Bible Study Guides – Book of Joshua – Victory at Jericho

January 19, 2020 – January 25, 2020

Key Text

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days” (Hebrews 11:30).

Study Help: Testimonies, vol. 4, 159–164.


“Christ and angels attended the circuit of the ark around Jericho, and finally cast down the massive walls of the city, and delivered Jericho into the hands of Israel.” Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4a, 102.



  • While Joshua was near Jericho, meditating and praying, whom did he see, and what question did he ask? Joshua 5:13.

Note: “As Joshua withdrew from the armies of Israel to meditate and pray for God’s special presence to attend him, he saw a Man of lofty stature, clad in warlike garments, with a drawn sword in His hand. Joshua did not recognize Him as one of the warriors of Israel, and yet He had no appearance of being an enemy.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 159.

  • Who was the warrior of lofty stature and commanding presence that stood before Joshua? What instructions were given? Joshua 5:14, 15.

Note: “[Joshua 5:13–15 quoted.]

“This was no common angel. It was the Lord Jesus Christ, He who had conducted the Hebrews through the wilderness, enshrouded in the pillar of fire by night, and a pillar of cloud by day. The place was made sacred by His presence, therefore Joshua was commanded to put off his shoes.” Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4a, 61.



  • What are we told about Jericho and why its gates were kept shut? What assurance did God give to Joshua? Joshua 6:1, 2.

Note: “One of the strongest fortresses in the land—the large and wealthy city of Jericho—lay just before them [the Israelites]. … On the border of a fertile plain abounding with the rich and varied productions of the tropics, its palaces and temples the abode of luxury and vice, this proud city, behind its massive battlements, offered defiance to the God of Israel. Jericho was one of the principal seats of idol worship, being especially devoted to Ashtaroth, the goddess of the moon. Here centered all that was vilest and most degrading in the religion of the Canaanites. The people of Israel, in whose minds were fresh the fearful results of their sin at Beth-peor, could look upon this heathen city only with disgust and horror.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 487.

  • Explain the instructions God gave through Joshua for the overthrow of the city. Joshua 6:3–8. How did united discipline boost the faith of all?

Note: “The very plan of continuing this ceremony through so long a time prior to the final overthrow of the walls afforded opportunity for the increase of faith among the Israelites.

“They were to become thoroughly impressed with the idea that their strength was not in the wisdom of man, nor in his might, but only in the God of their salvation. They were thus to become accustomed to putting themselves out of the question and relying wholly upon their divine Leader.

“Would those who today profess to be God’s people conduct themselves thus under similar circumstances? Doubtless many would wish to follow out their own plans and would suggest other ways and means of accomplishing the desired end. They would be loath to submit to so simple an arrangement and one that reflected upon themselves no glory save the merit of obedience. They would also question the possibility of a mighty city being conquered in that manner. But the law of duty is supreme. It should hold sway over human reason. Faith is the living power that presses through every barrier, overrides all obstacles, and plants its banner in the heart of the enemy’s camp.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 163.



  • What did Israel do for the first six days in their compass of Jericho? Joshua 6:9–14. How did the city react to the mysterious display?

Note: “In obedience to the divine command Joshua marshaled the armies of Israel. No assault was to be made. They were simply to make the circuit of the city, bearing the ark of God and blowing upon trumpets. First came the warriors, a body of chosen men, not now to conquer by their own skill and prowess, but by obedience to the directions given them from God. Seven priests with trumpets followed. Then the ark of God, surrounded by a halo of divine glory, was borne by priests clad in the dress denoting their sacred office. The army of Israel followed, each tribe under its standard. Such was the procession that compassed the doomed city. No sound was heard but the tread of that mighty host and the solemn peal of the trumpets, echoing among the hills and resounding through the streets of Jericho. The circuit completed, the army returned in silence to their tents, and the ark was restored to its place in the tabernacle.

“With wonder and alarm the watchmen of the city marked every move, and reported to those in authority. They knew not the meaning of all this display; but when they beheld that mighty host marching around their city once each day, with the sacred ark and the attendant priests, the mystery of the scene struck terror to the hearts of priest and people. Again they would inspect their strong defenses, feeling certain they could successfully resist the most powerful attack. Many ridiculed the thought that any harm could come to them through these singular demonstrations. Others were awed as they beheld the procession that each day wound about the city.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 488.

  • What happened on the seventh day? Joshua 6:15, 16, 20; Hebrews 11:30.

Note: “How easily the armies of heaven brought down the walls that had seemed so formidable to the spies who brought the false report! The word of God was the only weapon used. … The work was left to the Almighty.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 161.



  • What did God command about Jericho, its inhabitants, and its goods? How was Joshua’s curse in Joshua 6:26 fulfilled? Joshua 6:17–19, 24, 26; 1 Kings 16:34.

Note: “The Israelites had not gained the victory by their own power; the conquest had been wholly the Lord’s; and as the first fruits of the land, the city, with all that it contained, was to be devoted as a sacrifice to God. It was to be impressed upon Israel that in the conquest of Canaan they were not to fight for themselves, but simply as instruments to execute the will of God; not to seek for riches or self-exaltation, but the glory of Jehovah their King. Before the capture the command had been given, [Joshua 6:17, 18 quoted].

“All the inhabitants of the city, with every living thing that it contained … were put to the sword. … The city itself was burned; its palaces and temples, its magnificent dwellings with all their luxurious appointments, the rich draperies and the costly garments, were given to the flames. … The very site of the city was accursed; Jericho was never to be rebuilt as a stronghold; judgments were threatened upon anyone who should presume to restore the walls that divine power had cast down.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 491, 492.

  • Why did God pronounce such doom upon Jericho? Deuteronomy 7:2–10; 20:16–18.

