THE VICTORY OF JOSHUA.
There seem to be some contradictory statements concerning the taking of the land.
In Ch 11:23, we read that “JOSHUA TOOK THE WHOLE LAND ACCORDING TO ALL THE LORD SAID TO MOSES.”
Yet in CH 13:1 God says. “There remains very much land to be posessed.” Actually it is in two aspects of one situation and both are true.
The Key Cities were conquered by lsrael as a whole .. but there is very much land to be taken. This was the task of Individual tribes to destroy. It was up to them to see that there was victory to the last detail.
It is the same with us, satan and his powers were destroyed at Calvary, and as christians,
we can apply that victory to our lives and make it so.
“WE ARE SEATED WITH CHRIST IN HEAVENLY PLACES ABOVE ALL PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS.” Eph 2:6.
Yet! you need to press in and apply that victory, carrying it right through in your thought life, and practical every day living, until the final victory is won.
Yes the whole land was ‘taken,’ yet there remained very much Land to be ‘possessed,’ so we see a difference between,
INHERITANCE and it’s
You may have slain some Giant’s in your life, but you must possess your possessions by faith, always relying on his Word.
In this first chapter we have a list of incomplete conquests of the tribes in Canaan. At least seven of them failed to drive out their Canaanites enemies.
If you do not master EVIL at the outset, then you will have CONSTANT BATTLES and often DEFEAT in the END!
It is foolish to take half measures against SIN. Israel had allowed a ‘quarter’ of the foe to remain and live with them.
COMPROMISE WITH THE ENEMY.
And soon the compromises are revealed. lsrael mixes with them, they intermarry, and they bow down to their ldols.
(Baal and Ashteroth.) They make military leagues with them. They forsook God’s ways.
God sent Judges to deliver them from, oppression and vexation.
But as soon that judge was dead.
“THEY CORRUPTED THEMSELVES MORE THAN THEIR FATHERS.”
Let us mark this well in our minds.
It is always true that .. Sin has
it’s concequences if we continue in it.
Repentance and Salvation are similary joined.
“GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANYONE SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL MEN SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE.”
He always offers salvation. Let go of that thing or person that is dragging you back into the world.
You won’t be sorry!
WHAT IS THAT THING ?
4 thoughts on “THE BOOK OF JOSHUA. Israel Takes the Land.”
Thank you for this post Heather! I love the picture of the raging sea, the solid lighthouse & God’s words. Such a wonderful picture of how we are to be in God’s strength no matter what is going on around us. As the scripture below the photo reminds us.
Blessings sweet friend, ❤️
I love that God tells Joshua repeatedly in that first chapter to be strong and courageous. He knows we need to hear those encouraging words repeatedly. It’s too easy to only look to our own strength and not take the gifts of grace He offers us.
Thank you for this reminder, Heather.
Weekend blessings to you …
Thankyou Linda, I’m so glad that God is so encouraging to us as we face new challenges every day. Blessings. Heather.
Yes Linda, we all need reminding to rely on the Lord for everything. Blessings Heather.