Joshua 11 Commentary
Chapter 11 details the defeat of an army as numerous as the sand of the seashore. This is a miracle. More land is taken over. Israel is basking in victory. It is this victory and this land that form an important part of the LORD’s promise to Abraham. Israel is living the dream. In the light of the history-long blessing, the land represents prosperity and the victories give us a picture of dominion. The reader can look back and see the faithfulness of the LORD.
It is in the times of battle that the LORD whispers, “Do not be afraid of them”. It is this assuring voice that made Joshua advance against a much bigger army. It is this voice that will make the saint scale the impossible mountains.
“For it was the Lord himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the Lord had commanded Moses.” When you begin to experience the hardening of heart, know your end is near. How often the LORD has withdrawn the grace of logic from individuals to ready them for destruction!
The chapter closes with the note that Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war. It is a perfect ending and you would wish the Bible ended here. The exodus was meant for this. The contract the LORD signed with this nation’s ancestor, Abraham, had this very ending in mind. The LORD has fulfilled His part of the contract perfectly. Indeed, “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” Deuteronomy 32 verse 4.
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