Our message today will come from Joshua 11.1-23.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD LEARN FROM GOD GIVING THE LAND OF CANAAN TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FOR AN INHERITANCE, AND COMMANDING ISRAEL TO KILL ALL THE CANAANITES SO THAT THEY WILL NOT TEACH ISRAEL THEIR ABOMINATIONS OF SERVING STRANGE gods, PASSING THEIR CHILDREN THROUGH FIRE, PRACTICING MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT, HAVING ABOMINABLE SEXUAL RELATIONS, AND NOT OBEYING ONE WORD GOD SPEAKS?
With that said, let’s read Joshua 11.1-23.
JOSHUA CHAPTER 11 TELLS THE WORLD THAT THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, WHO ARE THE JEWISH PEOPLE TODAY, HAVE AT GOD’S COMMAND, CONQUERED AND POSSESS ALL THE LAND OF CANAAN FROM THE RIVER OF EGYPT TO THE EUPHRATES RIVER WITH THE MIGHTY HELP OF GOD ALMIGHTY, THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
THE GOD-GIVEN BORDERS OF ISRAEL FROM THE RIVER OF EGYPT TO THE EUPHRATES RIVER ARE APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD THE SIZE OF MAINLAND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ISRAEL TODAY IS MUCH SMALLER, BUT THAT LAND FROM THE RIVER OF EGYPT TO THE EUPHRATES RIVER WILL RETURN TO ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE WHEN THE LORD GOD, MESSIAH YESHUA, RETURNS TO ESTABLISH HIS MESSIANIC KINGDOM IN ISRAEL FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS.
Let’s summarize Joshua 11.1-23.
When Jabin, the king of Hazor, a Canaanite city, heard that The Children of Israel had destroyed, and killed all the people, and the kings of the Canaanite cities of Jericho, Ai, Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon, that the king Jabin formed an alliance with the Canaanite kings of Madon, Shimron, Achshaph, and the kings that were in the north of the mountains of Canaan, and the plains in the south, and in the valley, and the Canaanites on the east and the west, and the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites in the mountains, and the Hivites at mount Hermon.
And they went out, they and all their armies, a great number of people, as The Bible says, Even as the sand that is upon the sea shore, with a huge number of horses and chariots. And when the kings met together, they and their armies camped at the waters of a place called Merom to fight against Israel.
AND THE LORD SAID TO JOSHUA, DO NOT BE AFRAID BEFORE THEM, FOR TOMORROW ABOUT THIS TIME I WILL DELIVER THEM UP, ALL DEAD BEFORE ISRAEL. YOU SHALL HAMSTRING THEIR HORSES. THAT IS, MAKE THEM UNFIT AND USELESS, AND BURN THEIR CHARIOTS WITH FIRE.
So Joshua and the Israeli army attacked them suddenly, and fell upon them, and The LORD delivered all the Canaanites and their kings into the hand of Israel who defeated them, and chased them, and killed them until they left none of them remaining.
And Joshua killed them all as The LORD Commanded him. And he hamstrung their horses, and burned their chariots with fire. And then Joshua and his army captured the city Hazor, and killed the Canaanite people and their king with the sword.
Formerly, The city of Hazor was the head of all those Canaanite kingdoms, the key cities of Canaan. And Israel killed every person in that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them. Not a soul survived. And he burned the city of Hazor with fire.
All the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, Joshua captured, and killed the people with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them. But the cities that stood structurally after Joshua and the army seized them, Israel burned none of them except the city of Hazor.
And all the spoil of the cities, and the cattle, The Children of Israel took for themselves. But every soul of Canaan they killed with the edge of the sword until they had destroyed them, and left none that breathed.
As The LORD Commanded Moses His Servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua. He left nothing undone of all that The LORD Commanded Moses.
So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and the land of Goshen in Canaan, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel. The mountain was named for Jacob who lived in Canaan, he, and his father Isaac, his grandfather Abraham, and Jacob’s family, and his twelve sons, the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel.
