Joshua 11-13

Joshua 11:2
and to the kings who were from the north, in the mountains, in the plain south of Chinneroth, in the lowland, and in the heights of Dor on the west,

Chinneroth is a reference to what we more commonly know as the Sea of Galilee. As you read through the Scrptures, be mindful that this sea which is the focus of much of Jesus’s ministry is also referred to as, ‘Chinnereth’, ‘Lake of Gennesaret’, and the ‘Sea of Tibereius’.

Joshua 11:10
Joshua turned back at that time and took Hazor, and struck its king with the sword; for Hazor was formerly the head of all those kingdoms.

Imagine what it must have been like to have defeated Hazor, the one who was at one time the head of all of these kingdoms. There is nothing stronger or more powerful that our God. If there is defeat taking place, it is only because the Lord is allowing it and there is a whole lot more going on behind the scenes. I am so glad He is on our side!

Joshua 12:7
7 And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel conquered on this side of the Jordan, on the west, from Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon as far as Mount Halak and the ascent to Seir, which Joshua gave to the tribes of Israel as a possession according to their divisions,

As you read through these kings whom Joshua defeated, keep in mind that it is God who did it, just as He said He would. It is the same God who promises to care for us. This should be s source of great comfort to us.

Joshua 13:13
Nevertheless the children of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maachathites, but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day.

We don’t really know why Israel did not drive out these peoples, but It is interesting that they ended up causing problems for Israel. King David married a princess from Geshur who bore him his son Absalom. Absalom was a vain and arrogant son who tried to take the kingship from his father by force. Think about the things in our lives that have caused up problems because we don’t wipe them our completely.

Joshua 13:22
The children of Israel also killed with the sword Balaam the son of Beor, the soothsayer, among those who were killed by them.

Remember Balaam from Numbers 22-24. Here is where he finally meets his doom.

Joshua 8-10

Joshua 8:27
Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as booty for themselves, according to the word of the Lord which He had commanded Joshua.

Throughout the Scriptures, we see that the people who were successful and prospered in their lives were those who lived according to the word of the Lord. This characterized the heart and life of Joshua. He was obedient and as a result, the Lord was strong in him.

Joshua 8:34
And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law.

I recently heard someone say, instead of spending all of our time in Facebook, we should be spending our time with our ‘face’ in the ‘Book’. We should read the word every day! Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and see that God’s word instructs us in righteousness, completes us and equips us for every good work.

Joshua 9:14
Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord.

As I look back on my life, I realize that the times I found myself in trouble or in any predicament, was when I did not pray, when I failed to ask counsel of the Lord. In those times, I would seek the counsel of men who might agree with me, rather than seek the Lord who might tell me what I needed to know.

Joshua 10:5
Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered together and went up, they and all their armies, and camped before Gibeon and made war against it.

Jerusalem did not belong to Israel at this time, it was a gentile (non-Jewish) city. This king of Jerusalem was s foreign king.

Joshua 10:11
And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.

This is such a sweet picture of the Lord defending us, without us ever having to lift a finger. I’ll bet that we would be shocked at the number of battles the Lord fights on our behalf each day, many of which we are not even aware of. His eye is constantly upon us, watching out for our good.

Joshua 10:40
So Joshua conquered all the land: the mountain country and the South and the lowland and the wilderness slopes, and all their kings; he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded.

The Lord is continuing to give them the promised land just as He said He would. The only thing that thwarts any of the things the Lord has promised us, is our disobedience, when we take matters into our own hand because we think we have a better way.

Joshua 4-7

Joshua 4:7
Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”

Just as these stones were meant to be a memorial to the children of Israel, so it is that we have memorial stones in our lives as well. All of those things which are a reminder to the wonderful things that the Lord had done in our lives are our memorial stones…reminders to us just how much God loves and cares for us.

Joshua 4:14
On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they had feared Moses, all the days of his life.

When I think of how mightily God used Joshua, I think of Exodus 33:11 where we read that Joshua never departed from the tabernacle. I take this to mean, that Joshua was interested and devoted to the worship of God above all else. When the Lord finds people who are worshippers of Him, He uses them.

Joshua 5:7
Then Joshua circumcised their sons whom He raised up in their place; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.

The Israelites had quit worshipping and honoring the Lord during the years in the wilderness, in the same manner they had been instructed in. This is always a great danger of the wilderness. When we find ourselves wandering toward the wilderness, we must do whatever we can to get back on track and into that healthy relationship with the Lord once again.

