Tag Archives: Bible

1.12 The Day the Sun Stood Still

Today we look at Joshua chapter ten. Chapter ten tells the story of one of the most momentous events in our solar system’s history – the day the sun stood still in the sky, or at least appeared to because as we know the sun doesn’t actually move. Well, is is moving as part of the larger galaxy, but you know what I’m saying.

More down to earth chapter ten is the story of Israel’s southern campaign in Canaan. It’s quick and it’s decisive, and even though we don’t have all the details there is no doubt who the victors are by the time we get to the end of the story. We also see that part of the reason the Amorites lost the battle is because they got stoned right in the middle of it. That never helps.

Thank you for listening. Remember, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
November 8, 2015
12:50

1.11 The Gibeonites are Tricksy

Today we learn how and why the Gibeonites trick the Israelites into a peace treaty. How did they pull off the ruse? For one they had to find some old worn out clothes at the thrift store.

Were the Gibeonites successful? Would they have a place in Israel after the conquest? Listen to today’s episode to find out (or actually read the passage from Joshua 9, either way).

If you do choose to listen, thank you. And please, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
October 18, 2015
13:10
Clinton, MO

1.10 The Ruins of Ai (which means the ruins)

Today the Israelites recover from their devastating defeat and loss of 36 men at Ai. They purged the sinner Achan and now they were ready to march up and finally take the settlement. Did they get more than they bargained for? Did Ai have an ally? We’ll see the strategy Joshua employs and we’ll even bring Bethel into our story. We’ll also look at the possibility that archeology has misidentified the ancient site of Ai.

Today’s chapter, chapter 8, closes with a ceremony where certain blessings and curses are pronounced. There’s even an old fashioned bar-b-q. Thanks for listening.

Ken Lanning
October 3, 2015
14:02
Clinton, MO

1.9 Sin in the Camp – Achan Messes Up Big Time

In today’s episode we discover who took the proscribed things from Jericho and what Joshua did as a result. We also learn that it was hard to be related to someone who broke a commandment.

Did the Israelites come up with a story to explain how the Valley of Achor got its name, or did an actual event lead to the naming of the valley? At any rate, Achan had his share of troubles, and getting stoned wasn’t the least of them.

Ken Lanning
September 18, 2015
Clinton, MO
15:12

1.8 And the Walls…Come Tumblin’ Down

Thank you for listening, and reading, because that’s what you’re doing right now, reading. Or maybe you hit the play button above and now you’re listening and reading. Either way, thank you!

Today we’re looking at Joshua chapter six. This is the chapter that details how the Israelites brought down the walls of Jericho. Before we get there I talk about why the Israelites are sent to drive out the Canaanites in the first place. I then go through the narrative of chapter six, and wrap up with just a little information about the archeology of Jericho.

Again, thank you for listening. I hop you enjoy. And remember, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
September 5, 2015, 12:48
Clinton, MO

1.7 Circumcision, Male Adult-Onset Circumcision

In this episode we look at Joshua chapter 5. The Israelites have just crossed the Jordan and they’re getting ready to celebrate the Passover, but they have some business to attend to first. This business involves flint knives and foreskins.

I talk quite a bit about circumcision today, which is the outward sign of God’s covenant with the Hebrews. The ladies, luckily enough, have no such sign to bear. Who says women aren’t appreciated in the Bible?

Thank you for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you.

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
August 22, 2015
15:15

1.6 Israel Crosses the Jordan, with the Ark of the Covenant

In today’s episode Joshua and the Israelites cross the Jordan River. The Ark of the Covenant leads the way, carried by four priests. As soon as the Ark and the priests get to the river the water dries up and they cross over on dry ground.

How long would it take for 2 million people to cross the Jordan? You can find out by listening to today’s episode. We talk about Joshua chapters 3 and 4, and go over the background of the Ark of the Covenant itself.

Thank you for listening, and be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
August 9, 2015

1.5 Rahab the Harlot (Prostitute) and the Two Spies

In episode 5 we look at the two spies Joshua sent to Jericho. Do we know who they are?

We also look at Rahab and her chosen profession, harlotry, or prostitution (not sure which is the more politically correct word). The Bible talks a lot about harlotry actually, so we’ll just scratch the surface today.

As always, thanks for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
August 1, 2015

1.4 The 13 Tribes of Israel

There are 12 tribes of Israel, right? But why aren’t the Levites counted as one of the tribes? Don’t they qualify? We’ll look at that today.

As I promise in the podcast, here are the sons of Jacob and the 12 tribes of Israel side by side:

Sons of Jacob         Tribes of Israel
Reuben                       Reuben
Simeon                       Simeon
Levi                              Judah
Judah                          Dan
Dan                              Naphtali
Naphtali                   Gad
Gad                             Asher
Asher                         Issachar
Issachar                   Zebulun
Zebulun                   Benjamin
Joseph                     Ephraim
Benjamin                Manasseh

Also, I failed to mention it before, but Joshua used to be known as Hoshea until Moses changed his name. He’s not the first person in the Bible to get a new name.

Thanks for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
July 25, 2015
Clinton, MO

1.3 The Book of Joshua and The LORD

Knowing when a book was written and who wrote it can help us understand the contents of the book. We don’t have the luxury of knowing these things about the book of Joshua from the Bible. We have traditions that tell us who might have written it, but there is nothing definitive. The Bible itself doesn’t even tell us who wrote it.

When it was written is a little bit of a mystery as well. It describes events that most historians say didn’t happen. However, we’ve determined that there was a group of people in Canaan by around 1200 BC because the name for these people, Israel, appears on a stele that dates from around that time. So though we’ve yet to empirically prove that the Israelites took Canaan by force as described in Joshua, we do know they did come to occupy and live in Canaan by 1200 BC, we just don’t have any copies of Joshua that date to this time.

The oldest known copies we have were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and they date to somewhere around 250 BC to 70 AD. Scholars generally agree that Joshua wasn’t compiled and recorded in its present form until after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. However, there are hints in the text itself that indicate the book is much older, perhaps just a few years removed from the events in the book. No matter when the book was compiled, we know these stories must have been handed down to succeeding generations orally, just as the Israelites were commanded to do.

And we covered Moses and Joshua in previous episodes, but today we talk about another prominent character, the LORD. The LORD’s involvement cannot be overlooked. Indeed, he’s really the center of our story.

I hope you enjoy episode three. Thank you for listening and bearing with me as I tweak the format and the audio. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?