Note: “[Deuteronomy 7:2; 20:16 quoted.] To many these commands seem to be contrary to the spirit of love and mercy enjoined in other portions of the Bible, but they were in truth the dictates of infinite wisdom and goodness. God was about to establish Israel in Canaan, to develop among them a nation and government that should be a manifestation of His kingdom upon the earth. They were not only to be inheritors of the true religion, but to disseminate its principles throughout the world. The Canaanites had abandoned themselves to the foulest and most debasing heathenism, and it was necessary that the land should be cleared of what would so surely prevent the fulfillment of God’s gracious purposes.

“The inhabitants of Canaan had been granted ample opportunity for repentance.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 492.



  • What are we to learn from the conquest of Jericho? Romans 15:4.

Note: “As a people we lack faith. In these days few would follow the directions given through God’s chosen servant as obediently as did the armies of Israel at the taking of Jericho. The Captain of the Lord’s host did not reveal Himself to all the congregation. He communicated only with Joshua, who related the story of this interview to the Hebrews. It rested with them to believe or to doubt the words of Joshua, to follow the commands given by him in the name of the Captain of the Lord’s host, or to rebel against his directions and deny his authority. They could not see the host of angels, marshaled by the Son of God, who led their van; and they might have reasoned: ‘What unmeaning movements are these, and how ridiculous the performance of marching daily around the walls of the city, blowing trumpets of ram’s horns meanwhile! This can have no effect upon those strong towering fortifications.’ …

“He [God] will help His believing children in every emergency if they will place their entire confidence in Him and implicitly obey Him. …

“God works mightily for a faithful people who obey His word without questioning or doubt. The Majesty of heaven, with His army of angels, leveled the walls of Jericho without human aid. The armed warriors of Israel had no cause to glory in their achievements. All was done through the power of God. Let the people give up self and the desire to work after their own plans, let them humbly submit to the divine will, and God will revive their strength and bring freedom and victory to His children.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 162–164. [Emphasis author’s.]



1     How was Joshua strengthened in advance to carry out a specific strategy?

2    If Jericho had not been destroyed, how might the rest of history been affected?

3    Explain the mysterious way in which God won the battle of Jericho.

4    Why did Israel need to burn everything and give the metals to the treasury?

5    What might be preventing me from experiencing the success God can give?


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Bible Study Guides – Book of Joshua – Clinging to God’s Presence

January 12, 2020 – January 18, 2020

Key Text

“And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it” (Joshua 3:3).

Study Help: Patriarchs and Prophets, 483–486; Testimonies, vol. 1, 645–653; Early Writings, 32.


“Study carefully the experiences of Israel in their travels to Canaan. Study the third and fourth chapters of Joshua, recording their preparation for and passage over the Jordan into the promised land.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 2, 994.



  • What distinct command did Joshua give regarding the ark of the covenant, the symbol of God’s presence in Israel? Why? Joshua 3:2–4.

Note: “The ark of God was a sacred chest, made to be the depository of the ten commandments, which law was the representative of God himself. This ark was considered the glory and strength of Israel. The token of Divine presence abode upon it day and night.” Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4a, 101.

  • How is the ark of the covenant in heaven equally significant for us today? Hebrews 8:1, 2; 9:3–5.

Note: “Satan has laid every measure possible that nothing shall come among us as a people to reprove and rebuke us, and exhort us to put away our errors. But there is a people who will bear the ark of God.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 411.



  • Before the Israelites could experience God’s presence in a miraculous way, how did Joshua tell them to prepare themselves? Joshua 3:5.
  • What is God’s promise in regard to the purification of His people? Titus 2:14; Matthew 16:24.

Note: “True sanctification comes through the working out of the principle of love. …

“Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but of a lifetime. It is not gained by a happy flight of feeling, but is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ.” The Acts of the Apostles, 560.

“Genuine sanctification … is nothing less than a daily dying to self and daily conformity to the will of God. … Paul’s sanctification was a constant conflict with self. Said he: ‘I die daily’ (1 Corinthians 15:31, last part). His will and his desires every day conflicted with duty and the will of God. Instead of following inclination, he did the will of God, however unpleasant and crucifying to his nature.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 299.

“True sanctification is harmony with God, oneness with Him in character. It is received through obedience to those principles that are the transcript of His character.” Ibid., vol. 6, 350.

“Here is Bible sanctification. It is not merely a show or outside work. It is sanctification received through the channel of truth. It is truth received in the heart, and practically carried out in the life.” Ibid., vol. 1, 339.

  • Who were commanded to be the first to potentially risk life and safety for the sake of the people? Joshua 3:6–8.

Note: “The priests obeyed the commands of their leader, and went before the people carrying the ark of the covenant. Orders had been given for the multitude to fall back, so that there was a vacant space of three-fourths of a mile about the ark. The immense hosts watched with deep interest as the priests advanced down the bank of the Jordan. They saw them with the sacred ark move steadily forward, toward the angry, surging stream, till the feet of the bearers seemed to be dipping into the waters.” The Signs of the Times, April 7, 1881.



  • What promise was fulfilled to the consecrated men of God who bore the sacred ark in the face of danger? Isaiah 43:2.

Note: “Four heavenly angels always accompanied the ark of God in all its journeyings, to guard it from all danger, and to fulfill any mission required of them in connection with the ark.” Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4a, 102.

  • What did the Lord promise with regard to the bearing of the ark at the tremendous swelling of the river Jordan? Joshua 3:9–13.
  • What hope does God extend to every burden bearer who faithfully presses forward to “bear the ark” today, spreading the present truth often under difficult and trying circumstances? Psalm 126:4–6.

