Joshua thoroughly crushed all the strongholds of the Canaanite kings, and in this sense, Joshua took the whole land. However, there were still many small towns and villages remaining. It was the task of each individual tribe to fight and plunder the land that was specifically apportioned to them as their inheritance. If these tribes failed to do so, it …
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Joshua thoroughly crushed all the strongholds of the Canaanite kings, and in this sense, Joshua took the whole land. However, there were still many small towns and villages remaining. It was the task of each individual tribe to fight and plunder the land that was specifically apportioned to them as their inheritance. If these tribes failed to do so, it was not because of any lack in the power of God, but their own failure to take for themselves what Joshua had given and allotted to each of them. In the same sense, Jesus (the ultimate Joshua) has already defeated the enemy and conquered the land, but he also calls us into battle to further secure what is already ours.
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God is exceedingly gracious in the order in which he arranges the battles of our lives. Too often we convince ourselves that we must fight our biggest giants first, when God would have us fight them last. Perhaps, the clearest example of this is the Christians’ final battle with his own death.
Israel’s fear of the Anakim (the tribe of great giants) caused them to refuse to enter the land of Canaan 38 years earlier. And yet, when Israel finally did enter the promised land, they faced the Anakim last. It was only after God had thoroughly trained them in conquest in war that he finally calls Israel to wage battle with …
In the Bible, there are two types of sojourners. Some were called to sojourn as exiles, waiting to be delivered from the land. Others sojourned as warriors, working to inherit the land.
“For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Moses.” Joshua 11:20
Joshua was likely tempted to use the Canaanites’ weapons against them, but God would not have it. Strategy and innovation are not prohibited, but God demands that his people place their ultimate trust in him. We cannot place our trust in the very things that our enemies have trusted, while assuming that God will bless it.
Joshua was perfectly obedient as he waged war against the Canaanites, even destroying their chariots and horses (verse 6). There are many treasures of Babylon/Canaan that are ripe for the Christian to plunder. All truth is God’s truth. However, there are certain tools and tactics of the devil that the Christian must resist.
Grace is a gift, but this gift must be received through faith. And here’s the really neat part – God provides the faith necessary to receive grace as well.
Just as Joshua and Israel found great success in conquering their enemies in Joshua 10, God now grants them the same success against an even greater enemy in Joshua 11. In Joshua 10, Israel goes to war against five kings and their armies. In Joshua 11, all the remaining kings in the land of Canaan now unite against Joshua, so …
God’s ordinary design for the Christian life is that we often face challenges in a progression of increasing difficulty. The victories of our past serve to be training grounds for the next trial.
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