Insights on Today's Reading
Joshua 9 - As Joshua and the people of Israel began their conquest of the land, the nations became more and more alarmed. One great city, Gibeon, used the subtle method of deception to make it appear their delegation was from a "far off country" that wanted to make peace with Israel. The Israelites fell for this ruse and went ahead a made a peace treaty with them, without taking time to ask God for His guidance. What a lesson for all of us to learn! Israel would now be forced to stick with their treaty.
Joshua 10 - What the Gibeonites probably didn't count on was their former "friendly" neighbors became so incensed against them that they came to attack them. Now Gibeon looked to Joshua and Israel to save them. The Lord brought about a great victory for the Israelites and it was in this battle that Joshua cried out for the sun to stand still in the sky for a whole day! God not only did that but it is recorded in verse 14 that "the Lord heeded the voice of a man..." After this Joshua continued on and made a sweep of the cities and nations in the southern part of Canaan.
Joshua 11 - This chapter describes Israel's conquest of the northern half of the land. In spite of the massive amount of people in the armies of these cities God still assured Joshua the victory! It is also recorded here that no other city tried to make peace with Israel. God "hardened the hearts" against any idea of surrender or compromise.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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