Joshua 12

Joshua 12

Today’s reading chapter is rather short; but it recorded a whole list of the kings defeated by Moses and Joshua, the servants of God.

But is it necessary for the Bible to record such details?

Let me share briefly about what I think about this chapter.

Bible Passage: Joshua 12

Beside this detailed list of defeated kings’ names, there are also detailed genealogies of the tribes of Israel. Are all these details necessary?

Well, this is the Holy Bible, this is a true record of events that really happened in history. The Bible is not a collection of fables or latter writings, as some have claimed, that carry nothing more than the purpose of making the Israelites to be proud of their right to the Promised Land.

In this chapter, the detailed list of the kings defeated by Moses and Joshua allows us to understand that God keeps His promises and it is by the power of God that these kings could be defeated

God truly keeps His promises and is always at the forefront to fight battles for the Israelites.

Through God’s almightiness, the Israelites annihilated the people of these kings and possessed their lands.

And the detailed list of kings name reminds us to also count our blessings that we have from God.

I believe the author must have taken time and effort to record the list, so likewise, we must also take time to ponder over the wonderful graces that God has continually bestowed upon all of us who love the Lord.

Since the day we surrendered our lives to the Lord, we were placed in the spiritual battlefield. But as long as we put full trust in our Lord, God will surely give us the victory, for it is He who fights for us.

And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’

Deuteronomy 20: 3 – 4

Since we have such an Almighty God, we can entrust our everything to Him and never be fearful when we come face to face with our adversaries.

These adversaries may be our pride, our fleshly desires and lusts, or even our faithlessness towards God. We need to identify them one by one and to destroy them completely in the power of the Holy Spirit who is in us, and then we can count them and list them so as to thank God and glorify Him for delivering us from their clutches.

We praise God for His mercy and the bountiful grace that He has been so willingly poured down upon us.

And let us be diligent to submit to the motivation of the Holy Spirit to stay vigilant, and we shall always be victorious in our Lord Jesus.


One comment on “Joshua 12
  1. ” or even our faithlessness ”

    I need to check the state/ condition of my faith and exactly how faithful I have been.

    It gets tiring to carry out/ complete any kind of job so it goes without saying that doing work for the church consistently can be exhausting.

    I don’t know… it’s been a challenging time settling back into the place I call home, more challenging than I would have ever expected.

    Looking back at the past three months I spent in Adelaide, I really miss it now. I miss how people took their time to live and finish things and talk and grow. I miss the way people made use of their time.

    As much as it is good to be back in Singapore and be surrounded by familiar settings and people, it was a good feeling being able to get away for a while, start a new chapter of my life, reinvent different parts of myself, become a better me.

    So I don’t know if I’m simply just stuck in a funk or if I’ve been too overwhelmed by everything that has happened, or if I’ve just simply been very unproductive and have also been stabbing myself in the foot, but I don’t know how to go back to God.

    The tiny voices I hear in my not so fragile heart tell me not to stop having faith in the unknown. To keep trying and pushing on because even if no one understands, God does. And it takes me so so long to realise and appreciate that, for everything that’s worth.

    And that I really shouldn’t allow my mind to continuously run away/ procrastinate during prayers because who else would be able to embrace all of you the way God is able to?

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