Joshua 5:14
So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”

Many believe this to be a Christophany, a physical manifestation of Jesus before His birth. One of the reasons we believe this to be so, is because Joshua bowed down to worship Him and this Commander of the army of the Lord received Joshua’s homage.

Joshua 6:2-3
And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once.
This you shall do six days.

Sometimes the Lord presents some rather unorthodox ways of fighting for us, but we must never question his methods. I believe that often times He does this to remind us that it is He and He alone who is doing the fighting and He and He alone will receive the glory for the victory.

Joshua 6:26
Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, “Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.”

This prophetic word was fulfilled in 1 Kings 16:34, In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.

Joshua 7:12
Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you.

We cannot expect that the Lord is going to be with us, if we insist on keeping accursed things in our lives. Good and evil simply cannot cohabitate.

Joshua 7:25
And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you this day.” So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.

We must be willing to do anything necessary to rid ourselves of the things in our lives which bring dishonor to the Lord. If we fail to honor the Lord in this area, we cannot begin to blame God for the consequences of such disobedience.

Joshua 1-3, Mark 16

Joshua 1:7
Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

What I find interesting about this verse is that the Lord tells Joshua to be ‘strong and courageous’, because it would take strength and courage to observe and do all of the things the Lord had told them to do. Why does it take strength and courage? Because, everything in this world serves to fight against the observance of the things the Lord says. On top of that, throw in our tendency to give into the temptation of the flesh. Jesus made it clear, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The key to making sure our way is prosperous and successful, is to meditate on God’s word. And, not just on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s, but ‘day and night’. I have found that you cannot meditate on His word too much. It is impossible!

Joshua 1:17
Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses.

I am sure that this caused some concern for Joshua, he would have known, without a doubt, that they fell way short of doing the things that Moses said they should do.

Joshua 2:1
1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.

One of the wonderful things about the Lord is that he loves us and forgives us and doesn’t hold our past against us. This is the case of rehab, the prostitute who helped the Israelites. If you look at the New Testament (Matthew 1:5, Hebrews 11:31, James 2:25), you see that she was regarded as a woman of great faith, in the lineage of Jesus.

Joshua 2:11
And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

How cool would it be, if people responded this way to us, because of the wonderful things they had seen take place in our lives. May we live our lives with such faith, that others are drawn to Jesus.

Joshua 3:3
and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.

We should not budge, until the Lord leads us!

Joshua 3:5
And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

The word ‘sanctify’ means to ‘set apart’. We cannot expect the Lord to do any wonders in our lives if we are not willing to be set apart for Him. But, when we purpose to be sanctified, look out!

Joshua 3:13
And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.”

Sometimes we fail to see the Lord move in our lives because we are afraid to get our feet wet.

Mark 16:3
And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”

We can be as guilty as these sisters were of not believing the things that Jesus said. They assumed Jesus was dead and had forgotten that He said He would rise from the dead on the third day. We must always bear in mind, that our King is risen from the dead and the tomb is empty, to this day. He has conquered death and therefore are able to conquer anything that may come our way.

Mark 16:16
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

The act of baptism does not save, but every believer is called to be baptized. It is belief, faith alone that saves and only unbelief which condemns.

Mark 16:19
19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

This is where Jesus resides today, sitting at the right hand of God. He is awaiting his soon return, “Maranatha!”, which means, ‘come Lord Jesus’.

Deuteronomy 32-34

Deuteronomy 32:2
Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass.

This is a beautiful parting song of Moses, just before he dies. He is passing the torch to Joshua who will be his successor. I love the picture here of his desire to teach the people until the very end. It is the heart I want to have, the heart I pray I will have.

Deuteronomy 32:18
Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten the God who fathered you.

That Rock is none other than Jesus Christ. We must never forget what He has done for us, what he continues to do for us, and how He will always direct us, as long as we are constantly ‘mindful’ of Him.

Deuteronomy 32:28
“For they are a nation void of counsel, Nor is there any understanding in them.

The counsel Moses is referring to here, is the counsel of the Lord. I am afraid that we have become a nation void of counsel and understanding. I wish it were not so.

