Joshua

Joshua (13)

Introduction to Joshua and the Sermon Series

As the Torah concludes in the book of Deuteronomy, the people of Israel are perched by the Jordan River, waiting to enter the land of Canaan. After Moses’ death, God commands Joshua to lead his people forward, to displace the nations and possess what God had prepared. The displacement of the Canaanite nations has nothing to do with Israel’s goodness, but is entirely about two things. First, over four centuries earlier God had promised Abraham that this land would belong to his descendants, and now is the time for him to make good on that promise (Genesis 12-13). Second, the inhabitants of Canaan, a group of tribal peoples, has so degraded themselves and their land, that this act of aggression was for the purpose of judgment and cleansing (Genesis 15:16; 1 Kings 21:26).

Introduction to Joshua and the Sermon Series

As the Torah concludes in the book of Deuteronomy, the people of Israel are perched by the Jordan River, waiting to enter the land of Canaan. After Moses’ death, God commands Joshua to lead his people forward, to displace the nations and possess what God had prepared. The displacement of the Canaanite nations has nothing to do with Israel’s goodness, but is entirely about two things. First, over four centuries earlier God had promised Abraham that this land would belong to his descendants, and now is the time for him to make good on that promise (Genesis 12-13). Second, the inhabitants of Canaan, a group of tribal peoples, has so degraded themselves and their land, that this act of aggression was for the purpose of judgment and cleansing (Genesis 15:16; 1 Kings 21:26).

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