Note: “There are times when it seems to the servant of God impossible to do the work necessary to be done, because of the lack of means to carry on a strong, solid work. Some are fearful that with the facilities at their command they cannot do all that they feel it their duty to do. But if they advance in faith, the salvation of God will be revealed, and prosperity will attend their efforts. He who has bidden His followers go into all parts of the world will sustain every laborer who in obedience to His command seeks to proclaim His message.

“In the upbuilding of His work the Lord does not always make everything plain before His servants. He sometimes tries the confidence of His people by bringing about circumstances which compel them to move forward in faith. Often He brings them into strait and trying places, and bids them advance when their feet seem to be touching the waters of Jordan. It is at such times, when the prayers of His servants ascend to Him in earnest faith, that God opens the way before them and brings them out into a large place.” The Acts of the Apostles, 357.



  • What amazing result followed when the priests implicitly obeyed the command that God gave through Joshua? Joshua 3:14–17; 4:18.

Note: “The priests obeyed the commands of their leader and went before the people, carrying the ark of the covenant. The Hebrew hosts took up the line of march and followed this symbol of the divine presence. The wide column filed down the bank of Jordan, and, as the feet of the priests were dipped in the brim of the river, the water was cut off from above, and the volume below rolled on, leaving the bed of the stream dry. The priests passed on, bearing the ark of God, and Israel followed in the rear. Halfway over Jordan the priests were commanded to stand still in the channel of the river till all the Hebrew host had crossed over. This was to impress upon their minds more forcibly the fact that the power which stayed the waters of Jordan was the same that enabled their fathers to cross the Red Sea forty years before.

“Many who passed through the Red Sea when they were children, now, by a similar miracle, crossed over Jordan, men of war, equipped for battle. After the host of Israel had all passed over, Joshua commanded the priests to come up out of the river. When they, bearing the ark of the covenant, stood safe upon the farther shore, God removed His mighty hand, and the accumulated waters rushed down, a mighty cataract, in the natural channel of the stream. Jordan rolled on, a resistless flood, overflowing all its banks.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 157, 158.

  • How and why was this miracle to be kept in memory? How did this affect the surrounding nations? Joshua 4:4–9, 21–24; 5:1.

Note: “Jesus the Son of God, followed by heavenly angels, went before the ark as it came to Jordan, and the waters were cut off before His presence. Christ and angels stood by the ark and the priests in the bed of the river until all Israel had passed over Jordan.” Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4a, 102.

“When the tidings that God had stayed the waters of Jordan before the children of Israel, reached the kings of the Amorites and of the Canaanites, their hearts melted with fear.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 485.



  • Why had the practice of circumcision been suspended, and why was it now restored? Joshua 5:2–9.

Note: “The suspension of the rite of circumcision since the rebellion at Kadesh had been a constant witness to Israel that their covenant with God, of which it was the appointed symbol, had been broken. And the discontinuance of the Passover, the memorial of their deliverance from Egypt, had been an evidence of the Lord’s displeasure at their desire to return to the land of bondage. Now, however, the years of rejection were ended. Once more God acknowledged Israel as His people, and the sign of the covenant was restored. The rite of circumcision was performed upon all the people who had been born in the wilderness.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 485.

  • What else marked the victorious condition in which the Israelites now found themselves after the miracle at the Jordan? Joshua 5:10–12.

Note: “The Lord had now signally manifested His power and favor by leading His people over Jordan on dry land, and their enemies could no longer reproach them. The manna, which had continued up to this time, now ceased; for as the Israelites were about to possess Canaan, and eat of the fruits of that goodly land, there was no more need of it.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 159.



1   What is the significance of the priests’ willingness to walk into the Jordan?

2   What does the Spirit of Prophecy mean when it says “… people who will bear the ark of God”? Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 411.

3   Why was the rite of circumcision vital at the entrance to the promised land?

4   Why should we keep in remembrance God’s provisions for us?

5   What happens when “holy hands hold the ark no longer”? Testimonies, vol. 5, 77.

Bible Study Guides – Book of Joshua – Cooperating for Success

January 5, 2020 – January 11, 2020

Key Text

“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31).

Study Help: Prophets and Kings, 369, 370, 375–378.


“In wicked Jericho the testimony of a heathen woman was, ‘The Lord your God, He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath’ (Joshua 2:11). The knowledge of Jehovah that had thus come to her, proved her salvation.” Prophets and Kings, 369.



  • What shows that Joshua planned efficiently, as a man of action? Joshua 1:10–15. How should this inspire us today?

Note: “Well-defined plans should be freely presented to all whom they may concern, and it should be ascertained that they are understood. Then require of all those who are at the head of the various departments to cooperate in the execution of these plans. If this sure and radical method is properly adopted and followed up with interest and good will, it will avoid much work being done without any definite object, much useless friction.” Evangelism, 94.

“Let companies now be quickly organized to go out two and two, and labor in the Spirit of Christ, following His plans. Even though some Judas may introduce himself into the ranks of the workers, the Lord will care for the work. His angels will go before and prepare the way. Before this time, every large city should have heard the testing message, and thousands should have been brought to a knowledge of the truth. Wake up the churches, take the light from under the bushel.” Medical Ministry, 303.



  • How did the tribes on the east side of the Jordan assure Joshua of their confidence and support? Joshua 1:16, 17. What can we learn from this?

Note: “Christ would have His followers brought together in church capacity, observing order, having rules and discipline, and all subject one to another, esteeming others better than themselves. Union and confidence are essential to the prosperity of the church. If each member of the church feels at liberty to move independently of the others, taking his own peculiar course, how can the church be in any safety in the hour of danger and peril? The prosperity and very existence of a church depend upon the prompt, united action and mutual confidence of its members. When, at a critical time, one sounds the alarm of danger, there is need of prompt and active work, without stopping to question and canvass the whole subject from end to end, thus letting the enemy gain every advantage by delay, when united action might save many souls from perdition. …

“Confidence in our brethren is essential to the prosperity of the church; union of action is important in a religious crisis. One imprudent step, one careless action, may plunge the church into difficulties and trials from which it may not recover for years. One member of the church filled with unbelief may give an advantage to the great foe that will affect the prosperity of the entire church, and many souls may be lost as the result.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 445, 446.

