Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Sun Stood Still About A Full Day By GOD'S ALMIGHTY POWER

Joshua 10:1-43 NIV

The Sun Stands Still

1Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyeda it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon had made a treaty of peace with Israel and had become their allies. 2He and his people were very much alarmed at this, because Gibeon was an important city, like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were good fighters. 3So Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem appealed to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish and Debir king of Eglon. 4“Come up and help me attack Gibeon,” he said, “because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.”

5Then the five kings of the Amorites—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon—joined forces. They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it.

6The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us.”

7So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men. 

8The LORD Said To Joshua,

“Do not be afraid of them; I Have Given them into your 

hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”

9After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. 10The LORD Threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon. Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon and cut them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, 

The LORD Hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.

12On the day The LORD Gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said To The LORD in the presence of Israel:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,

and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.

13So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 

14There has never been a day like it before or since, a day When The LORD Listened to a human being. Surely The LORD Was Fighting for Israel!

15Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.

Five Amorite Kings Killed

16Now the five kings had fled and hidden in the cave at Makkedah. 17When Joshua was told that the five kings had been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah, 18he said, “Roll large rocks up to the mouth of the cave, and post some men there to guard it. 

19But don’t stop; pursue your enemies! Attack them from the rear and don’t let them reach their cities, For The LORD your GOD Has Given them into your hand.”

20So Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely, but a few survivors managed to reach their fortified cities. 21The whole army then returned safely to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah, and no one uttered a word against the Israelites.

22Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me.” 23So they brought the five kings out of the cave—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon. 24When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks.

25Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This Is What The LORD Will Do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” 26Then Joshua put the kings to death and exposed their bodies on five poles, and they were left hanging on the poles until evening.

27At sunset Joshua gave the order and they took them down from the poles and threw them into the cave where they had been hiding. At the mouth of the cave they placed large rocks, which are there to this day.

Southern Cities Conquered

28That day Joshua took Makkedah. He put the city and its king to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.

29Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Makkedah to Libnah and attacked it. 30The LORD Also Gave that city and its king into Israel’s hand. The city and everyone in it Joshua put to the sword. He left no survivors there. And he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.

31Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Libnah to Lachish; he took up positions against it and attacked it. 32The LORD Gave Lachish into Israel’s hands, and Joshua took it on the second day. The city and everyone in it he put to the sword, just as he had done to Libnah. 33Meanwhile, Horam king of Gezer had come up to help Lachish, but Joshua defeated him and his army—until no survivors were left.

34Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Lachish to Eglon; they took up positions against it and attacked it. 35They captured it that same day and put it to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it, just as they had done to Lachish.

36Then Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron and attacked it. 37They took the city and put it to the sword, together with its king, its villages and everyone in it. They left no survivors. Just as at Eglon, they totally destroyed it and everyone in it.

38Then Joshua and all Israel with him turned around and attacked Debir. 39They took the city, its king and its villages, and put them to the sword. Everyone in it they totally destroyed. They left no survivors. They did to Debir and its king as they had done to Libnah and its king and to Hebron.

40So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings. He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, Just As The LORD, The GOD of Israel, Had Commanded. 41Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza and from the whole region of Goshen to Gibeon. 

42 All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, Because The LORD, The GOD of Israel, Fought for Israel.

43Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.

Adoni-zedec, king of Jerusalem, hearing of the capture of Ai, and that the Gibeonites had made peace with Israel, calls to his assistance four other kings to fight against Gibeon, Joshua 10:1-4. They join forces, and encamp against Gibeon, Joshua 10:5. The Gibeonites send to Joshua for help, Joshua 10:6, who immediately marches to their relief, receives encouragement from GOD, and falls suddenly on the confederate forces, Joshua 10:7-9, and defeats them; they flee, and multitudes of them are slain by a miraculous shower of hailstones, Joshua 10:10Joshua 10:11.

 Joshua, finding that the day began to fail, prayed that the sun and moon might stand still, that they might have time to pursue and utterly destroy these confederate forces, Joshua 10:12. The sun and moon stand still, and make that day as long as two, Joshua 10:13Joshua 10:14. Joshua and the people return to their camp at Gilgal, Joshua 10:15. The five kings having taken shelter in a cave at Makkedah, Joshua commanded the people to roll great stones against the mouth of the cave, and set a watch to keep it, while Israel were pursuing their enemies, Joshua 10:16-19.

