The Book Of Joshua

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The Book Of Joshua & Ruth Essay, Research Paper The Book of Joshua Chapter 1 The book begins with the history, not of Joshua?s life (many remarkable passages of that we had before in the books of Moses) but of his reign and government. In this chapter, I. God appoints him to the government in the stead of Moses, gives him an ample commission, full instructions, and great encouragements (v. 1-9). II. He accepts the government, and addresses himself immediately to the business of it, giving orders to the officers of the people in general (v. 10, 11) and particularly to the two tribes and a half (v. 12?15). III. The people agree to it, and take an oath of fealty to him (v. 16?18). A reign which thus began with God could not but be honourable to the prince and comfortable to

the subject. The last words of Moses are still verified, “Happy art thou, O Israel! Who is like unto thee, O people??? Deu. 33:29. Chapter 2 In this chapter we have an account of the scouts that were employed to bring an account to Joshua of the posture of the city of Jericho. Observe here, I. How Joshua sent them (v. 1). II. How Rahab received them, and protected them, and told a lie for them (v. 2-7), so that they escaped out of the hands of the enemy. III. The account she gave them of the present posture of Jericho, and the panic-fear they were struck with upon the approach of Israel (v. 8?11). IV. The bargain she made with them for the security of herself and her relations in the ruin she saw coming upon her city (v. 12?21). V. Their safe return to Joshua, and the account

they gave him of their expedition (v. 22?24). And that which makes this story most remarkable is that Rahab, the person principally concerned in it, is twice celebrated in the New Testament as a great believer (Heb. 11:31) and as one whose faith proved itself by good works, James 2:25. Chapter 3 This chapter, and that which follows it, give us the history of Israel?s passing through Jordan into Canaan, and a very memorable history it is. Long afterwards, they are told to remember what God did for them between Shittim (whence they decamped, v. 1). and Gilgal, where they next pitched, ch. 4:19, Mic. 6:5, that they might know the righteousness of the Lord. By Joshua?s order they marched up to the river?s side (v. 1), and then almighty power led them through it. They passed through

the Red Sea unexpectedly, and in their flight by night, but they have notice some time before of their passing through Jordan, and their expectations raised. I. The people are directed to follow the ark (v. 2-4). II. They are commanded to sanctify themselves (v. 5). III. The priests with the ark are ordered to lead the van (v. 6). IV. Joshua is magnified and made commander in chief (v. 7, 8). V. Public notice is given of what God is about to do for them (v. 9?13). IV. The thing is done, Jordan is divided, and Israel brought safely through it (v. 14?17). This was the Lord?s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Chapter 4 This chapter gives a further account of the miraculous passage of Israel through Jordan. I. The provision that was made at that time to preserve the memorial

of it, by twelve stones set up in Jordan (v. 9) and other twelve stones taken up out of Jordan (v. 1-8). II. The march of the people through Jordan?s channel, the two tribes first, then all the people, and the priests that bore the ark last (v. 10?14). III. The closing of the waters again upon their coming up with the ark (v. 15?19). IV. The erecting of the monument in Gilgal, to preserve the remembrance of this work of wonder to posterity (v. 20?24). Chapter 5 Israel have now got over Jordan, and the waters which had opened before them, to favour their march forward, are closed again behind them, to forbid their retreat backward. They have now got footing in Canaan, and must apply themselves to the conquest of it, in order to which this chapter tells us, I. How their enemies