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Joshua 24:11-13

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Joshua 24:11-13
11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand. 12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, [even] the two kings of the Amorites; [but] not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. 13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
God continued to give Israel cause to love Him and to trust Him in all that they would do by reminding them of how they were able to take possession of the land upon which they now lived. He had brought them across the River Jordan at a time when the waters were high and its currents swift. He miraculously parted the waters to allow them to cross on dry land.
After they had crossed, the men (Hebrew: "owners") of Jericho fought against them. The Hebrew word is the same as the one in verse 9 that was translated as "warred." The lords of Jericho did not physically fight with Israel, although their troops chased after the spies that were sent by Joshua. They did however resist the army of Israel by shutting their gates and refusing to surrender. Military leaders will say that any resistance is an act of war. Nevertheless, Yahweh took down their walls, and they fled from the Israeli troops. It would not be unreasonable to think that at least some of them tried to fight back.
After that, each of the seven Canaanite tribes who inhabited the land warred against Joshua and his troops. God also delivered those tribes into the hands of the Israelites. There was no reason for the men of Israel to get all puffed up and over confident in their own fighting skills. God had even sent hornets before them into the enemy ranks to cause chaos and injury before Israel even touched one of their enemies. He had also done this before, when they fought the Amorites on the other side of the Jordan.
So, Yahweh told them that they had not won a single battle by the use of their bows or swords. They would have won had they nothing more than their bare fists to fight with. It Yahweh, their God, who had done all of the fighting.
Yahweh also reminded them that He had kept another promise that He had made to Moses. "And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,  And houses full of all good [things], which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;" (Deuteronomy 6:10-11)
But He had also gone on to warn them in the next verse, "[Then] beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage." That is the purpose of this whole last chapter in the book of Joshua. Let us never forget Him and what He has done for us.
God had demonstrated His total sovereignty and omnipotence over all things, from whom He would choose to be His people even to the forces of nature. Everything man has is given to us and controlled by Him. Everything we either succeed at or fail at is under His control and totally within His power to give or to take as He pleases.
Before The Throne:
We are told to come boldly before the throne of grace, but we must never come proudly before Him. We owe everything to Him, including our eternal future. Approach the throne without fear but with all of the humility your soul can muster. Surrender to His will. Follow the Son. "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;" (Colossians 4:2)
For Further Study:
(v.11) * And ye. Josh 3:14-17; Josh 4:10-12, 23; Ps 114:3, 5; * the men. Josh 6:1-27; Josh 10:1-11; Neh 9:24-25; Ps 78:54-55; Ps 105:44; Acts 7:45; Acts 13:19;
(v.12) * I sent. Exod 23:28; Deut 7:20; * not. Ps 44:3-6;
(v.13) * And I. 21:45; * cities. Josh 11:13; Deut 6:10-12; Deut 8:7; Prov 13:22;


Author David Roth has been the Multihousing and Community Outreach Director for the York Baptist Association in Rock Hill, S.C. for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and pastor of Midtown Ministries, an inner city ministry to over 50 children and is presently pastoring My Radical Church, a new church plant that is focusing on reaching the homeless and poorest of the city. He has written over 3,000 daily bible studies and is in the process of posting them on this website.

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