This week, I reviewed the book of Joshua, summarizing the content of each chapter and identifying related Book of Mormon passages. The book can be divided into four parts:
- The children of Israel prepare to enter the promised land (chapters 1-5)
- With divine intervention, they conquer various cities in the land of Canaan (chapters 6-12)
- Land is divided among the tribes (13-22)
- Joshua’s final words (23-24)
Here is what I learned:
|Chapter||Summary||Related Book of Mormon passage(s)|
|1||God’s counsel to Joshua||2 Nephi 24:1-3 – God will give Israel rest|
|2||Rahab protects the Israelite spies||1 Nephi 17:32-35 – God cursed the land against its current inhabitants|
|3||Crossing the Jordan River|
|4||The twelve stones|
|5||Preparation to enter the promised land||Mosiah 7:19 – God fed Israel with manna|
|6||The battle of Jericho|
|7||The valley of Achor (Achan’s transgression)||Alma 53:9 – The people were in danger because of iniquity among them|
|8||The battle of Ai||Mormon 7:4 – We should not fight unless God commands|
Ambush of Ai is similar to ambushes in Alma 43, 52, 58
|9||Treaty with the Gibeonites. Israel is fooled because they didn’t ask God for counsel.||Jacob 4:10 – Take counsel from God’s hand|
Alma 37:37 – Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings
|10||God fights for Israel with giant hailstones, He makes the sun and moon stand still.||Helaman 12:14-15 – God can make the earth stand still|
|11||Joshua conquers the rest of Canaan, just as God had commanded Moses.||1 Nephi 16:8 – Lehi had done all that God had commanded him to do|
|12||List of 33 conquered kings|
|13||Lands for (1) Reuben, (2) Gad, and (3) half of Benjamin. No land for Levi.|
|14||Caleb receives his inheritance|
|15||Land for (4) Judah|
|16||Land for (5) Ephraim|
|17||Land for (6) Manasseh|
|18||Remaining tribes explore remaining land. Land for other half of Benjamin|
|19||Land for (7) Simeon, (8) Zebulun, (9) Issachar, (10) Asher, (11) Naphtali, and (12) Dan|
|20||Six cities of refuge appointed|
|21||48 Levite cities established|
|22||The altar Ed (a witness, not a functional altar)|
|23||Joshua’s farewell sermon: Cleave unto God||Jacob 6:5 – Cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you|
Helaman 4:25 – Except they should cleave unto the Lord their God they must unavoidably perish
|24||The people covenant to serve the Lord||Mosiah 5:2-5 – King Benjamin’s people collectively covenant to serve God|
Alma 30:7-9 – Choose you this day whom ye will serve
Here are my main takeaways:
- God will fight our battles if we are willing to follow Him (Joshua 10:14, 42, Joshua 23:3, 10).
- We can avoid deception by seeking counsel from God (Joshua 9:14).
- We should cleave unto God (Joshua 23:8, 12).
- Each of us must decide whether we will choose to serve God (Joshua 24:15), but we should remember that our decisions affect the people around us (Joshua 7:1-5, Joshua 22:16-20).
Today, I will trust God to fight my battles. I will ask Him for guidance, strive to stay close to Him, and serve Him.