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March 7, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Deuteronomy 24-27
Audio: Deuteronomy 24-27

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Joshua 12 (ESV)

Now these are the kings of the land whom the people of Israel defeated and took possession of their land beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise, from the Valley of the Arnon to Mount Hermon, with all the Arabah eastward: Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon and ruled from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and from the middle of the valley as far as the river Jabbok, the boundary of the Ammonites, that is, half of Gilead, and the Arabah to the Sea of Chinneroth eastward, and in the direction of Beth-jeshimoth, to the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, southward to the foot of the slopes of Pisgah; and Og king of Bashan, one of the remnant of the Rephaim, who lived at Ashtaroth and at Edrei and ruled over Mount Hermon and Salecah and all Bashan to the boundary of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and over half of Gilead to the boundary of Sihon king of Heshbon. Moses, the servant of the Lord, and the people of Israel defeated them. And Moses the servant of the Lord gave their land for a possession to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

And these are the kings of the land whom Joshua and the people of Israel defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, that rises toward Seir (and Joshua gave their land to the tribes of Israel as a possession according to their allotments, in the hill country, in the lowland, in the Arabah, in the slopes, in the wilderness, and in the Negeb, the land of the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites): the king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, which is beside Bethel, one; 10 the king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one; 11 the king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one; 12 the king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one; 13 the king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one; 14 the king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one; 15 the king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one; 16 the king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one; 17 the king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one; 18 the king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one; 19 the king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one; 20 the king of Shimron-meron, one; the king of Achshaph, one; 21 the king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one; 22 the king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam in Carmel, one; 23 the king of Dor in Naphath-dor, one; the king of Goiim in Galilee,one; 24 the king of Tirzah, one: in all, thirty-one kings.

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  1. Great is Thy Faithfulness

    The conquest of lands in the Book of Joshua are extremely important. That is why after the previous chapter provides what appears to be closure to the kings and territories that the Israelites conquered, today's chapter, according to David Howard, "forms an appendix of sorts to the first major section of the book (Joshua chapters 1-12).

    In his commentary on Joshua, Dale Ralph Davis begins this section with the following transparent observations:

    "You might think I could do readers a kindness by foregoing comment on chapter 12. It appears to be sheer tedium. After all, ‘the king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one; the king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one’ (vv. 14–15) does not exactly engulf the reader in a glow of devotional warmth. How can pondering such material prepare you for a day at the office or on the tractor?"

    He then goes on to outline some important lessons we can learn from Joshua 12. One of them that stands out to me is regarding God's promises. Regarding God's promises, John Calvin writes, 

    "But though each of those now summarily mentioned was previously given more in detail, there is very good reason for here placing before our eyes as it were a living picture of the goodness of God, proving that there had been a complete ratification and performance of the covenant made with Abraham as given in the words, ‘Unto thy seed will I give this land'" (Genesis 12:7; Genesis 13:15; Genesis 20:18.).

    Oh how precious are the promises of God. Nothing can thwart them and no one can stop them. God's promises reflect His sovereignty over every aspect of life and death. 

    We can have comfort knowing that even when we face what appears to be impossible circumstances, Romans 8:28 is true: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

    This reminds me of that old hymn, Great is They Faithfulness:

    “Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
    There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
    Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
    As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

    “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
    "Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

    Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
    Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
    Join with all nature in manifold witness
    To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

    “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
    "Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

    Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

    “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
    "Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

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