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Introduction

  • Joshua 6
  • Kathleen Kenyon, Digging Up Jericho, p. 262-262
    • In her timeline, no trace of the town walls of Jericho could be found.
  • Joshua 6:1-3, 20-27

Fortified walls – just like the Bible says

  • Deuteronomy 9:1
  • Kathleen Kenyon doesn’t deny that Jericho was a mighty, fortified city.
  • The city was built on a hill with a 30-40 foot other wall six fee thick. There was an inner wall that topped out at 70-75 feet above ground level.
  • The area inside the inner wall was about six acres. The total area inside the outer wall was about nine acres.
  • There were possibly 1200 people inside the inner walls.
  • People also lived between the inner and outer walls, but this was likely slums. Rahab would have lived here.

The walls fell flat – just like the Bible says

  • Joshua 3:15 – a time of harvest
  • Jericho had a spring inside the city, along with massive food storage. They were well prepared for a long siege.
  • The walls fell in such a way to provide a siege ramp for the Israelites.
  • Joshua 6:20 – Each man went straight ahead because the fallen walls made a siege ramp for him.

Rahab’s home – just like the Bible says

  • Joshua 2:15, 12-21
  • Joshua 6:17, 22-23
  • There was an area of the wall on the north side with a couple of homes attached that did not fall down. This is possibly Rahab’s house. Outside the wall on that side was a convenient place where the spies could have escaped to.

A city destroyed by fire – just like the Bible says

  • The city was heavily burnt, but the outer walls fell first.
  • Much burned grain in ports was found, which is very unusual. Normally, attackers would steal the grain first because it was very valuable and then burn the city. But God told Israel to turn the city without taking the grain, so that is what they did.
  • Joshua 6:18-19
  • Hebrews 11:30

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Acts 10

  • Acts 10:1-2 – Cornelius was a devout man, who had a good reputation (see Acts 10:22).
  • Acts 10:3-4 – This is the first of four supernatural events in this chapter.
  • Acts 10:9-16 – Peter sees a vision from God. This is the second supernatural event.
  • Acts 10:17-23 – God gave Peter the vision, then allowed him some time to meditate on it.
    • Acts 10:23 – Six men accompanied Peter, as we learn from Acts 11:12.
  • Acts 10:24 – Cornelius wanted all his friends and relatives to hear the message also.
  • Acts 10:25-26 – Peter made it clear that he was not to be worshiped.
  • Acts 10:28 – Peter now understood his mission.
  • In Acts 8, 9, and 10, the Holy Spirit always worked to bring the sinner and the gospel together. The Holy Spirit didn’t directly tell the sinner what to do to be saved but brought him in contact with a man who could.
  • Acts 10:44 – The Holy Spirit falls on the Gentiles, showing that the message was for them also. There is nothing in this passage that implies that the Holy Spirit will fall upon all believers.
  • Acts 10:47 – Clearly baptism is required for salvation.

Acts 11

  • Acts 11:2-3 – Peter gets rebuked for going and eating with uncircumcised people.
  • Acts 11:18 – They rejoiced that the Gentiles could now partake of salvation!

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Introduction

  • II Samuel 7:5-16 – A temple was not something God has asked for. God was the one taking care of David, not the other way around. Got turned it around and gave David a house and great promises. Can you imagine being David and receiving these promises?
  • I Chronicles 22:7-13
  • I Kings 2:1-4 – David’s parting message to Solomon.
  • I Kings 3:10-14 – God makes promises to Solomon. Can you imagine being Solomon?
  • I Kings 6:11
  • I Kings 9:3-5
  • I Kings 4:20-25 – The promises had already started to happen!
  • I Kings 9:4; 3:14 – There were conditions for these promises.

Can you imagine turning your back on all this?

  • I Kings 11:1-8 – Solomon was drawn away to idols by his foreign wives.
  • I Kings 9:3-9 – Israel would become a byword to other nations. Idol-worshipers couldn’t imagine the Israelites turning from God after what God had done being them out of Egypt!
  • Hebrews 6:1-8 – We also have these amazing promises! Why would we turn from these?

