Joshua 12* The two kings conquered by Moses. (1-6) The kings whom Joshuasmote. (7-24)1-6 Fresh mercies must not drown the remembrance of formermercies, nor must the glory of the present instruments of goodto the church diminish the just honour of those who went beforethem, since God is the same who wrought by both. Moses gave toone part of Israel a very rich and fruitful country, but it wason the outside of Jordan. Joshua gave to all Israel the holyland, within Jordan. So the law has given to some few of God'sspiritual Israel worldly blessings, earnests of good things tocome; but our Lord Jesus, the true Joshua, provided for all thechildren of promise spiritual blessings, and the heavenlyCanaan. 7-24 We have here the limits of the country Joshua conquered. Alist is given of the kings subdued by Israel: thirty-one in all.This shows how fruitful Canaan then was, in which so many choseto throng together. This was the land God appointed for Israel;yet in our day it is one of the most barren and unprofitablecountries in the world. Such is the effect of the curse it liesunder, since its possessors rejected Christ and his gospel, aswas foretold by Moses, #De 29:23|. The vengeance of a righteousGod, inflicted on all these kings and their subjects, for theirwickedness, should make us dread and hate sin. The fruitful landbestowed on his chosen people, should fill our hearts with hopeand confidence in his mercy, and with humble gratitude.
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