I am the Humble
▪West Manasseh A part of the land west of the Jordan was assigned to some of the families descended from Joseph's older son Manasseh. Machir, the father of Gilead, was Manasseh's oldest son and a military hero, so Gilead and Bashan, east of the Jordan, were assigned to him.
▪ The Division of the Rest of the Land After they had conquered the land, the entire community of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the Tent of the LORD's presence.
There were still seven tribes of the people of Israel who had not yet been assigned their share of the land.
The land will be divided among them in seven parts; Judah will stay in its territory in the south, and Joseph in its territory in the north.
Joshua drew lots to consult the LORD for them, and assigned each of the remaining tribes of Israel a certain part of the land.
The Jordan was the eastern border. These were the borders of the land which the families of the tribe of Benjamin received as their possession.
Then the LORD told Joshua to say to the people of Israel, *Choose the cities of refuge that I had Moses tell you about. ⚖ If any of you accidentally kills someone, you can go there and escape the one who is looking for revenge. If the one looking for revenge follows you there, the people of the city must not hand you over to that one. They must protect you because you killed the person accidentally and not out of anger.
Thirteen cities in all, with their pasture lands, were given to the priests, the descendants of Aaron.
The Promise Fulfilled: So the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he had solemnly promised their ancestors he would give them. When they had taken possession of it, they settled down there.
The LORD gave them peace throughout the land, just as he had promised their ancestors. The LORD kept every one of the promises that he had made to the people of Israel
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
Joshua 21:43-45:- “So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, ………………. Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” -
In the last 8 chapters, we were reading about how God promised inheritances to the people of Israel and how each tribe received that inheritance. God did what he said he was going to do long before any one of those who received the inheritances were born. Here, in the above verses, we learn 3 thing:
♦ God made promises to give!
♦ God gave everything Israel needed to settle in the land promised!
♦ God fulfilled ALL His promises..
So here we see the faithfulness of God. Not one good word of God failed. Many of us wonder if God’s promises are really true or not sure if God keeps His Word. God's word is trustworthy. His promises are true.
We need to trust that “God’s promises are true for us.”
Don’t let doubt keep us from experiencing His blessings.
God’s promises are nothing we deserve or can earn.
Move forward by faith, constantly trusting Him.
Be faithful and obedient;
He will keep every promise!
Joshua 21: 44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.
Rest also means peace.
Are you always wrestling with your enemies?
Rest doesn't mean living a trouble free life.
Rest means to overcome our enemies.
Who are our enemies?
All these are our enemies. We should overcome them and enter into the eternal rest. Jesus said, come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden I will give you rest (Matt 11:28). Only in Jesus we can find rest.
Satan is restless and he wants everyone to be always in restlessness.
In hell day and night no rest
In heaven we have permanent rest.
We should practice rest on this earth. In the midst of troubles, problems difficulties and hardships we should maintain the life of rest. Rest also speaks of having confidence in God.
When the dove was sent from the Noah's ark. It did not find a place to rest. The ship speaks of salvation. We cannot find rest anywhere in the world.we can experience the real rest in our life only in the ship of salvation.
The last 3 chapters of Joshua exemplify the importance of witnessing to ourselves and to others the selfless love and fidelity of God.
What is witnessing? It is the act of observing or experiencing something and speaking about it, as the truth. Joshua 22:34 highlights the name of the altar on the other side of the Jordan; A witness between us that the Lord is God.
Joshua's last message to the Israelites in chap 23, highlights the following;
1. to remember His goodness and dwell on His favour (vs 3-5)
2. to not forget His law and hold on to it (vs 6-8)
3. the Lord would fight for them if they loved Him like He taught them (vs 9-11).
4. otherwise, His anger would drive them out of the land (vs:15-16).
In chap 24:22, the people accept to be witnesses of the law and covenant. They accept to do what God wants and Joshua erects a stone in vs 27 as a witness; a stone that heard the people and a stone that would be a witness against them if they are untrue to God.
Joshua didn't choose a leader because all the adults present had taken an oath to be witnesses of God's law, to remember it, to live by it and to talk about it to their children. Each of us is a witness and a leader today.
When Jesus left the disciples, He gave them a similar commission; they were to be His witnesses to the world, abiding by His word to bring people into Light, by driving out Darkness.
He is the Living Stone listening to us, the Stumbling Block which many reject; those who accept His witness become living stones and witness to others what they have seen and experienced. This is how His love is spread when each of us witnesses like He did.
Let us pray that this Christmas season, we be true witnesses of His sacrificial love to as many as possible. Stay blessed.
Joshua was born in Egypt as a slave child.He assisted Moses during the 40 years of wilderness journey.Always had complete faith in the power and faithfulness of God. After the death of Moses, God appointed him to lead Israelites to Canaan, to conquer the land and to divide it for them.He was a mighty military general who always obeyed the mighty God.
Just before his death at the age of 110, he called all the leaders of Israel to Shechem and is giving a farewell speech. He is helping them to make a covenant with God. He exhorted them to remain faithful to God. (Joshua.23:6-8). He reminded them about the faithfulness of God by giving a brief history of what the Lord has done for them. (Joshua.24:2-13)
Joshua exhorted them to "Throw away the god's your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt and serve the LORD" Joshua.24:14.
After this Joshua is giving them an option to choose between the LORD and the god's which their ancestors worshiped or the god's of the people around. Then he declared that "But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD". Joshua.24:15. At this Israelites also declared that "We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God." Joshua.24:18. Joshua reminded them that "He is a Holy God, he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins". Joshua.24:19. Finally he asked them "throw away the foreign god's that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel". Joshua.24:23.
Do we remember, how our forefathers lived?
(Their Egyptian life- lack of proper education, job / income, food, housing or facilities....) Who brought us to this stage today?. (Land flowing with milk and honey- everything in plenty. Modern education, job +income, modern housing with facilities, name, fame.....)
Are we thankful to God or going after other god's- god of money, god of name and fame, god of luxuries...
Are we ready to throw away all such god's from our life? Today can we declare with Joshua that "we will serve the Lord"? Do our household join us in this declaration?
What is our understanding of "serving the LORD"? Is it simply attending a church, giving some offerings + subscription or anything more than that?
Let us serve the Lord because He is our God.
"The Mighty One, God, The Lord" Joshua 22:22
The tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh returned to Gilead, after completing the conquer of Canaan. On the way, they built an imposing Altar at Geliloth near the Jordan in the land of Canaan. (Joshua.22:10) When the rest of Israel heard about it, they assembled at Shiloh to go to war against them.
They sent Phinehas, son of Eleazar the priest and a leader from each of the 10 tribes to enquire about it. (Joshua.22:13,14). Their main concern was "How could you turn away from the Lord and build yourself an altar against him now?" Joshua.22:16. They couldn't think of anyone rebelling against God and building any altar other than the Altar of the Lord our God.
The eastern tribes replied that they built this altar to be a witness between us and the generations that follow, that we will worship the Lord at His sanctuary, with our burnt offerings, sacrifices, and fellowship offerings."
At this Phinehas and others understood the sincerity of the eastern tribes and went back peacefully. The eastern tribes named their altar " A witness between us that the LORD is GOD." Joshua.22:34.
Are we disturbed when our dear ones are going away from God?
Are we doing anything to make sure that our dear ones are properly following the Lord? Are we trying to bring them back to God?
Are we doing anything to make sure that our generations will continue to worship the Lord?
Here we see the last, dramatic gathering of Israel before the passing of Joshua.
Joshua chose a special place, Shechem.
Shechem is modern Tel Balata.
In Shechem at least four notable events happened in the lives of Israel.
Abraham came into the Promised Land and first camped at Shechem and there he built an altar to the Lord there.
When Jacob came back into the Promised Land, he first camped at Shechem. He called the place, El Elohe Israeland built an altar there.
Jacob’s sons Simeon and Levi deceptively lured the men of Shechem into a massacre, murdering all the men of the city
When God told him to go to Bethel, he buried all the idols at the terebinth tree near Shechem.
Here God is speaking through Joshua, reminding the people of how He has faithfully provided for them in the past.
Joshua chose a special place to remind the people of God’s faithfulness.
We all have our own personal Shechem—the places where God has met us in a special way.
. The places where God has fulfilled His promises.
….. The places where God has answered our prayers
What is our past with God?
Remember what God has done in our past, and recognize God in our present.
Praise Him for what He has done.
Trust Him with whatever is going on now.
Humble ourselves and try to understand what the Lord is doing around us.
He will faithfully lead us and strengthen us, as we go forward..
