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Joshua 11 [Read]
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Luke 4:1-32 [Read]
After taking the southern part of the Promised Land, Joshua continued the conquering campaign by moving to the north. The northern kings gathered behind the king of Hazor to fight against the people of God. They were as numerous as the sands on the shore (11:4), and they were not about to let go their possessions easily. It must have been an intimidating scene. “Do not be afraid of them” was the word from the Lord, for he would “give them into the hands of the Israel” (11:6). The Lord declared it, and it was done. “My word … will not return to me empty” (Isa 55:11).
There was another key for this great victory, though. Joshua did everything the Lord commanded through Moses to him, and “he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses” (11:15). There was always this element of obedience of men in God’s grand plan, and it was the first requirement for a God-pleasing servant. “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” (1 Sam 15:22). The obedience of Moses and Joshua played an important role in the conquering of God’s Promised Land to his people.
If so, does this mean God needed man to accomplish his plan? We do not see a single man helping God when he created the heavens and earth, and he told Moses that “I am that I am”, meaning he did not depend on anyone or anything. On the other hand, the first thing after God created Adam was to ask him to work and take care of Eden (Gen 2:15). Then, he asked Adam to name all the animals. In fact, it seemed that people, good and evil, were always involved in God’s plan laid out by the Bible. Does God’s plan depend on what man can do?
I believe God chooses to accomplish his plan through man, because being an instrument of God is the most honorable and rewarding thing for any individual. The dependency stems from a fullness of grace instead of a shortage of power. The dependency is meant for the person as the instrument to know the master better, so that his or her cup may overflow. The dependency is there because God wants his grace to flow into us and through us to others. In that sense, God definitely depends on us, and let us rejoice and be grateful for that dependency. Amen.
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