The Books of History
The next books are books of history. Each book tells a part of Israel’s* story. The first book of history is the book of Joshua. His story begins just after the death of Moses. The last book of history is the book of Esther. Her story takes place almost 900 years after the stories in Joshua. These books of history show how God kept his promises to Israel*.
THE OLD TESTAMENT | THE BOOKS OF HISTORY
PEOPLE TO KNOW
PLACES TO GO
Rahab hid the spies.
The people went across the river.
Joshua 3, 4
The battle of Jericho happened.
The sun stood still.
Joshua said goodbye.
God’s words to Abraham and Moseswere true. He did promise a land to Abraham. He sent Moses to take them there. But Israel* did not believe God. They did not keep the agreements that they made with God.So the people did not enter the land that God gave them. Moses wrote about these things in the first five books of the Bible.
In Genesis, we learn that God promised to give a land to Abraham.
In Exodus, the people failed to enter that land.
In Deuteronomy, God cared for the people for the next 40 years. But these were all in the past.
In Joshua, God gave them a second chance. Joshua tells how God helped the people take the land from their enemies.
Joshua teaches about Israel. Joshua led the armies. And when he was finished, the people lived in the land. Each family had settled in a part of it.
The book also teaches us many things about God as well. God does what he says. He keeps his promises. He cares about his people.
Joshua is also the story of Joshua himself. Joshua was successful because he followed God’s laws. God told Joshua to think on his Word every day. Joshua did this and he began to have success in the land. He won his first fight at Jericho. But not everyone in Joshua’s army did what was right. So God did not help them when they fought the next fight. When Joshua found out what the man in his army did, he punished him. He punished the man’s wife and his sons and daughters too. After that, God helped Joshua’s army again. Their enemies were great. But God is greater. He helped them take the land that he promised them.
This book tells many details about the new land. It tells how God gave the land to the different families. It tells about the land east and west of the Jordan River. It also tells about cities of shelter and about the towns where the priests could live.
So the Lord* gave them all the land that he had promised to give their fathers. And they took possession of it and settled there. By the end of the book, all that God had promised to the people had happened. They saw that they could trust* God.
But Joshua knew that the people were weak. If they trusted God, God would bless* them. But sometimes they did not do what was right. So Joshua warned them.
‘God did all of the good things He promised. But God will also bring bad things to you if you do not obey Him. If you do evil* things, He will take this land away from you.’
Joshua was a good man. He showed us how to follow God. God’s Spirit* helped Joshua rescue the people and give them the land. He was a great soldier for God. His name means ‘the one who delivers’. And, one day, another man would come to rescue God’s people. God’s Spirit would be with him too. But he would not only rescue people from their enemies. He would rescue people from their guilt, shame, and fear. He would rescue people from the anger of God. But that is a story we will read much later.