Bible In One Year-Day 91 (Tuesday, April 01, 2014)
Commentary: Joshua10-12. There is a hymn which I love
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
To be taught about God in the Sunday school is not enough as to experience Him, and to experience Him is not as good as to have a revelation of Him. When you receive His revelation you carry Him about. Joshua was at that stage. At a point in time, Joshua fought a kingdom, but in chapter10, God accelerated Joshua’s conquer by stirring the heart of five kings (Josh11:20) to confront Joshua;
Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
However, He told Joshua not to fear them and that not a man of them shall be able to stand before him, i.e. their knees were weakened and legs paralyzed as far as heaven is concerned. This is great grace. Conspiracies against God’s children shouldn’t border them for as long as they still remain in the covenant and the pattern of the vision given on the mountain is not changed. In the Bible, we could see different scenarios in which this happened, but God was glorified in all. He will be glorified in your situation also in the name of Jesus. It is a dangerous thing to gang up against God’s own;
Psalms 125:3 “For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.”
So far, in Joshua’s case, God used different tactics for different battles. This is a lesson to spiritual soldiers, let the Holy Spirit give the tactics. The devil is not staying in one place and so a child of God shouldn’t fight wars with a particular pattern. The anointing was so great on Joshua that he gave the Sun and the Moon assignments to do in this particular battle and the bible testified to it in Joshua 10:14 “And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.”
Unusual weapons were used in this battle, such as hailstones. The five kings that conspired against Joshua ran into captivity just to fulfill Revelation 13:10 “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
From the look of things, it was as if the dealing with the five kings were not in the agenda for that day because Joshua locked them up where they were hiding and went to finish some other works before returning to deal with them, Joshua10:17-21. The kingdoms began to form clusters against Joshua, but all in all, God laughed them to scorn. We need to ask for the grace to trust this JESUS and to take Him at His words. If He says He has delivered your enemies into your hand, just take Him for that, His faithfulness will bring it to pass. He is awesome and indescribable. His smell is in His words; you need to take Him by His words because He will not fail you. Our reading for today is Joshua13-15. Keep the fire burning and alive