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(Jdg 1:19) Judah took possession of their land because the LORD was with the men of Judah.

(Jdg 1:19, 21, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33,34) Judah, Benjamin, Manasseh, Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali and Dan did not drive out the Canaanites.

(Jdg 1:34) Starts Judah possessing land ends and with Dan losing land. C.f Judges begins with Othniel (Judah) & ends with Samson (Dan).

(Jdg 2:1-5) Due to Israel’s making covenants with Canaanites the angel of LORD will leave the Canaanites to be thorns in Israel’s side.

(Jdg 2:10-13) A new generation who do not know God or his deeds. Israel did evil in eyes of the LORD. Forsook and provoked LORD to anger.

(Jdg 2:14) In his hot anger the LORD sold Israel as slaves into the hands of their enemies all around. Israel was in great distress.

(Jdg 2:18) The LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them and raised up judges for them.

(Jdg 3:5-7) Israel lived among Canaanites, took daughters in marriage, served their gods, did evil in eyes of the LORD, sold in hot anger.

(Jdg 3:10) The Spirit of the LORD came upon Othniel so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. Land had peace forty years.

(Jdg 3:12-15,30) Again Israel did evil in the eyes of the LORD. Given into the hands of Moab 18 years. Ehud subjects Moab. Peace 80 years.

(Jdg 4:1-3) Again evil in the eyes of the LORD. Sold into hands of Jabin who had 900 iron chariots for 20 years. Israel cried to the LORD.

(Jdg 4:7) God to lure Sisera, commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and troops to the Kishon River and give them into Barak’s hands.

(Jdg 4:21) Jael picked up tent peg and hammer. As Sisera lay fast asleep, Jael drove the peg through his temple into the ground and he died.

(Jdg 5:11) What a great picture … singers joyfully reciting God’s righteous deeds at the watering places where people gather.

(Jdg 5:21) The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river. The plain which was good for chariots was flooded by the river. Like Red Sea

(Jdg 5:27) Jael and Sisera. At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell–dead.

(Jdg 5:31) "May those who love Yahweh be like the sun when it rises in is strength."

(Jdg 6:1-5) Midian forces Israel into mountains & caves. They camp on top of crops ruining them. Leaders are Oreb [raven] and Zeeb [wolf].

(Jdg 6:11) In fear of the Midianites, Gideon threshes wheat in a wine press – very desperate !!!

(Jdg 6:25-32) Gideon to destroy his fatherìs high place to Baal & spreading tree of Asherah and replace with an altar built to the LORD.

(Jdg 6:36-40) Gideon the chosen judge tests the LORD for signs involving fleece. He walks by sight not by faith. Even so Spirit came on him.

(Jdg 7:1) Israel gathers with Gideon at the Spring of Trembling – hardly in faith !

(Jdg 7:13) Gideon fears but God gives a Midianite a dream of a bread roll crashing into their tent and he is assured.

(Jdg 8:27-28) Gideon leads Israel into prostituting themselves to a golden ephod. Nevertheless peace for forty years.

(Jdg 9:1f) Abimelech son of Gideon becomes king of Shechem and local area. He is a preview of Saul in terms of wicked failed kingship.

(Jdg 10:8-9,16) Israel crushed by Ammonites and Philistines. Great distress. The LORD could bear Israel’s misery no longer.

(Jdg 11:34-40) Jephthah’s daughter becomes a burnt offering. Things in Israel are not going well. Do the judges get any worse?

(Jdg 12:6-7) Following victory over Ammonites 42,000 Ephraimites are killed by Jephthah’s men. Jephthah only leads Israel 6 years.

(Jdg 13:1-5) A miraculous conception (childless couple) foretold by an angel. Samson to be a nazarite all his life, born to be a savior.

(Jdg 14:3; 19:24) To Samson a Philistine woman is "right in his eyes". To the men of Gibeah abusing the concubine is "good in their eyes".

(Jdg 14:4) Samson’s parents did not know that Samson’s sinful desire to marry a Philistine was from the LORD to further his purpose.

(Jdg 14:6,19) Spirit of the LORD comes upon Samson in power enabling him to tear apart a lion and strip off thirty Philistines of clothing.