  • How did the people encourage Joshua? Joshua 1:18. How can we be inspired by this support of leadership?

Note: “Let us not discourage one another. Let us take hold unitedly to make every line of the Lord’s work a success. If someone comes to you and talks discouragingly about the work in one or another of our institutions, telling you that they are extravagant beyond measure, say to them, ‘I am sorry if that is so, but let us help them out if they are in difficulty.’ If you will speak thus you may avoid much of the evil that might result were you to withdraw your sympathy, and should you refuse to help those who, possibly, may have been misrepresented. Let us never discourage even those who have done wrong, by treating them as if they had committed against us an unpardonable sin.” Counsels on Health, 243.



  • What step did Joshua take when facing the first obstacle in the journey? Joshua 2:1, first part.

 Note: “The Israelites were still encamped on the east side of Jordan, which presented the first barrier to the occupation of Canaan. ‘Arise,’ had been the first message of God to Joshua, ‘go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them’ (Joshua 1:2). No instruction was given as to the way in which they were to make the passage. Joshua knew, however, that whatever God should command, He would make a way for His people to perform, and in this faith the intrepid leader at once began his arrangements for an advance.

“A few miles beyond the river, just opposite the place where the Israelites were encamped, was the large and strongly fortified city of Jericho. This city was virtually the key to the whole country, and it would present a formidable obstacle to the success of Israel. Joshua therefore sent two young men as spies to visit this city and ascertain something as to its population, its resources, and the strength of its fortifications.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 482.

  • Explain the state of mind of Jericho’s inhabitants and the protection given by Rahab at the peril of her life. Joshua 2:1, last part–9.

 Note: “The terrible judgments of God which were visited upon the idolaters in the lands through which the children of Israel passed caused a fear and dread to fall upon all people living on the earth.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 2, 994.

  • What did Rahab recognize as the key to Israel’s strength? Joshua 2:10, 11.

Note: “Through the teaching of the sacrificial service, Christ was to be uplifted before the nations, and all who would look unto Him should live. All who, like Rahab the Canaanite, … turned from idolatry to the worship of the true God were to unite themselves with His chosen people.” Prophets and Kings, 19.



  • By what process did Rahab protect the men of God and in turn receive protection herself as well? Joshua 2:12–20. What does this teach us?

Note: “Those who are watching for souls, who devote themselves most fully to the salvation of the erring, are most surely working out their own salvation.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 607.

  • What did the woman do to signify her agreement? Joshua 2:21. How important is cooperation in the work of God?

Note: “There is much said concerning the inefficiency of human effort, and yet the Lord does nothing for the salvation of the soul without the cooperation of man.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 217.

  • What should we learn from the caution exercised by the spies? Joshua 2:22.

Note: “There are those who have a reckless spirit, which they term courage and bravery. They needlessly place themselves in scenes of danger and peril, thus exposing themselves to temptations out of which it would require a miracle of God to bring them unharmed and untainted. …

“God’s precious promises are not given to strengthen man in a presumptuous course or for him to rely upon when he rushes needlessly into danger. The Lord requires us to move with a humble dependence upon His providence. ‘It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps’ (Jeremiah 10:23, last part). In God is our prosperity and our life. Nothing can be done prosperously without the permission and blessing of God. He can set His hand to prosper and bless, or He can turn His hand against us. … We should exercise prudence, caution, and humility, and walk circumspectly toward them that are without.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 482.



  • When the spies returned to the camp of Israel, what did they report to Joshua? Joshua 2:23, 24. How important is it to use encouraging words?

Note: “The bright and cheerful side of religion will be represented by all who are daily consecrated to God. We should not dishonor our Lord by a mournful relation of trials that appear grievous. All trials that are received as educators will produce joy. The whole religious life will be uplifting, elevating, ennobling, fragrant with good words and works: The enemy is well pleased to have souls depressed, downcast; he desires unbelievers to gain wrong impressions regarding the effect of our faith. But God desires the mind to take a higher level. He desires every soul to triumph in the keeping power of the Redeemer.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 4, 1183.

  • When Jericho was later destroyed, how did the Israelites treat Rahab and her family? Joshua 6:21–23, 25. What shows the victory possible through faith, regardless of whatever sin we may have indulged? Hebrews 11:31.

Note: “The stronghold of sin is in the will. Put your will on God’s side of the question; place yourself no longer in the position of a sinner, a harlot. You may not see clearly how you will obtain deliverance from the sins which have been cherished, and strengthened with repetition. The only way is to confess your sins, forsake them, and believe that Jesus will pardon you.” Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce, 140, 141.



1     In my missionary efforts, how can I imitate the efficiency of Joshua?

2    How can I imitate the support that the tribes gave to Joshua at the Jordan?

3    What is God’s plan for the “Rahabs” we may encounter on a daily basis?

4    Why are caution and prudence important virtues in perilous times?

5    How can my speech become more like the report the spies brought back?

Bible Study Guides – Book of Joshua – Courageous Leadership

December 29, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Key Text

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24).

Study Help: The Ministry of Healing, 497–502.


“You may reach God’s ideal if you will resolve that self shall not be woven into your work. To know that you are striving in spirit and in works to be Christlike, will give you strength and comfort and courage.” Gospel Workers, 164.



  • How did Israel respond to the death of Moses? Deuteronomy 34:7, 8; Psalm 112:6.

