Bible 101

Session – 82

The Book of Joshua Chapter 11

In Session 81, we learned with God’s blessings, Joshua takes revenge and eliminates every man, woman, and child of all ages in Ai.

Chapter 11

The Coalition

King Jabin of Hazor was overseer of 20 kingdoms to the north, south, west, and east of the Amorites and their supporters. So when he heard that they had been wiped out to the last man, woman, and child, he became concerned.

At first, King Jabin wanted no part of Joshua and his army, for the death of so many by so few, disturbed him to the core. But, the Lord God of Israel would intervene once again into the hearts of men, and King Jabin and his kingdoms would be led to the slaughter like lambs.

That night, King Jabin went into a deep sleep, and when he awoke, he had a new heart that was full of rage and vigor, and he wanted revenge for the killings of so many by so few. He notified his kingdoms by messengers to prepare for war against the Israelites.

For it was the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come out against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and they might have no favor, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses (Josh. 11:20).

And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel … So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Me’-rom suddenly; and they fell upon them (Josh. 11:6-7).

Unlike the war with the Amorites, where Joshua and his army massacred close to 20,000 enemy soldiers over time in a handful of battles, this particular battle with King Jabin and his kingdom would be fought with Joshua facing over 20,000 soldiers in a winner-take-all scenario.

In the end, it mattered not to God or Joshua, for that day, King Jabin and most of his Armies were utterly destroyed down to the last man and chariot.

Those who managed to escape were hunted down and slaughtered. Before too long, each of the 20 kingdoms would be burnt to the ground, along with the death and destruction of every man, woman, child, and infant that could breathe in King Jabin’s 20 kingdoms. The animals became spoils of war, and the children of Israel took them for themselves.

Summary

Now, I’m beginning to understand why there is a shortage of psychologists across the globe!

Why was God chosen over all other gods before him? He came with a book of instructions written by mostly unknowns.

*Please Note: Joshua’s Chapters 12 to 23 deal with recorded accounts of Israel’s accomplishments and the dividing of the conquered territories amongst the 12 tribes of Israel.

Ivan Peter Kovak

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