(Jdg 15:4) Spirit of the LORD enables Samson to catch 300 foxes and tie them in pairs with torches to burn Philistine crops.

(Jdg 15:12) Judah binds and hands their deliverer over to the Gentiles.

(Jdg 15:14) Spirit of the LORD comes in power and Samson kills a thousand Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone.

(Jdg 15:19) God caused water from a rock to revive Samson even as he had done for Israel after the Exodus. The same God still at work.

(Jdg 16:3) Spirit of the LORD comes in power and Samson removes the protective gates of Gaza and puts them up on a hill near Hebron.

(Jdg 16:20) Samson and Delilah. The Spirit of the LORD left Samson. He becomes a blind slave to the Philistines.

(Jdg 16:30) Samson killed more in his death than during his life. Prostituted himself like Israel. Begins deliverance but not finishes.

(Jdg 17-21) Judges ends with 2 stories showing how bad things were. These stories actually occur at the beginning of the period of judges !!

(Jdg 18:30-31) Dan set up an idol and Jonathan son of Gershom son of Moses & his sons were priests until the exile.

(Jdg 19:22) There is little difference between Israelite Gibeah and Canaanite Sodom c.f. Gen 19:4

(Jdg 20:1-2,8-13) Israel during the time of Phinehas determine to devote Gibeah and Benjamin to destruction as in Law of Moses.

(Jdg 20:18) People of Israel inquired of God, "Who shall go up first for us to fight against Benjamin?"

(Jdg 20:18) The LORD said "Judah shall go up first." Jdg 1:1-2 The same question & answer as when attacking Canaanites at start of Judges.

(Jdg 21:25) "In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes." But the story is not over !

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(Josh 1:5,9) God will be with Joshua & not leave or forsake him. Therefore can be strong and very courageous, not terrified or discouraged.

(Josh 1:8) Joshua to not let Book of Law depart from his mouth but meditate day & night so he is careful to do all of it. Prosper & succeed.

(Josh 2:9-11) Canaanites were melting in fear and loss courage because they heard of the LORD, God in heaven above and on earth below.

(Josh 2:12-13,21) Rahab asks for covenant-love, saving from death and a sign. Ties a scarlet cord in her window like blood on doorposts.

(Josh 3:4-5) Israelites to follow the ark into Promised Land but to stay about 1 km behind the ark belonging to the Lord of all the earth.

(Josh 3:9-13) So Israel will know the living God is among them & will drive out Canaanites, waters of the Jordan are parted & stand in heap.

(Josh 4:7) The first of many "stones of remembering" in Joshua. Remembering is important!

(Josh 4:24) Waters of Jordan parted so all peoples of the earth might know the hand of the LORD is powerful & so Israel might fear the LORD.

(Josh 5:2-3) A national circumcision of flint knives at the Hill of Foreskins. Circumcision caused pain but also joy.

(Josh 5:9-12) Reproach of Egypt rolled away Deu 9:28. First Passover in land. Israel eat first fruits of Canaan for 1st time. Manna stops.

(Josh 5:13-15) Commander of the LORD’s army comes with instructions. Take off sandals because this is holy ground. Like Moses’ burning bush.

(Josh 6:4-5) 7 priests carrying trumpets in front of ark. Circle city once each day & 7 times on 7th day then blow trumpets & shout. Rev 8:6

(Josh 6:25-7:26) Rahab the Canaanite should be devoted to destruction but she lives in Israel whereas Achan the Israelite becomes devoted.

(Josh 7:21,25) Achan lusts for Babylonian robe. Even upon entering the land Babylon allures. A heap of rocks over his grave for remembering.

(Josh 8:28-29) Ai made a heap of ruins. King of Ai hung on a tree then a large heap of stones over his body for remembering.

(Josh 8:30-35) Altar built and law written on it. Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, reading of curses and blessings.

(Josh 8:30-35) In Genesis Shechem was where Abraham entered land & received promise of possession. Also place of Jacob’s covenant renewal.