So Joshua made war with all those Canaanite kings for a long time. There was not a city that made peace with The Children of Israel except the Hivites, the people of Gibeon.
ALL THE OTHERS, JOSHUA AND THE ISRAELI ARMY CAPTURED IN BATTLE, AND KILLED THEM.
For it was of The LORD to harden the hearts of the Canaanites by controlling their minds to come against Israel so that Israel would utterly destroy the Canaanites in battle to possess the land of Canaan for their Homeland that became Eretz Yisrael, The Land of Israel.
And Joshua and the Israeli army went and killed the Anakim from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel, Joshua utterly destroyed them with their cities.
There was not one left of the Anakim in The Land of The Children of Israel, but some Canaanites remained in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod.
SO JOSHUA SEIZED ALL THE LAND OF CANAAN FROM THE RIVER OF EGYPT TO THE EUPHRATES RIVER ACCORDING TO ALL THAT THE LORD SAID TO MOSES. AND JOSHUA GAVE THE LAND FOR AN INHERITANCE TO ISRAEL BY THEIR DIVISIONS, BY THEIR TRIBES. AND THE LAND HAD REST FROM WAR.
NUMBERS 26.52-53, DEUTERONOMY 12.9-11, DEUTERONOMY 25.19.
THE QUESTION IS, WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD LEARN FROM THIS TEACHING OF GOD GIVING THE LAND OF CANAAN TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FOR AN INHERITANCE, AND COMMANDING ISRAEL TO KILL ALL THE CANAANITES SO THAT THEY WILL NOT TEACH ISRAEL THEIR ABOMINATIONS OF SERVING STRANGE gods, PASSING THEIR CHILDREN THROUGH FIRE, PRACTICING MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT, HAVING ABOMINABLE SEXUAL RELATIONS, AND NOT OBEYING ONE WORD OF GOD?
EXODUS 34.10-17, LEVITICUS 18.20-30, DEUTERONOMY 18.9-14, DEUTERONOMY 20.16-18
THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACHES OF A YOUNG JEWISH MAN WHO CAME TO MESSIAH YESHUA, AND SAID TO HIM, GOOD MASTER, WHAT GOOD THING SHALL I DO THAT I MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE?
AND MESSIAH SAID TO HIM, WHY DO YOU CALL ME GOOD? THERE IS NONE GOOD BUT ONE, THAT IS GOD. BUT IF YOU WILL ENTER INTO LIFE KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. YESHUA OF COURSE IS SPEAKING OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
VERSE 18 AND THE YOUNG MAN SAID TO MESSIAH, WHICH? AND YESHUA SAID, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS.
VERSE 19 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER, AND YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
VERSE 20 THE YOUNG MAN SAID TO HIM, ALL THESE THINGS HAVE I KEPT FROM MY YOUTH UP. WHAT DO I YET LACK?
VERSE 21 YESHUA SAID TO HIM, IF YOU WILL BE PERFECT (MESSIAH WAS NOT DENYING THAT THE YOUNG MAN OBEYED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS) BUT IF YOU WILL BE PERFECT, MESSIAH SAID, GO AND SELL THAT YOU HAVE, AND GIVE TO THE POOR, AND YOU SHALL HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN, AND COME AND FOLLOW ME.
VERSE 22 BUT WHEN THE YOUNG MAN HEARD THAT SAYING, HE WENT AWAY SORROWFUL FOR HE HAD GREAT POSSESSIONS.
LET’S LOOK AT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN EXODUS 20.
VERSES 1-3 I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD WHO BROUGHT YOU OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT, OUT OF THE HOUSE OF SLAVERY. YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER gods BEFORE YOU.
VERSE 6 AND SHOWING MERCY TO THOUSANDS OF THEM WHO LOVE ME, AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.
YOU ALL KNOW THAT THE HEBREW FOR MY COMMANDMENTS IS MEETS’VO’TY, MEANING, ALL GOD’S LAWS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES FROM GENESIS THROUGH DEUTERONOMY.
