The Exodus Era concludes with Moses blessing the tribes of Israel. (Commentaries say that Simeon wasn’t included in that blessing as a foreshadowing of his descendants not being allotted their own land inheritance. Simeon’s “inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the people of Judah” (Joshua 19:1-9).) Before Moses dies, he goes up on Mount Nebo and God shows him all of the promised land. Then the Lord buried Moses in the land of Moab; “but no one knows his grave to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.” And that concludes the Exodus Era!
The Conquest Era begins with Joshua taking the reins as the leader of the Israelites. The Lord says to him, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you… Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua’s success will depend on his Bible literacy and obedience to the Lord.
Joshua, not wanting to run the risk of faithless spies putting fear in the hearts of the people as had happened forty years ago, secretly sends out two spies to check out the land. Joshua’s spies are welcomed into the home of Rahab, a Canaanite harlot, who hides them from the king and the people of Jericho. Rahab has heard all that the mighty Lord has done, such as parting the Red Sea forty years ago and defeating the Israelite’s enemies, Og and Sihon, in the wilderness. Her hearing leads her to put her faith in the living God because “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). So Rehab proclaims her faith to the spies – “And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Then she requests that her family be spared during the attack on Jericho that is to come. The spies assure Rahab that anyone who takes refuge in Rahab’s home will be spared.
Rahab’s family members have a choice to make. Will her family share the same faith as Rahab and live? Keep reading to find out. (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Joshua 1:1-2:24)
Creation Era (Genesis 1:1-11:26) ✔️
Patriarch Era (Genesis 11:27-50:26 and Job) ✔️
Exodus Era (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) ✔️
Conquest Era (Joshua) up now!
Eras to follow:
Judges, Kingdom, Divided Kingdom, Captivity, Return, Silent, Gospel, Church, Missions, and End Times/New Beginnings