(Josh 9:4,17,23, 27) The Gibeonites, living in Canaan, resort to a ruse so as not to be killed. They become temple servants for the LORD.

(Jos 10:11,16; 6:4) Foreshadowing Revelation – priests with 7 trumpets (Rev 8:2); hid in caves (Rev 6:5); hailstones from heaven (Rev 16:21)

(Josh 10:12) Sun and moon stand still in answer to Joshua’s prayer so that Israel can conquer the kins of Canaan.

(Josh 11:15) The LORD had commanded Moses to totally destroy Canaanites, so Moses commanded Joshua and so Joshua did leaving nothing undone.

(Josh 11:20) The LORD hardened the Canaanite hearts to wage war against Israel in order that they should be devoted to destruction.

(Josh 12:24) Thirty-one Canaanite kings defeated by Joshua.

(Josh 13:6) A fore-shadowing. The main word used to describe the gift of the Promised Land is "inheritance". The same word used in NT of us.

(Josh 14:6-14) Caleb asks for an inheritance. He especially requests the area where the giants are. Only man over 40 years of age to inherit

(Josh 15:20f) Towns possessed are named one by one. Count your blessings name them one by one & you will see the LORD has been good to you.

(Josh 17:4) Obeying Moses. Zelophehad’s daughters inherit land.

(Josh 18:1) The congregation of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The land lay subdued before them.

(Josh 18:8) trees, rivers, hills, gorges, plateaus, valleys, seas, wadis, stones,mountain passes, springs, deserts, ravines, plains, forests

(Josh 18:10) Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD. Joshua apportioned the land to the people of Israel, to each his portion.

(Josh 19:50) By command of the LORD Joshua was given an inheritance.The city that he asked,Timnath-serah. He rebuilt city and settled in it.

(Josh 20:1) Obeying Moses. Setting aside cities of refuge.

(Josh 21:1,41) Obeying Moses. 48 cities are given to Levites in the midst of Israel. Priestly towns are in Judah where the place will be.

(Josh 21:43-44) Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore. They took possession of it and they settled there. Rest.

(Josh 21:45) Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.

(Josh 22:1-2) Obeying Moses. The tribes possessing land outside the promised land on the other side of the Jordan are sent home.

(Josh 23:6,8) Be strong to keep & do all that is written turning aside neither to right or left. Cling to the LORD i.e. cleave in covenant.

(Josh 24:13) A land you had not labored. Cities you dwell in though not built. You eat fruit of vineyards & olive orchards you did not plant

(Josh 25:15) As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

(Josh 24:25-26) Joshua wrote statues for Israel at Shechem and wrote them in Book of Law. Large stone as witness under the terebinth tree.

(Josh 24:29) After these things Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being 110 years old.

(Josh 24:29-33) Genesis ends with a ‘not-burial’ and Joshua ends with three ‘burials’. It is like the story is complete and fulfilled.

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(Deu 1:5) Beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to explain this law.

(Deu 2:5,9,10-12,19-23) As the LORD drove out the Rephaim & gave land to Edom, Moab, Ammon and even for Philistines, he will do for Israel.

(Deu 2:30-36) The LORD hardened the hearts of Sihon & Og, giving them and their land into the hands of Israel.No city was too high for them.

(Deu 4:1; Deu 4:40; Deu 5:16; Deu 5:33; Deu 8:6-7) Motivation to live God’s way is that one may live long in the land.

(Deu 4:9) The people of Israel are to teach their children and their children’s children about God’s deeds.

(Deu 4:11-12) When God spoke out of midst of fire, the mountain burned with fire to heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud and gloom.

(Deu 4:12,15-16) At Sinai Israel heard a voice and words. They saw no form. Therefore make no carved images of God.

(Deu 5:6-21) No gods, idols or false oaths, remember & keep Sabbath holy, honor parents, no murder, adultery, theft, false witness, covet.

(Deu 6:4-5) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD with all your heart, your soul and with all your might.

(Deu 6:6-7) Words shall be on your heart. Teach children. Talk when sit in your house, walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise.

(Deu 6:8-9) Words shall be as a sign on your hand & as frontlets between your eyes. Write them on doorposts of your house & on your gates.

