Achan and Adam and Eve
Joshua and Paul
The Peoples of the Old Testament
Joshua mentioned seven tribes that the Israelites found living in Canaan at the time of the conquest (Josh. 24:11). The table below summarizes who these groups were, as well as some of the other peoples mentioned in the Old Testament.
A. ENTERING THE PROMISED LAND (1:1-5:12)
Joshua leads the nation
Crossing the Jordan
B. CONQUERING THE PROMISED LAND (5:13-12:24)
Joshua attacks the center of the land
Joshua attacks the southern kings
Joshua attacks the northern kings
Summary of conquests
C. DIVIDING THE PROMISED LAND (13:1-24:33)
The tribes receive their land
Special cities are set aside
Eastern tribes return home
Joshua's farewell to Israel
Joshua demonstrated his faith in God as he took up the challenge to lead the nation. The Israelites reaffirmed their commitment to Gob by obediently setting out across the Jordan River to possess the land. Ass we live the Christian life, we need to cross over from the old life to the new, put off our selfish desires, and press on to possess all God has planned for us. Like Joshua and Israel, we need courageous faith to live the new life.
Joshua and his army moved from city to city, cleansing the land of its wickedness by destroying every trace of idol worship. Conflict with evils is inevitable, and we should be as merciless as Israel in destroying sin our lives.
Joshua urged the Israelites to continue to follow the Lord and worship him alone. The people had seen God deliver them from many enemies and miraculously provide for all their needs, but they were prone to wander from the Lord. Even though we may have experienced God at work in our lives, we, too, must continually renew our commitment obey him above all other authority and to worship him alone.