Time again we see in the Old Testament, the Lord instructing the Israelites that they should not intermarry with the people of the nation's where they lived because they would turn their hearts away from serving the Lord.
Deuteronomy 7:3 says,
"Do not intermarry with them.Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for their sons."
1 Kings 11.2 says,
"You must not intermarry with them because they will surely turn your hearts after other gods."
Here,in Joshua 23.12-13 Joshua gave stern warning to the Israelites not to marry the people of the land which they had possessed. He said that they would become snares and traps for them... meaning that they would set a net that would entangle their feet and they would be trapped in their paganic activities.
Whips on their backs... meaning that they would manipulate them and subject them to hard labor mercilessly and
Thorns in their eyes... meaning that they would dwell with them and irritate them and nag them constantly causing them great pain.They would not be able to get rid of them even if they wished. The pagan people would drive them to obedience to their false gods of their understanding by their idolatries.
Dear friends we live days? where Christian youth freely mingle with the non believers and and get united with them in marriage
.When elders and parents counsel them with good intentions of correcting them these youngsters argue that they would influence their non believing partners after marriage and lead them to salvation.
Let us not be deceived.
* In 2 Corinthians 6:14 Paul very clearly says "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?
Or what fellowship vcan light have with darkness?
What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?
What does a believer have in common with a unbeliever?.
For we are the temple of the living God..... Therefore come out of them and be separate".
The devil is trying hard to ruin Christian families by adopting various methods.
One such way is tempting the Christian youth to fall in the trap of non believers and be wedded to them.
Let us not become victims of Satan's cunning devices.
There are certain things which God has prohibited for His children and let us not trespass His commands.
Let us bring forth godly generation by abiding by the laws of the Lord.
The Leader Set Apart, Distributes the Limitless Land Set Apart, for a People Set Apart, Who Limited their Inheritance.... Joshua 17:14-18
God said to Joshua repeatedly and over and over again, that He had already accomplished victory over Israel’s Canaanite enemies before the army even went to battle, and everywhere their foot touched, the land was theirs, Joshua 1:3-4. But, by the time we come to Chapter 17, we see that some of the tribes didn't want their full inheritance and they compromised with their enemies and gave so much of excuses to possess their inheritance.
This is like walking down the aisle to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and then warming up the pews for the rest of our lives,waiting to go to heaven to enjoy the inheritance after we exited earth, while enjoying the fruit of someone else barely making an impact on anyone else.
Along with our salvation and inheritance come duties and responsibilities which we don't want to know about. Though we enter in the Rest of Jesus spiritually, there is so much to be done physically, because there are so many territories to be conquered for Him.
We live in a hostile environment and Satan is still the Prince of the World, but a defeated foe, with no authority or power over the Redeemed ones, and yet we are deceived into compromising our inheritance, instead of conquering and occupying..
Israel was looking forward to finally entering the Promised Land and owning their own Real Estate for each Tribe, Clan and Family.
What they didn’t realize was that connected with the inheritance of the land was an obligation to finish conquering it and to occupy fully.
The 12 tribes were a formidable army to take the whole of Canaan but as we see in Joshua Chapter 17, the army of Israel had mostly disbanded and each tribe fielded its own task force. Each tribe was primarily concerned for itself and not as a Nation on the whole. In Chapter 18, seven tribes had yet to receive their inheritance. They became complacent.
It was not that they were not given land. It was because they refused it because they could not be bothered to take responsibility to conquer and govern!
Let us Look at gist of some of the disputes among the tribes....Joshua 17:14-18.
Ephraim and Manessah were unhappy with the amount of land they received and they wanted more. Since they were Joseph’s sons they certainly deserved special treatment. They were unhappy with the land allotment process and arrogantly lodged a complaint to Joshua.
Joshua was too brilliant a leader, so experienced and tough to accept any nonsense from the Joseph tribes and he suggested that since they pride in themselves as being so great and mighty that they ought to use some of their vast labour force to clear the trees for fields, and to take all land they needed from their Canaanite. The Joseph tribes wanted everything on a silver platter. They wanted land from other tribes, which other tribes fought and conquered.
Now they are whining even more saying that the forest land was not enough and the people occupying the Valley are more powerful and have iron chariots, Joshua 17:16. But, the fact is according to the census, they were a large number to take out the occupants, and territory given to the sons of Joseph was quite large, at least as large as Judah’s and it was the most fertile land and these two tribes could feed the whole 12 tribes.
The request of the Joseph tribes had no merit and it was self - serving. Joshua stuck to his decision and reiterated that since they were confident in their vast population, it should not be beyond them to defeat these Canaanites with their iron chariots, Joshua 17:17-18.
Dear Child of God, Remember that, God set apart Joshua to distribute, the Promised Land, which was set apart for His Chosen people who God set apart to inherit the limitless land for all the families of the Tribes. But, they limited themselves and were content with what they had because of excuse, laziness, compromise and not wanting to take responsibility.
We as believers are accountable to God for everything God has given, and to be responsible for every blessing, to expand our territories for Him. We are take back from Satan what is rightfully ours and bring people into the Kingdom of His Light by actively exercising our Believers Authority and being responsible as Kingdom Citizen to obey the Word of God and to be the selfless servant like Joshua....Amen
[email protected]'s Thirstydeer
Joshua 21:45 Not one of all the lord's good promise to the house of Israel failed,everyone was fulfilled.
God's people were still slaves in Egypt when they first heard the lord's promise to give them a homeland full of everything they needed to prosper.Exodus 3:8 I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land... Israelites had to do their part.They went for battle,taking possession of the land,the lord has promised them.
Fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham's descendants the land
Gen 12:7...The lord appeared to Abram and said To your offspring I will give this land Jos 1:2 lord said to Joshua... Now then you and all these people,get ready to cross the Jordan river into the land I am about to give to them _ to the Israelites
God is faithful in fulfilling every promise He gives us.Fulfillment of some promises took years but everyone is fulfilled in His time.
Joshua: 20:9 "These were the cities designated for all the people of Israel and for the stranger sojourning among them... --- that anyone who killed a person without intent-----till he stood before the congregation"
⚡ In the Law of Moses, predetermined murder was punishable by death, but accidental killing was not. (Exodus: 21: 12-14) Moses
was commanded to establish 6 cities of refuge from the total 48 given to the Levites. (Num: 35: 6,7)
⚡ God did not decide to designate these cities instantly. He had pre planned it before 40 years, and asked Moses to separate these shelters, along with His other Laws transacted at Mt. Sinai (Exodus: 21:13) This asylum was not limited to the people of Israel but
was extended to the stranger and sojourner among them. These cities were located on each side of Jordan, so that any one who killed a person accidentally could flee there for protection.
⚡Let us look into the names of the cities of refuge and their meaning.
I. Kedesh= Righteousness
⚡Righteousness for the guilty, of whom I am chief.
2. Shechem= Shoulder
⚡Do you need a shoulder-- He cares for you.
⚡No matter what you have done, He offers you fellowship.
4. Bezer = Fortress
⚡Do you need a safe place- He is a fortress.
5. Ramoth = Exalted
⚡God must be exalted through our life.
6. Golan = Joy
⚡God can turn your agony into Joy. The cities of refuge can be viewed as a foreshadow of God's plan for our Salvation through Jesus Christ. Through shedding of His blood, Jesus offers us protection from eternal death and separation from God, if we confess our sins and take refuge in Him. He is our high priest, who acquits us from the condemnation of the Law. David is a great example of some one who knew God as his refuge. He testifies," The Lord redeems the life of his servants, none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned" (Psalm: 34:22)
We may be tempted to look for safety in things other than God, but such things can only provide a false security. With David
we can say confidently to the Lord," You are my hiding place, You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." (Psalm: 32: 7)
Solomon says, "The name of the LORD is a fortified tower: the righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs: 18:10)
Dr. Thomas David?
God gave Israel all the land He had promised to give their forefathers. They took possession of the Promised Land and settled there. The LORD gave rest on every side just as He had sworn to their forefathers. The LORD handed over all their enemies to them. Not one of all the good promises to the house of Israel failed. EVERY ONE WAS FULFILLED.
When did the allotment for Joshua take place?
Joshua was a courageous leader of the Israelites who led the children of Israel into every battle. We may imagine the first allotment was for Joshua. It was not so. Only after the land was divided into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua an inheritance among them.
He looked at himself not as a king or war lord but as a SERVANT OF GOD commissioned to bring the LORD'S people into the Promised Land. The assignment to Caleb was treated first and the allotment to Joshua last. They gave him the town he asked for and he settled there.
Why were the cities of refuge designated?
