Joshua 11

Joshua 11 has the next set of kings and kingdoms coming together to fight the Israelites.  “They came out with all their troops, a great horde, in number like the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots….all these kings joined their forces”.  It was a large group of them and they camped together in preparation for battle with Joshua and his men.  But God tells Joshua “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel”.  The odds didn’t look all that favorable, but God plus one is always enough.  And God was faithful as they began to fight.

Joshua did to them just as the Lord said to him….there was none left that breathed”.  If there is one thing that so far has defined Joshua in his leadership and the task of taking over for Moses, it has been obedience.  He is very careful to do what God has commanded.  How did he learn that?  He had a great teacher in Moses.  “Just as the Lord had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did”.  And obviously he has been a good student.  But here is the picture for discipleship.  What Moses learned from God, he taught to a faithful man who could lead others in exactly the same way.  That is how God wants our life to impact others through discipleship.

Joshua cleaned up all the land as they came after his people in battle.  And just like God had worked on Pharaoh and the Egyptians, “it was the Lord’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the Lord commanded Moses”.  God has a plan.  God caused all these kings to have hard hearts and even to band together in an attempt to fight against God and His people.  And as a result, the Promised Land is wiped clean, except for the folks in Gibeon who were smart enough to create a covenant with the Israelites and have been allowed to remain.

Joshua has pretty much been fighting since he took the leadership reins at Moses death.  And he has led the people well in that regard.  “Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had spoken to Moses. And Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war”.  Now he is able to divvy out the land to the tribes and they can begin to settle in and make the Promised Land their home.  They have won and can now celebrate the spoils of war and God’s promise.  Well done, Joshua.  You have led well.

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