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Dude. Don't mess with Joshua.

Luke 16:18
"(R)Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.

My guess many are living in sin and do not know it!

Joshua 7 (NKJV)
25 And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day.” So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.
26 Then they raised over him a great heap of stones, still there to this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Achor [LITERALLY, Valley of Trouble] to this day.

NOTE:
See this verse in Hosea 2, where God turns “trouble” into “blessing”. In the passage from Hosea 2, God specifically refers to this account with Joshua and God’s people, and the particular “Valley of Achor, or Valley of Trouble”.

1) First, get the context: God’s people were unfaithful to God, and God was tired of it.

Hosea 2 (NKJV)
2
Bring charges against your mother, bring charges; For she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband! Let her put away her harlotries from her sight, And her adulteries from between her breasts;
3
Lest I strip her naked And expose her, as in the day she was born, And make her like a wilderness, And set her like a dry land, And slay her with thirst.
4
I will not have mercy on her children, For they are the children of harlotry.
5
For their mother has played the harlot; She who conceived them has behaved shamefully.
For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,…

2) God, in His mercy, is determined to “starve His people” of sinful desires by blocking pathways
to sin

Hosea 2
6
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, And wall her in, So that she cannot find her paths.
7
She will chase her lovers, But not overtake them; Yes, she will seek them, but not find them.
Then she will say, ‘ I will go and return to my first husband, For then it was better for me than now.’
13
I will punish her For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, And went after her lovers; But Me she forgot,” says the LORD.

3) Here is THE GREAT part. God IS ALWAYS EAGER to use even OUR EVIL, BAD
EXPERIENCES to draw us to Him and to work HIS CHARACTER in us

God’s Mercy on His People
14
“ Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her.
15
I WILL GIVE HER HER VINEYARDS FROM THERE, AND THE VALLEY OF ACHOR AS A DOOR OF HOPE;
She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16
“ And it shall be, in that day,” Says the LORD, “ That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ [LITERALLY, in Hebrew: ISHI]
And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ [LITERALLY, in Hebrew: BAALI (from false god named Baal)]
17
For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, And they shall be remembered by their name no more.
18
In that day I will make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, With the birds of the air, And with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, To make them lie down safely.
19
“ I WILL BETROTH YOU TO ME FOREVER; YES, I WILL BETROTH YOU TO ME IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE,
IN LOVINGKINDNESS AND MERCY;
20
I WILL BETROTH YOU TO ME IN FAITHFULNESS, AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE LORD.

*** NOTE:
All of this makes me realize something: Do I wait until God Himself has to separate me from entering into sin in His discipline?

Or...will I will to, of my own choice, set aside time to spend with Him?

If I choose, of my will, to die to the easy and natural (and sinful) way, then I have the TRULY AMAZING AND AWESOME OPPORTUNITY to develop a personal love relationship with the living God!

Vance

Joshua 8:1 Just jumped out to me today. I copied Chapter 1 verse 9 and sent it gave it to a a few people I know. What an encouragement to me and them. Wow here it is again today, "don't be discouraged or afraid" God is so good He knows that we need to be reminded. I'm going to keep a copy close by and remind myself everytime I think I have to be afraid or upset about things, that He is always near. I sent a reminder to my friends and family too. Have a blessed day. Peggy.

Psalm 82 (NKJV)
1
God stands in the congregation of the mighty;
He judges among the gods.[Hebrew: elohim - mighty ones; that is, the judges]
2
How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3
Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4
Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.
5
They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable.
6
I said, “You are gods, [Hebrew: elohim - mighty ones; that is, the judges]
And all of you are children of the Most High.
7
But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.”
8
Arise, O God, judge the earth; For You shall inherit all nations.

~~~
NOTE:

Jesus used this passage to defend the fact that He is the Son of God (i.e., and thus God) to the Pharisees and Saducees.

See below from John 10 (NKJV)
30
I and My Father are one.”
31
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32
Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33
The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
34
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? [PSALM 82:6]
35
If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),
36
do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
37
If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;
38
but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
39
Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.

NOTE:
It might seem at first glance that Jesus is saying that it should not be surprising that Jesus should be called the Son of God-- one with the Father--since God Himself says that you and I are gods.

However, Jesus seems to be using this verse in the context of forming an argument while debating with
the Pharisees and Saducees.

In no way, is Jesus or the Father calling us "divine"
or "one with the divine" (being god). That is what the devil promised Adam and Eve when they sinned.

HOWEVER, if you look at the clear way the word "gods" is used in Psalm 82, it becomes obvious by the context and the extremely helpful note that "gods" is referring to judges.

