It is quite a contrast. When you look at the trajectory of the Canaanite kings and compare it to the trajectory of Joshua and Israel. Joshua sought God and His leadership. The Canaanite kings sought alliances and means to gang up on and ambush Israel. As is typically the case, the kings gathered in mass and showed their might. Meanwhile, Joshua listened to the Lord and did what God said and watched God do the heavy lifting.
When one thinks about it, Israel did not have to act as infiltrators and oppressors, they simply had to show up and the enemy came to them. God knew these peoples were evil and would at some point seek to destroy Israel. So, God allowed the kings to show their true hearts. When exposed, it was apparent that cohabitation in Israel would be impossible.
So, Israel completely wiped them out. They took the land without fear of a later uprising. God’s power and protection was so apparent that no one would dare challenge Israel. What is more, even if they did, God made sure that that nation was destroyed, and their fate known to any would be challenger.
Like Israel, we must be faithful, trusting, and willing to submit to God’s plan. Like Joshua, Seeking God must be the first thing, never an afterthought. If we as His chosen will live that kind of life, then, we will also enjoy that kind of victory. It must be clear that such a journey is not free of battle, hardship, or trial. We are confident, however, that He who calls us is faithful and He will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24. I hope each of us will face the day with the wisdom and confidence of Joshua!
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, 2 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; 3 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. 4 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. 5 All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel.
6 The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.”
7 So Joshua and his whole army came against them suddenly at the Waters of Merom and attacked them, 8 and the Lord gave them into the hand of Israel. They defeated them and pursued them all the way to Greater Sidon, to Misrephoth Maim, and to the Valley of Mizpah on the east, until no survivors were left. 9 Joshua did to them as the Lord had directed: He hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots.
10 At that time Joshua turned back and captured Hazor and put its king to the sword. (Hazor had been the head of all these kingdoms.) 11 Everyone in it they put to the sword. They totally destroyed[a] them, not sparing anyone that breathed, and he burned Hazor itself.