Joshua becomes Israel's leaderMoses was going to die. Someone has to take Moses's place as leader of the Israelites. God appointed Joshua to be the leader because he was faithful to the Lord all the time and he was one of the two spies that gave a good report of the Promised Land. Moses gave advice to Joshua before Joshua started leading the Israelites.
Israel crosses the Jordan River and builds altar of remembranceGod told the Israelites use the Ark of Covenant to split the Jordan River for the Israelites to cross the river. The Israelites built an altar of remembrance out of 12 stones to represent the 12 tribes of Israel. It shows that the Israelites thank God for all the things he done and that God wants to be thanked and remembered.
Israel defeats the city of Jericho with God's helpTo get to the Promised Land, the Israelites have to pass through a hostile city called Jericho. Jericho has thick walls and it's impossible for it to be destroyed. So, God told Joshua and the Israelites to walk around the city 1 time every day for six days. On the seventh day, march around the city for seven times. On the seventh time, they are to shout and God will make the walls of Jericho fall. This showed that God helps his people by doing things that is impossible.
Israel conquers the Promised Land and settle downThere were many hostile tribes living in Canaan when the Israelites came. With God's help, they kept winning. God ordered the Israelites to kill all Gentiles living in Canaan but the Israelites only killed most of them to because it's "wrong in their own eyes" to kill all of them. Even though the Israelites successfully conquered the Promised Land, they still faced problems and invasions by the people still living in Canaan. So, we have to listen to God even though its "wrong in our own eyes".
The covenant is renewed and Joshua diesBefore Joshua died, he made a covenant with God on the behalf of the Israelites to serve only Him and not idols. Even the people agreed to those rules. This shows that God is a jealous God and wants his people to worship Him. Joshua died in the land leased to the tribe of Ephraim.
Israel follows foreign gods and Israel faces hardship and conquest by other nationsThe next generation of Israelites heard but did not witness God providing Israel. Whats more, they wanted to be like other nations and started worshiping idols. So, God sent a foreign nation to conquer and torment them. This shows what God will do when you make him jealous. This also shows that people who heard about something (God) but do not witness that thing (God), they won't really trust that thing (God) and conform to the patterns of the world (idolatry). Part of the judges cycle.
God raises up Judges to deliver IsraelWhen the Israelites are in captive, they realized their wrong of idolatry and cry out to God. God decides to help the Israelites even though he knew the Israelites would turn to idolatry again. So, he raises a judge (different one each time) to drive out their captors. So, the "spirit of the Lord" goes upon the Judges. That's what makes the Judges drive out Israel's captors. The Judges God chose are unhonorable people. This shows that God also treats the unhonorable as equal as the honorable.
The Judges ultimately fail and Israel has a civil warWhen the Judges were in charge of Israel, each new judge failed to meet God's demands even more than the previous one. This showed that everyone God appointed at least did one thing that God does not like. Eventually, the Israelites found themselves fighting against each other because they also did not do what God wants them to do.
Ruth and Boaz's story of Kinsman RedeemerRuth was a Moabite who came to Israel with her mother-in-law, Noemi. Noemi told her to ask Boaz (her kinsman) for marriage so that Boaz can be Noemi's kinsman redeemer. Ruth obeyed Naomi and did that successfully. Boaz is one of Jesus's ancestors. So, in this story, God used Ruth to show that he also welcomes Gentiles to His grace and salvation.
"In those days Israel had no king and everyone did what was right in their own eyes"Israel had judges and they do not really respect their authorities and God because they did what they THINK is okay but not what God SAYS it's okay.