~~~

"Judges", of course, refers specificially to judges in a court of law, whose legal rulings interpret and influence the law of the land.

Yet, the word "judges" is also used in a broader way, that is of our authority as believers in the Lord Jesus.

I Corinthians 6 (NKJV)
1
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
2
DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE SAINTS WILL JUDGE THE WORLD?
And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3
DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WE SHALL JUDGE ANGELS?
How much more, things that pertain to this life?

IN THE LORD JESUS, by HIS GRACE:
1)
we are always under the authority of the Lord Jesus
2)
we share His authority by His own sharing of His authority. As Jesus, the Perfect Man, became our representative. As such, when He was raised up from the dead and to the right hand of the Father, it was for the church.

Ephesians 1 (NKJV)
22
And He (i.e., God the Father) put all things under His (i.e., Christ's) feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23
which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Thus, man is restored to a place of glory under the authority and glory of God--made by God to reflect His glory and will on the earth and in eternity.

We were created for the praise of the One who called us by His grace.

Psalm 8 (Amplified)
4
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him?
5
Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor.

NOTICE HOW THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE translates verse 5: you and I were created a little lower than God.

While other versions translate this "a little lower than angels" this is not correct. For we were created in the image of God, Who is higher than angels.

You might say, "So what?"

Well, when Adam sinned, he fell from glory of God. When we are restored by Christ by receiving the fact that God has placed us in Christ, we are restored to the glory of God.

Romans 3 (NKJV)
23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24
being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

I Corinthians 2 (Amplified)
7
But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God--[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].

IN SHORT: It is all about God and His glory, and not about us.

It is about us living for His glory.

Vance

shane,
Well said! :D

In regards to Mike's question about pleasing others rather than ourselves. I understand your reasoning behind that concept and the idea that it is best to not be selfish, but on the other hand, you can get caught up in trying to be a people pleaser which can actually work against you. What I mean by that, is that I think it is best to strive for and to please God instead. When you try to think of ways to please others just to earn their love and friendship, you end up being very fustrated. I've learned that from personal experience.

For example, (this happened to me)do you remember when your elderly grandmother or aunt or someone you didn't know very well tried to please you with toys that you would never play with, books etc..(not really knowing you and your tastes, likes and dislikes)when you were young, did you appreciate it? Your relative gave that gift out of love and went through the effort to mail and package and wrap the gift. I remember my very frugal grandmother who used recycled and wrinkled gift wrap or newspaper to wrap the gifts in. They were never expensive or anything I would use. At the time I did not appreciate them as a young child. Today I think of my grandma, who passed away 21 years ago with a very fond heart. I miss her dearly and remember her heart for giving the most and not what I received. I often ponder on that as I ring up customers on the cash regester, I'll see a sweet elderly lady coming in to shop for her grandkids or greatgrand kids buying them things she can barely afford. Those kids probably don't even thank her or appreciate what they get, because their parents spoil them with even more expensive gifts.

It wasn't until I was an adult that I can look back and reflect on the heart of a giver and appreciate them. When I go out of my way to spend money on expensive gifts or do something to try to earn love and acceptance, the receiver seldom remembers the gifts given nor do they appreciate them or reciprocate always.

I think the best gift we can give is time with them and a sincere and loving heart which are intangible. Things that don't cost money, but show that we really care. Loving God first helps us to love others. We are to love God first than others than ourselves and keep things in the right order.

"an altar of uncut stones, on which no iron tool had been used"I kinda got stuck on this verse...iron tools as in man made maybe?I was just thinking about how God wants us to come to Him...we are spirit...God is spirit,He wants us to come in spirit and in truth,not in senses(man made)not in flesh.God is pretty tough on sin as we can see...I read through the posts on christian songs...the free will posts...I can't help thinking,when we worship God...is it truly about Him...or is it about us...when we fight about certain issues..what do we stand to gain...God's approval or the "I knew I was right satisfaction"...What God wants from us I think is what He's given us...the fruits of the spirit make us worship God with our lives...not our works,our knowledge...The only way we can come to God is in spirit and in truth...not with our own nicely crafted altars..
I was just putting my thoughts on paper..May God's light continue to guide us and keep us(me especially) focused on the battle ahead...
God bless you all

Joshua

Others have said it at various times here on the blog. I like the way Believer's Commentary ended Chapter 7 of Joshua.

