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1 3.4 The Promised Land Key Concept The death of Moses marks the end of the Torah. The Children of Israel enter the Promised Land. They go from a loose confederation of tribes to an empire. Key Terms Judge Temple Messiah Outline Joshua A. Upon the death of Moses, Joshua becomes the leader of the Children of Israel. 1. The story of his leadership is the story of the conquest and occupation of the Promised Land. 2. The presentation of conquest is much simplified serving less as an historic record and more as a testimony that God keeps His promises. B. The Children of Israel entered the Promised Land by crossing the Jordan River. 1. The waters dried up permitting the crossing to occur on dry land. 2. The priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant led the way. 3. After the crossing, they made camp. Twelve stones were erected to mark the place of crossing. 4. The Children of Israel celebrated the Passover. 5. The men of Israel performed ritual circumcision in preparation for battle. C. Conquest 1. The power of God animates the Israelites who succeed in conquering the Promised Land. 2. They take no prisoners killing all of the native inhabitants including the cattle. D. Division of the Promised Land 1. The sons of Israel name the Twelve Tribes on the map of the Promised Land with a couple of exceptions. 2. The Levites are a priest class and have no territory of their own. 3. No territory bears the name Joseph, but two of his sons who were adopted by Jacob do have territory Ephraim and Manasseh 8/dont_be_a_little_piggy

2 Judges A. The Book of Judges covers a two hundred year period following the death of Joshua and his generation. 1. Israel is a loss confederation of tribes. 2. There is no central government. B. Judge refers to heroes raised by God in order to save the Children of Israel for destruction. Each of the stories of the Judges follows the same basic pattern. 1. Israel sins idolatry 2. God punishes 3. Israel repents 4. God forgives and save them through a judge. C. Notable Judges 1. Samson 2. Gideon 3. Deborah Samuel A. The Ark of the Covenant stayed at Shiloh the religious capital of the Children of Israel. 1. The Children of Israel began to drift away from the covenant. They incorporated aspects of the worship of Baal. 2. The Philistines grew in power threatening the Israelites. a. The Philistines destroyed the capital at Shiloh and captured the Ark of the Covenant. b. The Israelites recovered the Ark seven months later. B. Samuel reluctantly appointed a king Saul. David A. While still a youth, David accepted a pre-battle challenge from a Philistine warrior named Goliath. 1. Using his shepherd s slingshot he knocked Goliath out. 2. He then used Goliath s own sword to kill him. 3. David became a national hero and Saul grew jealous. B. After Saul s death in battle, Samuel anoints David as king. 1. David makes Jerusalem the national political and religious capital. a. He moves the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. b. David decides to build a temple to house the Ark of the Covenant.

3 c. A Temple is a place reserved for the worship of God. 2. The prophet Nathan tells David that from his dynasty will come a Messiah an anointed one to continue forever. C. David had an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, one of his soldiers. The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture CDOPHRC01 Unit Number Unit Name Page David causes Uriah to be killed in battle, so that he can have Bathsheba. This offends God a. The son of David and Bathsheba dies. b. David s older son Absalom revolts against his father. Joab kills Absalom. 2. As David s death nears, the prophet Nathan convinces David to name Solomon, his second son with Bathsheba, as the next king. Solomon A. Solomon prayed for wisdom and God granted him his wish. 1. Two prostitutes came before the King claiming to be the mother of the same infant. 2. Solomon offered to cut the child in half causing the real mother to be discovered. B. Solomon fulfilled David s promise and built the Temple. 1. It was built without metal tools because metal is associated with war. 2. When the temple was completed, the Ark of the Covenant was moved into the Temple. C. Israel became a major power during Solomon s reign. 1. The king s court became affluent 2. He married foreign princess to cement political alliances and allowed them to build altars to idols. 3. God promised to punish Israel by destroying the nation except for one tribe Judah. 4. Judah is spared because of God s promise to David. Scripture Typology Connect King David and Christ the King.

4 Scripture Structure Joshua 01:01-12:24 Conquest of Canaan 13:01-21:45 Divisions of the Land 22:01-24:33 Transjordan Tribes Judges 01:01-03:06 After the Death of Joshua 03:07-16:31 Stories of the Judges 17:01-21:25 Tribes of Dan and Benjamin Ruth Ruth is the story of a pious Moabite woman who joins the Children of Israel through marriage. Samuel 1 SM 01: Eli and Samuel 1 SM 08:01-12:25 Establishing the Monarchy 1 SM 13:01-2SM 02:07 Saul and David 2 SM 02:08-20:26 Reign of David 2 SM 21:01-24:25 Appendixes Exercise Read the Book of Ruth and explain what the book is revealing about piety and its reward. Applications Find an article, photo, video clip, or music bite that illustrates a hero experiencing a tragedy. Discussion Adolph the Atheist says, Hey Maybelle, if God chose David, then how come he had an affair with Bathsheba and caused Uriah s death. Help Maybelle explain. Faith Formation What is the relationship between religious practice and happiness in the Book of Judges? How did David s sin with Bathsheba impact his relationship with God? Citing Solomon as an example, how would explain how worldly success can be both a blessing and a curse? Review 1. How did entering the Promise Land fulfill the promise made to Abraham? 2. What is the message of the Book of Judges? 3. What is the significance of Samuel in Salvation History? 4. Why did Israel become a monarchy and how does kingship foreshadow Christ?

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