMP!” And there’s little that could have been done about it, about them, those lying Gibeonites! So, […]
The Jews, under Joshua’s leadership, have just made an unwise peace treaty with the Gibeonites. A heathen people who lied to Joshua about their identity, in order to be spared the edge of Israel’s (very sharp) sword. But soon the Israeli army learned that they had promised safety to a group of cursed Canaanites! Should […]
Seems like there have been a lot of them lately, travel days. But I am excited! I’ll leave the motel room here in Jacksonville (Florida) in an hour or so, return the rental car at the airport, and look for my American Airlines gate! This morning I have to connect in Charlotte … in route to […]
I might call today’s Lesson something like this: “The Occasional Value of WAITING!” And our thought still centers on the 9th chapter of Joshua. Yes, the story of the Gibeonites and the way they deceived Joshua and the Jews. (A massive amount of Bible Literature exists on this event, nearly every commentary on the book […]
A full plane, early this morning from Chattanooga to Charlotte! And as nearly always, I was in the rear, but I did get my window seat! Yes, before dawn this morning we were up … driving to the Chattanooga Airport! Where I caught a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina … connecting to Jacksonville, Florida. To […]
Joshua chapter 9 … records one of the most deceptive plots ever employed upon Israel. A tribal people, the Gibeonites (who were wicked Canaanites slated for destruction) were also known as Hivites, according to verse 7 of our chapter. See Exodus 34:11 for God’s “will” concerning these people: “Observe thou that which I command thee […]
Reading the Word of God! How important that single activity is in the life of a Believer! “Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, […]
I noticed this earlier today, just reading Joshua chapters 7 and 8. Israel had just been defeated in battle, a rarity indeed! Thirty-six soldiers, Jews, had died in the attack on a little city named Ai. (We later learned such a tragedy was due to “sin” in the camp. A man named Achan had stolen […]
Talk about a “community” mindset! Read these two verses, the next increment in Joshua’s Saga, Holy Spirit inspired! “But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and […]
Israel, now having obeying God in circumcising all the men and boys, and having properly observed the Passover … is ready to march! And the nearest city to be conquered is Jericho, where the two spies of Joshua chapter 2 had been sent. Also where Rahab the harlot lived! God gave Joshua specific marching orders, […]
All of Israel was to march around Jericho, six days in a row! Then on the seventh day … God would cause the City’s wall to fall down “flat!” Well, 99% of it anyway, think of Rahab! But, there were stipulations! In all their circumnavigations … “And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, YE SHALL NOT […]
God kept His Word, His Promise! The wall of Jericho had fallen “flat!” The city had essentially been destroyed. Then … “Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his […]
“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; […]
SOME MAJOR CHANGES … “And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and KEPT THE PASSOVER on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. And they DID EAT OF THE OLD CORN OF THE LAND on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame […]
“And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto […]
The Lord required of all the Jews (the men) a certain physical operation called “circumcision.” It was a “sign” that those dear people belonged to God, were of the seed of Abraham, were in “covenant” with the Almighty. See Genesis 17:10 for proof. But for all the years of wandering, apparently not a single child […]

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