THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL FIGHTS FOR ISRAEL

Shalom,

Our teaching today is from Joshua 10.1-43.

AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL FIGHTS FOR ISRAEL.

So with that said, let’s read Joshua 10.1-43.

Let’s summarize this Chapter.

When Adonai Zedek, a name that means lord of righteousness, he was king of Jerusalem.  And, yes, The Children of Israel kept the name Jerusalem for the city of Jerusalem.  So when king Adonai Zedek heard how Joshua had captured the Canaanite city Ai and utterly destroyed it, and killed its king as he had done to Jericho and her king, and how the people of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and lived among them,

that king Adonai Zedek and his people were scared to death of The Children of Israel because Gibeon was a great city, and one of the Royal cities of Canaan.  And Gibeon was greater than the city of Ai, and the men of Ai were mighty.

GOD had told The Children of Israel numerous times during their 40 year walk from Egypt to The Promised Land Canaan to kill all the Canaanites because of all their abominations which they have done to their gods, so you, Israel, will not sin against The LORD Your GOD.

THE CANAANITES SERVED STRANGE gods, PASSED THEIR CHILDREN THROUGH FIRE FOR THEIR SACRIFICES TO THEIR STRANGE gods, PRACTICED MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT, THEIR SEXUAL RELATIONS WERE AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD, AND THEY DISOBEYED EVERY WORD AND COMMANDMENT GOD SPOKE.

LEVITICUS 18.20-30, DEUTERONOMY 20.16-18

So king Adonai Zedek put together an alliance of five Canaanite kings and their armies to fight Gibeon because they made peace with The Children of Israel.  And the five kings and their armies camped against Gibeon, and fought against it.

So the men of Gibeon quickly sent word to Joshua for help, and come quickly, they said, and save us, for all the kings of the Amorites who live in the mountains have attacked us.

So Joshua and his army left Gilgal where they were camped, and The LORD said to Joshua, Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand.  Not one man will be able to stand before you.

So Joshua and The Israeli army came quickly all night to the battle to save the Hivites of Gibeon who made peace with Israel.

And THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL destroyed the five Canaanite armies of the five kings, and killed them with a huge slaughter at Gibeon.

And while the Israeli army chased the Canaanites, The LORD threw down great stones from the heavens upon those running from Israel.  And there were more who died from hail stones from The LORD than they whom The Children of Israel killed with the sword.

And Joshua spoke to The LORD in the sight of all Israel in the day that The LORD delivered up the Amorites before The Children of Israel, and he said, Sun stand still upon Gibeon, and moon in the valley of Ajalon.  Ajalon was a city some 13 miles northwest of Jerusalem.

And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed for the whole day until Israel killed all their enemies in the daylight.

And The Bible says, There was no day like that before it or after it that The LORD acted on the words spoken by a man, for The LORD fought for Israel.

So Joshua and all Israel returned to their camp in Gilgal by the Jordan River, but the five kings ran for their lives and hid in a cave.  And it was told Joshua that the five kings are found hiding in a cave.  And Joshua said, Roll great stones at the mouth of the cave and place men to guard it.  But the army should not stay there but pursue after the Canaanites and even kill those furthest behind in their ranks.  And do not let the Canaanites return to their cities for The LORD Your GOD has delivered them into your hand.

So Joshua and the army killed the Canaanites with a great slaughter.  But some of the Canaanites escaped to fortified cities.  And The Children of Israel returned to their camp.

And Joshua said, Open the mouth of the cave and bring the five kings to me, which they did.  And Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and he said to the captains of the men of war, Come near and put your feet on the necks of these kings.  And men came and put their feet on the necks of the five kings.  And Joshua said to them, Do not fear, nor be afraid.  Be strong, and of good courage, for thus shall The LORD do to all the Canaanites whom you fight.

And Joshua killed them, and hung them on five trees.  And they were left hanging on the trees until the evening.  And when the sun went down, Joshua commanded that the kings be taken down from the trees and tossed into the cave where they hid.  And he had huge stones placed at the cave’s mouth, which The Bible says, Remain until this very day.