(Deu 6:11) "houses of good things you did not fill, cisterns you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant" – Grace !

(Deu 7:6) You are a holy people; chosen to be for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

(Deu 7:7-9) The LORD choose Israel not because of their character but because he set his love upon them and is faithful to his oath.

(Deu 7:12-14) The LORD will keep his covenant love with Israel. They will be loved, blessed, fruitful in womb, crops & livestock. Not barren

(Deu 8:2,11,14,18,19; 9:7) Deuteronomy repeatedly calls Israel to remember the LORD, his works and his words and not forget.

(Deu 8:3) He humbled you, let you hunger, fed you manna so would know man does not live by bread alone but by every word from mouth of LORD.

(Deu 8:5) "Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you."

(Deu 9:4-7) Not because of Israel’s righteousness that God is giving Israel the land for they are a stubborn people.

(Deu 9:7f) Remember, do not forget how you provoked LORD your God to wrath in wilderness. Golden calf incident the most definitive example.

(Deu 10:12-13) Fear the LORD, walk in his ways, love him, serve him with all heart & soul, and keep his commands.

(Deu 10:15-16) The LORD set his love on Israel and choose them to be his own people. Therefore circumcise foreskin of heart. Not stubborn.

(Deu 11:1-7) Remember the exodus, the Red Sea, the wilderness journey, the earth swallowing up the rebels. God saves and judges.

(Deu 11:13-16) Obedience means rain, fruitfulness and life. Disobedience means no rain, no fruit and death.

(Deu 12:5-7) Offer sacrifices and eat in the one place where God chooses to make his presence known. No syncretism.

(Deu 13:4) Walk, fear, keep, obey, serve and hold fast to the LORD.

(Deu 13:5-16) Purge evil people from your midst by devoting them to destruction.

(Deu 13:17) Do not allow any thing devoted to destruction to stick to your hand.

(Deu 14:21) For a very good symbolic reason one must not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. Context is clean and unclean food.

(Deu 14:29) Levites, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow are to eat the tithes along with the offerer.

(Deu 15:1,16) At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. Excepting where a slave chooses to have his ear pierced in love.

(Deu 16:5-7) The Passover is not eaten at home in one’s town but in the one place God chooses then they may return to their tents.

(Deu 16:11,14) Pentecost and Tabernacles is also a gathering in the one place. Shared meal with Levites, aliens, widows & fatherless.

(Deu 17:15-17) King must not accumulate horses from Egypt, take many wives or acquire excessive gold-silver. Not trust in chariots or wealth

(Deu 17:18-19) King must write himself a copy of the law, read it every day so that he fears, keeps God’s commands, not turn left or right.

(Deu 18:1-4) The LORD himself is the inheritance of the Levites not simply possession of land in Canaan.

(Deu 18:10-14) Not to seek guidance in divination, fortunes, omens, sorcerers, charmers, mediums, necromancers or inquire of the dead.

(Deu 18:15,18,19) Do seek guidance from the prophet like Moses that God will raise up. God’s words will be in his mouth. Listen & obey him.

(Deu 19:1-10) God provides Cities of Refuge where a person can flee & not face the judgment of death for causing an accidental death. Grace.

(Deu 20:1-20) Cities in Canaan are devoted to destruction but cities outside the Promised Land may be offered peace in return for submission

(Deu 21:5) Priests are to minister to the LORD, bless in his name and decide disputes between the Israelites.

(Deu 21:13) A woman captured in battle is to be given 30 days of mourning before one may take her to be his wife.

(Deu 21:23) "Anyone hung on a tree is under God’s curse." – The Law gives us a language to understand the work & person of Jesus.

(Deu 22:6-7) If you see a bird’s nest you can take the eggs or the chicks but not the mother bird as well so things may go well for you.

(Deu 23:1-3) Eunuchs, offspring of forbidden unions, Moabites are not to be counted among people of God. But Ruth, Solomon, Ethiopian eunuch

(Deu 23:24-25) You can eat neighbor’s grapes but not take away. You can take some of his grain as long as you harvest with your hands.

