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From Jordan to Babylon

Joshua Overview

Joshua was selected by God to succeed Moses and lead the nation into the Promised Land. The book outlines the conquest and occupation by Israel under his military leadership. God explicitly states that all the inhabitants of the land were to be utterly driven out or destroyed in order to assure spiritual purity and complete devotion to God.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  Joshua 24:15

Who do you serve?  Why?
Joshua Outline
A. Entrance Into the Promised Land
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 1:9 
God's commission to Joshua
1:10 thru 1:18 
Joshua's mobilization for crossing the Jordan
Mission of the spies
3 thru 5:1
Crossing of the Jordan
5:2 to 5:12  
Renewal of circumcision and Passover observance
B. The Conquest of the Promised Land
Chapter Reference
5:13 thru 6:5  
Appearance of the captain of the Lord's host
6:6 thru 8:29  
The central campaign
8:30 thru 8:35   
Establishment of Israel's covenant as the law of the land
9 thru 10
The southern campaign
11:1 thru 11:15
The northern campaign
11:16 thru 11:23
Summary of the conquest
Appendix: Catalogue of the defeated kings
C. Division of the Promised Land
Chapter Reference
13:1 thru 13:6   
God's command to divide the land
13:7 thru 13:33 
Territory of the tribes east of the Jordan River
Beginning of the division of Canaan
Territory of the tribe of Judah
16 thru 17
Territory of the Joseph tribes
18 thru 19
Territories of the seven remaining tribes
20:1 thru 21:2
Cities of refuge and inheritance of Levi
21:43 thru 21:45
Summary of the conquest and apportionment
Appendix: Departure of the tribes east of the Jordan
D. Joshua's Final Speeches
Chapter Reference
Joshua's farewell address to the leaders of Israel
24:1 thru 24:28
Renewal of the covenant commitment at Shechem
24:29 thru 24:33
Appendix: Death of Joshua and subsequent conduct of Israel
Judges Overview
The book of Judges, which means "Champions" or "Rescuers", covers the period from the death of Joshua to the birth of Samuel.  After arriving in Canaan, many Israelites became disobedient to God.  This was a time of great immorality as the result of the failure of the Israelites to drive out the inhabitants of the land.  The book of Judges shows how God raised up leaders, or Judges to call the people of Israel back to faithfulness and to continue the conquest of the land.  It covers the period from the death of Joshua to the establishment of the monarchy under Saul.  Thirteen Judges mentioned, they are: Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Abimelech, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan , Elon, Abdon, and Samson. The book of Judges closes by setting the stage for the Israelites desire for a human king.

And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.  And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.  Judges 2:18-19

Are you faithful to GOD?  What does "faithful" mean?
Today there are no Judges to call us to repentance and faithfulness.  Whose responsibility is that function these days? (See John 16:7-11)
Judges Outline
A. Introduction
Chapter Reference
Political backgrround of the Judges
2:1 thru 2:5
Slavery in EgyptReligious background of the Judges
B. History of the Judges
Chapter Reference
2:6 thru 3:6
Israel's failure to subdue enemy nations
3:7 thru 16
The oppressors and the deliverers of Israel
C. Lawless Condition During the Period of the Judges
Chapter Reference
17 thru 18
Appendix 1: Corruption to doctrine
19 thru 21
Appendix 2: Corruption of practice

First and Second Samuel Overview


First Samuel is the first of two historical books, which describe Israel's transition from a loose confederation of tribes to a strong and united nation, under an earthly king.  It portrays the life of the last judge, Samuel, and the anointing of the first king of Israel, Saul.  It recounts the degenerating reign of Saul and the succession of his throne by David, who was a man after God's own heart.  In the original Hebrew text, the Hebrew scribes considered the two books of Samuel as one book.  Second Samuel begins with the death of Saul and the ascension of David to the throne.  The remainder of the book records the reign of David, regarding conquered lands, as well as political intrigues. It concludes with the blessing of Solomon by David.

Why should we follow GOD instead of man (1 Samuel 12:19-25)?
First Samuel Outline
A. The Life of Samuel
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 4:1a  
The birth and childhood of Samuel
4:1b thru 7:2   
The capture and return of the tabernacle ark
7:3 thru 7:17
The victory over the Philistines
B. The Life of Saul
Chapter Reference
Israel's request for a king
9 thru 12
Political life of Saul
13 thru14
War and independence
C. The Early Life of David
Chapter Reference
Saul rejected by Samuel
16:1 thru 16:13
David annointed to be king
16:4 thru19:17
David in the court of Saul
19:18 thru 31
War and independenceDavid in exile
Second Samuel Outline
A. The Middle Life ofDavid
Chapter Reference
1 thru 4
David, king at Hebron
5 thru 8   
David, king at Jerusalem
9 thru 20
David's life as king
B. The Last Days of David
Chapter Reference
21:1 thru 21:14
Famine in the land
21:15 thru 21:22
Some heroic exploits
David's psalm
23:1 thru 23:7
David's testament
Cencus and plague
First and Second Kings Overview
In the original Jewish texts, these books, like 1st and 2nd Samuel, were regarded as one book. The two books contain the history of the Jewish monarchy from the death of David to the Babylonian exile.  These two books trace the division of the Jewish nation into the Kingdom of Judah in the south and the Kingdom of Israel in the north.  The Books of Kings record Israel's history from a religious, rather than a civil, viewpoint.  As such, they record the religious progress of the nation and show the various steps in the moral growth and decay of the kingdom.  1st Kings opens with Israel in its glory, and conversely 2nd Kings closes with Israel in ruins.  The purpose of the Book of Kings is to record the lives and characters of the nation's leaders as a warning and exhortation to all subsequent generations of believers.

I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; and keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 1Kings 2:2-3

As believers in Jesus we are to do endeavor to do just two things.Love GOD and what else?
First Kings Outline
A. The United Kingdom From Solomon to Rehoboam
Chapter Reference
1 thru 2
Solomon's ascension to the throne
3 thru 4
The wisdom and wealth of Solomon
5 thru 9
Solomon's building activity
The golden age of Solomon
Solomon's false religion, decline and death
B. The Divided Kingdom-How it Started
Chapter Reference
12:1 thru 16:28
Antagonism between Israel and Judah, from Jeroboam to Omri
16:29 thru 22:53
Elijah, Elisha-from Ahab to the ascension of Ahaziah
Second Kings Outline
A. The Divided Kingdom-How it Ended
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 8
From Ahaziah to the ascension of Jehu
9 thru 17
From Jehu to the destruction of Israel
B. The Divided Kingdom-How it Started
Chapter Reference
18 thru 20
The kingdom under Hezekiah
The reigns of Manasseh and Amon
16:29 thru 23:30
Reform in Judah and Israel under Josiah
23:31 thru 25:26
The last days of Judah
25:27 thru 25:30
Epilogue: The release of Jehoiachin

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