The Time of the Judges

After the exciting stories of Moses and Joshua comes a less attractive period in Israel’s history.  Tomorrow at Explore we look at the time of the Judges.  Samson and others were chosen as Judges to govern the people for four hundred rebellious years.

What keeps you believing, even though many people around you today do not?

Today at Explore: I Can’t Make it Happen

The Bible verses that Colin used today were:

Some people think they are doing right, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25

This is what the Lord says:

“The wise must not brag about their wisdom.
The strong must not brag about their strength.
The rich must not brag about their money.
But if people want to brag, let them brag
that they understand and know me.
Let them brag that I am the Lord,
and that I am kind and fair,
and that I do things that are right on earth.
This kind of bragging pleases me,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23-4

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The Battle of Jericho: A miraculous conquest of a City

On the eve of the Battle of Jericho, Joshua needed to be reassured, and this happened.  But it also took great faith on Joshua’s part and his army’s to carry out God’s strange instructions.  God chose to give the victory in such a way that no one could say it was achieved by their own cunning or courage.

The Canaanites are united in their hatred of the Israelites, but not in their military opposition to them. Primarily, the region is characterized by individual kings, each with his own city and surrounding country. Joshua cuts through the middle section toward the Mediterranean Sea. Having divided the land, he then begins to conquer, from South to North. In about seven years the initial defeat of Canaan is complete (Joshua Chapters 7-12).

Each of the twelve tribes of Israel is given a land area by lottery and is responsible for finalizing dominion over that area. All twelve tribes inhabit their area and take up a relationship of loose federation with the other tribes (Joshua Chapters 13-20).

Tomorrow at Explore: Jordan, a miraculous parting of the water

After the Exodus, the circumstances were perilous for the Israelites. They had wandered in the wilderness for forty years because of rebellion and unbelief at Kadesh Barnea. Now they were at the banks of the Jordan. Would Israel resolve to forge ahead, or would they shrink from the circumstances as their fathers had done?

After the death of Israel’s great leader, Moses, God handpicks Joshua to succeed him. The task of rallying and leading the people falls to Joshua. Would the people galvanise behind Joshua? Or would they refuse his leadership? The Israelites faced a critical fork in the road.

Joshua’s first challenge is to cross the Jordan River at flood. God commands him to prepare the nation for a ceremonial procession and to begin walking, priests first, toward the Jordan River. When the priests touched water, God would part the water for them. (This is the second miraculous “parting of water” that God performed for Israel. The first was the parting of the Red Sea.) The people respond, and God parts the Jordan River for a distance of about twenty miles. They cross without incident, and the water begins flowing again.

Then Joshua told the people, “Make yourselves holy, because tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

What was Joshua preparing God’s people for tomorrow?

Find out at Explore tomorrow!