I BELIEVE THE YOUNG MAN WAS A GODLY PERSON WHO OBEYED GOD’S COMMANDMENTS, ALL GOD’S LAWS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES. HE HAD ETERNAL LIFE.
THEN MESSIAH SAID, IF YOU WILL BE PERFECT, SELL WHAT YOU HAVE AND GIVE IT TO THE POOR, AND FOLLOW ME.
BUT THE YOUNG MAN DID NOT SELL WHAT HE OWNED, NOR DID HE GIVE IT TO THE POOR.
GOD DOES NOT COMMAND US TO SELL WHAT WE OWN AND GIVE IT TO THE POOR.
BUT GOD DOES COMMAND ALL HUMANITY TO LOVE THE LORD, AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, BY OBEYING ALL GOD’S LAWS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES FROM GENESIS THROUGH DEUTERONOMY.
THAT THE YOUNG JEWISH MAN DID.
MY POINT IS THIS. OBEYING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IS LOVING GOD BY OBEYING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS THAT ARE ALL GOD’S LAWS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES. JOHN 14.15
ANOTHER POINT I’M MAKING IS THAT BOTH THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACH THE NECESSITY OF OBEDIENCE TO ALL GOD’S COMMANDMENTS, EVERY LAW OF GOD WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES FOR GOD TO HAVE MERCY ON YOU, AND GIVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN.
THEREFORE WHAT THE WORLD SHOULD LEARN FROM GOD GIVING THE LAND OF CANAAN TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FOR AN INHERITANCE, AND GOD COMMANDING THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO KILL ALL THE CANAANITES BECAUSE OF THEIR ABOMINATIONS AGAINST GOD IS THIS;
OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE LAW OF MOSES WRITTEN IN GENESIS THROUGH DEUTERONOMY FOR THE LORD TO HAVE MERCY ON YOU, AND FOR YOU TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN WITH GOD.
ISAIAH 24.4-6, MATTHEW 19.16-20
MATTHEW 22.1-14 IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
VERSE 1 AND YESHUA ANSWERED AND SPOKE TO THEM AGAIN BY PARABLES, AND SAID,
VERSE 2 THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE A CERTAIN KING WHO MADE A MARRIAGE FOR HIS SON.
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IN THIS PARABLE IS GOD.
VERSE 3 AND HE SENT FORTH HIS SERVANTS TO CALL THEM WHO WERE CALLED TO THE WEDDING. AND THEY WOULD NOT COME.
VERSE 4 AGAIN HE SENT FORTH OTHER SERVANTS, SAYING, TELL THEM WHICH ARE CALLED, BEHOLD, I HAVE PREPARED MY DINNER, MY OXEN, MY FATLINGS ARE KILLED, AND ALL THINGS ARE READY. COME TO THE MARRIAGE.
VERSE 5 BUT THEY MADE LIGHT OF IT AND WENT THEIR WAYS, ONE TO HIS FARM, ANOTHER TO HIS MERCHANDISE.
VERSE 6 AND THE REMNANT, SOME WHO WOULD NOT COME, TOOK HIS SERVANTS AND TREATED THEM SPITEFULLY, AND KILLED THEM.
VERSE 7 BUT WHEN THE KING HEARD OF IT, HE WAS WROTH AND HE SENT FORTH HIS ARMIES AND DESTROYED THOSE MURDERERS AND BURNED UP THEIR CITY.
VERSE 8 THEN HE SAID TO HIS SERVANTS, THE WEDDING IS READY, BUT THEY WHO WERE CALLED WERE NOT WORTHY.
VERSE 9 GO THEREFORE INTO THE HIGHWAYS, THAT IS, INTO THE STREETS, AND THE NEIGHBORHOODS, AND AS MANY AS YOU SHALL FIND, CALL TO THE MARRIAGE.
VERSE 10 SO THOSE SERVANTS WENT OUT INTO THE STREETS AND THE NEIGHBORHOODS, AND GATHERED TOGETHER ALL, AS MANY AS THEY FOUND, BOTH BAD AND GOOD, AND THE WEDDING WAS FURNISHED WITH GUESTS.
