Know Your Bible – January 31, 2015

Joshua

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Joshua leads a successful military campaign to clear idol-worshipping people – Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites – from the land.  At one point, God answers Joshua’s prayer to make the sun stand still, allowing more time to complete a battle (10:1-15).

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Know Your Bible – January 30, 2015

Joshua

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With Moses and an entire generation of disobedient Israelites dead, God tells Joshua to lead the people into Canaan, their promised land.  In Jericho, the city that is their first major obstacle, the prostitute Rahab helps Israelite spies and earns protection from the destruction of the city:God knocks its walls flat as Joshua’s army marches outside, blowing trumpets and shouting.

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Know Your Bible – January 28, 2015

Deuteronomy

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The New Testament quotes from Deuteronomy dozens of times, including three from the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness in Matthew 4:1-11.  The Lord defeated Satan by restating Deuteronomy 8:3 (“Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”); 6:16 (“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”); and 6:13 (“Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve”).

The Ten Commandments, also found in Exodus 20, are restated in Deuteronomy 5.

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Know Your Bible – January 26, 2015

Deuteronomy

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The invasion of Canaan will occur under Joshua, as Moses will only see the Promised Land from Mount Nebo.  “So Moses the servant of the Lord died there….  And he [God] buried him in a valley in the land of Moab…but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day” (34:5-6).  Moses was120 years old.

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Know Your Bible – January 25, 2015

Deuteronomy

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With a name meaning “second law”, Deuteronomy records Moses’ final words as the Israelites prepare to enter the Promised Land.  Forty years have passed since God handed down His laws on Mount Sinai, and the entire generation that experienced that momentous event has died. So Moses reminds the new generation both of God’s commands and of their national history as they ready their entry into Canaan.

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