God’s Blessing or God’s Cursing?
May 24, 2020

God’s Blessing or God’s Cursing?

30 At that time Joshua built an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal, 31 just as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the people of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, “an altar of uncut stones, upon which no man has wielded an iron tool.” And they offered on it burnt offerings to the Lord and sacrificed peace offerings. 32 And there, in the presence of the people of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written. 33 And all Israel, sojourner as well as native born, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded at the first, to bless the people of Israel. 34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law. 35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the sojourners who lived among them. Joshua 8:30-35 ESV

God’s Blessing or God’s Cursing?

I. Trust and Obey (v. 30-32)

A. It may not make sense.
B. It may not be easy.

II. Center Your Lives (v. 33-35)

A. Rest in Jesus’ presence and work.
B. Rest in His Word.

Christian growth IS NOT, “I’m getting stronger and stronger, more and more competent everyday.” Rather, it’s “I’m becoming increasingly aware of how weak and incompetent I am and how strong and competent Jesus was and continues to be for me.”-Tullian Tchividjian

“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

Discussion Questions
1. What is the similarity between what Joshua is doing in this passage and what is happening in the world?
2. How were the Israelites able to win their battles?
3. What’s the difference between the world’s blessing and God’s blessing?
4. In your life, what are ways you’re experiencing God’s blessing?
5. Who is the real enemy that everyone is battling? How do we win?
6. What are some ways it’s hard for you to trust and obey?
7. How does the quote and verse above challenge/ encourage you?
8. What can you do this week to experience God’s blessings?