VERSE 11 AND WHEN THE KING CAME IN TO SEE THE GUESTS, HE SAW THERE A MAN WHO HAD NOT ON A WEDDING GARMENT.
VERSE 12 AND HE SAID TO HIM, FRIEND, HOW DID YOU COME IN HERE NOT HAVING A WEDDING GARMENT? AND HE WAS SPEECHLESS.
VERSE 13 THEN THE KING SAID TO HIS SERVANTS, BIND HIM HAND AND FOOT, AND TAKE HIM AWAY, AND CAST HIM INTO OUTER DARKNESS. THERE SHALL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.
VERSE 14 FOR MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN.
GOD ALMIGHTY IS LIKE A CERTAIN KING WHO MADE A MARRIAGE FOR HIS SON, MESSIAH YESHUA, WHO HIMSELF IS GOD ALMIGHTY.
GOD CALLS MILLIONS, BILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO THE MARRIAGE OF HIS SON. BUT THEY WILL NOT COME BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN GOD.
BUT SOME WHO WERE INVITED TO THE MARRIAGE TREATED THE SERVANTS OF GOD WHO INVITED THEM TERRIBLY, AND KILLED THEM.
WHEN THE KING HEARD HOW HIS SERVANTS, WHO ARE PEOPLE OF GOD, WERE BADLY TREATED, AND KILLED, HE SENT OUT HIS ARMIES AND DESTROYED THOSE MURDERERS, AND BURNED THEIR CITIES.
THIS EXPLAINS GOD’S REASON FOR CERTAIN WARS, EVEN IN ISRAEL, AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. GOD KILLED THOSE WHO KILLED GOD’S PEOPLE, AND GOD BURNED THEIR CITIES.
THEN THE KING TOLD HIS SERVANTS THAT THE WEDDING WAS READY, BUT THOSE WHO WERE CALLED WERE NOT WORTHY GOD SAID, THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN GOD.
THEN THE KING SAID, GO INTO THE STREETS, AND THE NEIGHBORHOODS, AND AS MANY AS YOU FIND, CALL TO THE MARRIAGE.
GOD’S SERVANTS ARE GOD’S PEOPLE WHO LIVE THEIR LIVES FOR GOD, OBEYING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS THAT INCLUDE OBEDIENCE TO ALL GOD’S LAWS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES.
AND AS MANY AS THEY FOUND, BOTH BAD AND GOOD, THE BAD WHO REPENTED BY TURNING FROM ALL THEIR SINS OF BREAKING THE LAW OF MOSES, TO LIVING THEIR LIVES ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF MOSES, DOING THAT WHICH IS LAWFUL AND RIGHT, GOD’S SERVANTS BROUGHT TO THE WEDDING.
EZEKIEL 18.21, 1 JOHN 3.4
THE GOOD WERE RIGHT WITH GOD THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO THEIR KING, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
AND WHEN THE KING, GOD ALMIGHTY, CAME TO SEE THE GUESTS, HE SAW A MAN WHO WAS NOT WEARING A WEDDING GARMENT. THE WEDDING GARMENT IS OBEDIENCE TO TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES, AND EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE.
AND THE KING SAID TO THE MAN, FRIEND, HOW COME YOU ARE HERE NOT HAVING A WEDDING GARMENT? AND THE MAN WAS SPEECHLESS.
THEN GOD SAID TO HIS SERVANTS, BIND HIM HAND AND FOOT, AND TAKE HIM AWAY, AND CAST HIM INTO OUTER DARKNESS. THERE SHALL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH, THAT IS GREAT, GREAT, SORROW FOR NOT OBEYING GOD. NOT OBEYING EVERY SPOKEN WORD OF GOD WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE THAT INCLUDES THE LAW OF MOSES.
DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
AND THE KING SAID, FOR MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN.
WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD LEARN FROM GOD COMMANDING THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO KILL ALL THE CANAANITES?
OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE.