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God was not kidding around.  When he told Joshua he would clear the land intended for Israel’s inheritance, he meant it.  The people occupying the land were not going to readily leave and so the war would have be complete and decisive.  The people of Israel did what God told them to do.  They wiped the enemies out.  So that at the end of the battles, there would be no resistance and no intermingling of peoples.

God knew the influence of the Canaanites.  He knew that they would draw Israel away from his leadership and his protection.  That is why they had to be eliminated.  Israel complied with God’s instruction and in a relatively short time, the land was theirs.

In our lives, while we rarely understand it, God executes his plan for us.  He leads us through difficult times and seemingly hopeless battles to prepare, protect and provide for us on our journey.  Admittedly, some of our battles are self-inflicted—but, he knows us and expects that too.  But, if we will trust him and follow his lead, we will have freedom from the grasp of  the world and its culture. We cannot follow halfway and invite parts of the world in.  The world is relentless and will never be satisfied unless we, as his chosen, are destroyed. Check the landscape of your life—If there are still enemies of God in the land, do not make peace with them—drive them out and be free.

God Bless You

When Jabin king of Hazor heard of this, he sent word to Jobab king of Madon, to the kings of Shimron and Akshaph, and to the northern kings who were in the mountains, in the Arabah south of Kinnereth, in the western foothills and in Naphoth Dor on the west; to the Canaanites in the east and west; to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites and Jebusites in the hill country; and to the Hivites below Hermon in the region of Mizpah. They came out with all their troops and a large number of horses and chariots—a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel…So Joshua took this entire land: the hill country, all the Negev, the whole region of Goshen, the western foothills, the Arabah and the mountains of Israel with their foothills, 17 from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, to Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings and put them to death. 18 Joshua waged war against all these kings for a long time. 19 Except for the Hivites living in Gibeon, not one city made a treaty of peace with the Israelites, who took them all in battle. 20 For it was the Lord himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

21 At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns. 22 No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive.

23 So Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war.