In all, thirty-one kings were defeated.(Joshua 12:24)


As I have read through the account of the conquest of Canaan, the Promised Land, it has been uncomfortable to hear of the relentless slaughter of thousands upon thousands of men, women, children and animals and the destruction of town after town. However, it then struck me that seen from a modern day Christian perspective, this violent and total ethnic cleansing of the Promised Land ought to be viewed as a metaphor for the total destruction of the sin in our hearts. As Christians we have been given the power and authority to annihilate the sin that has held us as slaves, and to live as free men and women in the Kingdom of God.


Joshua 12:7-24 NLT

The following is a list of the kings that Joshua and the Israelite armies defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, which leads up to Seir. (Joshua gave this land to the tribes of Israel as their possession, including the hill country, the western foothills, the Jordan Valley, the mountain slopes, the Judean wilderness, and the Negev. The people who lived in this region were the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.) These are the kings Israel defeated: The king of Jericho.The king of Ai, near Bethel. The king of Jerusalem. The king of Hebron. The king of Jarmuth. The king of Lachish. The king of Eglon. The king of Gezer. The king of Debir. The king of Geder. The king of Hormah. The king of Arad. The king of Libnah. The king of Adullam. The king of Makkedah. The king of Bethel The king of Tappuah. The king of Hepher. The king of Aphek. The king of Lasharon. The king of Madon. The king of Hazor. The king of Shimron-meron. The king of Acshaph. The king of Taanach. The king of Megiddo. The king of Kedesh. The king of Jokneam in Carmel. The king of Dor in the town of Naphoth-dor. The king of Goyim in Gilgal. The king of Tirzah. In all, thirty-one kings were defeated.


When I wrote this on my iPad, the names of twenty five of the thirty one kings Israel defeated were highlighted as unrecognised words or mis-spelled words. It didn’t recognise the names of the kings. It seems to me that many people today have just the same trouble recognising the sins to which they are enslaved. My goal today is to identify the sins I have conquered since becoming a Christian. My goal for the future is to keep counting until I reach at least thirty one.

Today’s readings:

Joshua 11:1-12:24, Luke 17:11-37, Psalms 84:1-12, Proverbs 13:5-6


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