Bible Study on Joshua Jul 6, 2019 15:47:41 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Jul 6, 2019 15:47:41 GMT -5
Joshua 11: 1-11
Several commentaries I read, mention God kindness to Israel, in that ,both the North and Southern kings did not unite to fight Israel at the beginning.
And these Northern kings had horses and chariots, of which Israel had none.....
plus this was a huge group of people, so much so, they appeared to be like the sand of the sea, their numbers were so big!
It tells us of the various places these kings and peoples came from ( mountains and valleys etc).
They encamped together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel, with their horses and chariots. They probably felt pretty confident, because Israel only had foot soldiers, but then men's might is never to be the thing to hang one's hat on. This is often even true with a big strong man and a smaller wirier faster man. The big strong brute, often cannot move fast enough and can lose a fight to the smaller ( but strong man....and if he is one of the Lord's the odds could be even more in favor of the 'little'.
As in this case, because: "And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel".
Being encouraged by God, Joshua sets off and surprised them ( perhaps they thought Joshua would be shaking in his sandals somewhere for a long time trying to work up courage or figure out where to flee)?
However, just as God had said, they killed many by the 'surprise' and chased the rest.
Then Joshua turned back, and took Hazor, and killed the king that put together this coalition.
all the spoil of these cities and the livestock, the people of Israel took for their plunder..this kind of makes me think of how the 1st fruits ( be it really fruit, children, or money or whatever) belongs to the Lord.....of course, everything IS the Lord's.....but had Achan only waited and had his mind set on God.
Joshua however did have his mind set on the Lord and did all that God commanded.
However, the war was long. So is my war with sin, and it's important to do what God tells me in scripture.
Another interesting thing is that:
"For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, to meet Israel in battle in order that he might utterly destroy them, that they might receive no mercy, but that he might destroy them..."
Then the land had rest ( for a time).