Joshua: Marching to Revelation

It has been quite a series, looking at a few of the notable accounts from within the Book of Joshua. Indeed much remains to be investigated, many stories to dig into, but this is where I will end our exploration for now. Before completely signing off though, I would like to quickly point out a few notable aspects about the Book of Joshua that seem to be overlooked by many. In fact, I have to date discovered only a single scholar who has looked critically at this aspect of the Book, and I can assure you that once you see these point laid out, it becomes quite difficult to dismiss them. Is there more to Joshua than just an account of conquest, a guide for both spiritual and physical success against the enemy? Could it be that Joshua is actually a prelude, a foreshadowing even, of the Book of Revelation?¹ 

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The Day the Sun Stood Still

Chapter 10 of Joshua gives us one of the most astonished account in Biblical history. At its onset, we read of how the king of Jerusalem, one Adonizedek (אֲדֹנִי־צֶ֫דֶק‎‎ – the King of Righteousness, in Hebrew), assembled a coalition of forces against the Israelites, an alliance composed of the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, and himself; it was in essence an assembly of ten nations. Together, these kings and their respective forces set their sights upon the inhabitants of Gibeon, a people who had made peace with Israel (Chapter 9). Messengers from Gibeon sent word to Joshua at Gilgal, begging him to come and save them for war was at hand. With the authority of the Lord behind him, Joshua and his forces set out for Gibeon. In the coming battle, a great miracle was to make a debut…

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Decisions & Loss

Believers should understand the absolute criticality of obeying the Lord. They should heed His word and follow His instructions and commands. Sadly though, we all tend to lose sight of that reality from time to time. True, He is a loving God. He is a merciful Father, full of compassion and grace. Even so, forgiveness is not always without repercussions, and like a good earthly father, sometimes and act of disciple is needed to set our eyes back where they belong, a whipping, so to speak, to remind us later of our misdeeds, and perhaps to keep us on the straight and narrow. This is just what Joshua and his people faced in the time after Jericho…

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Walls Coming Down

Chapter 6 of the Book of Joshua gives us one of its most memorable accounts, that being none other than the Battle of Jericho.

Now, this tale has been told and retold for millennia, with many renditions of it over the years spanning not only documentary-style investigations of the account and Biblical commentaries, but also novels, films, and even comics ! As such, this will not be an exhaustive look at the account, but rather a refresher concerning some of the finer details of the matter, though even within this somewhat abridged look we may yet find some aspects that have long been overlooked…

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A Stranger on the Shore

Chapter 5 of Joshua opens by describing the fear that was in the hearts of the Amorites and Canaanites, the occupiers of the Promised Land, after they had not only heard of the conquests of the Israelites, but also because of what they had seen them do at the Jordan, their God halting the flow of those waters so that the Children of the Nation could pass across on dry land. After a few verses that testify to the Divine command for all of the men to physically and spiritually rededicate themselves to the Lord, we find in verse 13 how a stranger appeared to Joshua…

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Joshua: Warfare, Miracles, & God’s Power

How much do you know about the amazing Book of Joshua, the sixth book of the Bible? Sad to say, many people, in the midst of so much else in the Bible, tend to overlook the significance of not only the conquests recorded in that book, but also the subtleties of the message within. Overall, the book is not only a compelling historical account of warfare, both in the physical and spiritual sense, but also, as one commentator asserts, it may very well be much more! Over the next few weeks we will take some time to look at a few of the more impressive aspects of that wonderful book, specifically focusing on Chapters 1-10. God bless!

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