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The Day The Sun Stood Still

Joshua 10:6-14 Possibly the most notable battle in the conquest of the promised land was the battle to save the Gibeonites from the five Amorite kings that was fought in the valley of Aijalon. What was remarkable about this battle was the...

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The Altar of Uncut Stones

From the twelve-stones of Gilgal we move to the altar of uncut stones that Joshua erected as a reminder of the people’s covenant with the Lord. After the two object lessons in obedience/disobedience of Jericho and Ai, Joshua got Israel ready...

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The Fall of A Kingdom 3/3

Elijah introduces himself as one who stood before the God of Israel, indicating his loyalty to God’s ways unlike Ahab who stood before falsehood and deception, whose only true gods were Baal and his own predilections. Firing the first...

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The Fall of A Kingdom 2/3

What began as a strategy borne out of political expediency during Jeroboam’s reign had opened the door to the growing corruption of Israel. To be sure, the golden calves of Bethel and Dan, deviant as they were, originally pointed in the...

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The Fall of A Kingdom 1/3

Towards the end of Solomon’s reign, we are told that his heart wandered from the Lord. As a result, the kingdom of Israel would be split with Judah and Benjamin remaining under the rule of Rehoboam, his son. The remaining ten tribes would...

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Twelve Stones

Even as Joshua’s men crossed over the Jordan on dry ground (Josh 4:1), God had some pretty specific instructions for Joshua to perform. He was to appoint twelve men, one from each of the twelve tribes, and they were to go to the river bed...

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Rahab’s Covenant

The opening chapters of Joshua bear striking similarities with the earlier accounts of the Exodus. You see the crossing of the Red Sea paralleled by the crossing of the Jordan. You see the sending of the 12-spies into the promised land by Moses...