Note: “The Israelites deeply mourned for their departed leader, and thirty days were devoted to special services in honor of his memory. Never till he was taken from them had they so fully realized the value of his wise counsels, his parental tenderness, and his unswerving faith. With a new and deeper appreciation they recalled the precious lessons he had given while still with them.

“Moses was dead, but his influence did not die with him. It was to live on, reproducing itself in the hearts of his people. The memory of that holy, unselfish life would long be cherished, with silent, persuasive power molding the lives even of those who had neglected his living words.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 481.

  • What should the loss of faithful workers make us consider? Psalm 116:15.

Note: “Satan is constantly working through his agents to dishearten and destroy those whom God has chosen to accomplish a great and good work. They may be ready to sacrifice even their own life for the advancement of the cause of Christ, yet the great deceiver will suggest doubts, distrust, jealousy, concerning them, that if entertained will undermine confidence in their integrity of character, and thus cripple their usefulness. Too often he succeeds in working through their own brethren, to bring upon them such sorrow and anguish of heart that God graciously interposes to give his persecuted servants rest. After the hands are folded upon the pulseless breast, after the voice of warning and encouragement is silent, then death may accomplish that which life has failed to do; then the obdurate may be aroused to see and prize the blessings they have cast from them.” Sketches from the Life of Paul, 232.



  • Why is it important to respect God-fearing leaders? Hebrews 13:17; 1Timothy 5:17.

 Note: “The names of God’s chosen servants have been handled with disrespect, and in some cases with absolute contempt, by certain persons whose duty it is to uphold them. The children have not failed to hear the disrespectful remarks of their parents in reference to the solemn reproofs and warnings of God’s servants. They have understood the scornful jests and depreciatory speeches that from time to time have met their ears, and the tendency has been to bring sacred and eternal interests, in their minds, on a level with the common affairs of the world. What a work are these parents doing in making infidels of their children even in their childhood! This is the way that children are taught to be irreverent and to rebel against Heaven’s reproof of sin. …

“There are many who find special enjoyment in discoursing and dwelling upon the defects, whether real or imaginary, of those who bear heavy responsibilities in connection with the institutions of God’s cause. They overlook the good that has been accomplished, the benefits that have resulted from arduous labor and unflinching devotion to the cause, and fasten their attention upon some apparent mistake, some matter that, after it has been done and the consequences have followed, they fancy could have been done in a better manner with fairer results, when the truth is, had they been left to do the work, they would either have refused to move at all under the attending discouragements of the case, or would have managed more indiscreetly than those who did do the work, following the opening of God’s providence.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 195, 196.

  • How can we demonstrate respect and care for church leaders today? Hebrews 12:12, 13; Job 4:4.

Note: “The words of criticism that have been spoken have at times had a very discouraging effect. But again and again in their necessity, the Lord sent them the word to go straight ahead, to follow their Leader. I have been instructed to lift up the hands that hang down and to strengthen the feeble knees, to encourage the faithful laborers with words from the Lord.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 6, 409.



  • Who was appointed to be the visible leader of Israel after Moses’ death? What were his qualifications? Deuteronomy 34:9.

Note: “Joshua was now the acknowledged leader of Israel. He had been known chiefly as a warrior, and his gifts and virtues were especially valuable at this stage in the history of his people. Courageous, resolute, and persevering, prompt, incorruptible, unmindful of selfish interests in his care for those committed to his charge, and, above all, inspired by a living faith in God—such was the character of the man divinely chosen to conduct the armies of Israel in their entrance upon the Promised Land. During the sojourn in the wilderness he had acted as prime minister to Moses, and by his quiet, unpretending fidelity, his steadfastness when others wavered, his firmness to maintain the truth in the midst of danger, he had given evidence of his fitness to succeed Moses, even before he was called to the position by the voice of God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 481, 482.

  • What characteristics contributed to Joshua’s success? Isaiah 57:15; 66:2.

Note: “It was with great anxiety and self-distrust that Joshua had looked forward to the work before him.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 482.

  • What was God’s plan for the successful conquest of Canaan? Joshua 1:1–5, 9.

Note: “Joshua was a wise general because God was his guide.” Conflict and Courage, 116.

“The Lord promised Joshua that He would be with him as He had been with Moses, and He would make Canaan an easy conquest to him, provided he would be faithful to observe all His commandments. Joshua had been anxious concerning the execution of his commission to lead the people into the land of Canaan; but this assurance removed his fears.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 156, 157.



  • What did God repeatedly tell this new leader? Why? Joshua 1:6, 7.

Note: “Do you think that all these charges would have been given to Joshua if there had been no danger of his being brought under misleading influences? It was because the strongest influences were to be brought to bear against his principles of righteousness that the Lord in mercy charged him not to turn to the right hand or to the left. He was to follow a course of strictest integrity. … If there had been no peril before Joshua, God would not over and over again have charged him to be of good courage. But amid all his cares, Joshua had his God to guide him.

“There is no greater deception than for man to suppose that in any difficulty he can find a better guide than God, a wiser counselor in any emergency, a stronger defense under any circumstance.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 2, 993.

  • How was Joshua to be prepared in order to fulfill God’s plans? Joshua 1:8. What can we learn from this?

Note: “While Bible religion embodies the principles of activity in service, at the same time there is the necessity of asking for wisdom daily from the Source of all wisdom. What was Joshua’s victory? Thou shalt meditate upon the Word of God day and night. …

“Those holding the positions of counselors should be unselfish men, men of faith, men of prayer, men that will not dare to rely upon their own human wisdom, but will seek earnestly for light and intelligence as to what is the best manner of conducting their business. Joshua, the commander of Israel, searched the books diligently in which Moses had faithfully chronicled the directions given by God—His requirements, reproofs, and restrictions,—lest he should move unadvisedly. Joshua was afraid to trust his own impulses, or his own wisdom. He regarded everything that came from Christ, who was enshrouded by the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, as of sufficient importance to be sacredly cherished.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 2, 993, 994.