Deuteronomy 32:49
“Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, across from Jericho; view the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel as a possession;

Moses was not allowed to go into the promised land because he had misrepresented the Lord by striking the rock when the Lord said to speak to the rock (Numbers 20:7-12). I will never forget the first time I stood on the shores of the Dead Sea, and our tour guide pointed out Mount Nebo, and I realized that it was from this vantage point, that Moses saw the promised land. It was surreal!

Deuteronomy 33:1
1 Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.

This is the final blessing of Moses upon the children of Israel. You will notice that one of the tribes, the sons is missing. See if you can figure out which one and why. Genesis 49:5-7 should give you a good idea.

Deuteronomy 34:5-6
So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. 6 And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day.

Imagine having God bury you, I wonder what that funeral service looked like. I believe that the reason the Lord didn’t tell anyone where He buried the body of Moses is because He knew that they would make a shrine around the site and worship him. This is always mans tendency, to worship the creature rather than the Creator. Jude 1:9 gives us an interesting look into one of the things that happened after Moses’s death.

Deuteronomy 30-31, Mark 15

Deuteronomy 30:1-3
1 “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.

One of the most wonderful things about the Lord is the way He allows us to return to Him. Notice that God acknowledges that they will receive blessings and curses, in other words, that they would be disobedient and yet He says He will take them back. The only sin that cannot be forgiven is a total rejection of the Lord until death, however until that time, He is ever waiting, with outstretched arms for us to come to Him.

Deuteronomy 30:11
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.

I love this verse! The only reason God’s word is hard to understand, is because we don’t know the Lord or we don’t want to understand it. He has given all believers the Holy Spirit in order that we might have a teacher with us always to teach us the ways of God.

Deuteronomy 30:19
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

Man has absolutely no excuse for his own condemnation, God has given him the choice and if he chooses to reject the truth, it is solely his fault.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

We will see this exhortation expressed over and over again in the Bible, and it is a good one to take heart to. There is much to be afraid of in this world, if it were not so, it would not be necessary to be encouraged to not be afraid. However, the Lord is with us…the Lord is with us, and He will never leave or forsake us. Praise the Lord!

Deuteronomy 31:12
Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law,

This is a beautiful picture of what we do on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s, gather to hear how we must serve and fear the Lord. What a joy that is!

Mark 15:23
Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it.

This was the equivalent of a narcotic, or sedative to numb the excruciating pain of crucifixion. Jesus would not take anything that would lessen the pain of taking the sin of the world upon Himself, to the fullest extent. What tremendous love Jesus has for the world.

Mark 15:39
So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”

There comes a time, sooner or later, when everyone will acknowledge Jesus as the ‘Son of God’ (Philippians 2:9-11). Hopefully it will be sooner!

Deuteronomy 28-29

Deuteronomy 28:2
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

It is so very good to meditate on the blessings that come from obedience. The more we meditate upon them, the more likely we are to guard ourselves from falling into disobedience.

Deuteronomy 28:14
So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

We must do everything we can to keep from turning aside from any of the words the Lord had commanded us. Nothing but trouble awaits us if we veer to the right or to the left.

Deuteronomy 28:15
15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

We must take to heart the simplicity and glory of God’s blessing in our lives in contrast to the numerous curses that will come as a result of disobedience. As I read these verses, I am reminded of how complicated our lives can get when we fail to simply obey the Lord. Not only does great peace come from obedience, but the blessing of being in a right relationship with the Lord as well. Once you experience that blessing on a consistent basis, you never want to wander off the blessed path of righteousness again.

Deuteronomy 28:57
her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

It is unfathomable to think that God’s chosen people could engage in such horror, could resort to cannibalism. And yet, we see that this does indeed come to pass when the Babylonians come to conquer Jerusalem and take the Southern Kingdom of Judah into captivity. We read about this in the books of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

Deuteronomy 29:5
And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.

I have always been really blessed by this verse. Here the Israelites are wandering through the wilderness for a period of forty years because of disobedience and unbelief and yet the Lord loves them so much that he makes sure that their clothes and sandals don’t wear out. Jesus said in Matthew 6 that we are not to worry about clothing and food, because the Lord will care for us. I think of all of the times that I deserved punishment, but I received provision from God instead. Wow!

Deuteronomy 29:29
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

It is wonderful to think that these secret things, which even the prophets sought to understand, have been revealed to us through our faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us in Matthew 13:16-17, “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. you hear, and did not hear it.”