Cities of refuge were designated so that any one who kills a person unintentionally or accidentally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood prior to trial before the assembly.
There had never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to man? When was this day?
On the day the LORD gave the Amorites to Israel Joshua said to the LORD O sun stand still over Gibeon, O moon over the valley of Aijalon. So the LORD made the sun stand still and the moon stop for a full day.
The horses were hamstrung. What does this mean?
The tendon above the ankles of a horse was cut crippling the horse. It would not be able to walk and became useless. This was done to the large number of the horses when the northern kings were defeated.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
Is There Any Unconquered Land❓Joshua 13:1-5
Joshua had fulfilled the God's given task of conquering the land, yet the Lord told him that there are still very large areas of land to be conquered (v 1). Some of the UNCONQUERED lands were the regions of Philistines and Geshurites, Amorites, Sidonians and others.. (v 2-5)
Let us explore the unconquered regions and draw out some lessons for edification:
UNCONQUERED PHILISTINE'S REGIONS
Let us meditate upon the unconquered Philistine towns. They all had some historical importance, and we can draw some spiritual insight.
1) GAZA: Remember it was the place where SAMSON lost his vision ✒ Judges 16:21. He was born with God's intervention and was raised as Nazirite. God gave him power and strength but he chose a wrong life-partner by the name Delilah. To cut the story short, Delilah was successful to find out the secret of Samson's strength, and finally he was seized and the Philistines took out his eyes. ✅ Beloved, there are a series of GAZA in our lives where often we lost our spiritual vision @ Lust of the eyes, Lust of the flesh and Pride of life. Whom do you love - God or Delilah? When we lost our vision we perish.
2) ASHDOD: Here idol worship was popular with Dagon as the Philistine's supreme god ✒ 1Sam 5:1-5.
✅ Beloved, there are ASHDOD in our lives, and often we are under its grip. Anything that becomes more important than the Lord is to be checked. Remember, when the ark of God was kept beside Dagon in their temple, next morning Dagon was broken into pieces. Every idols will be thrashed out when we invite Jesus in our lives and give Him the lordship ✝
3) GATH: Remember it was the birth place of GOLIATH ✒ 1Sam 17:4. Goliath was huge and powerful warrior who challenged and mocked at the Israelites. Goliath is often pictured as a man of Pride, Power Rude and Arrogant ✅ Beloved, sometime we are engulfed with the spirit of GOLIATH @ pride, rude, arrogant.
Check out -- "pride goes before destruction ". Prov 16:18
We need the spirit / armour of DAVID (Holy Spirit) to defeat the schemes of GOLIATH in our lives.
UNCONQUERED SIDONIAN'S REGIONS
JEZEBEL, the wife of Ahab - the most wicked king of Israel, belongs to Sidion ✒ 1Kings 16: 30-33. She was the strong believer and promoter of Baal Worship.
?Remember, our Lord declared the sin / guilty of Thyatira church for being submissive to Jezebel. He will judged them severely ✒ Rev 2:20-23
Who are Jezebel today❓
》 Leading someone away from the Lord
》 Leading / encouraging others to worship idols
》 Immorality, Worldly pleasures.
? Beloved, today we are not to conquer lands but we have to conquer the known and unknown sins.
We have to overcome the SAMSONization, ASHDODology, GOLIATHism and JEZEBELism. ☺
HOW TO CONQUER THIS UNCONQUERED SINS❓
(1) RECLAIM the vision: Ask wisdom from above.
(2) REFOCUS on God's Statute: Break away from idols
(3) RELY on God's power: Claim Romans 8:31
(4) REFRAIN from evil practices: Turn to God.
✅ Beloved, take courage for the Lord will give us every place where we set our feets?. Be victorious?
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
"So here I am today, eighty five years old. ----- I am just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then."
⚡ Once again we come across Caleb in this passage. As we know, Caleb was one of the 12 spies Moses sent to explore Canaan. Based on the report of the ten spies, the Israelites concluded that they could not conquer the land. But Caleb challenged their lack of faith. God took notice of his faithfuless and he is consistently described as one who wholly followed the Lord. Even in his old age, he relied on God's help to conquer the land.
⚡ Because of Caleb's faith, God miraculously sustained his life for 45 years in the journey through the wilderness, and finally allowed him to enter into the Promised Land. At the age of 85 Caleb said, "Just as mystrength was then, so now is my strength". With God's help Caleb successfully claimed his share of the Land. (Num:14: 24)
⚡ Caleb is a model for the youth as well for the old. When he was young, he stood in faith trusting in the promises of God and encouraged his people. When he became old, he continued his faith in God, to become stronger to face his old age. For us, when we pass 60 years, and become a senior citizen, we usually think, l am an old man /woman and it is a time to take rest. Look, Caleb had a dream in his life, to own the hill country of Hebron, where the giants were living. By God's help he fulflled his dream.
⚡ Caleb focused on God's power, not his own nor his advanced age. "The Lord helping me" that is the mindset that kept Caleb battle ready. And according to his belief, God helped him do what ever needed to be done. Yes, He is with us always as he has promised, "Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world" (Mathew: 28:20)
God does not forget about us also, as we grow older. Although, our bodies age and our health may fail, God's Holy Spirit renews us inwardly each day. So let us say with Paul, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength" (Philippians: 4:13)
Dr. Thomas David
Caleb was 40 when he went as a spy into Canaan, Numbers 13:1-25. Now after 40 years in the wilderness and 5 years into the conquest of Canaan, he was 85, Joshua14:7, 10.
God always keeps His word with men so it would have been impossible for Caleb to die in the past 45 years, by warfare or otherwise, since God had given him His word that he would live to inherit the place where he went as a spy, Numbers 14:24.
At age 85, he was full of strength and vitality to take possession of a mountainous countryside by fighting the illegal occupants. He was not eating any energy bar or doing any weight lifting at gymnasium to build his muscle power.
So where did he get his strength at 85?
The answer was in his mouth. The powerful verse, Joshua 1:8. was what Joshua had to follow and that was what Caleb also did. He too would have meditated on the Word day and night and made sure that the Word did not depart from his mouth.
So what was coming out of Caleb's mouth?
This is what was coming out of Caleb's mouth, *I followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly,V8*. Caleb was not distracted for 45 years while wandering with his low level grasshopper mentality brothers. His heart was totally commitmented to following God.
Just as God Promised, V10. He took Shelter in the Promises of God. He focused on the Word and Not on the Challenges he had to face.
He has kept me alive for 45 years, V10 It was Good who kept him strong and he acknowledged it. He didn't give credit to anything else for his long and strong life. Caleb claimed to be as strong as when Moses had sent him, Joshua 14:11 and this was the truth, because later he expelled 3 giants from his inheritance, Judges 1:20.
I am still strong, V11. He was so convinced about his physical health and obviously ate healthy food which was permissible under the law. He was comparing his strength to what it was 45 years ago and was able to say that the desert didn't wear him out. He was still strong ? and vigorous as ever and battle ready.
The Lord helping me, I will drive them out, V12. Even though he was physically strong ? he relied on God's Strength. He never trusted in his own flesh but depended on God's Power.
In Verse 7 he recalled how he brought back a good report and the Anakites and their fortified cities could be conquered and in Verse 12 he was saying that nothing has changed with the people and the landscape and he was still able to fight them.
For 45 years Caleb had his mind set above and he kept it set, Colossian 3:2.
When it comes to climbing hilly places, the older people gets tired easily needing a walking stick or handrail. The younger ones keeps running and climbing and never slows down. But in spiritual life usually the slow and determined climber does more than the swift undisciplined runner.
Everyone has their unique mountain to climb. Your mountain could be your job, finance,marriage, relationship, target achievement, God'plan or anything else. Try to find some faith mountain climbers who have made it in the past and learn from them. Often we don't choose our mountains but the mountains choose use. We are identified as the mountain climbers when young ones are looking to us for climbing their mountain.
It was only fitting that Joshua, the man who had reported to Israel that they were able to overcome the giants should be the one to demonstrate that, in his own inheritance and glorify God in the very thing that had caused the nations defeat, Numbers 13:30-33; 14:6-10.
Dear Child of God, Remember to take one more l?k at Joshua 14:12. You are never too old to climb your mountain to ask, “Give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day”
Our Mountains are given by God and it is worthy to climb because He is the One who enables us to reach the top and gives us His Strength so that we can sing, "He raised me up to Stand on the Mountain"
Caleb asked as his inheritance, the same mountain of Hebron, Joshua 12-13, where the spies had reported seeing the many giants, the Anakim,who caused Israel to fear and rebel at Kadesh Barnea. There is no doubt that, Caleb must have lived to enjoy his possession many years....Amen
PS: I am away from my kitchen for short while and will feed whenever I find a kitchen table...