What should we do instead?

  • II Samuel 7:18-24 – The nation belonged to God. All things come from God.
  • We need to let others see what God has done for us.
  • II Corinthians 6:16-7:1 – We need to cleanse ourselves.
  • We need to perfect holiness in the fear of God.
  • II Peter 1:3-9
  • Hebrews 6:9

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Genesis 19

  • Genesis 19:26 – We are not told exactly why Lot’s wife looked back, but we know God didn’t approve since she was struck dead.
  • Genesis 19:34-38 – Bad choices can affect our family for generations.

Genesis 20 – Abraham and Abimelech

  • Genesis 20:1-2 – Abraham has a relapse of faith. Abraham assumes Abimelech is evil. Abimelech takes Sarah. Sarah must have been pretty good looking for a 90+ year old woman!
  • Genesis 20:3-7 – We see another example of God keeping His promise to protect Abraham. God also respects Abimelech’s heart. Think of Uzzah.
  • Genesis 20:8-14 – Abimelech approaches Abraham and restores Sarah.
  • Genesis 20:15-18 – Abraham prays for Abimelech and his people.

Genesis 21 – God keeps his promise

  • Genesis 21:1-6 – Isaac is born. God keeps his promise. They name him “he laughs” as God commanded. It would remind them of when they doubted God. Abraham follows God’s instruction to circumcise Isaac.
  • Genesis 21:7-21 – Sarah has a bad attitude against Hagar. Abraham is distressed but he trusts God. Hagar leaves, then God saves and blesses them. Was this fair?
  • Genesis 21:22-34 – Abimelech and Abraham make a covenant. They place is called Beersheba. Why is this story in the Bible?

Genesis 22 – Abraham finally lives up to the hype

  • Genesis 22:1-2 – In light of sending Ishmael away, God tells Abraham to offer Isaac.
  • Genesis 22:3-8 – Abraham travels about 40 miles to obey God and prepares to worship. Isaac understands what worship was.
    • Where is Mt. Moriah?
      • II Chronicles 3:1; Matthew 26:36
      • This is where Solomon built the temple and where Jesus prayed before His crucifixion.
    • Genesis 22:8 – “God will provide for Himself the lamb” – this was prophecy about Jesus! In the case of Isaac, God provided a ram for the sacrifice.
  • Genesis 22:9-14 – Abraham attempts to go through with offering his son. God provides a ram.
  • Genesis 22:15-19 – God blesses Abraham and all people forever because of Abraham’s obedience. God knows the hearts of men.
  • Genesis 22:20-24 – God sets the stage for Isaac’s future wife.

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The Holy Spirit taught a lot of truth through PEOPLE.

  • Could you summarize the Bible without using any names?
  • Leviticus 19:18
  • Luke 10:25-37 – Jesus taught this truth through people. Here’s what is looks like to be a neighbor.
  • For example:
    • I Corinthians 10:1-13
      • Exodus 32:4-6 – quoted from I Corinthians 10:7
      • Numbers 25:1-9 – referenced from I Corinthians 10:8
      • Numbers 21:4-6 – referenced from I Corinthians 10:9
      • Numbers 16:41-49 – possibly what is being referenced from I Corinthians 10:10
      • These stories are written as examples! God does not look kindly on grumbling and complaining.
    • Genesis 4:2-7
      • Genesis 4:4-5 – This showed that God expected to be worshiped in the way He commanded. Just because we have a talent doesn’t mean that we can use it to worship God. Abel worshiped from faith (Hebrews 11:4).
      • Genesis 4:7 – Cain had a choice!

We’ll notice some unique things about the Holy Spirit’s descriptions.

  • He’s absolutely honest about the good and the bad.
    • II Chronicles 25:2
  • He writes about people differently than we probably would.
    • I Kings 11:4
    • The Holy Spirit is much more concise than we would be!
  • He knows more about us than we know about ourselves.
    • John 12:42-43

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