The Kids Are Here!

Dan DeGraff

READ : Joshua 24:1-33 But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (v. 15) As we come to the end of Joshua, we find the leader of God’s people calling them together one final time at Shechem. Joshua invited them to refocus and renew their vows with God. Like Moses, Joshua rehearsed their history as the people of God. The beginning of their story was rooted in God’s call to Abraham 600 years before. God led …

Blessings and Curses

Dan DeGraff

READ : Joshua 23:1-16 So the Lord will bring upon you all the evil things. (v. 15) God made this group of former slaves without an identity his people, and made them a new nation. In response, he required the Israelites to show they loved and obeyed him, but ultimately he delivered his promises in ways only he could. As Joshua gathered all the people to say farewell, he reminded them that God was a promise keeper of so many …

Don’t Let the Boundary Fool You

Dan DeGraff

READ : Joshua 22:1-34 Behold, the copy of the altar of the Lord . . . to be a witness between us and you. (v. 28) At the beginning of Joshua, the Jordan was a major boundary Israel needed to cross to take the land where nine and a half tribes would make their new home. Once the west was won, the other Israelite tribes could return to the land east of the river God had already approved for them. …

Finding Rest

Dan DeGraff

READ : Joshua 14:1-15; 21:43-45 And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. (21:44) Wars had been fought. Kings were conquered. Boundaries for the new territories of each tribe had been defined. Cities were distributed. Finally, God’s people were able to rest. The rest Joshua described was not just a time for the Israelites to renew energy. They were able to settle into their new homes in peace. They no longer …

Unfinished Business

Dan DeGraff

READ : Joshua 13:1-7 I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. (v. 6) Israel’s conquest of Canaan was not a quick undertaking. Joshua 9–11 details how the Israelites defeated 31 kings, but now we find Joshua “old and advanced in years,” and yet there remained “very much land to possess” (13:1). God had promised his people they would possess every place where they walked, but their leader could no longer go on. God assured him …

Natural Resources

Dan DeGraff

READ : Joshua 8:30-35 At that time Joshua built an altar to the Lord . . . an altar of uncut stones. (vv. 30-31) It’s an amazing experience to come across something no one has ever touched. Whether you live in the concrete jungle of a city or in the country, where every acre is used to raise livestock or crops, there are few places where human hands have not altered the landscape. Before passing away, Moses had instructed Joshua …