Introduction: The campaign to the south by Israel now in the promise land, is sparked by Joshua’s defence of the Gibeonites in three stages or battles.
The Enemies Plan: An attack to retaliate against Gibeon and the Gibeonites is lead by the King of Jerusalem by the name of Adonizedek. (Lord of Zedek or Master of Zedek).
He leads five Canaanite kings; Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon and himself.
Question: What to do when the battle rages against progress?
I. Cry out to the Big Gun(s) – Israel – 4
‘Do not forsake your servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help us…’
II. Secure Progression – 8
‘The Lord said to Joshua, “do not fear them, for I have delivered them into you hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”’
- ‘Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal.’ – 9
Application: We need to keep going, keep marching, keep moving toward God’s plan, purpose.
Galatians 6:9, ‘And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart’.
- 10 – the Lord routed, chased, struck them down.
- V. 11 – Sent a great hailstorm!
- v. 12-13, ‘Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day’. (NKJ)
- Mid-Late afternoon type deal.
Application: God put things on hold against the enemy until it was totally and completely wiped out!
- 15 – ‘then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.
Translation: The second phase or battle begins in verse 16.
III. Enemies Hiding Place – 16-27
- The five kings escape and hide in a cave.
Application: Sometimes the enemy will hide to try and convince us that they’re gone but often they are just in temporary hiding places!
- Once we understand, recognize and have the enemy cornered, we need to shut them in and never let them out again!
- 19, ‘Do not stay there yourselves (after capping the cave), but pursue your enemies.’
- 24-25 – ‘put your feet on the neck of the kings,’ ‘do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and of good courage. (JOSHUA GENERATION)
Transition: The last phase or battle of the southern conquest is in verses 28-43.
In this section, Joshua conquers areas named Libnah and Lachish, Eglon, and Hebron and Debir.
- Basically Joshua goes through and destroys the lands those five kings once led and governed.
Application: Because God was with the Joshua Generation, because He’s a good and powerful God, because He keeps his word and promise…God took care of all the enemies that we’re impeding God’s plans and purposes!
Question: Again, how long did that take? Not sure, but the victory was completed, and progress continued.
Conclusion: Advancements? Challenges? Hidden enemies? God causing the victory!