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Commander Joshua

Joshua obeys God to take Jericho.
Contributed by YoMinistry
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Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, ‘Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.’ Joshua 1:1-2 (NASB) – Slide 1
The Lord told Joshua: ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:6-7 (NASB) – Slide 2
Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, ‘Go, view the land, especially Jericho.’ So they went and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Rahab, and lodged there. Joshua 2:1 (NASB) – Slide 3
The king of Jericho, was told, ‘Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.’ And the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab, saying, ‘Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.’ Joshua 2:2-3 (NASB) – Slide 4
But Rahab had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, ‘Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. It came about when it was time to shut the gate at dark, that the men went out; I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.’ Joshua 2:4-5 (NASB) – Slide 5
But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them in the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof... Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, and said to the men, ‘I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you.’ Joshua 2:6,8-9 (NASB) – Slide 6
‘Now therefore, please swear to me by the Lord, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth.’ <br/>So the men said to her, ‘Our life for yours if you do not tell this business of ours; and it shall come about when the Lord gives us the land that we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.’ Joshua 2:12,14 (NASB) – Slide 7
Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall. Joshua 2:15 (NASB). <br/>The men told her to tie a scarlet thread on that same window and at the time of invasion gather her family in her home and they would not injure anyone there. Joshua 2:17-21 – Slide 8
The two spies reported back to Joshua and said: ‘Surely the Lord has given all the land into our hands; moreover, all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before us.’ Joshua 2:24b (NASB). Joshua rose early the next morning and led the people close to the Jordan River. Joshua 3:1 – Slide 9
Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’ And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, ‘Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people.’ Joshua 3:5-6 (NASB) – Slide 10
This time of year the Jordan was deep and wide. It was overflowing its banks. When the priests who were carrying the ark dipped their feet into the edge of the water God caused the water to stop flowing upstream. The Priest carried the Ark to the middle of the river on dry ground. Joshua 3:14-16 – Slide 11
And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.” Joshua 3:17 (NASB) <br/>Now they were on the same side of the river as the city of Jericho. – Slide 12
God told Joshua; ‘Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, and command them, saying, “Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in the lodging place where you will lodge tonight.”’ Joshua 4: 2-3 (NASB) – Slide 13
When your children ask later, saying, “What do these stones mean to you?” then you shall say to them, “Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:6b-7 (NASB) – Slide 14
Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us or for our adversaries?’ <br/>He said, ‘No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.’ Joshua 5:13-14a (NASB) – Slide 15
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, ‘What has my lord to say to his servant?’ <br/>The captain of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, ‘Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so. Joshua 5:14B-15. (NASB) – Slide 16
The Lord said to Joshua, ‘See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors...’ Joshua 6:2 (NASB) The Lord then proceeded to tell Joshua how to defeat Jericho. Joshua 6 – Slide 17
After the battle they burned the city and cursed anyone that would try to re-build it. ‘However, Rahab the harlot and her father’s household and all she had, Joshua spared; and she has lived in the midst of Israel to this day, for she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.’ Joshua 6:25 (NASB) – Slide 18
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