The Israelites return to Makkedah, bring forth the five kings, then slay and hang them on five trees, Joshua 10:20-27. The Israelites take and destroy Makkedah, Joshua 10:28, and Libnah, Joshua 10:29,Joshua 10:30, and Lachish, Joshua 10:31Joshua 10:32, and defeat Horam king of Gezer, Joshua 10:33, and take Eglon, Joshua 10:34Joshua 10:35, and Hebron, Joshua 10:36Joshua 10:37, and Debir, Joshua 10:38Joshua 10:39, and all the country of the hills, south, vale, and springs, and the whole country from Kadesh-Barnea to Gibeon, Joshua 10:40-42. They return to Gilgal, Joshua 10:43.

The Gibeonite Deception

Joshua 9:1-27 NIV

The Gibeonite Deception

1Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things—the kings in the hill country, in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Mediterranean Sea as far as Lebanon (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites)— 2they came together to wage war against Joshua and Israel.

3However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, 4they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loadeda with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. 5They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. 6Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.”

7The Israelites said to the Hivites, “But perhaps you live near us, so how can we make a treaty with you?”

8“We are your servants,” they said to Joshua.

But Joshua asked, “Who are you and where do you come from?”

9They answered: “Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the Fame of The LORD your GOD. For we have heard reports of Him: all that HE Did in Egypt, 10and all that HE Did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan—Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. 11And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, ‘Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, “We are your servants; make a treaty with us.” ’ 12This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is. 13And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey.”

14 The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of The LORD. 

15Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.

16Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them. 17So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim. 18But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by The LORD, The GOD of Israel.

The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders, 19but all the leaders answered, “We have given them our oath by The LORD, The GOD of Israel, and we cannot touch them now. 20This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that GOD’s Wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them.” 21They continued, “Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers in the service of the whole assembly.” So the leaders’ promise to them was kept.

22Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, “Why did you deceive us by saying, ‘We live a long way from you,’ while actually you live near us? 23You are now under a curse: You will never be released from service as woodcutters and water carriers for the House of my GOD.

24They answered Joshua, “Your servants were clearly told how The LORD your GOD Had Commanded His servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you. So we feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this. 25We are now in your hands. Do to us whatever seems good and right to you.”

26So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. 27That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the assembly, to provide for the needs of the altar of The LORD at the place The LORD Would Choose.

And that is what they are to this day.

Chapter 9

Here is in this chapter,

I. The impolite confederacy of the kings of Canaan against Israel (v. 1, 2).

II. The polite confederacy of the inhabitants of Gibeon with Israel,

1. How it was subtly proposed and petitioned for by the Gibeonites pretending to come from a far country (v. 3-13).

2. How it was consented to by Joshua and the Israelites, to the disgust of the congregation when the fraud was discovered (v. 14-18).

3. How the matter was adjusted to the satisfaction of all sides, by giving these Gibeonites their lives because they had covenanted with them, yet depriving them of their liberties because the covenant was not fairly obtained (v. 19-27).

The Valley Of Achor Becomes The Door Of Hope In CHRIST JESUS

Joshua 7:1-26 NIV

Achan’s Sin

1 But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things ;

Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri,b the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them.

So The LORD'S Anger Burned Against Israel.

2Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.

3When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.” 4So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, 5who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water.

6Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the Ark of The LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.  

7And Joshua said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! 8Pardon your servant, LORD. What can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? 9The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then Will YOU Do For Your Own Great Name?”

10The LORD Said To Joshua,

“Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 11Israel has sinned; they have violated MY Covenant, Which I Commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. 12That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I Will Not Be With you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.

13“Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; 

For This Is What The LORD, The GOD of Israel, Says: 

There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.

14“ ‘In the morning, present yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe The LORD Chooses shall come forward clan by clan; the clan The LORD Chooses shall come forward family by family; and the family The LORD Chooses shall come forward man by man. 15Whoever is caught with the devoted things shall be destroyed by fire, along with all that belongs to him. He has violated the Covenant of The LORD and has done an outrageous thing in Israel!’ ”

16Early the next morning Joshua had Israel come forward by tribes, and Judah was chosen. 17The clans of Judah came forward, and the Zerahites were chosen. He had the clan of the Zerahites come forward by families, and Zimri was chosen. 18Joshua had his family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was chosen.

