Joshua 11:1-end –In this chapter, we are told again of the ganging up of many cities in the north, these are King of Hazor, King of Madon, king of Shimron, king of Achshaph, and all others that were on the north of the mountains, plains and the valley, and the Canaanites on the east and the west, and the Amorites, the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites and the Hivites -all these went out to fight Joshua, they were like the sand of the sea for multitude, but the LORD assured Joshua “Be not afraid of them for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel; you shall hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
Again Joshua fell upon them suddenly and smote them all. Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade them, he houghed the horses and burned the chariots with fire. Hazor who was the head of all those kingdoms was also destroyed and the city was burned with fire, The spoil of the cities and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey for themselves. Verses 22-23 says that the sons of Anakims (the giants) were cut off by Joshua from all the mountains, and there was none left in the land of the children of Israel; but only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod there remained. So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
This is the end of chapter 11, and we will see more of what God did through Joshua as we read on. Suffice to say that the LORD proved Himself that Joshua was the chosen vessel to lead the children of Israel to the promised land. He said in chapter 1 that no man would be able to stand before him all the days of his life and wherever the sole of his feet shall tread, He has given it to him. So it was in the conquest of more than twenty cities, he defeated them all and left none alive including their kings, because that was the instruction of the LORD and Joshua carried them out just as Moses did.
The God of Israel promised to take them to their promised land but not without fight. They had to face the enemies of God that had occupied the land for a long time and this was their judgment time. At the time the revelation was given to Abraham, their ancestor (in Genesis), the LORD told him that the cup of the sins of the nations occupying the land at that time was not yet full. But now the cup had filled to the brim and was running over and therefore they were not to be pitied but to be totally eliminated. Therefore only God knows the time to execute judgment on sinners that refused to repent. When He told Joshua to totally destroy them there was no looking back. Later we would see how king Saul disobeyed God by not carrying out God’s instruction as Joshua did.
As I always like to wrap up these chapters , this reminds me of the time of the end when Jesus would come back to the earth to harvest souls. In chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, He says, he would separate the goats from the sheep and the sheep on the right hand and the goats on the left. Of course he likened the people who are stiff-necked, stubborn, and unrepentant from their sins as goats. He emphasized in this chapter that they are believers but were not in the will of God. Their judgment will be hell fire which is eternal separation from God. At that time, there is no more pity, nothing can alter the judgment, cries or begging or pleading can not change the Hand of God at that time. Children of God this is the time to change our evil ways while we are still living. There is no forgiveness of sins at the other side. Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow may be too late.
Therefore let us examine ourselves daily because judgment would start from the house of God. Let us dedicate ourselves fully to the service of God. May we be found fully prepared to be with Him at His appearing in Jesus Name, Amen! Be blessed!!!