Joshua 10* Five kings war against Gibeon. (1-6) Joshua succours GibeonThe sun and moon stand still. (7-14) The kings are taken, theirarmies defeated, and they are put to death. (15-27) Seven otherkings defeated and slain. (28-43)1-6 When sinners leave the service of Satan and the friendshipof the world, that they make peace with God and join Israel,they must not marvel if the world hate them, if their formerfriends become foes. By such methods Satan discourages many whoare convinced of their danger, and almost persuaded to beChristians, but fear the cross. These things should quicken usto apply to God for protection, help, and deliverance. 7-14 The meanest and most feeble, who have just begun to trustthe Lord, are as much entitled to be protected as those who havelong and faithfully been his servants. It is our duty to defendthe afflicted, who, like the Gibeonites, are brought intotrouble on our account, or for the sake of the gospel. Joshuawould not forsake his new vassals. How much less shall our trueJoshua fail those who trust in Him! We may be wanting in ourtrust, but our trust never can want success. Yet God's promisesare not to slacken and do away, but to quicken and encourage ourendeavours. Notice the great faith of Joshua, and the power ofGod answering it by the miraculous staying of the sun, that theday of Israel's victories might be made longer. Joshua acted onthis occasion by impulse on his mind from the Spirit of God. Itwas not necessary that Joshua should speak, or the miracle berecorded, according to the modern terms of astronomy. The sunappeared to the Israelites over Gibeon, and the moon over thevalley of Ajalon, and there they appeared to be stopped on theircourse for one whole day. Is any thing too hard for the Lord?forms a sufficient answer to ten thousand difficulties, whichobjectors have in every age started against the truth of God asrevealed in his written word. Proclamation was hereby made tothe neighbouring nations, Behold the works of the Lord, and say,What nation is there so great as Israel, who has God so nighunto them? 15-27 None moved his tongue against any of the children ofIsrael. This shows their perfect safety. The kings were calledto an account, as rebels against the Israel of God. Refuges oflies will but secure for God's judgment. God punished theabominable wickedness of these kings, the measure of whoseiniquity was now full. And by this public act of justice, doneupon these ringleaders of the Canaanites in sin, he wouldpossess his people with the greater dread and detestation of thesins of the nations that God cast out from before them. Here isa type and figure of Christ's victories over the powers ofdarkness, and of believers' victories through him. In ourspiritual conflicts we must not be satisfied with obtaining someimportant victory. We must pursue our scattered enemies,searching out the remains of sin as they rise up in our hearts,and thus pursue the conquest. In so doing, the Lord will affordlight until the warfare be accomplished. 28-43 Joshua made speed in taking these cities. See what agreat deal of work may be done in a little time, if we will bediligent, and improve our opportunities. God here showed hishatred of the idolatries and other abominations of which theCanaanites had been guilty, and shows us how great theprovocation was, by the greatness of the destruction broughtupon them. Here also was typified the destruction of all theenemies of the Lord Jesus, who, having slighted the riches ofhis grace, must for ever feel the weight of his wrath. The Lordfought for Israel. They could not have gotten the victory, ifGod had not undertaken the battle. We conquer when God fightsfor us; if he be for us, who can be against us?
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