  • What assurance do we have as we seek to be of good courage in doing our part in the Lord’s vineyard? Psalm 31:24; Isaiah 41:10.

Note: “As the standard-bearers are fainting and falling, who are coming up to take their place? … Are there not men who will dedicate themselves to God, soul, body, and spirit, to go forth and enlighten others? …

“The torch of truth must be carried into the dark places of the earth. While the angels are holding the winds, we must work as Christ worked. …

“If we had toiled with fidelity, patience, and love, we should have had one hundred workers where there is one. Unimproved opportunities are written against us in the same book that bears the record of envy and rebellion against God.” The Review and Herald, December 15, 1885.

“This world is God’s great field of labor; He has purchased those that dwell on it with the blood of His only-begotten Son, and He means that His message of mercy shall go to everyone. Those who are commissioned to do this work will be tested and tried, but they are always to remember that God is near to strengthen and uphold them. He does not ask us to depend upon any broken reed. We are not to look for human aid. God forbid that we should place man where God should be. … The Lord Jehovah is ‘everlasting strength’ (Isaiah 26:4).” Reflecting Christ, 352.

“Be of good courage in the Lord. Remember how merciful and kind He is, how great has been His keeping power over you. That which men have failed to do, God has done. Honor Him. Be an example of piety to all with whom you are connected. Let God do all judging. Your work is to love and serve God and to be a help to others.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 19, 151.



1     What should the Israelites have considered while Moses was still alive?

2    How may I be at risk of undermining the effectiveness of faithful leaders?

3    Explain the secrets of Joshua’s success from the very beginning of his work.

4    How was Joshua able to develop courage?

5    What should motivate us to cultivate the quality of courage?

Recipe – Banana Blueberry Bars


1 cup medjool dates, pitted and diced

1½ cups apple juice (or water)

1 cup oat flour (oats ground fine in blender)

2 cups rolled oats

½ tsp. cardamom

3 medium ripe bananas, diced

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¾ cup blueberries, frozen or fresh

½ cup walnuts


  • Soak dates with apple juice in small bowl for at least 20 minutes.
  • Line bottom and sides of a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Combine oat flour, oats, and cardamom in large bowl; set aside.
  • In blender place bananas, vanilla extract, apple juice and dates; blend until creamy.
  • Pour banana mixture into dry ingredient bowl; mix with fork. Fold in blueberries and walnuts.
  • Pour batter into lined baking dish; smooth top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until light brown. Use toothpick to test for doneness.
  • Let cool 5–10 minutes. Serve.

Food – Cardamom, the Next Turmeric?

Turmeric has been the go-to spice for years. This golden spice has been the focus of many headlines, stating that it fights anything from common flu to depression. However, there is another healing spice worthy of high status.

Known as the Queen of Spices, cardamom is a nutritional powerhouse, typically used in the western hemisphere to flavor food. However, it is now becoming notorious for its medicinal purposes, including combating a variety of ailments, counteracting digestive problems, reducing inflammation in the stomach lining, while calming heartburn and nausea naturally. It also contains high levels of minerals and vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, iron, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C and can freshen your breath.

This pungent spice clears the bronchi and lungs of mucus, thereby cleaning the respiratory tract. It helps prevent and relieve symptoms of cold, cough, flu and bronchitis and is considered to be highly beneficial for asthma patients. It also acts as a natural remedy for whooping cough and bronchitis.

Cardamom helps dispel nausea, hiccups, and relief from other involuntary muscle spasms, like stomach and intestinal cramps.

As a diuretic and fiber-rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers elevated blood pressure levels and stimulates bowel movements, thereby protecting from constipation. Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and platelets from sticking to the artery walls.

Studies are showing promise that cardamom protects against, inhibits growth of, and even kills some cancers.

Kitchen royalty, this versatile spice has earned its title medicinally and culinarily.


Banana Blueberry Bars


1 cup medjool dates, pitted and diced

1½ cups apple juice (or water)

1 cup oat flour (oats ground fine in blender)

2 cups rolled oats

½ tsp. cardamom

3 medium ripe bananas, diced

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¾ cup blueberries, frozen or fresh

½ cup walnuts


  • Soak dates with apple juice in small bowl for at least 20 minutes.
  • Line bottom and sides of a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Combine oat flour, oats, and cardamom in large bowl; set aside.
  • In blender place bananas, vanilla extract, apple juice and dates; blend until creamy.
  • Pour banana mixture into dry ingredient bowl; mix with fork. Fold in blueberries and walnuts.
  • Pour batter into lined baking dish; smooth top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until light brown. Use toothpick to test for doneness.
  • Let cool 5–10 minutes. Serve.

Health – Raw is Not New

Eating raw food is not a new idea or a new fad. It is an old idea which has again resurfaced to redirect people to a better way of life by replenishing their diets with raw along with cooked. It really is a forgotten art. Let’s look at a little bit of history.

As early as World War I, leaders in the field of nutrition were unearthing the dangers of processed and packaged foods as well as the powers of raw foods. During that time, a German food scientist named Werner Kollath conducted a test of a processed food diet on lab animals. On the outside, these animals looked relatively healthy, but as they grew older, they developed a number of health complications. Further, it was found upon performing an autopsy after their death that their insides were filled with disease. At the time, there weren’t any available vitamins to give sickly animals for them to regain their health. What Kollath found instead was that a diet filled with leafy greens, vegetables and cereal germs – all enzyme-rich raw foods – helped them return to their normal levels of health, explained Dr. Donaldson.”

“Enzyme-rich raw foods helped them regain their health.”

