Canaan: Israel’s Footstool (Part 2)
Going deeper questions (Life Group)
- What stood out to you about this message and why?
- Discuss Jabin and Hazor; how was Hazor like and unlike Jericho? What did Jabin organize to bring to the fight? Is satan as strategic in your life against you? (Point I)
- Where does the affirmation of victory come from for Joshua and Israel? Do you go to God’s promises for affirmation in your battles- no matter how many soldiers, horses and chariots surround you in the moment? Share a recent example. (Point II)
- What does the journey of a “hardened heart” look like? Be sure to note Romans references in your narrative. Is anyone immune to a hardened heart? (Point III)
- This chapter closes with a picture of Israel going after the giants that caused their parents to fear, pull their hand out of God’s and turn back. In what ways can you look back and see how God has grown your faith to face even greater today that may have caused you to run yesterday? How faithful are you to trust and submit to the process of reading, praying, living and growing? (Point IV)
Title: Canaan: Israel’s Footstool (Part 2)
Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment
Text: Key Passage-> Joshua 11:1-23
Main Idea: God is present and at work all around us!
- Northern Region Forges an Alliance (Joshua 11:1-5)
- Jabin, king of Hazor rallies the northern region of Canaan to launch one final, aggressive blow to Israel (Vv.1-5)
- King: Jabin, meaning Divine Sight / Perception
- City: Hazor, meaning enclosed settlement. Like Jericho, Hazor was a center of trade, religious worship and wealth. Unlike Jericho- no fortified walls but surrounded by cities of militant strength and debt.
- Religion: Moon God worship
- Tremendous number of soldiers / foot soldiers
- War Horses & Chariots
- Waters of Merom
- God Strengthens Joshua (Joshua 11:6-17)
- God promises victory to Joshua and Israel along with a command to hamstring the horses and burn the chariots (v.6)
- Note -> Deuteronomy 17:14-20
- Joshua leads Israel in God’s strength to surprise and overcome this Northern Alliance.
- On the battlefield of Merom (Vv.7-9)
- Hazor and Jabin fall in like manner to Jericho (Vv.10-11)
- City by city of this Alliance fell (Vv.12-17)
III. God’s Salvation Through Judgment (Joshua 11:18-20)
- The Northern Conquest took possible seven years (v.18)
- No one attempted to make peace but Gibeon (city wise) (v.19)
- God allowed them to be swallowed up in their sin beyond any sense of mercy or peace (v.20)
- Note -> Romans 1:18-2:11 / Romans 9:14-26
Cannan (Humnity) -> Israel (Kingdom) -> Israel / Gentile (Church)
- The Land has Rest from War (Joshua 11:21-23)
- What caused Israel to turn and run yesterday (Numbers 13:25-33), is being pursued by Israel in faith today (Vv.21-22).
- The major strongholds have been defeated; the initial Campaign draws to an end for Joshua and the Nation of Israel (v.23).
Note -> Hebrews 4:1-13