God is strong in our weakness…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 13:1-13

Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.

This is the land that yet remains: all the regions of the Philistines, and all those of the Geshurites

(from the Shihor, which is east of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron, it is counted as Canaanite; there are five rulers of the Philistines, those of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron), and those of the Avvim,

 in the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the boundary of the Amorites,

and the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrise, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath,

 all the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, even all the Sidonians. I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.

Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and half the tribe of Manasseh.”

 With the other half of the tribe of Manasseh the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond the Jordan eastward, as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them:

 from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and the city that is in the middle of the valley, and all the tableland of Medeba as far as Dibon;

 and all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, as far as the boundary of the Ammonites;

 and Gilead, and the region of the Geshurites and Maacathites, and all Mount Hermon, and all Bashan to Salecah;

all the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei (he alone was left of the remnant of the Rephaim); these Moses had struck and driven out.

 Yet the people of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maacathites, but Geshur and Maacath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day.

 

Joshua is old and the Lord says there is still much to be done. So His instruction for Joshua is to assign what is left as an inheritance to the people of Israel. Then God himself will expel the people in the land ahead of Israel.

 

I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.

 

For the believer, can it be said, when we find ourselves in the same place as Joshua, that God will say to us also, just claim what is left, assign  the remaining inheritance, and I will remove what needs to be removed from your life; I will go ahead of you? When we are weak, when we are incapacitated in some way we can rely on the Lord to go before us into the battle and clear the way for us. Our weakness only allows His strength to be glorified. God will get the glory. We get to live the life of victory, overcomers through Christ because we place our faith and trust in Him.  We walk by faith believing that what God says He will do He will.

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all the words… the blessing and the curse

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Joshua 8:24-35

 

 When Israel had finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai and struck it down with the edge of the sword.

 And all who fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000, all the people of Ai.

But Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had devoted all the inhabitants of Ai to destruction.

Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as their plunder, according to the word of the LORD that he commanded Joshua.

 So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day.

 And he hanged the king of Ai on a tree until evening. And at sunset Joshua commanded, and they took his body down from the tree and threw it at the entrance of the gate of the city and raised over it a great heap of stones, which stands there to this day.

 At that time Joshua built an altar to the LORD, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal,

 just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the people of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, “an altar of uncut stones, upon which no man has wielded an iron tool.” And they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings.

 And there, in the presence of the people of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written.

 And all Israel, sojourner as well as native born, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded at the first, to bless the people of Israel.

 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law.

 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the sojourners who lived among them.

 

This time Israel was careful to do exactly as they were told. It’s sad that we are so self-oriented it takes the extreme measure to bring us to obedience to the Word. We are privileged to have the grace of God through Christ’s sacrifice. A sacrifice was required, the ultimate sacrifice has been given. For this we have the promise of living in the ‘promised land’ of abundant life given through Christ. We still have personal life issues to battle and they often require a sacrifice but God gives the victory – he hands the city over to us.  At that point we must always give thanks and take the time to remember His Words, His goodness, His mercy, His love.

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