[email protected]'s Thirstydeer
Caleb looked for someone who would conquer Kiriath-Sepher [city of the book]. A young man called Othniel [lion of God] stepped up. Othniel conquered Kiriath-Sepher and changed the name to Debir [oracle/word spoken in the Holy of Holies]. Othniel married Caleb’s daughter Achsah. She got the Negev (desert) for her inheritance. She asked for a spring, and she got the Upper & Lower Springs. [Josh 15:16-19]
And in that little episode, we have a snapshot of the purpose & result of Christmas.
Citizens of Kiriath-Zepher: Adam & Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of KNOWLEDGE of Good & Evil.
Result: Mankind got separated from God. Our hearts were darkened as lost the truth about God & we developed a distorted understanding of good/evil. [Rom 1:21]
Then God gave the Law to teach what is Good/Evil actually is & to reveal the righteousness, justice & holiness of God.
Problem: Like a movie-trailer, it gives us some hints about the story, but it does not give us the full picture. It reveals that God would like to fellowship with us, but it does not actually make us friends with God; nor does it empower us to do what pleases God.
Othniel to the rescue: Then, Jesus, the Lion of Judah, stepped into the darkness of “Kiriath-Sepher”. In Him we see the full picture of who God is. [Rf Jn 1:4&9, 2 Cr 4:6, Heb 1:1-3]
Satan enslaved Man through an unholy fear of God based on lies & distorted images of God. Jesus came to reveal the Perfect Love of God and uproot unholy fear. [1 Jn 3:8, 4:16-18]
In perfect love, Jesus died as the Lamb of God, bearing the sins of the world on Himself. [1 Jn 2:2] The veil which separated Man from God was torn down. Man could enter into the Presence of a Holy God without fear. But more importantly, the Way was now open for GOD to make His home IN the redeemed, cleansed, & sanctified heart of Man.
Citizens of Debir: We are brought back into union with God, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus dwells in us & around us. [Jn 14:16-17, 1 Cr 3:16, Col 1:27, Col 3:3]
✨As “Jesus Sandwiches”, we enjoy friendship with God and run to God crying, ’Abba Father!’ [Jn 15:15, Rom 5:5, 8:15]
✨The veil over our hearts is removed. We begin to get a full picture of God. [Jn 16:13-14, 2 Cr 3:17-18]
✨We understand His heart, hear His voice and obey with love & newness of life. [Rom 7:6, 2 Cr 3:6, 1Co 2:10-12] Result: TRUTH & LIFE as we walk in the WAY
Springs in the desert: Like Achsah, we, the Bride of Christ, are living in the world – the spiritual Negev. Like her, we go to our Father, and ask Him to satisfy the thirst of our souls. And God generously grants us the never-drying springs of His Word + Holy Spirit.
Jingle Bells: The name Achsah means anklet with little bells. This is the Christmas season, and we will hear the song ‘Jingle Bells’ being played a lot. ?I was amused to find that as the Bride of Christ, WE are the ”Jingle Bells”.
So this season, go out and BE the Jingling Bells sounding out the melody of the Cross, proclaiming Joy to the World!
Abba Father, we want to celebrate Emmanuel who HAS come and HAS ransomed us from the grave. Tune our hearts to Your heart, so that we can go out & proclaim Joy to the World, because the Lion of Judah lives & reigns forevermore. Hallelujah! Amen!
The LORD'S hand is not shortened that it cannot save (Isa.59:1). The LORD of this earth was fighting for Israel. He encouraged Joshua by saying, Do not be afraid of them I will hand all of them over. I myself will drive them out before the Israelites. With these promises Joshua was encouraged to fearlessly go against all the kings in Canaan.
A Mighty Victory
King Jabin with all the northern kings collected their armies with numerous horses and chariots. Their number was as the sands of the sea shore. Though the sight was fearful the LORD gave them over to the Israelites and they were totally defeated and destroyed. The entire land was taken by Joshua. Their inheritance was assigned by lot. The Levites had no inheritance but had only towns to live in and pastures for their flocks.
A Great Testimony
Caleb was 85 years old. His testimony is amazing. He said: I am still strong today as the day Moses sent me out. I am just as vigorous to battle now. Caleb was blessed and given Hebron as his inheritance. After this the land had rest from war.
We as children of God do not live on a bed of roses. We have storms, troubles, trials, sorrows and tears crowding our lives. We have to take courage. The God of Israel is our God. He will carry us through with love and mercy. He will calm the storms and fight our battles for us.
In my own strength I am a "Zero" but with God's help and strength I am a "Hero". Praise the Lord.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
⏳ The LORD said to Joshua, Do not be afraid of them. By this time tomorrow I will have killed all of them for Israel. You are to cripple their horses and burn their chariots.
Joshua did to them what the LORD had commanded:
▪The Territory Taken by Joshua
⏳ At this time Joshua went and destroyed the race of giants called the Anakim who lived in the hill country---in Hebron, Debir, Anab, and in all the hill country of Judah and Israel. Joshua completely destroyed them and their cities.
Joshua was now very old. The LORD said to him, *You are very old, but there is still much land to be taken:
⏳ Moses gave the Levites no portion of the territory. Instead, they received cities to live in, with fields for their cattle and flocks.
▪ Caleb Inherits Hebron
⏳ Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him the city of Hebron as his possession because he faithfully obeyed the LORD, the God of Israel.
▪ Ephraim and West Manasseh
⏳ But they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites have lived among the Ephraimites to this day, but they have been forced to work as slaves.
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
Tragedy of Achan's family could have been averted if only there was transparent and open communication between his family members. I think, it was a collective failure of the whole family. Joshua 7
Any major decision by the head of the family or even by the youngest member of the family need to be discussed in the family to avoid any disaster waiting to happen in the future.
In the case of Achan, I am sure his wife must have known about her husband burying the ill-gotten silver, gold and the Babylonian robe in their tent. Instead of conniving with her husband she should have cautioned him about the consequences of such an act.
Pro. 1: 29 says," such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it. How true it is in the case of Achan! Had there been a discussion about the stolen things in the family, if not his wife his children might have objected to it. Pro. 11:14 says, " where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety."
Achan's tragedy was an avoidable one. For want of healthy and transparent communication among the family members the entire family paid a heavy price.
Parents should practice open and transparent communication with the children from the beginning which will stand the family in good stead in situations where right counsel is needed.
Thank God we are not living in the time of Achan when Law was supreme and punishment was immediate. We are all fortunate to live in time of grace where our Lord is giving us an opportunity to repent and correct ourselves because of the atonement paid by our Lord Jesus Christ.
What do we learn from Achan's tragedy?
There is a need to take all members of the family into confidence about everything concerning the family for their counsel to avoid any blind spot and prevent any disaster.
⏳ The LORD's command to Israel not to take from Jericho anything that was to be destroyed was not obeyed. A man named Achan disobeyed that order, and so the LORD was furious with the Israelites. (Achan was the son of Carmi and grandson of Zabdi, and belonged to the clan of Zerah, a part of the tribe of Judah.)
It's true, Achan answered. *I have sinned against the LORD, Israel's God, and this is what I did.
⏳ Among the things we seized I saw a beautiful Babylonian cloak, about five pounds of silver, and a bar of gold weighing over one pound. I wanted them so much that I took them. You will find them buried inside my tent, with the silver at the bottom.*
And Joshua said, Why have you brought such trouble on us? The LORD will now bring trouble on you! All the people then stoned Achan to death; they also stoned and burned his family and possessions.
The Gibeonites Deceive Joshua
⏳ Joshua ordered the people of Gibeon to be brought to him, and he asked them, *Why did you deceive us and tell us that you were from far away, when you live right here?
⏳ Because you did this, God has condemned you. Your people will always be slaves, cutting wood and carrying water for the sanctuary of my God.*
⚖ So this is what Joshua did: he protected them and did not allow the people of Israel to kill them
⌛ The Amorites Are Defeated
The LORD said to Joshua, * Do not be afraid of them. I have already given you the victory. Not one of them will be able to stand against you.*
⚖ On the day that the LORD gave the men of Israel victory over the Amorites, Joshua spoke to the LORD. In the presence of the Israelites he said, Sun, stand still over Gibeon; Moon, stop over Aijalon Valley.
⌛ The sun stood still and the moon did not move until the nation had conquered its enemies. This is written in The Book of Jashar. The sun stood still in the middle of the sky and did not go down for a whole day.
