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.
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.