“Later, physician Max Bircher-Benner found the answer in living foods through his own illness. He eventually opened a clinic in Zurich, Switzerland, that helped heal a number of individuals with whole, raw food – one of the first of its kind. Dr. Max Gerson was another physician who experienced his own ailments, primarily migraines. After trying several different diets, he found that the living food diet, derived from that of monkeys, worked to alleviate their severe headaches. He then found that these raw foods could help a number of other diseases, including cancer.

“Another man who accidently discovered the power of a raw food diet was Norman Walker, who found the answer in juicing: Fresh carrot juice and a living diet helped Norman overcome his nervous breakdown. Meanwhile, a woman named Ann Wigmore took what she learned from her grandmother’s natural treatments during WWI and began eating grass and flowers when she developed gangrene. She was soon healed. In her mission to find the best grasses for health, Wigmore would go on to promote cereal grass and wheat grass.”

Excerpts from:

There are many other writers who also agree that including more raw foods for nourishment and health into our diet would be a great idea. Many already know that eating processed and cooked foods for most of their diet is not the best for their health. It is not strengthening to the immune system because most of the vitamins and minerals have been cooked to death and being devoid of nutrition are no longer of use to the body. Processed foods purchased in stores truly have been processed to death.

The main object of healthy eating is to keep our bodies in tip-top shape for the Lord’s service. So why not build up your immune system and do your part to restore and prolong your health. In this way you will give glory to God by the choices you make in what you eat.

Onward Christian Soldiers!

Question & Answer – What is the meaning of Sackcloth?

“Sackcloth” – Strong’s Exhaustive concordance of the Bible, #4526-New Testament = sackcloth—material or garments made to be worn as a sign of grief; #8242-Old Testament = coarse, loose clothing used in mourning.

“There should be, not a clothing of the body with sackcloth, as in ancient times, but a deep humiliation of soul. We have not the first reason for self-congratulation and self-exaltation. We should humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. He will appear to comfort and bless the true seekers.” Selected Messages, Book 1, 126. [Emphasis supplied.]

“We are not to make crosses for ourselves, by wearing sackcloth, by pinching our bodies, or by denying ourselves wholesome, nourishing food. We are not to shut ourselves in monasteries, away from the world, and do no good to our fellow beings, thinking this is the cross of Christ; neither are we required to expose health and life unnecessarily, nor to go mourning up the hill of Christian life, feeling it a sin to be cheerful, contented, happy, and joyful. These are all self-made crosses, but not the cross of Christ.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 626.

“When the Bible was proscribed by religious and secular authority; when its testimony was perverted, and every effort made that men and demons could invent to turn the minds of the people from it; when those who dared proclaim its sacred truths were hunted, betrayed, tortured, buried in dungeon cells, martyred for their faith, or compelled to flee to mountain fastnesses, and to dens and caves of the earth—then the faithful witnesses prophesied in sackcloth. Yet they continued their testimony throughout the entire period of 1260 years. In the darkest times there were faithful men who loved God’s word and were jealous for His honor. To these loyal servants were given wisdom, power, and authority to declare His truth during the whole of this time.” The Great Controversy, 267, 268.

“The knowledge of the way of the Lord is increasing, and will continue to increase. Heresy and superstition are clothing the world in the sackcloth garments of rebellion and transgression. Literature and cheap fiction of every order is circulated like the leaves of autumn, and the minds of thousands are so taken up with irreligious, cheap trash that there is no place in the mind for solid reading. The word of God and all that would elevate man from his degradation is passed by with indifference.” This Day With God, 131.

Children’s Story – How Grandma Came for Christmas

At last the day had come to open the money boxes! How long it had taken to fill them! What hard work it had meant, what careful saving, what giving up of candy and nice ribbons and special treats! To Hilda and Mona it had seemed as though they would never be allowed to open them, and sometimes they had even said it wasn’t worthwhile putting the money in.

But at last the day had come! It was a week before Christmas, and of course everybody was wanting all the money he could find for presents and new dresses and things. How glad the children were that they had heeded their mother and had kept the boxes unopened till now! Mother was right, after all.

Click! went the key in Mona’s little cash box, and there inside she saw the pile of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and one half dollar. What joy! She counted it all up, and Hilda counted it afterward, just to make sure it was right. Four dollars and fifty-one cents! What a lot of money for a little girl!

“Now you open yours,” said Mona. “I wonder how much you have saved.”

Hilda’s was a strange looking money box, and it certainly held money tightly. It was such a job to get it out. She had to use a knife, but as she poked it in, out came the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and two half dollars. It was a lovely sight.

“Oh,” said Mona, “you have more than I!”

“It looks like it,” said Hilda. “Let’s count it up. One, two, three. Why, I believe there’s more than five dollars!”

And so there was. It came to $5.28. How happy they were! Never had they had so much money to spend all at once.

Then came the big question. What should they spend it on? Soon they realized how little they had really saved.

There were so many things they wanted to buy, and most of them cost more than they had saved.

Mona thought she would like to get a pretty dress, but how far would $4.51 go? Hilda’s first thought was for a beautiful handbag, the kind with two pockets in the middle and a mirror. But again, how far would $5.28 go? Then they talked of other things they would like—so many things—but try as they would they could not stretch their money nearly far enough to cover all their desires.

“I’m getting tired of trying to decide,” said Hilda. “This money is a bother.”

“Do you know,” said Mona, “I wonder whether the trouble is that we are trying to spend it all on ourselves?”

Hilda sat very quiet and still. “Perhaps it is,” she said.

“Just for fun,” said Mona, “let’s try to think how we could spend it on some other people.”

“Mom, for instance,” said Hilda.

“Yes, or Grandma,” said Mona.

