Choose you this day whom you will serve, whether it be the gods of your fathers on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites; b
ut as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord....
Joshua 24:15

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            Joshua,  son of Nun                                                                           This is a true story!
   Remember the story about Aaron and Hur having to hold up Moses arms so the Israelites could be successful in battle against the Amalekites at Rephidim.  Well, JOSHUA was the man leading the battle.  

     JOSHUA was the minister of Moses and he went with Moses part way up Mt. Sinai each time Moses went to get the 10 commandments.

     JOSHUA was one of the 12 men who spied out the land of Canaan.  This was country where the children of Anak lived; they were very big people like Goliath.  The spies were instructed by Moses to walk through the land for 40 days and to see if the land was good and to bring back some of the fruit of the land.

     Well, the land was good!  And the fruit was HUGE, just like the people that lived there.  It took two men just to carry one cluster of grapes back home!

     But because the inhabitants of the land were big and strong looking, the ten other spies reported to Moses and the people that they 'should not go there'.   The ten spies said that the inhabitants were SO BIG that the spies looked like grasshoppers compared to them.

     But JOSHUA and Caleb said, "Yes, we should go up and possess the land, NOW; for we are well able to take it."

     But the people believed the 10 spies and began to organize a trip back to Egypt.  (How stupid would that be for the Israelites to go back to a land of people that made them slaves; instead of having faith that God would help them overcome the Anakites and the Jebusites and the Amalekites and the Hittites and Amorites.) that is kind of fun to say!

     The people were ready to take stones and stone JOSHUA and Caleb to death.  There was a lot of screaming back and forth:
                            Yes, we should go! 
                                  No we should not go!

     Finally, God had had enough!  He told Moses that he was ready to kill every one of the Israelites and make another nation that would be even greater.  But, Moses begged God to forgive the people.  Moses said, "The Egyptians will hear about it and will make fun of you, saying that you could not deliver the Israelites."

     So God decided to prevent the men of war (20 years old and up) from entering the promised land because of their unbelief and lack of faith in a God that had already showed them so many signs.  Only JOSHUA and Caleb would get to enter the promised land because they wholly followed the Lord.  This is when God decided that the Israelites would wander in the wilderness for 40 years waiting for the 'men of war' to die.

The people shouted and the walls fell down flat!
You gotta read this!           Joshua 10:11-15
the great battle against the Amorites where God threw large stones and the sun and moon stood still!!!!!
Joshua was of the tribe of Ephraim

Joshua wrote on stone ALL the laws of Moses and read them to the Israelites.

Joshua died when he was 110 years old.

In this quiz you try to answer the question before the answer is shown to you.  You have 8 seconds after the question is revealed before the answer is revealed.  Then in another 3 seconds, you will see another question.





The Walls of Jericho Fall Down Flat
as we start the book of JOSHUA, the first book after the 5 books of Moses, we read:

Moses is dead, now.          JOSHUA is the next leader.         God has told JOSHUA to 'be strong and of good courage'.
In 3 days, the Israelites will cross over the Jordan and began to conquer all the lands that God has promised them.

And so it was that Joshua instructed the children of Israel to follow the priests who carried the ark of the covenant.
When the priests' feet stepped into the River Jordan, the waters dried up so that everyone could pass over to the other side.
Besides women and children and men not able to fight, there were 40,000 fighting men that crossed the Jordan that day.
JOSHUA had picked 12 men (one from each tribe) to pick up a stone out of the Jordan where the priests' feet had been.
These were big stones that the men had to hoist up onto their shoulder.
They stacked the stones up at Gilgal where they made camp.
JOSHUA told the Israelites that whenever their children asked them, "Why are these stones here?", to tell them that God led them through the Jordan on dry ground so that all the world would know that God is mighty and that He is to be feared.




The city of Jericho had all its gates shut and locked and all its windows shut and locked because they greatly feared the Israelites.  They had heard a lot about them!

On the first day, the Israelites marched around Jericho once (the armed men leading the way, with seven priests blowing trumpets made from rams horns after them, then the ark of the covenant, then the people).  Then they went back to their camp at Gilgal.  The second day, they marched around the city once.  For six days, the Israelites marched around the city once with the priests blowing their trumpets.  (I wonder what the people inside the city thought by now!)

On the seventh day, the Israelites had to start very early, because today, they would march around Jericho seven times.
After the seventh trip around the city, the priests blew the trumpets and the people shouted with a loud shout and the walls of Jericho fell down flat!


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