Never before, and never since, has there been a day like it, when the LORD obeyed a human being. The LORD fought on Israel's side!
⌛ Joshua conquered all these kings and their territory in one campaign because the LORD, Israel's God, was fighting for Israel.
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
Jashar means "upright". It may be the same as the Book of the Wars of the Lord mentioned in Numbers 21:4. The Book of Jashar was an ancient collection of songs of war in praise of God, but it is not a part of Canonical Scriptures. All the events pertaining to war / battle were recorded for the future generations, so that they could marvel at what the Lord did for his people on that day. It is believed that this book is lost. Let us explore the events from the Scriptures and find out what it has to speak to us today:
1) Numbers 21:14-18
Assuming that both the books @ Book of the Wars and Book of Jashar are same, we may note in the above passage that the Israelites were not grumbling for water, instead they sang a song of rejoicing THE SONG OF THE WELL.
2) Joshua 10:12-14
The war against the Amorite kings and the victory the Israelites had achieved was the handiwork of God. He sent a massive hailstones and killed many Amorites.
It shows that God can use the elements of nature as his armaments @ Judges 5:20; I Sam 7:10.
On that day supernarurally the sun stood still, and the moon stopped. This permitted Joshua's army to finish the battle with a complete victory. Under Joshua's leadership the Israelites had defeated 31 kings ( Jos 12:7-24 ), and I believed all these events were also recorded in the Book of Jashar.
Let us trust in Him because the battle belongs to Him.
3) 2 Samuel 1:17-27
After the deaths of king Saul and Jonathan ( 1 Sam 31 ), David had instructed that the people of Judah be taught this lament. THE SONG OF THE BOW And this song / lament was recorded in the Book of Jashar ( v18):
Beloved, Let us write kindness in marble and injuries in the dust.
Today, as a child of God, we don't need to sing the song of lamentations because we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ... Rom 5:1-2
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
Joshua 1:6- *“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go
Young Joshua is now the leader of the Children of Israel after Moses.
It is now his responsibility to lead them into the promise land that Moses never was able to do in his day.
God gives Joshua a promise: "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." Then immediately he gives him a command: "Be strong and courageous”.
Three times in His commissioning of Joshua, God repeated him to have courage. Courage is anchored by the word of God. There are three primary relationships in the verse:
Obey the law completely(God’s word) (V7)
Meditate on God’s Word day and night (V8)
Be not afraid (V9)
“Being strong and courageous means trusting in the Lord as the true source of strength.”
Joshua didn’t have all the answers for the challenges before him. Like Joshua, we all face situations in life. We may feel so alone and even depressed. We can't feel God's presence.
May be our spouses, friends, and parents don't really understand what we are going through.
BUT GOD DOES AND HE CARES.
"The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." …….. Yes, that's right …
God is with us, leading us, guiding us, loving us, providing for us -- all with His unlimited resources.
What do we need?
Do we need strength, peace, love, joy, or hope?
He has it all.
……. We need faith,
We need to speak God's Word in confidence.
When we take a glimpse into the life of Rahab in this passage, many aspects of faith and risk taking can be learnt. And these include several stages as well:
1. Realization who the God of Israel is-
Real, powerful, capable of doing wondrous things, Israel's foundation rock.
2. Change of heart-
For Rahab to keep the spies hidden must've obviously been due to some internal changes. Perhaps she din't want to live the life she was living in Jericho, and so, saw her path to change by acknowledging the presence of God.
3. Risks undertaken-
I don't mean to justify Rahab lying to the authorities, because a lie is definetely a lie, there is no black or white lie. But the fact that, her action could have potentially been discovered as treason, and she may have had to suffer severe consequences. Also, if she hadn't done this, she, along with her family, would have been destroyed in the battle.
She and her family were spared, and second chance in life was granted to them.
Her actions gave her an opportunity to lead a new, pure life.
She is one of the 4 women who's name is mentioned in the genealogies of Christ, she is one of the great great great grandmothers of King David, being a foreigner.
▪When we realise that there needs to be some changes in our lives, we need to 1st acknowledge who God is- Holy, Pure, Just, Almighty, Filled with Mercy and Compassion.
▪When you know that it is the right thing to do, we are expected to take some hard decisions in life.
▪But no matter how hard it is, God does give us this unimaginable and surreal strength to do so!!.
▪And irony abounds, God gives numerous second chances to His people, who are willing to stand for Him.
Joshua 2:9 ....( Rahab) said to them I know that the lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because you
Joshua sent two spies to scout the strengths and vulnerabilities of Jericho. Rahab, a pagan, a canaanite and a prostitute admitted to the Israelite spies that they were all afraid as the Lord has given the Israelites the land, a terror of the Israelites has fallen on them and Canaanites faint because of the Israelites and their God.
Rahab has shown a remarkable awareness of Israel history and she recognised the great power of their God.she knew that the lord had dried the Red sea for Israel.and He had helped them to destroy the 2 kings of Amorites.she said that there is no courage in any man in Canaan to fight the Israelites.
Rahab pleaded with the spies to spare her family and her life when they attack the city.Although people of Canaan incurred God's judgement, Rahab faith saved her and her family
Rahab only heard of the wonders of God had wrought, spoke with faith than the elders of Israel who were eyewitnesses of wonders of God but perished because of their unbelief of God's promise,
* Blessed are those that have not seen and yet have believed, so too has Rahab did, O Woman of great faith
⏳ After the death of the LORD's servant Moses, the LORD spoke to Moses' helper, Joshua son of Nun. *My servant Moses is dead. Get ready now, you and all the people of Israel, and cross the Jordan River into the land that I am giving them.
Joshua, no one will be able to defeat you as long as you live. Be determined and confident
Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
⏳ Rahab Hides the Spies
⚖ We have all lost our courage because of you. The LORD your God is God in heaven above and here on earth. Now swear by him that you will treat my family as kindly as I have treated you, and give me some sign that I can trust you.
The men said to her, May God take our lives if we don't do as we say! If you do not tell anyone what we have been doing, we promise you that when the LORD gives us this land, we will treat you well.
Memorial Stones Are Set Up
⏳ *There Joshua set up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan. And he said to the people of Israel, In the future, when your children ask you what these stones mean,
Tell them that the LORD your God dried up the water of the Jordan for you until you had crossed, just as he dried up the Red Sea for us.
Because of this everyone on earth will know how great the LORD's power is, and you will honor the LORD your God forever.*
The Fall of Jericho
⏳ The LORD said to Joshua, *I am putting into your hands Jericho, with its king and all its brave soldiers. You and your soldiers are to march around the city once a day for six days. Seven priests, each carrying a trumpet, are to go in front of the Covenant Box. On the seventh day you and your soldiers are to march around the city seven times while the priests blow the trumpets. Then they are to sound one long note. As soon as you hear it, all the people are to give a loud shout, and the city walls will collapse.
The seventh time around, when the priests were about to sound the trumpets, Joshua ordered the people to shout, and he said, *The LORD has given you the city!
⚖The city and everything in it must be totally destroyed as an offering to the LORD. Only the prostitute Rahab and her household will be spared, because she hid our spies.
So the priests blew the trumpets. As soon as the people heard it, they gave a loud shout, and the walls collapsed. Then all the army went straight up the hill into the city and captured it.
At this time Joshua issued a solemn warning: *Anyone who tries to rebuild the city of Jericho will be under the LORD's curse. Whoever lays the foundation will lose his oldest son; Whoever builds the gates will lose his youngest.*
So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread through the whole country.
" *All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
Chapters 5&6 People of the Israel were filled with great excitement and motivation of having miraculously crossed the Jordan on dry ground, but it was the time to attack their enemy.
The imposing walls were the secret of Jericho defense. Their enormous height and width made these walls insurmountable with plentiful supplies of food and water in the City. Israel military leaders was undoubtedly aware of the great difficulties to conquer Jericho.
At this point as a commander what were the choices before Joshua? This God fearing officer was a man of prayer, but he also had to be a man of action as a commander. what sensible solution was there to offer? The situation was critical. Joshua never experienced such situation. He did not know how to proceed, with a great Enigma Joshua went near to Jericho to see the walls.
To resolve his confusion, commander of The Lord appeared to him with holding a sword in his hand. And this commander strengthened Joshua by delivering a message from the God that he came there to support and lead in the war. what a wonderful experience Joshua had!
✝The battle was completely under the control of the Lord and which was headed by his mighty Angel. Fall of the Jericho walls was one of the miraculous and interesting event in the old testament. Israelites possessed Jericho neither by their wisdom nor by strength, but they conquered it by their faith.
