Lenten Study - "The Story"

Monday 4 pm at the church - if you would like to join, contact Dana Clearman at danaqc02@gmail.com
Monday 7 pm at the home of Mike and Carol Romkey - if you would like to join, contact them at mgromkey@gmail.com
Tuesday 7 pm at the church - if you would like to join, contact Lisa Frain at frainlisa@gmail.com
Wednesday 6:30 pm at the church - if you would like to join, contact Alison McCrary at alimac8@mchsi.com
Saturday 11:00 am at the church - if you would like to join, contact Alison McCrary at alimac8@mchsi.com



The Story 

Week 7 (29 April – 5 May) 

Chapter 7 The Battle Begins

For our Small Groups (and even if you are doing this on your own at home), please read Chapter 7 in The Story. In your groups, you will see an 11 minute video about The Story and specifically about this chapter. Then you will have time to discuss your reactions to the reading and the video. 

Here is some information that you might find helpful…

Scripture represented in the Story: Joshua 1-2, 6, 8, 10-11, 23-24

- The Story is a sort of ‘Reader’s Digest’ version of the Bible. If you want to read more, you might want to find a translation of the Bible with which you feel comfortable and read Joshua.

- Things left out by The Story: 

o The crossing of the Jordan and setting up of a pillar to commemorate the crossing – composed of 12 stones from the Jordan representing the 12 tribes; more on the circumcision of the Israelite males (Joshua 3-5)

o Details on defying the ban at Jericho and the first attack on Ai (Joshua 7)

o Details on the deception perpetrated by the Gibeonites (Joshua 9)

o Details on the territory allotted to each tribe, establishment of cities of refuge and territory for the Levites (Joshua 12-22)

Interesting facts…

Rahab, the harlot. Rahab, the harlot who hides the Israelite spies on her roof in Jericho, is rewarded by having her entire family spared in the conquest of Jericho. That, however, is not the end of her story. Have a look in the New Testament, in Matthew Chapter 1. This chapter shows the “table of descent of Jesus Christ” (through Joseph) and lists Boaz among Jesus’ ancestors, whose “mother was Rahab.” This is another example (like the fact that Tamar is also listed as an ancestor of Jesus) of God’s Upper Story breaking into our Lower Story – and the selection of surprising people for important roles in salvation history. Not only is Rahab NOT an Israelite, but she is a prostitute. Hang on to this thought - - because we will meet Rahab’s son Boaz in Chapter 9 of The Story – where he will marry a woman from outside of the tribes of Israel – another seeming outsider who will become part of the ancestry of Jesus. There is hope for everyone here…

Jericho. Many scholars hold that Jericho is the longest inhabited city in the world. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of settlements at Jericho dating back 11,000 years – and it is inhabited still today – located on the West Bank of the Jordan.  We will see Jericho again in the Old Testament. Most significantly, we will see the waters of the Jordan parted again near Jericho – by the prophet Elijah just before he is taken up into heaven and then by the prophet Elisha as he returns to the other side, witnessed by the prophets from Jericho (2 Kings 2).