Joshua 11* Divers kings overcome at the waters of Merom. (1-9) Hazor istaken and burned. (10-14) All that country subdued, The Anakimscut off. (15-23)1-9 The wonders God wrought for the Israelites were toencourage them to act vigorously themselves. Thus the waragainst Satan's kingdom, carried on by preaching the gospel, wasat first forwarded by miracles; but being fully proved to be ofGod, we are now left to the Divine grace in the usual course, inthe use of the sword of the Spirit. God encouraged Joshua. Freshdangers and difficulties make it necessary to seek freshsupports from the word of God, which we have nigh unto us foruse in every time of need. God proportions our trials to ourstrength, and our strength to our trials. Joshua's obedience indestroying the horses and chariots, shows his self-denial incompliance with God's command. The possession of things on whichthe carnal heart is prone to depend, is hurtful to the life offaith, and the walk with God; therefore it is better to bewithout worldly advantages, than to have the soul endangered bythem. 10-14 The Canaanites filled up the measure of their iniquity,and were, as a judgment, left to the pride, obstinacy, andenmity of their hearts, and to the power of Satan; allrestraints being withdrawn, while the dispensations ofProvidence tended to drive them to despair. They brought onthemselves the vengeance they justly merited, of which theIsraelites were to be executioners, by the command the Lord gaveto Moses. 15-23 Never let the sons of Anak be a terror to the Israel ofGod, for their day to fall will come. The land rested from war.It ended not in a peace with the Canaanites, that was forbidden,but in a peace from them. There is a rest, a rest from war,remaining for the people of God, into which they shall enter,when their warfare is accomplished. That which was now done, iscompared with what had been said to Moses. God's word and hisworks, if viewed together, will be found mutually to set eachother forth. If we make conscience of our duty, we need notquestion the performance of the promise. But the believer mustnever put off his armour, or expect lasting peace, till hecloses his eyes in death; nay, as his strength and usefulnessincrease, he may expect more heavy trials; yet the Lord will notpermit any enemies to assault the believer till he has preparedhim for the battle. Christ Jesus ever lives to plead for hispeople, and their faith shall not fail, however Satan may bepermitted to assault them. And however tedious, sharp, anddifficult the believer's warfare, his patience in tribulationmay be encouraged by the joyfulness of hope; for he will, erelong, rest from sin and from sorrow in the Canaan above.
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