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Ai (Part 2)- All Things in God’s Timing

October 13, 2019 Speaker: Damian Mericka Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment

Topic: Ai (Part 2)- All Things in God’s Timing

Going deeper questions (Life Group)

  • What stood out to you about this message and why?
  • Joshua 8:1 continues in the same breath that 7:26 ended on. Have you ever felt personally disqualified with God?  Perhaps as a spouse, parent, profession- even regarding serving in the church? Why is it important to be restored with God before moving forward?  (Point I)
  • We see both God’s Sovereignty and our personal responsibility displayed in Joshua 8. Reading through the “see” verses, can we put too much on God doing everything and become lazy or selfish in our walk with Him? Discuss faith and obedience in our walk.  (Point I)
  • How does Joshua and the raised Javelin in 8:26 represent the judgment from God over Ai? Reading Isaiah 63:1-6, how does this picture of Christ executing Judgment strike you?  Why do we shy away from this in our witness / preaching?  Do you believe this about Jesus? (Point II)
  • Standing before two mountains- Blessing & Curse- how pivotal to Israel’s relationship with God was His Word? How important is knowing and living it in your life? (Point III-IV)

              Message outline

Title: Ai (Part 2)- All Things in God’s Timing

Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment

Text: Key Passage-> Joshua 8:1-35    

Main Idea: God is present and at work all around us!


  1. He Restores our Soul (Joshua 8:1-2).
  • Joshua and the Nation feel disconnected; God steps in and restores Joshua’s soul (v.1)
    • Note -> Psalm 23
      • Do not Fear or be Dismayed. All is given into your hand.
        • God’s Sovereignty / Our Responsibility
          • See -> Colossians 1:29
          • See -> 2 Timothy 2:7
          • See -> Jude 17-25
        • Joshua encouraged to lead all fighting men forward in faith (v.2)
          • The people are provided for in His timing.
            • See -> Matthew 6:25-34
  1. He Leads in Paths of Righteousness (Joshua 8:3-13)
  • Joshua shares the plan from God to the people (Vv.3-8)
  • The people follow Joshua’s lead and take position (Vv.9-13)
  • King of Ai leads his forces to meet in battle (v.14)
    • Israel leads the fighting men away as their city is devoted to destruction (Vv.15-20)
    • Israel then defeats the army of Ai, bringing the captured king to Joshua who is hung (Vv.21-29)
      • Joshua held up a Javelin until all was devoted to destruction (v.26)
        • See -> Isaiah 63:1-6
        • See -> Psalm 2:10-12

III. He Prepares a Table in the Presence of Enemies (Joshua 8:30-33)

  • Joshua leads the Nation into a time of Renewal with God in the Covenant He has invited them into.
    • See -> Deuteronomy 27:1-8
    • Two Mountains:
      • Mount Gerizim: Blessing- Wooded & Fruitful
      • Mount Ebal: Curse- Barren & Rocky
  1. Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Us All Our Days (Joshua 8:34-35)
  • God’s Word will always be the sure direction to know, trust and obey God’s leading in every moment of everyday in every circumstance.

See -> Deuteronomy 30:11-20

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