A study of ceramic remnants, royal scarabs, carbon-14 dating, seismic activity in the region and even some ruins of tumbled walls produced what is being called impressive evidence that the fortified city Jericho was destroyed in the Late Bronze Age, about 1400 B.C.
Theme of this incident illustrates how to lead a victorious life by conquering obstacles like Jericho walls. Every believer faces darkness, opposition and obstacles. But the promises of our Lord helps us to overcome and defeat strongholds in our life.
The king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one to inherit the promised land Canaan, the children of Israel should get complete Victory over these seven nations and 31 kings.
The list of the 31 kings is mentioned in chapter 12 and from our previous reading we meditated on the 7 nations also. (Josh 3:10)
The 31 kings speaks of 31 different kinds of sins (listed in Rom 1:21 -32)
The 7 nations speaks of 7 different evil characters.
To inherit the promised land, the kingdom of God, the new Jerusalem and Zion we have to get complete Victory over these 31 evil spirits (sins) and must be transformed from all the evil characters to Christ like character.
This will not happen overnight.But by little and little (Deut 7:22) As we pray, read and give room for the Holy Spirit one day we will transformed like Christ.
The literal fight of the children of God against their enemies is a great lesson for our spiritual fight. Now, though we walk in by the flesh we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 Cor10:3,4)
We wrestle not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12)
We are called to be kings and priests to rule the earth (Rev 5:10)
We should understand our calling and the purpose of it.
Lord Jesus has already bruised the head of satan by His physical death on the Cross of Calvary.
We don't have any physical war now. We just need to claim the Victory by the blood of Jesus.
A king is not always meant for defeats.
To be continued as a king, one should overcome all his enemies. We the spiritual kings should do an overcoming life always upon our enemies, the different kinds of sins.
Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity and be transformed like our King of kings our Lord Jesus Christ.
Caleb was ONE among the crowd as the Israelites left Egypt. He was mentioned for the first time when chosen to be One of the twelve to spy the Promised Land. He was forty years old at that time.
✍ Suddenly Caleb came into the limelight as he was the ONLY ONE other than Joshua to bring a good report about the Promised Land. God told that ONLY Joshua and Caleb would enter the Promised Land. Caleb remained faithful to God and wandered with the disobedient in the wilderness for forty years. Then he returns to limelight at the age of 85. His strength and energy levels remained intact and unchanged at that age.
✍He was the ONLY ONE to live in the midst of the new generation of Israelites. It would have been painful to see one by one of the rebellious Israelites die in the desert. He would have felt ODD and the new generation would have looked at him oddly. He was the ODD MAN out there. Joshua the other person who brought the good report was promoted by God to be the successor of Moses. Joshua led the people and God did great miracles through him. Whereas Caleb remained a simple, ordinary person devoid of name and fame.
✍ He had no ill feelings regarding his status. No envy or depressed attitude. He remained humble under God's mighty hand. Wonder how would we react if a believer along with us is blessed and used mightily while we remain unnoticed and unheard of? Caleb was indeed entirely Different Person with a Different Spirit. His faith in God was irrespective of what he saw. He trusted God though he was not in the famed list.
✍ First he was ONE among several thousands. Then he was ONE of the twelve. Next he was ONE of the two who brought a good report. Finally he finished his race as the ONLY victorious Believer who left Egypt to enter the Promised Land (Joshua became a spiritual leader).
Are you lamenting that you are the ONLY ONE to face peculiar hardships? Cheer up! God will slowly help you to be the ONLY ONE to inherit special blessings.
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion
Failure In The Success History
Joshua 11:16 -17 tells about how Joshua and the Israelites were able to conquer the land but after the allotment of lands to all the tribes it is mentioned that some tribes were unable to exterminate/ drive out the Idolaters completely. This is the failure in the success history.. Negligence and Carelessness are the hindrances to a Winning Battle.
Let us explore the passages:
1) JUDAH: They could not dislodge the Jebusites from Jerusalem ( Jos 15:63; Judges 1:19) because they had iron chariots
2) EPHRAIM: They did not dislodge the Canaanites from Gezer ( Jos 16:10; Judges 1:29)
3) MANASSEH: They were not able to occupy the Canaanites towns ( Jos 17: 12-13; Judges 1:27).
What was wrong with Ephraim and Manasseh❓
~ Canaanites were determined to live in that region. (Do not let sin / bad habits do the same in our lives)
~ They were complled to use the Canaanites as forced labour.
~ As a result Canaanites continued to live amongst them. ( Watch out ❗ Rom 12: 2)
4) BENJAMIN: They failed to dislodge the Jebusites who were living in Jerusalem ( Judges 1:21)
5) ZEBULUN: They failed to drive out the Canaanites ( Judges 1:30)
6) ASHER: They failed to drive out the Canaanites, and as result they lived among the Canaanites ( Judges 1:30-31)
7) NAPHTALI: They failed to drive out the Canaanites and so like Asher the Naphtalites lived among the Canaanites ( Judges 1:33)
8) DAN: Amorites were more powerful than the Danites. The Danites were not allowed to come down to the plains ( Judges 1:34-35)
9) JOSEPH'S DESCENDANTS: They were not satisfied with the allotment of their territory ( Jos 17:17). Joshua suggested them to go and occupy the vast forest land ( Jos 17:15). But they could not go and occupy because the Canaanites have iron chariots ( Jos 17:16b)
Beloved, let us examine ourselves: Are there any Bad Habits ( Canaanites) determined to stay in ? May be we are unable to drive them out. Invite Jesus into your heart because we may fail but Jesus never fail ✝
✅ The above failures with the caption: " They could not dislodge; They did not dislodge; They failed to drive out; They were not able to occupy " could have been avoided if the Israelites:
》 Focus / trust in the Lord
》 Focus in their strength and capabilities.
But their focus was on the source of enemies ' strength ( Iron Chariots).
Beloved, Where do we focus our eyes❓
Is it on God's Strength or Enemy's Iron Chariots❓
Psalmist says, " Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God ". ✒ 20:7
Trust in the Lord. Take courage and be strong, for a righteous man falls seven times but rises again. Prov 24:16
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
Joshua 11-16 tells us of the many conquests that Israel won against their enemies and about the subsequent distribution of land among the various tribes of Israel.
What is striking about this whole process is the way in which God enabled them conquer these lands. He instigated those various Kings to come against them, (which seemed like something negative), but did so, only because He wanted them to conquer those lands, which He was desirous that they inherit. Besides, He did not expect them to do this on their own, but He Himself promised to help them in the process. Therefore, all they needed to do was to trust Him and do just what He had instructed them to! And although this process took a long time, vs 18, and God hardened the hearts of those kings and caused them to come against his people, yet then end result would be worth the wait, because of the victory and blessings that were bound to follow vs 20!
So, all that was need was faith, patience and implicit obedience. Faith was needed because the task seemed impossible, patience because there was much land to conquer and obedience because that was the only way in which they could react wisely and get God to help them to make the impossible, possible! If we liken this whole process to us gaining the victory over the various lusts in our flesh, through the different trials that life throws at each one of us, we will realise that we need to follow this similar recipe for our success too! We need to look at those trying circumstances and people that come our way as a means through which God is seeking to give us His divine nature such that we wuld be perfect and complete lacking nothing, James 1:2-4.
For this, we require faith to look at those people and circumstances in the way God asks us to. However, if we lose focus of this vision and get caught up with the concerned people and situations instead, and make them the object of our wrath, instead of warring against the evil within us, then our reactions will be fleshly and the end result will be disastrous! Besides, because we don't often respond in the way God asks us too, the process takes time, and so, we require to be patient with ourselves. Finally, if we persist in doing our own will, and reacting just as we please to in those situations, instead of obeying what God has explicitly commanded us to do, then what God meant for good will work for evil and our disobedience will serve as a hindrance and keep us from partaking of God's Nature and so coming into a life that nothing can shake or overcome!
It was only because Joshua was such a man of faith, patience and obedience vs7,15,16, that he managed to lead God's people into their inheritance! However, the sad part was that inspite of all the victories they won, there were still some parts of the land which they were complacent about conquering, and so, the enemies that continued living there became thorns in their flesh in the years that followed. It is only as we determine to patiently trust and obey God while passing through the various storms of life, that we can come to a life of victory and rest, which God earnestly desires for each one of us to enter into and inherit! May we seek His grace to do so.
Jos.11 v23 says, " Then the land had rest from war." This was the result of Joshua's military victory over 31 kings in the land of Canaan.