"Victory in the Christian life is not the absence of conflict but the presence and protection of God in the midst of conflict."

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. 1997, c1995. Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments . Thomas Nelson: Nashville

oops

Not Joshua 7, but the portion of chapter 8 regarding "Ai Destroyed"

We had a lecture in my Law and Religion class today on the rules of war as they pertain to religion. All the member countries, including the U.S., agree that you can't destroy a church, mosque, synagogue, etc. unless they're used for military purposes by the invaded nation.

Also, some people are off-limits, such as army chaplains (or religious ministers of the opposing army), people in hospitals, army doctors, etc.

As I listened to the lecture, I reflected on Joshua as a general--indeed God as a general (since He told Joshua what to do), and thought about how God had Joshua destroy everything in Jericho, and pretty much everything in Ai.

Should we conduct war the way Joshua did? Is it better to respect the religious beliefs and practices of our enemies?

shane,

Tough question. "Scorched earth policy" as practiced by Sherman in Civil War has quite a few modern day proponets in the military brass.

The problems I see:
1) Joshua had God tell him explicitly what to do. If God had not told him to destroy everything, they might not have, and with what consequences to a budding nation that was supposed to be serving God?

2) So today? Is it in God's will that a side should fight and destroy everything? Is that side being led by God? Is it a fledgling nation or does that even matter?

3) The result would probably be the same as Chapter 9 of Joshua starts off. Everyone is going to gather together to fight nation(s) in #2. In current situation in Middle East that is certainly the beginning of a total World War. Would the scorched earth proponet survive if it is not in God's will against such a "host".

If it happens - they had better pray they are in God's will.

I am just throwing things out - I have no clue as to what the right policy is in today's conflicts. One thing for sure - it is a lot easier to know when God is talking to you directly :)

Joshua 7:16-9:2

And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:22-23 KJV)

We can dig a hole, as Achan did and try to bury the fruit of our sin; we can kill the witnesses to our acts of sin, we can plant the evidence of our misdeed on someone else, but as Numbers 32: 23 states, “…be sure your sin will find you out.” Freshly dug holes, even if a steamroller is used to compact the dirt as tight as possible, always leaves evidence that there is a freshly dug hole that has been covered up. Achan’s family had to have helped him dig, bury and cover up his loot. In this country, USA, one can be tried as an accessory to a crime even if you have not actually done the deed, accessory before and after the fact.

In reading the words of Achan, he only confessed because he was caught—he exhibited a “worldly sorrow” (For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (2 Corinthians 7:10 KJV). Achan was sorry and probably embarrassed because he was exposed in the midst of the congregation; however, he was not repentant. We think because we admit to a sin that clears it up; but repentance—after admission to our sin is paramount.

If Joshua had consulted the Lord BEFORE the attack on Ai, would God have exposed the “sin” before they went into battle. I think too often we make a decision based on our own intellect, our own reasoning, and then ask God to bless it as if God was a “cosmic” genie in the great expanse of the sky.

Happiness:

As I see it, happiness is a state of mind, a choice one makes. It is an outlook that one has or doesn’t have. Running after happiness is a fickle pursuit because what one is desiring, outside of Christ, is unobtainable. God didn’t promise us HAPPY He promised us Joy. Joy is knowing the final outcome, happy is based on circumstance. If there is a job opening and there are, thirty applicants 29 people are going to be unhappy. You want to see what Happy looks like, find a person who has walked close to God and been led by the Holy Spirit—You will see a happy person in spite of their circumstances.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

It is a mad world. It is one thing to chart Geveva conventions and feel righteous. It is other to face planes being flown into WTC (killing thousands instantly and unawares) and then see things happening like Friendly fires, Abu Gharaib and Guantanamo Bay.

It would be so humane if in wartimes civilian life is respected. But reality is sooo different. Think, Hiroshima and Nagasaki...

^^Geneva conventions^^ Lack of sleep = Good Friday gone bad. lol

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