These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Joshua 20—21: The Lord Fulfills His Promises

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Joshua.

How does faith differ from wishful thinking? Why should we expect God to answer our prayers, to provide us with food and clothing, or to be involved in jobs or family? How do we know our faith isn't simply foolishness? Scripture tells us that true faith must be grounded in God's promises. If God has promised to do something, then we can trust him wholeheartedly. If he has not promised to do something, then all the faith in the world won't make it happen. In Joshua 20—21 we see the final outcome of God's promises to Israel.

Warming Up to God

Think of a time recently when you trusted God for something. Which of his promises applied to that situation?

Read Joshua 20-21

Discovering the Word

  • What was the purpose of the cities of refuge (20:1-6)?
  • What does the command to establish these cities teach us about the Lord?
  • How did the Levites differ from the other tribes (see 13:14, 33; 14:3-4; 18:7)?
  • What do you think God's purpose was in scattering the Levites throughout the land?
  • How does 21:43-45 provide the climax to the book of Joshua?

Applying the Word

  • What are some of the promises God has made to us as Christians?
  • In what ways have you seen God fulfill these promises in your life?

Responding in Prayer

Praise God for his faithfulness in keeping his promises to us.

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