Old Testament
Lesson 18
“Be Strong and of a Good Courage”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to be strong and courageous in living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Scripture references for study:  Joshua 1–6; Joshua 23–24
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Lesson 18 Handout (PDF format)


Moses To Joshua

  1. READ DEUTERONOMY 34:1-6. Moses leaves the people and is buried by the Lord.
  2. READ DEUTERONOMY 34:9. Joshua assumes the prophetic calling and leads Israel.
  3. WHAT CHALLENGES DID JOSHUA FACE WHEN THE LORD CALLED HIM TO SUCCEED MOSES IN LEADING THE ISRAELITES?
  4. READ JOSHUA 1:1-2, 5, 7-9. The Lord instructs Joshua to continue in the path of Moses.

Crossing The Jordan & The Conquest of Jericho

  1. WHERE IS THE LAND OF CANAAN?
  2. WHO WERE THE CANAANITES?
  3. Instructions to Israel.
  4. Spies Sent to Jericho - Joshua 2.
  5. Israel crosses the Jordan - Joshua 3 & 4.
  6. READ JOSHUA 4:14. Joshua magnified before the people. Feared as Moses.
  7. Preparation For War & The Conquest of Jericho - Joshua 5 & 6.
  8. Conquering the City of Ai - Joshua 7 & 8

Joshua's Final Exhortation to Israel - Joshua 23 & 24

  1. Joshua warned the people of the things that would pollute Israel (Joshua 23:7-12).
  2. READ JOSHUA 24:14-15.  Choose ye this day.
  3. Commentary on Joshua's discourse:
  4. READ JOSHUA 24:28-30.  Joshua dies.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. Ancient Israel was required to fight to gain their inheritance. They were successful because they followed the prophet Joshua and obeyed the commandments of the Lord, even when the commandments seemed unbelievable, as with Jericho. We, too, are in a battle, but ours is a battle for an eternal inheritance. We can be successful, as was ancient Israel, if we heed the words of the Lord to his servants and make a choice to "serve the Lord."
  2. Record your thoughts on Joshua and the entrance of Israel into the promised land. What challenges did they face? How did they fail and how were the successful? What are your thoughts on Joshua's final counsel to his people?


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