Deu 24:7 … Put to death in order to purge the evil from among you c.f. Deu 13:5; 17:7; 17:12; 19:13; 19:19; 21:9; 21:21; 22:21; 22:22; 22:24

(Deu 24:19-22) Harvesting grain, beating olive trees, gathering grapes. Not go over a 2nd time. Leftovers for poor & fatherless. God cares.

(Deu 25:17-19) God tells Israel to blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven and not to forget to do so.

(Deu 26:1-19) Two Old Testament offering prayers when the collection of tithes is taking place. They include salvation & covenant themes.

(Deu 27:1-8) When Israel enter the land they are to set up large stones, cover them with plaster and write the law on them very plainly.

(Deu 27:14-26) Repeated cursing upon those who do not confirm the words of this law by doing them. People to reply Amen.

(Deu 28:1-14) Obedience will bring blessing e.g. rain, fruit of the womb, fruit of the ground, fruit of livestock, victory over enemies.

(Deu 28:15-20) Disobedience will bring cursing e.g. frustrated work, perishing and destruction.

(Deu 28:21-22) e.g. sticking pestilence, wasting disease, fever, inflammation and fiery heat

(Deu 28:22-26) pursuit by drought, blight, mildew. No rain. Defeat by enemies. Bodies food for all birds of the air and for beasts of earth.

(Deu 28:27-29) The LORD will strike with boils of Egypt, tumors, scabs, itch, madness, blindness, confusion of mind.

(Deu 28:30-44) Loss of wives, houses, vineyards, oxen, donkeys, children. Sent into exile to worship idols. Become a horror.

(Deu 28:52-57) Distress during siege where men and women eat children upon their being birthed. Happened in 587 B.C. and 70 A.D.

(Deu 28:58-61) Afflictions severe and lasting, sicknesses grievous and lasting, the diseases of Egypt shall cling to you until destroyed.

(Deu 28:63) As the LORD took joy & delight in doing you good so the LORD will take joy & delight in bringing ruin & destruction upon you.

(Deu 28:68) The LORD will bring you back in ships to Egypt as slaves.

(Deu 29:4) Moses says Israel have not been given hearts that understand, eyes that see or ears that hear despite God’s work in their midst.

(Deu 29:11) When God enters into a covenant with Israel in the plains of Moab, the foreigners amongst God’s people are included.

(Deu 29:18-19) A person who hears God’s word , feels assured & follows a stubborn heart is like a root bearing poisonous & bitter fruit.

(Deu 29:29) The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children that we may do them.

(Deu 30:3-4) Repent and God will restore, have compassion, gather outcasts from uttermost parts of heaven & bring into the land.

(Deu 30:6) The LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God and live.

(Deu 30:15,19) Set before life & death, good & evil, blessing & cursing. Choose life and live!

(Deu 31:9-13) Every seven years the book of Law is to be read so all may hear, learn and be careful to do. Young children need to learn.

(Deu 31:19) God gives Moses a song of judgment to be taught to Israel as a witness against them.

(Deu 32:4-5) The Rock’s work & ways are perfect & just. A God of faithfulness without injustice. Israel a crooked & twisted generation.

(Deu 32:15) When Israel enter the land & became fat, tout & sleek, he forsook God, scoffed at the Rock and stirred him to jealousy.

(Deu 32:36) God will judge but then have compassion on them when their power is gone and they are enslaved. He will again redeem Israel.

(Deu 32:39) No god beside him. He kills & makes alive. He wounds & he heals. None can deliver from his hand. A very sovereign God!

(Deu 32:47) This law is no empty word for you, but your very life, by this word you shall live long in the land you are going to possess.

(Deu 33:2) The LORD came from Sinai, shoe forth from Paran, came with thousands of holy ones, flaming fire in right hand. Loved & gave law.

(Deu 33:26-29) No God like Jehovah who rides through the heavens to help Israel. He is their dwelling place. Israel live in safety & happy.

(Deu 34:5) Moses the servant of the LORD died in the land of Moab.

(Deu 34:10-12) No prophet in Israel like Moses whom LORD knew face to face. None has done signs, wonders, mighty power or deeds of terror.

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