19Then Joshua said to Achan,

My son, give Glory To The LORD, The GOD of Israel, and honor HIM. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.”

20Achan replied,

“It is true! I have sinned Against The LORD, The GOD of Israel. This is what I have done: 21When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia,c two hundred shekelsd of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels,e I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

22So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath. 

23They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out Before The LORD.

24Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor. 25Joshua said, “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The LORD Will Bring trouble on you today.”

Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. 

26Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day.

Then The LORD Turned From HIS Fierce 


Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since.

What is the Sin of Achan?

Committed a trespass - "acted treacherously and committed a breach of faith." This suitably describes the sin of Achan, who had stolen and hidden away that which had been dedicated To GOD.  Joshua 6:19  The "trespass" was the act of one man, yet is imputed to all Israel, who also share in the penalty of it. Joshua 7:5

This is not to be explained as though all the people participated in the covetousness which led to Achan's sin. Joshua 7:21  Israel as a nation was in covenant With GOD, and is treated By HIM not merely as a number of individuals living together for their own purposes under common institutions, but as a Divinely-Constituted organic whole.

Hence, the sin of Achan defiled the other members of the community as well as himself. and robbed the people collectively of holiness Before GOD and acceptableness with HIM. Israel had in the person of Achan broken the CovenantJoshua 7:11; GOD therefore Would no more Drive out the Canaanites before them.

The accursed thing - "in that which had been devoted or dedicated." Achan in diverting any of these devoted things to his own purposes, committed the sin of sacrilege, that of Ananias and Sapphira. 

Acts 5:1-4

 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,  and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife’s full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles’ feet.  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie To The HOLY SPIRIT and to keep back some of the price of the land?  “While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but To GOD.”

Are You in the Valley of Achor now?

The Most Merciful FATHER JEHOVAH Makes the Valley of Achor the Door of Hope in HIS SON JESUS CHRIST our LORD and SAVIOR.

There I Will Give her back her vineyards, and Will Make the Valley of Achor a door of hope…  (Hosea 2:15)

The prophet Hosea delivered his message to a nation that had been unfaithful To GOD, and as such was headed for certain disaster. Hosea warned the people of their condition both with his words and his life. Yet, in the middle of his oracle of judgment, there is a surprising glimmer of hope. The LORD Speaks through the prophet and says, 

There I Will Give her back her vineyards, and Will Make the Valley of Achor a door of hope…(Hosea 2:15, NIV).

The Valley of Achor was the place of Achan’s notorious failure. A monument was raised there to remind the nation of the high cost of disobedience. Achor literally means “Trouble” – and the Valley of Achor was the symbol of the kind of trouble, pain, loss, and destruction that results from disobedience. Just like Achan had broken covenant and brought trouble on himself, his family and his nation—so also, unfaithful Israel had broken covenant and was headed for devastating trouble. Like a marriage gone bad, there was pain, and loss, and destruction in their future… They were going back to the Valley of Achor to re-live the dark days of disobedience.

And yet, even there in that dark place, GOD Promised a “door of hope!” The nation’s disobedience landed them back in the Valley of Achor, but GOD’s Love ISteadfast and His Mercy Endures forever. In spite of all that they had done in forgetting GOD, HE Stood Ready TTransform their repetition of Achan’s sin into a door of hope.

We’ve all had our experiences in the Valley of Achor. We’ve all had our failures, and we’ve all made mistakes. We know what it’s like to disappoint ourselves and others; to make wrong choices and bring trouble on ourselves and on those we love. We’ve felt the sting of guilt and we know the pain of disappointment. We’re familiar with the darkness of the Valley of Achor. We’ve been there… perhaps more than once.

But in the midst of our struggles; at the point of our deepest wounds and worst failures… In our Valley of Achor, GOD Promises a door of hope!

Even in Judgment, HE Remembers Mercy. HE Transforms a monument of failure into a door of hope. 

HIS Compassion Never Fails. HIS Mercy Endures forever, and ITriumphs over Judgment. HE Makes the Valley of Achor into a door of hope!