Joshua Lesson 16

Dividing the Promised Land and Claiming the Inheritance

Joshua Chapters 15-18

1.    To add to the discussion of this lesson, I suggest that group leader find a map of how the Promised Land was settled by tribe.
2.    In Joshua 15- 18, Joshua was dealing with likes and dislikes, differences among the tribes regarding what land they were getting, and where and how much land. In some instances, it clearly appears that Joshua needed to prod the Israelites to get on with the task of occupying their assigned lands, and thus claiming their inheritance.  Some of this may have been due to war weariness and perhaps some of the tribes had become accustomed to the nomadic lifestyle, as they had been at it for about 50 years.
3.    In Chapter 15, verses 13 thru 19, Joshua allotted the land (as directed by God) for Caleb, his fellow spy from almost 50 years prior. This is also another clear indicator that God remembers and honors His promises.
4.    Also, take note that Caleb followed through in defeating those who remained in the area he had been allotted, and as directed by God through Joshua.
    Q1.  Discuss the importance of honoring our word to our families and others.  Discuss what, in the marriage vows, are based on keeping your commitments and honoring your word.
5.    In Joshua 17, two tribes lodged a concern about where and how much land they were being given. Joshua was able to resolve this issue with some reasoning and wise logic. This raises a teachable point about the need for wise leadership in our families and in the church.
    Q2.  What are the characteristics of Joshua’s leadership that you have noted, and which of these qualities have application for us today?  
6.  In Chapter 18, we see the issue of tribes not possessing the land they had been given.  Joshua moved        ahead and established the manner in which this was to be done, and directed them to “get on with it”! I believe this has some learning applications, for us and the church today. 
    Q3.  Look at John 15:9-11 and discuss whether we have the joy God wants for each of us to experience in Christ (and in the church).  If not, why don’t we? 
        a. Consider whether, individually, we are experiencing the joy in our faith that God intended. Ask yourself, “Am I keeping His commandments?”
        b. Joshua was able to carry out the will of God, for the children of Israel, because he knew Him intimately and kept His commandments.
    Q4.  God expects us to “know Him” as explained in Phil 3:9-10.  Do we?  What is involved in knowing Him, which is mentioned in this passage?

7.    God wants us to recognize that we have an inheritance, as Christians.  (Eph. 1:11. Colossians 3:23, 24 and Hebrews 9:15)  Our inheritance is:  HEAVEN and ETERNAL LIFE.  It is the culmination of all God has promised us.  In closing this lesson, let’s review what we are, or need to be, doing (not to earn this inheritance), but as Christians on the way to receiving our inheritance. 
    a. Jesus is real to us.  We belong to Him and He is a constant part of our daily lives.
    b. The Bible is being read regularly. We are told to read, memorize and meditate on it regularly. (Josh. 1:8; Psalm 119:11)
    c. We are gathering regularly with the saints.  Church attendance and participation is a regular part of our routine.  (Psalm 133:1)
    d. We have and want to possess a happy life. (I Peter 4:7-9; Prov. 29:18)
    Q5. If there is not joy in our daily lives, discuss as a group what the problem may be. (Coll. 3:12, 13)

    Q6. Can we be obedient to God, and not be an encourager of others, show mercy, serve etc.?

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