- Why was the commander of the LORD’s army standing with his sword drawn?
- How does this relate to the time of year?
- Does God take sides?
- What’s the significance of circumcision before Passover?
- Why hadn’t they been circumcised before?
- What is the connection between the crossing of Jordan and circumcision?
- What happened after Israel crossed the Red Sea, and how does that relate to circumcision?
- What does baptism and circumcision mean?
- What are you trying to cut off in circumcision?
- What is the difference between who witnesses baptism and circumcision?
- What is the definition of circumcision before the Messiah?
- How would you feel if your spouse doesn’t want to wear a ring?
- What is baptism?
- How are baptism and circumcision similar in the time and in the male’s and believer’s life?
- How do you get a new identity with God?
- What does it mean to roll away the reproach of Fgypt?
- How did the pining for Egypt continue from the first to the second generation out of Egypt?
- Why did those in Apostolic congregations detest those who weren’t circumcised?
- Why is the commander of the LORD’s army neither for or against Israel?
- Why is the land where Yehoshua (Joshua) is standing holy?
Parallels between Yehoshua’s movement of Israel across Yordan (Jordan) River into the Promised Land the ministry of Messiah Yeshua past, present & future.
- What things in chapters 3 and 4 that connect to the Messiah?
- Entering promised land and the 10th day of the first month.
- v. 2 — At the end of the third day, they were told to get ready for the fourth day–crossing?
- 31/2 days — Joshua rose early on first day; marshals show up end of 3 days
- v. 3 — Anything ark moves, 6 tribes in front, 6 in back but this time, the ark leads, why?
- v. 3 — tells us the people were to remain 2ooo cubits away from the ark. 1 cubit is the span of a man’s arm from elbow to fingertip. Why is this counting of man? How many years after this generation died to when anyone to follow Messiah?
- Why are all these things symbolic of Messiah?
- v. 7 — Why does God say he will "exalt you"?
- What did Yehoshua say who did this?
- What did Messiah say His job was in relation to God?
- v. 8 — What happened when all Israel crossed the Red Sea? What is this symbolic of?
- Has this new generation been baptized?
- Who is showing the way?
- v. 9 — How does Yehoshua’s rods "come here and see" mirror Messiah’s words?
- v. 10 — Who does Messiah’s give glory for His actions?
- v. 12 — How are the 12 men from the tribes similar to Yeshua’s mission?
- v. 14 — How does leaving tents to go into the promise land parallel where Messiah is taking us?
- v. 16 — What were the massive columns of water?
- What is the Dead Sea symbolic of in prophesy of Ezekiel’s Temple? (dead sea=man=nations)
- v 14-15 — How are picking up 12 stones from under the ark in the river similar to the work of Yeshua’s 12 disciples?
- ch. 4:9 — Why did Yehoshua put stones from the land into the river? How is that symbolic of Israel of nations without a home?
- What is the messsage of the stones swapping for Israel who was only ones to see it?
- What is the testimony to us today?
It’s often taught that God barred Moshe (Moses) from entering Canaan because he hit the rock to start water flowing, rather than speaking to the rock. Yet it seems Moshe’s rebel yell had more to do with it and fits more with the lesson God had been teaching the people since the Exodus.
- What is the setting of the chapter?
- What time of year was it?
- When during the wanderings of Israel for 40 years was this?
- What generation was Moshe (Moses) talking to?
- What was the complaint the people brought?
- Why did God lead the new generation to a place that was so desolate?
- What did God want to show them?
- What, specifically, were the instructions God gave Moshe about getting water from the rock?
- Hadn’t Moshe used the rod before and struck things with it before, like the Nile River and the ground of Egypt?
- Was Moshe’s error in striking the rock, based on what he said to the people right before he struck the rock?
- Who was being tested at the rock of Kadesh?
- Had Israel ever called themselves “the LORD’s community” (ecclesia in the Greek translation of the Scriptures) before?
- Why has the wording changed in this chapter to “Israel” rather than “the people”?
- Why did the people speak to the king of Edom instead of having Moshe talk to him?
- In what way did Moshe and Aharon (Aaron) not believe the LORD?
- Why did Moshe call the people “you rebels”?
- Hadn’t God promised to bring this generation into the land?
- Why were Aharon’s priestly garments stripped from him?
- What is the bigger picture of what’s going on?
- Why did they mourn for 30 days for Aharon?
- What was the high priest’s function for the people bringing gifts and offerings to God?
- What does that teach us about Messiah’s function for us when the Accuser assails us?
- What are the three “weightier matters of the Torah”?
- What book of the Bible never mentions God but is all about faith in Him?
- How did Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther live by faith?
It was a shocking event when a sizable delegation of scholars from the empire of Parthia, a competitor with Rome, visited the land of Israel looking for a recently born “King of Yehudah.” It turns out that this was the legacy of the prophet Daniel. Another prophet foretold “Rachel” would be weeping for her children, and that prophecy was fulfilled not only with the killing of newborns and toddlers in Beit Lekhem (Bethlehem) but also the driving out her descendants into the nations with the Assyrian exile.
Thought questions from the recorded discussion
What did the magi — the “wise men” — know about the coming Messiah, and when did they know it?
What’s the significance of Daniel’s being the teacher of the wise men, the magi, of Babylon? What did Daniel teach them?
Why doesn’t Judaism consider Daniel to be a prophet?
What “star” did the magi see? Why didn’t anyone else, even in Israel see it?
What “signs” are there among the stars? What is the connection between the signs Abraham, the magi and those who witness the Day of the LORD will see in the sky?
Why did the magi bring baby Yeshua gifts? Why did they bring gold, frankincense and myrrh? Why does Messiah get gold and frankincense, but not myrrh, when He returns?
What does the long-standing conflict between the Roman and Parthian empires over the Euphrates River have to do with the statement the appearance of the magi in Jerusalem looking for “the King of the Jews”?
What does the prophecy of Rachel weeping for her children — Joseph and Benjamin — have to do with Herod’s killing of infants and toddlers in Bethlehem to kill the young Messiah?
What is the connection between that prophecy in Jeremiah 31 and the New Covenant predicted in the same chapter?
What’s the link between the Jeremiah 31 predictions of Rachel’s children’s being “no more,” the return of Ephraim and the New Covenant, and the Matthew 2 account of King Herod’s attack on children in Bethlehem?
Why is God’s son — Israel literally and in prophecy and Messiah literally — called out of Egypt? Is this prophecy misapplied?
The long list of names of ancestors of Yeshua can be tedious to read, but it is an important statement about what God was doing by sending the Messiah.
Thought questions from the recorded discussion
What do all the “begat” or “father of” references have to do with anything?
Why is Zerubbabel one of the most important ancestors Yeshua?
Why are there five women, four of which weren’t Israelite mentioned in the lineage of Messiah Yeshua?
What is so important about the generations from Abraham to David, from David to Babylon and from Babylon to Yeshua?
Some Jews say that Yeshua’s lineage through cursed kings makes Him ineligible to become the Messiah King. What does the prophecy of Immanuel from Isaiah have to do with this? What that prophecy good or bad?
Why does Matthew’s genealogical list differ so much from Luke’s?
Why didn’t Mary get sentenced to death for having a child outside marriage, as God’s law required?