The name " Joshua " is the root ward for the Greek name " Jesus " which comes from the Aramaic name " Yeshua "
Joshua's victory over the Canaanites prefigures the future victory of Jesus over Satan as the Rider on the White horse with the name "Word of God" and eyes like blazing fire, as given in Rev.19 & 20.
Joshua's victory brought temporary rest & peace to the Israelites from war while Jesus' victory will bring permanent rest and everlasting peace to the believers from their spiritual battle.
Though the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua went to war against the 31 kings it was the Lord who fought for them and got them victory (Jos.10:42).
Similarly we the believers are engaged in an ongoing war against the spiritual forces of evil and our carnal nature under the banner of our Yeshua's blood and word who assured us of victory with the armor of God (Eph.6:14 - 18).
In our spiritual war the gaint Anakites we face in our daily life are our temptations, pride, greed for power, position, lust, consumerism etc. Unless we slay them we will not enter the spiritual Canaan.
Let us put on the Armor of God and be battle ready to use them to slay our Anakites everyday.
God's blessings are conditional. In order to receive his blessings, we have to fulfill the one and only condition, that is "obeying his commands". If we are obedient to him faithfully then he will bless us continuously.
Meditate his laws and commands day and night and make sure that you must obey everything that was written in it, then he will make you prosperous and successful.
Unless we read, study and meditate God's word, we don't know what to do and what not. Stay focused on the word of god and follow his rules, then he will send his blessings in his time.
If we obey his commands
We are promised the blessing of fruitfulness:-
Everything will increase in a value. Our daily needs, things, properties, wealth will be blessed abundantly.
Blessing of victory over all your enemies:-
The Lord will defeat our enemies, when they attack us. No matter how strong they are and how many they are. If they attack us from one direction, they will run away from us in all directions. What a great protection!.
we are promised with the blessing of spiritual growth:-
The spiritual growth set apart us as God's Holi people, who will become a strong testimony of holiness before all the people, they will afraid of us.
Read and meditate the word of god, follow his all commands, lead a holy life. Then God will send us the rain of blessings from his rich store house. He won't stop his blessings untill you blessed richly.
Stay Bessed Amen
“Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6
In Deuteronomy 31, Moses comes to the end of his life.
Moses commissioned the younger man Joshua in front of the entire congregation, laying hands on him and passing on authority to lead.
Moses is encouraging him with these reassuring words: “The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Today our God is giving the same message that Moses gave to Joshua…. “Be strong and courageous; do not fear.”
Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
Is there something holds us back from doing things for God.?
Do we feel uncertainty in our life now?
Let us declare ourselves that “My God will never leave me nor forsake me.” Never. Ever.
God never leaves us alone and without help.
Wouldn't it be easier if we choose life and enjoy God's blessings?
But, our flesh wants to do the opposite for short term gratification with long term consequences.
God wanted His People to Live a Blessing Lifestyle. He so much wanted things to go well for them and their families for Generations to come. All they had to do was Obey the Word to receive the Blessings.
Life and Death, Blessings or Curses are Choices. Life is a series of choices. To make the right choice we got to hear the right voice. God's Voice or Satan's voice? Adam and Eve were given a choice and they chose Death instead of Life, listening to Satan's voice. But, thank God, He has given us another choice to get back to the Life that was once lost, the Abundant Life in Jesus, John 10:10.
God set out two choices for the Israelites and told them to chose what He wanted them to choose and that was Life.. Deutronomy 30:19. God was helping them to make the choice. All they had to do was Obey. Obedience to God's Word and Loving God with all their heart brought tremendous blessing, Deuteronomy 30:9-10.
After going through a list of horrible consequences of the curses in Deuteronomy 28:15-68, God kept on Reminding them in Chapter 30 to Obey Him. God will not choose for us, but He has already settled the outcome of our choice. Even today God is asking us to Obey Him.
God had already settled the consequences of the choice the Israelites would make. There was only two paths that they could choose to walk. One would lead to Life and Blessing and the other will lead to Death and Curses, but they had to chose the path, Deuteronomy 30:19.
Blessing is an empowerment for success and fruitfulness, whereas Curse is a Blessing Blocker that resulted in failure, delays, and unfruitfullness.
Life and Death is in the mouth or on our tongue. Proverbs 18:21. The words we speak has the power to bring life or death. We can activate Blessings and Curses through the words we speak.
Jesus exhorted us to Bless those who curse us. The Natural tendency is for us to curse those who curse us, but we who are in Christ are called to bless, Luke 6:27, 1 Peter 3:9. Jesus has became a curse for us, so that we might get the Blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus, Galatians 3:13-14. Jesus was hung on a tree to become a curse, Deuteronomy 21:23.
When we Bless we are obeying God's Word which will result in a Blessing. We are Blessed to be a Blessing for others.
We can cancel every Curse word spoken over us with a Blessing word and walk in the Freedom by Faith through Loving God and Obeying Him, knowing that Jesus has become a curse for us. Even Today God has placed a high priority to Love and Obey Him. He has Empowered us to Love Him and Obey Him through the Indewelling of Holy Spirit...Amen.
[email protected]'s Thirstydeer
Moses unequivocally says obedience is the key to unlock God's blessings.
Obedience means compliance with the laws.
Why choose obedience?
1. To receive blessings and to avoid curses - Dt.30: 19
2. Obedience to God is greater than offering sacrifices to God - 1 Sam.15: 22
3. We are all chosen for obedience to Jesus Christ-1 Pe.1: 2
Bible mentions the following types of obedience:
Undeviating obedience - Dt.28:14
Unreserved obedience - Jos.22: 2& 3
Complete obedience - Dt. 28: 1
Immediate obedience -Ps.18:44
Willing obedience - Isa. 1: 19
Obedience in absence - Php. 2:12
Our obedience can come from and result in two opposite things depending on whether we obey Christ or Flesh.
Obedience can come from fear or faith (Rom.1:5)
Obedience can lead us to sin or righteousness (Rom.6: 16)
What is the cause of our obedience? Fear or Faith
What is the result of our obedience? Sins or righteousness
Let us choose the right cause and the right result of our obedience
⚖ *When you lend someone something, you are not to take as security his millstones used for grinding his grain. This would take away the family's means of preparing food to stay alive.
⚖ *When you lend someone something, do not go into his house to get the garment he is going to give you as security;
If he is poor, do not keep it overnight;
return it to him each evening, so that he can have it to sleep in. Then he will be grateful, and the LORD your God will be pleased with you.
Do not cheat poor and needy hired servants, whether they are Israelites or foreigners living in one of your towns.
Do not deprive foreigners and orphans of their rights; and do not take a widow's garment as security for a loan.
*When you gather your crops and fail to bring in some of the grain that you have cut, do not go back for it; it is to be left for the foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.
⚖ Suppose two Israelites go to court to settle a dispute, and one is declared innocent and the other guilty.
He may be given as many as forty lashes, but no more; more than that would humiliate him publicly.
⚖ *If two men are having a fight and the wife of one tries to help her husband by grabbing hold of the other man's genitals,
show her no mercy; cut off her hand.
⚖ Do not cheat when you use weights and measures.
Today the LORD your God commands you to obey all his laws; so obey them faithfully with all your heart.
⚖ 'God's curse on anyone who makes an idol of stone, wood, or metal and secretly worships it; the LORD hates idolatry.' *And all the people will answer, 'Amen!'
'God's curse on anyone who deprives foreigners, orphans, and widows of their rights.' And all the people will answer, 'Amen!'
'God's curse on anyone who accepts money to murder an innocent person.' *And all the people will answer, 'Amen!'*
⚖ ' God's curse on anyone who does not obey all of God's laws and teachings.' *And all the people will answer, 'Amen!'
" All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
Instead he will send you a prophet like me from among your own people and you are to obey him.(deuteronomy 18' 15)
From among the Israelites God had raised the prophets to protect them from practicing pagan gods and to lead them in the right path.
They had the ability to hear the voice of God and sometimes they had radical encounter with God.
They were the mouth piece of God. what ever God commands to them everything they delivered to the Israelite community.
☘This prophets were continuously reminding them The covenant of God and accusing them for violating the covenant and warned them to repent for their immorality, adultery, alliance with other Nations and allowing injustice in them. And they called Israelites to confess their sin in the presence of Lord. They were ignored prophet's warnings until their warnings come true.
Today we don't have a prophet like Isaiah to give prophecy about The second coming of Jesus Christ and we don't have a prophet like Jeremiah to weep in the presence of Lord for our sins on behalf of us.
Few people are expecting instant miracles, they don't have patience to wait upon the Lord for their good deeds.
Consequently they are approaching the prophets for instant miracles. Where as these prophets doesn't have time to listen them, unfortunately few of them are expecting bribe.
