- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Joshua 11
The united kings of northern Canaan defeated.
The northern Canaanite kings heard of Israel’s victory over five kings of southern land, and they united to oppose Israel, but they were overwhelmingly defeated. Hazor was one of the largest cities of Galilee. The Arabah was the Jordan valley. Chinneroth was the ancient name for the Sea of Galilee. Sidon was the great Phoenician seaport to the north of Palestine. The Lord gave them into the hand of Israel (v.8)
With victory in the north, the conquest of the land is now complete, followed by the dividing the land among the tribes of Israel. The promise that God has given to Abraham, Jacob, Moses, is completed.
This conquering story sounds horror to some people by their own experience or by ideology. But a biblical spectrum of this story need to be interpreted this way that Israel is granted the land, which is to be shared and enjoyed with neighbors, justly and peacefully in the manner of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 12-37)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?