Joshua Chapter Ten (Part Two)



Introduction:A key idea in the book of Joshua is that God blesses obedience. Today, we hope to continue our discussion of the destruction of the Amorite Coalition.

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Body:

Read Joshua 10:7-14

2. Destruction of the Amorite Coalition (continued). Joshua comes with his full army to attack those who were attacking the Gibeonites. God assures Joshua of the victory.

There is a great slaughter of the enemies. And the sun and moon even stand still to allow for more destruction of the enemies.

Applications -

- The value of membership. Notice in vs. 7 that the body responded to the needs of one of those who was in covenant with it. The reason the army of Israel came to the aid of the Gibeonites is because they were in covenant.

In like manner, being an active member of a church family should have some privileges. The privileges may include pastoral advisement and coaching, moral support and supportive services during crisis, and even emergency financial services.

It should also be noted that “active membership” includes more than visiting three of four times a year and giving nothing when you come.

You should be known for your studying, serving, and giving according to your ability. Let’s work on making active church membership something to be valued. This calls for every member doing his/her part.

- God’s encouragement. Notice in vs. 8 that God encouraged Joshua after he moved in the right direction. In like manner, God has a way of confirming His word and will for our lives.

Think about how you have to drive for a number a miles on a highway before you see a sign that tells you how far you have to go to get to your destination.

Sometimes God puts a mileage sign along our way to assure us that we are on the right road and going the right way. Let’s work on living by God’s word and trusting Him to encourage and assure us as needed.

- Working faith. Notice in vs. 9 that the soldiers marched and fought with the benefit of surprise. They had a working faith. In like manner, God is calling us to have a working faith. That is, we need to have faith and works.

We need to believe that God will bless our works to accomplish His ends. We cannot simply do the work without faith in God. Nor can we simply call on God to do miracles for us, while we sit and wait. God is calling us to do our best and trust Him with the rest.

For some, this means earning more money, living below your income, and investing, so you can have some retirement. For some, this means improving your diet and increasing your exercise, so you can experience better health.

For some, this means limiting or terminating some negative relationships, so you can develop more positive relationships. Let’s work on having working faith.

- God’s ability. Notice in vss. 10-11 that God is able to do great things. He gave the soldiers incredible strength to fight, after marching all night. God sent confusion among the enemy.

We see in Joshua that God sent hailstones to aid in the fight. If we do our part, we can count on God to do His part. Let’s live like we believe that God is able. Such living should be known for obedience and joy.

- Being on God’s good side. Notice in vss. 10-11 that those who were right with God were victorious. Those who were not right with God were destroyed.

Instead of trying to understand what God did and if God was right in what He did, we would be better off making sure that we are on God’s good side.

We want to be those who are victorious, not those who are defeated. The key to being on God’s good side is to make sure that you have accepted Jesus as your savior by faith (see Jn. 3:16). Make sure that you are right with God, so you can be blessed, instead of defeated.

-  Our prayer lives. Notice in vss. 12-14 of Joshua that God can perform miracles, especially when leaders pray for that which is in accord with God’s will.

There is a strong conflict between what we say and what we do, in regard to prayer. We say that we believe that there is power in prayer.

But then we don’t pray like there is power in prayer. Let’s work on our prayer lives. This is a good lesson for leaders, helpers, and followers.

Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying God’s word. God has much for those who obey His will.

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