Mobilizing God's People
This is part '5/5' to a study entitled 'Mobilizing God's People' on Joshua 1:10-18. This page has Bible study questions for the whole passage Joshua 1:10-18. A full index is at the bottom.
Success has everything to do with doing God’s will
for it is only there we
fulfill the purpose for our lives and find His full blessing.
THREE KEYS TO SUCCESSFULLY MOBILIZE GOD’S PEOPLE TO DO HIS WILL
A. Communicates God's Will
Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, to possess it.’”
1. Who did Joshua command in verse 1:10?
2. How did he assure that everyone would hear the instructions?
3. What was the message that they were to say to the people in verses 10-11?
4. Although not stated here, do you think it odd that certain areas of preparation were not mentioned such as armor and ammunition or that no extra time was given for training or strategy sessions? Discuss.
5. What is the difference between saying that they are to go in and possess the land and to go in, fight and win? Which did Joshua say? Why?
6. They were not told to conquer the land but simply to possess it. They were to inherit the Promised Land. In other words, they would not be the great conquerors. God would be. He would win. Their part was to trust Him and stay close to Him. This will be clearly seen in the chapters ahead. Share how this principle of trust in and staying close to God is a key to having a victorious Christian life.
B. Demands Total Participation
And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God gives you rest, and will give you this land.’ “Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle shall remain in the land which Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but you shall cross before your brothers in battle array, all your valiant warriors, and shall help them, until the LORD gives your brothers rest, as He gives you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to your own land, and possess that which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”
7. Who did Joshua specially address in 1:12-15?
8. Why did he particularly address them here? See Numbers 32:18-22.
9. What did Joshua particularly say to them in 12-15?
10. How is the principle of sacrifice demonstrated here?
11. What was to be their reward for their faithfulness?
12. Define ‘making a sacrifice’ for someone. Have you seen people make sacrifices that bring benefit to the lives of others? Share. What need do you see around you? Is it possible making a sacrifice is the precise way that God will solve that need?
13. Joshua made a big risk by addressing the 2.5 tribes in this way. It could have been another ‘Kadesh-Barnea’ incident where the people revolted. But his obedience led the way into success. Explain how people often are afraid of carrying out their duties as parents, husbands and leaders because of fear of facing a noncompliant response? What is the result if they regularly do this?
C. Responds With A Clear Commitment
And they answered Joshua, saying, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. “Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you; only may the LORD your God be with you, as He was with Moses. “Anyone who rebels against your command and does not obey your words in all that you command him, shall be put to death; only be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:1, 6-18, NASB).
14. Up to now, Joshua has been doing the talking. He didn’t know how they would respond. How did they respond to the tough mission that Joshua was leading them on?
15. How did they describe how they would obey Joshua’s commands? What are you most impressed by?
16. How did what they said in 1:18 keep them from making compromises or cutting out before the operation was finished?
17. Was it Joshua who said that? What is the difference between Joshua saying verse 18 and the people?
18. What was their one requirement in order for them to fully obey? Was this condition good or bad?
19. How much do you desire for God to be with you in what you do? Is this trust good or bad? Would greater things happen if we trusted the Lord more?
Joshua 1:10-18 General Summary Questions
20. Think through Joshua’s life and his generation. How is it different than the previous generation in the wilderness? How is it different than the generations after it as found in Judges or Kings? What made Joshua’s generation so special? Explain. Are you more like those in Joshua’s time or in those other times? How can your generation be a special generation that God works through?
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