Perspective 1- Barb Miles

Finally, the Israelites had victory in Canaan. After so many years of letting the Lord down, He opened the Jordan River to cross, and after all the men had been circumcised they were ready to do battle. Since it took the Israelites many generations to finally get to live in the Promised Land, there was still a lot of teaching to do. God did not give up on them. Joshua was now the leader who who would carry on for Moses. Think of our own families, as the next generation grew up, they were seen as the leader of the family

How did the King of Jericho know the Israelite messengers had been at Rahab’s house? Did God lead them there? How did those two Israelites know they should stop at Rahab’s house? I believe she was known at that time to be a believer even though her occupation was not honorable.

Taking away a perspective from this chapter, I would have to say that God doesn’t give up on anyone. We all know that, but do we live by it? I believe I will, once again in my life, focus on the love from God, and think more frequently about when I do and when I don’t obey the 10 commandments.

Perspective 2- Kelsey Rath

Kelsey is a new contributor to “The Story” perspectives. She is 12 years old and in the 6th grade. She likes to read, write, listen to music, play guitar, and cook & bake. I look forward to reading her perspectives on what she sees God doing in his story.

While reading chapter 7 of The Story, one sentence really stood out to me. Pg.89- “Be strong and very courageous.” In the book of Deuteronomy and the book of Joshua, that is used quite often.

1. Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

2. Deuteronomy 31:7

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the landthatthe LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.

3. Deuteronomy 31:23

The LORD gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: “Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you.”

4. Joshua 1:7

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

5. Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

When Moses led them, they had doubt about the Promised Land because they knew there were giants there and they were insecure about it. Because they were too afraid to go in, the consequence was they had to wander in the desert for 40 years. But when Joshua led, they had to enter Jericho and walk around the wall, they thought it was odd, but God and Joshua both said you have to be strong and courageous.

Perspective 3- Dan Petrak

Perspective 4- Pastor Ron

“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, the for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” With those words the conquest of the promise land begins. From the first battle for Jericho, to the last battle with the kings of the land, it was clear that God was giving them the land. Yes they fought and many died, but it was only by the hand of God that the enemies were defeated. The walls of Jericho fall down, the sun stands still, and hail pummels the opposing army. In dramatic, and in subtle ways, God makes sure that the people know He is their God and He has not abandoned them.

Joshua, for his part, reads the entire known scriptures of the time to the people on at least two occasions. Joshua will not let the people forget the promises, the laws, and the decrees of God. He will mark them as God’s people and will keep them grounded in God’s Word.

So I find it curious that with all the evidence God had given them the land, Joshua reading the known scriptures twice, and constantly reminding the people that they serve the one true God…yet at the end of his life he asked them who will they serve. Really? Wouldn’t it be self-evident? Who could deny the works of God? Who could explain the victories they enjoyed? I suppose the same could be said today. With every advance we make in science, space exploration, and medicine I want to ask, “Who can deny the works of God? Who can explain the mysteries of this universe?” Well, a lot of people actually, or at least, lots of people who think they can. Even we as believers can begin to explain away the presence of God in our lives.

The take away for me? Remind yourself of your baptism and the fact that God has claimed you as His own. Read the scriptures…God’s story on a regular basis and stay rooted in the faith relationship that God has made with you.