Few of them are good at their ministry, But Satan is trying to put them in trap, with his continuous efforts by exhibiting worldly pleasures.
God our Lord anoited them with holy spirit and with various spiritual gifts to perform miracles, healings and to give prophecy. God gave these abilities to them freely to establish his Kingdom on the earth.
The one, who endures great suffering to spread the Good news, They will receive victory prize from the Lord on The Judgement day.
✌Choosing the righteous prophet is the best gift for ourselves, and he who lead us in the right path and which leads to the kingdom of heaven.
Moses had done all his Preaching and Teaching. All that Israel had to do was to Obey the Word and do the Word.
They were instructed to build a Special Altar with Natural Stone. No Carving tools should touch the Stones. Offerings and Sacrifices were to be made on the Altar. They were to write all the laws taught by Moses on the Stones plainly and clearly. This command was carried out by Joshua, in Joshua 8:30-32.
There were three things that the Israelites had to do with the building of the Stone Altar that we can apply to the Word of God.
1. The Stone should not be carved. God was going to be Center of Attention with The Glory of the Word and the Stone Carver's decorative skills was not going to be in competition for attention to his work, taking away the Glory to be given to God, Deuteronomy 27:5.
2. They were to Whitewash the Stone with lime before the Laws were written.This would highlight the written laws Clearly. We should make the Word of God easily accessible to everyone. It must standout. It must be seen clearly, Deuteronomy 27:2.
3. They were to write Plainly and Clearly on the Stone so that it can be read. Anytime the Word of God is Presented, it must be clearly understood. Preaching should have clarity. Our pulpits sermons should be plainly understood with clarity to impact the World around us
Other Biblical Reference of making the Word of God spoken or written very plainly are....
Habakkuk 2:2..... And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
John 16:25.... These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
2 Corinthians 3:12.... Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.
Dear Child of God, Remember that, God wants us to communicate the Word of God plainly so that it can be applied easily.....Amen
[email protected]'s Thirstydee
The Bible is a fascinating, amazing Book that covers Science, Geography, History and Mathematics. Basic Maths comprises of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. All these four are found in the Book of Deuteronomy.
➕ Addition and Subtraction ➖
God firmly told that there should not be further Adding or Subtracting to any of the Laws given through Moses.
Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it (Deu 12:32).
✖ Multiplication ✖ God gave specific rules for kings:
But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.' Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself. (Deu 17:16, 17).
God firmly told that the Israelite king should not multiply horses, wives, gold and silver. He had a reason for enforcing such a strict rule.
In those days’ horses were used mainly in wars. If the Israelites concentrated on multiplying their horses that denote their military strength, they would rely on it rather than on God.
Moreover, horses were available in plenty in Egypt. They would have to travel to Egypt to purchase horses and God forbid that as it would mislead the Israelites to sin.
God did not want the king to have multiply wives as it would lead to political, foreign alliance. The foreign wives would bring in their culture, custom and god into the land of Israel. This would corrupt the people enticing them to idolatry.
The king was forbidden to multiply gold and silver as it would lift their heart to self-confidence and pride. Moreover, to multiply wealth they might enforce immoderate burden on their own citizens.
King Solomon violated all the three Multiplication Rules whereas King David violated the last two. Ultimately this resulted in the Division of the Kingdom.
God did not want His kings to rely on their military strength, political alliance or on their wealth, position and authority. Instead, He wanted them to rely on Him for their victories, position and provision.
➗ Division ➗ God told Moses:
You shall prepare roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the LORD your God is giving you to inherit, that any manslayer may flee there (Deu 19:3).
The land had to be divided into three parts with a city of refuge at the centre of each. So that the manslayer may take refuge in it. These days we don't have cities of refuge. But God Himself, is our refuge and strength.
Maths in Deuteronomy teach us:
➕ Never Add to His Word.
➖ Don't Subtract any of His Teachings
✖ Rely on Him ALONE.
➗ God is our Refuge.
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion
Maybe many of you have heard this saying - Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. God deals with that attitude sternly in Dt 22:1-4. In Luke 15, Jesus described the pain of those who lost something they valued, and the extraordinary lengths they go to, to recover what was lost. You see, God understands the pain that someone feels when they lose something they value. HE has experienced the pain of losing HIS treasured possession when satan successfully caused Adam & Eve to give in to temptation.
God says, ’I have loved you with an everlasting love…’ [Jer 31:3] God’s loved us before the foundation of the world was laid. The All-Knowing God knew all about the wilful disobedience of Man, and YET God loved us. And in His love, He created us. In His love, He prepared salvation’s plan. Jesus came so that we who were lost could be restored to the One who loves us and desires that we be restored to Him.
All these laws come from the heart of the Father who was willing to send His Own Son to die bearing the punishment of our sins on Himself. They come from the heart of the Saviour who counted it joy to die in our place to deliver us from slavery to sin.
⚜ As we read through all these laws, it is good to remember that this is God our Father training His people to take their first toddling steps of love. In the wilderness He had taught them to walk by faith. And now, He is teaching them/us to overcome the selfishness that is part of the Adamic nature. He is teaching them/us what justice, fair play, neighbourly concern & righteousness look like.
⚜ HE is our role model for unconditional love. We know what love is, because HE first loved us. And BECAUSE we know what it is to be loved by God, we can then love others. [1 Jn 4:19]
⚜ Jesus said, that LOVE will be the identifying mark of His disciples.
Sadly, today, the world thinks of Christians as hypocritical, ‘holier-than-thou’ people. So, what went wrong?
In Rev 2:1-7 Jesus reveals that the Ephesian church was righteous – not tolerating wicked people; they labored without growing weary… BUT they had lost their FIRST love.
Obedience which springs from mere rule-keeping & a desire to be perfect, results in a cold heart.
God’s love FOR US is the foundation of the Law. LOVE motivated God to give the Law to train His people to walk in paths of righteousness, faith & love.
Knowing the character of God, knowing His love for us is key & essential to whole-hearted obedience. Moses emphasized that God loved them. [Dt 4:37, 7:7-8, 7:13, 10:15, 23:5]
When we know HIS love, we are set free from an unholy fear of punishment/rejection and breaks all false mental images we have of God. [Rf 1 Jn 4:16-18, Jm 1:16-17, 1 Jn 1:5]
When we see God as HE is, we don’t have to try to make Him our priority. Love automatically makes us desire to have Him at the centre.
Then, obedience is no longer merely an outward compliance to the Law. Instead obedience springs from a heart that is submitted to God and desires to honour HIM. We obey because we trust God’s wisdom & love.
In Christ, God has flooded our hearts with HIS Spirit of love, so we have the power to overcome sin & selfishness and love, trust & obey. [Rom 5:5, 2 Tim 1:7]
When Paul wrote to the Ephesian church, the key elements of his prayer for them/us are: [Eph 3:16-19]. That the Holy Spirit would give us revelation understanding of who God is?. [Eph 1:17] That through intimate fellowship with GOD we would be better able to understand what He is calling us to do and also grasp what immense resources we have at our disposal to fulfill that calling. [Eph 1:18-20]
That we would be rooted & grounded in the love of God.
That we would know the full & amazing dimensions of God’s love for us.
Abba Father, search my heart. Break what needs to break. Cleanse what needs to go. Breathe afresh on me. Where my heart has grown cold, re-ignite passion & love for You. In Jesus Name. Amen.
I AM THE LIGHT
Be sure that the man you choose to be king is the one whom the LORD has chosen. He must be one of your own people; do not make a foreigner your king.
The king is not to have many wives, because this would make him turn away from the LORD; and he is not to make himself rich with silver and gold.
When he becomes king, he is to have a copy of the book of God's laws and teachings made from the original copy kept by the levitical priests.
He is to keep this book near *him and read from it all his life, so that he will learn to honor the LORD and to obey faithfully everything that is commanded in it.
If a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD and what he says does not come true, then it is not the LORD's message. That prophet has spoken on his own authority, and you are not to fear him.
Do not move your neighbor's property line, established long ago in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
⚖ If any of you try to harm another by false accusations, both of you are to go to the one place of worship and be judged by the priests and judges who are then in office.
⌛ Women are not to wear men's clothing, and men are not to wear women's clothing; the LORD your God hates people who do such things.
When you lend money or food or anything else to Israelites, do not charge them interest.
Obey this rule, and the LORD your God will bless everything you do in the land that you are going to occupy.*
*When you make a vow to the LORD your God, do not put off doing what you promised; the LORD will hold you to your vow, and it is a sin not to keep it.
but if you make one voluntarily, be sure that you keep it.*
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
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