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Bible Pathways 03/17/2003

March 17

Read Joshua 11 -- 13

In Today 's Reading:

Conquest of the northern kings; Joshua's obedience; conquered kings; 2-1/2 tribes settle on the east side of the Jordan River

Everyone in Jericho knew the reputation of Israel's God as did Rahab who confessed: When we heard this, we lost heart, and everyone's courage failed because of you; for the LORD your God?He is God in heaven above and on earth below (Joshua 2:11). Rahab alone put her faith in the God of the Hebrews and was not only saved but was included in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25). The Canaanite kings had known what the Gibeonites knew, but they decided to defend their heathen gods against the true God.

News of Joshua's invasion quickly spread throughout Canaan. Jabin, King of Hazor in the north, enlisted the kings and their soldiers from farther into the northern mountains (Joshua 11:1-2,8).

Joshua's comparatively small army received a report that they were facing a multitude as numerous as the sand on the seashore ? along with a vast number of horses and chariots. All these kings joined forces. . . . Do not be afraid of them, the LORD said to Joshua, for at this time tomorrow I will hand all of them over to Israel ? dead. . . . So Joshua and his whole military force surprised them at the waters of Merom. . . . They struck them down, leaving no survivors (11:4-8).

So Joshua took the entire land, in keeping with all that the LORD had told Moses. . . . After this, the land had rest from war (11:23). Thirty-one kings (12:24) had been defeated. Joshua established military control over all of the promised land. The individual tribes were to complete the destruction of the Canaanites (Exodus 23:29-30; Deuteronomy 7:22).

The judgment of the Canaanites foreshadows the final judgment of all who continue in their sins. This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels, taking vengeance with flaming fire on those who don't know God and on those who don't obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of everlasting destruction, away from the Lord's presence and from His glorious strength (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).

Christ Portrayed:

By Moses, the servant of the LORD (Joshua 12:6). Jesus was the servant of God. Here is My Servant whom I have chosen (Matthew 12:18).

Prayer Needs:

Country: Switzerland (7 million) in central Europe · Major languages: German and French · Religious freedom · 53% Roman Catholic; 41% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Know that God answers prayer (Psalms 118:5).

Optional Reading: John 8

Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 5:15

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