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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.