Joshua 12

Joshua 12

Joshua 12 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

I find it very fitting that Moses’ conquests are included in this list. Although Moses did not get to see the promised land, he was an important cog in fulfilling God’s promise to Israel. So many times in our journey we play different roles in others’ lives but maybe don’t get to see the final culmination of their growth. Scripture shows us that those roles, no matter where they occurred in the timeline of events, are critical to the overall plan of God.

I am reminded of these verse from Paul in 1 Corinthians…

5 After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? We are simply God’s servants, by whom you were led to believe. Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. 7 The one who plants and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because he makes the plant grow.

1 Corinthians 3:5-7 GNB

We see the model here for proper spiritual growth. It is patient endurance and obedience. God had a way of accomplishing His plan, but there were many obstacles in Israel’s way. They learned a lot about themselves and a lot about God during the journey. In the end, Israel’s path was marked by continually turning back to God. For the nations that were destroyed, their path was marked by rebellion against God.

The same is true for us today. There are those who are paving their path in rebellion. The sad part is, some will continue down that path, hardening their heart and fighting God until the very end. They will lose the battle against Him. On the other side of the coin is the follower who patiently endures. It is the one who, despite their shortcomings, desperately returns to the Lord and His ways in order to bring glory and honor to His name.

Just like Israel, we know the promise. It may seem far off at times, but He is faithful. We will try and do things our way, and He will correct us. It will be painful, and I’m sure we will feel like Joshua tearing our clothes in agony! But as Jesus says in Revelation…

I will make those who are victorious pillars in the temple of my God, and they will never leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which will come down out of heaven from my God. I will also write on them my new name. 13 “If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches!

Revelation 3:12-13 GNB

He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says.

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