And Joshua continued the fight in Canaan.  And he took a city called Makkedah and utterly destroyed it, and killed all the people and their king.  And none remained alive.  And Joshua and the army went to the city of Libnah, and destroyed it, and killed every soul there, as The LORD Commanded, and not one remained alive.

And Joshua and the army went to a place called Lachish and The LORD delivered Lachish into his hand.  And Joshua destroyed that city and everyone in it.  And he did the same to Horam, and its king, and to Eglon, and destroyed that place, and killed everyone in it.  And then Joshua went to Hebron and destroyed that city and all the cities of Hebron and killed everyone in it.

And Joshua took his army to a place called Debir and annihilated it and their cities, the people, and their king.

So Joshua destroyed and killed all the Canaanites in the hill country, and the Canaanite cities in the south, and in the valleys, and of the springs, and he killed all their kings, and left none remaining.  He utterly destroyed all that breathed as The LORD GOD OF ISRAEL Commanded.

And Joshua conquered the Canaanites from Kadesh-Barnea to Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, the northern Negev, or the northern part of the south, not the Egyptian Goshen.  All the way to Gibeon, Israel killed, conquered, and destroyed the Canaanites as GOD Commanded.  And all their kings and their land Joshua took at one time, because The LORD GOD OF ISRAEL fought for Israel.

And Joshua and all Israel returned to their camp at Gilgal.

Let’s again look at DEUTERONOMY 20.16-18.

Now let’s look at JUDGES 3.1-11

The LORD told The Children of Israel numerous times on their way to The Promised Land Canaan to kill all the Canaanites, all of them.  But they left the Hivites of Gibeon, a Canaanite people alive, making peace with them.  And other Canaanite peoples escaped Israel and lived.

AND GOD TESTED ISRAEL BY THOSE CANAANITES WHO SERVED STRANGE gods, AND ISRAEL FAILED THE TEST BECAUSE THE CANAANITES LED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO SERVE STRANGE gods.  JUDGES 3.1, 4, 6

Israel failed GOD’S test.

GOD TOLD ISRAEL TO DESTROY ALL THE CANAANITES, BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T, GOD SAID, THEY WILL TEACH YOU ALL THEIR ABOMINATIONS THAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR THEIR gods THAT WILL CAUSE YOU TO SIN AGAINST THE LORD YOUR GOD.

When people serve strange gods, they disobey just about every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible.

Many people are taught the blasphemous teaching that Christ fulfilled GOD’S Laws Written in The Law of Moses by His Death on the cross.  They are taught that GOD’S Law of Moses that has GOD’S Laws written in it from Genesis through Deuteronomy have no further validity.  They are abolished, they teach.

That false teaching is an abomination against THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY WHO IS THE MESSIAH YESHUA, THE JESUS CHRIST OF THE BIBLE.

CONSIDER WHAT GOD DID TO THE CANAANITES BECAUSE THEY SERVED STRANGE gods.  IT’S NOT PRETTY.

Strange gods do not talk, they do not breathe, nor do they teach.  Men and women teach the false doctrine of the false gods they invent.

The jesus christ that abolished GOD’S Laws Written in The Law of Moses is not The Jesus Christ of The Bible.  The jesus christ that abolished GOD’S Laws written in The Law of Moses is a strange god.

BUT THE JESUS CHRIST OF THE BIBLE, HE IS GOD ALMIGHTY, THE FATHER, JEHOVAH, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, HA SHEM ELOHIM, WHO LIVES, AND SPEAKS, AND TEACHES, AND SAYS, THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT IS, SHEMA YISRAEL ADONAI ELOHENU, ADONAI EKHUD.  HEAR O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.  MARK 12.28-29

THE WORD HEAR IN HEBREW, AS YOU ALL KNOW, IS SHEMA, THAT MEANS, HEAR, LISTEN, PAY ATTENTION, AND OBEY O ISRAEL EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS, AND THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.

ALL THE LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS GIVEN TO MOSES BY GOD TO GIVE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE FOR ALL THE WORLD TO LIVE BY, FOR OUR GOOD. 

