Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Welcome to Day 80 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Joshua 9 “The Israelites sampled their provisions but
did not inquire of the LORD.”
Joshua 10 “The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!”
Joshua 10 “So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings.
He left no survivors.
He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded. 41 Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza and from the whole region of Goshen to Gibeon. 42 All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.”
Joshua 11 “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.”
1 Corinthians 6 “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 were bought at a price. Therefore
honor God with your bodies.”
Over and over and over again we see that the Israelites were commanded to completely destroy their enemies. In other words, don’t mess with anything that could lead you astray or tempt you to turn away from the LORD.
Again today, it was clear to me that even though God had “given” the land to Israel, they still had to fight. Just that God was with them, ensuring their victory by his hand. Pretty cool that he allowed the sun to stay shining for a whole day as they fought.
Also, the brutality of their campaign is notable… men, women and children, all completely destroyed. The bodies of the kings hung on poles, then burned. Was that really necessary? Today you would be charged with gross abuse of a corpse. Even if it were the enemy in a war setting. We would never dream of doing something like that.
Recently when some of our military urinated on a corpse, it made national news… Imagine if they then set them on fire. Hard to comprehend some of this… isn’t it?
Same application as it has been recently… put to death anything (not literally, just for the record…) that could cause you to turn from the Lord. (Avoid, turn away from…) And, even though God gives you something, you may still have to fight for it…
Sin is destructive. Scripture says we were bought with a price… “Therefor honor God with your bodies.” He owns it all, including our body. Or should…
I need your strength to live for you. Give me the strength to fight the fights that need fought, and the wisdom I need to know your strategies… I trust that if the sun ever needs to stand still, you can do whatever needs to be done! You alone are the great and awesome God!