Blog thru the Bible: Joshua II

“No one can withstand you as long as you live. As I was with Moses, I will be with you: I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be Strong and Courageous (Rak Chasak Amats) Joshua 1:5.

Deep down inside doesn’t everyone yearn for the purpose to be the warrior, storm the gates, rescue the damsel, free the captives and be the hero? It is the obligation that accompanies that purpose which makes men shy. “Only be Strong and Courageous (Rak Chasak Amats); being careful to observe the entire law which Moses my servant enjoined on you. Do not swerve from it either to the right or the left, that you may succeed wherever you go” Joshua 1:7.

The story of Joshua could be told as this. God has been faithful to the promise of the Land. But, Israel must rely on God totally for victory over that land. The people must unite as one, the Law of God must be kept and no one grows rich from victory in war. Then, and only then, will the Israelites be able to possess and keep the land. If Israel will become the “priestly” people that God desires, he will fight for them, shield them and care for them. When will our adventures become His adventures?

They cross the Jordan River like they crossed the Red Sea on dry bedrock with a wall of water held back. The men of war are circumcised, the tablets of the Law are read to the people, memorial stones are laid to mark this beginning, and the people eat from the land of milk and honey for the first time. They are charged to utterly destroy all the inhabitants of the land of Canaan. Joshua captures 31 kings and their people and puts them under the Ban! Which means he kills the men, women and children; including their livestock. Essentially, the presence of the Canaanites in history begins a process where they cease to exist!

It is written in Joshua 4:14 that the people feared Joshua throughout his whole life like they feared Moses. It is written that Joshua came face to face with the Commander of the Armies of the Lord (Joshua 5:14). Another thing is true about the story of Joshua. He understood what it meant to be a Warrior both in purpose and obligation. In Greek you pronounce Joshua, as Jesus! Following the King is a serious matter. How intent are you? Withdrawing a second time, he prayed again, “My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done” (Matthew 26:42). Rak Chasak Amats!   Ain’t it so!

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