THE JESUS CHRIST OF THE BIBLE ALSO SAYS, IT IS WRITTEN, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.

The Bible is a Book about GOD, to know and understand GOD, and to know what GOD requires of you.  And what GOD requires of you is to Obey Every Word GOD Speaks from Genesis through Revelation, For the earth is The LORD’S and the fullness of it, the world, and they that dwell in it.

MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, PSALM 24.1

So because The Jewish People served Canaanite strange gods, disobeying The LORD Their GOD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL sent His People into exile from their Homeland Israel in 722 B.C.E. to Assyria, and 586 B.C.E. to Babylon.

LOOK, GOD ONLY PUNISHES PEOPLE, AS HE DID TO THE CANAANITES, FOR DISOBEYING HIM.  DISOBEYING WHAT GOD SAYS IN THE BIBLE.

Therefore Laws written by man that disagree with what GOD Teaches in The Bible, in The Old Testament and in The New Testament, GOD rejects.  And it is GOD Who Judges.

WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE TEACHING OF GOD TO OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE THAT INCLUDES THE LAW OF MOSES THAT LIVES FOREVER, AND BELIEVE THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD, YOU ARE CHOSEN OF GOD.  1 JOHN 5.3

As I was preparing this message, and reading that GOD Commanded The Children of Israel to kill every Canaanite in Canaan because GOD did not want the Canaanites to teach His Jewish People to do all the abominations that the Canaanites did for their gods, so that The Jewish People would not sin against The LORD Their GOD,

I kept thinking of the end of days that GOD will destroy this earth sometime in the future, and kill most all the people because, like the Canaanites, most people today disobey GOD.  It is written in ISAIAH 24.4-6.

We taught Torah, The Law of Moses over an eight year period.  And when you come to the end of The Torah in the last chapter of Deuteronomy, The Jewish people have not yet entered The Promised Land Canaan.  So it only made sense to continue into The Book of Joshua.  And it’s not very pretty.  The Canaanites were literally wiped off the face of the earth by GOD because their works were an abomination to GOD, serving strange gods, passing their kids through fire to their gods, practicing witchcraft and magic, having abominable sexual relations, and not obeying One Word of GOD.

And 3,400 years ago The Jewish People entered and possessed the Land of Canaan that today is The Everlasting Homeland of The Jewish People, now called The Land of Israel.

And because of three exiles in 722 B.C.E., 586 B.C.E. and 70 C.E./A.D., the first two for serving strange gods, and disobeying GOD, and the third for rejecting their GOD and Messiah Yeshua Ha Mashiakh, that is also disobeying GOD, The LORD Their GOD scattered His Jewish People among the Gentiles all over the world.  And I think of what GOD said in Judges 3.1, Now these are the nations which The LORD left to test Israel by them.

We Jewish People are being tested every day by the nations where we live.  Do we obey GOD, or not?  Do we abolish Torah, The Law of Moses? Do we believe in a trinity of three different gods?  DEUTERONOMY 8.1-3

Happily, some Gentiles have come to The Truth of GOD by living their lives by Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible that includes The Law of Moses.  And they believe that Jesus did not come to abolish The Law, but to forgive their sins.

And happily some Jewish People live according to The Truth of GOD Written in The Bible, Obeying Every Word GOD Speaks from Genesis through Revelation that includes The Law of Moses.  Knowing that Messiah Yeshua, The Jesus Christ of The Bible saves His People from their sins.

MATTHEW 1.21, MATTHEW 26.28, ISAIAH 52.13-15, ISAIAH 53

It’s so easy to please GOD.  Obey Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation that includes Torah, The Law of Moses, and have Atonement in Messiah Yeshua.  It’s quite simple.  GOD doesn’t make it difficult.  Man does.

So, L’Chaim, To Lifes, a good, healthy, prosperous, and successful life on earth with The GOD OF ISRAEL, and Eternal Life in Heaven, with THE GOD OF ISRAEL.

Shalom,

Ira Weinstein

www.bethelohenu.org

bethelohenu@gmail.com

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