“All right. You write down what you would buy for them and I’ll do the same.”

So they both found pencil and paper and began to write. Hilda soon made a long list—long enough to use up her $5.28 many times over.

“You don’t seem to have put down much, Mona,” she said, looking at her paper.

“No,” said Mona, “but I’ve got an idea! I’ve thought of something that would be a beautiful present for both Mom and Grandma.”

“Oh, tell me,” said Hilda.

“Well,” said Mona, “you know how Mom has been longing to have Grandma come down here to stay with her for a while? Well, the only reason Grandma doesn’t come is that she can’t afford the fare and Mom can’t afford to send it to her. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were to send Grandma her fare ourselves, and invite her down to surprise Mom?”

“Mona, you are a genius!” said Hilda. “I should enjoy that much more than a new handbag. Let’s do it right now.”

“Isn’t it just lovely?” said Mona. “I’m so glad you like the idea. I’d much rather see Mom happy than have a new dress. Let’s get a pen and some writing paper. You’ll write the letter, won’t you?”

“All right,” said Hilda. “You tell me what to say.”

So together they wrote to Grandma:

“Our dear Grandma,

“We all want you very much to come down here for Christmas. Mona and I have been saving up for a long time, and we want to pay your fare. You will find it in this letter. Please be sure to come soon. We shall expect you next week.

“With lots of love from Hilda and Mona.”

“Oh, Mona,” said Hilda when she had finished writing; “whatever will Mom say when Grandma comes?”

“Oh, that’s part of the joy. She’ll be so pleased and surprised she won’t know what to do with herself.”

Picking up their money and putting on their coats, the two went down to the post office, bought a postal money order for $9, and mailed it to Grandma. Chuckling all over and enjoying their secret immensely, they returned home to await the big surprise.

For the next few days the girls could not settle down to anything. Every footstep made them jump, and every creak of the front gate gave them a start. They felt inside themselves that they had done something big and beautiful, and they just couldn’t keep still.

Every now and then they would burst out laughing, for no apparent reason whatever. Mother wondered what could have gone wrong with them. They often had innocent little secrets they tried to keep from her, but this was rather mysterious.

Then at last came a different knock at the door.

“Hilda, there’s someone at the door,” called Mother. “Please go and see who it is.”

But Hilda guessed that the great moment had come, and she wanted Mother to have the surprise they had planned so long. “Do please go yourself, Mom,” she said.

So Mother hurried to the door, thinking it was the postman or the milkman. She opened the door—and there stood Grandma, with her handbags and trunk, as though she had come to stay a month.

“Mother!” cried Mom. “Whoever—whatever! Isn’t this wonderful! But how did you come? Who could have dreamed you would be here for Christmas!”

“Why, didn’t you expect me?” said Grandma, equally surprised.

There was a loud giggle in the background.

“Those girls!” said Grandma. “I guess they are at the bottom of this.”

Then came the explanations, and everyone was happy.

After the excitement had died down, Grandma called the girls to her and, slowly and mysteriously, opened her trunk.

“I’m not too old to use my fingers yet,” she said, pulling out a couple of packages. “Here’s a little dress I’ve been making for you, Mona, and for you, Hilda, I’ve got a wee handbag.”

“Oh, no!” cried the girls together, looking at each other in amazement.

“Why, don’t you want them?” asked Grandma.

“Want them! They are just perfect,” said Hilda. “But how did you know? They are the very things we were going to buy for ourselves with the money we had saved in our boxes.”

“Were you!” exclaimed Grandma. “Do you know, girls,” she said, “I believe the Bible is right when it says, ‘He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again’ ” (Proverbs 19:17).


The Storybook, Character Building Stories for Children, R & H Publishing Association, ©1989, 72–78.

Keys to the Storehouse – Accept a Boost!

Have you considered the energy and all the activity that is going on in heaven on our behalf? All this energy is over and above the sacrifice that God has made for us. What an amazing thought!

“Oh, let us contemplate the amazing sacrifice that has been made for us! Let us try to appreciate the labor and energy that Heaven is expending to reclaim the lost, and bring them back to the Father’s house. Motives stronger, and agencies more powerful, could never be brought into operation;

  • the exceeding rewards for right-doing,
  • the enjoyment of heaven,
  • the society of the angels,
  • the communion and love of God and His Son,
  • the elevation and extension of all our powers throughout eternal ages.” Steps to Christ,

These are the most wonderful incentives and encouragements to give our hearts to the loving service of our Creator and Redeemer. Read that list again. What a wonderful future may be ours if we are loyal in the heavenly way now to God’s glory.

We make choices every moment: “On the other hand, the judgments of God pronounced against sin,

  • the inevitable retribution,
  • the degradation of our character, and
  • the final destruction,

are presented in God’s word to warn us against the service of Satan.” Ibid., 21, 22.

Let each one cherish God’s mercy. Let us take advantage of all He has provided “… that we may be transformed into His likeness, and be restored to fellowship with the ministering angels, to harmony and communion with the Father and the Son.” Ibid., 22.

Remember, through Christ, earth is linked with heaven—in Him, we are individually linked to heaven. What a thought—linked to heaven! This earth is wearing out. God is giving us that extra boost so that through incentives and encouragements we may make it to that heavenly country and in the meantime be able to sit in heavenly places with Him through our Saviour. Accept that boost offered and look forward to fellowship with heavenly beings in the presence of our Lord.


Father in heaven: Thank You for all of the incentives which are laid out for our encouragement and comfort and hope. Though this earth is drear, my heart is lifted heavenward as I contemplate the wonderful future that is prepared for us. Thank You for allowing us to sit in heavenly places amidst the whirlwinds of earth. Thank you for Your longsuffering and mercy. Continue to “Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not” (Psalm 17:5). Amen.