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Joshua 12

Joshua 12 has a list of all the kingdoms that were conquered as the people of God moved into the Promised Land.  “Moses, the servant of the Lord, and the people of Israel defeated….Sihon king of the Amorites….and Og king of Bashan”.  Remember he faced two kingdoms on the east side of the Jordan before they crossed over.  That land was split between the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh.  So Moses did some of the early work, and remember he was an old man as he led the people to those victories.

But Joshua did the heavy lifting.  He conquered the 31 kings that they took out, while Moses primed the pump with the first two.  “These are the kings of the land whom Joshua and the people of Israel defeated on the west side of the Jordan”.  It is a long list, and one that really defines the reality that for the first period of Joshua’s leadership, all he did was face enemies that wanted to destroy him.  And they would have if he hadn’t listened to and walked closely with God.  Remember that after a few early wins, he faced a major defeat because someone didn’t follow God’s commandment.

So who were these kings?  Here is the list:

  • king of Jericho
  • king of Ai
  • king of Jerusalem
  • king of Hebron
  • king of Jarmuth
  • king of Lachish
  • king of Eglon
  • king of Gezer
  • king of Debir
  • king of Geder
  • king of Hormah
  • king of Arad
  • king of Libnah
  • king of Adullam
  • king of Makkedah
  • king of Bethel
  • king of Tappuah
  • king of Hepher
  • king of Aphek
  • king of Lasharon
  • king of Madon
  • king of Hazor
  • king of Shimron-meron
  • king of Achshaph
  • king of Taanach
  • king of Megiddo
  • king of Kedesh
  • king of Jokneam
  • king of Dor
  • king of Goiim
  • king of Tirzah

Can you imagine being one of the early kingdoms, knowing that your name would be added to the growing list as Joshua systematically conquered people and kingdoms one by one as God led.  It would have been a very lonely spot to be in.  Only the king of Gibeon was spared as he made a covenant with Joshua that saved them from the same fate.  Quite a list of achievement for a new leader.  We have much to be impressed about with Joshua!

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