Old Testament: Joshua 11:1-12:24
Joshua 11: 1 – 23 Mopping Up
Wasn’t it great that even though Joshua made his mistake with the Gibeonites in chapter 9 it set up the destruction of five other kings in chapter 6? God uses our mistakes. The kings uniting saved Joshua the trouble of annihilating all of them separately!
Joshua’s victory over the five kings resulted in the mobilization of twelve other kings in the area. They were making things too easy for Joshua! God told Joshua not to worry about them, that He would give them over to him. He was to hamstring the horses and totally destroy them. Yahweh told him it’d be all over within a day. And it was.
Joshua also killed almost all the Anakim who were a race of giants. There were only a few of them left.
Joshua had captured all the land that Yahweh had commanded him. It was only left to divide up amongst the tribes.
Joshua 12: 1 – 24 The Book, Book, Book . . . Book, Book Of Life
Thirty-one kings and their cities were wiped out. And you thought Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bad? Keep in mind God knew the ultimate fate of all these peoples. He knew all the permutations of possible scenarios in their lives that would have resulted in their faith in Him. None of them were going to work and they had been given as many opportunities as needed to prove to themselves that they deserved to be separated from God for eternity.
God knew all of them personally. Their names are all recorded. What an awful way to get your name into Scripture: by being an enemy of God. Wouldn’t it be better to have your name in the “Book Of Life”? Is your name in that book? You can ensure that it is. Confess that you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and that you personally trust Him. Then your name will be in the most important book, “The Book of Life” (Rev. 20:15, “And if anyone’s name was not found written in athe book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”).
New Testament: Luke 17: 11- 37
Luke 17: 11 – 21 No Thanks?
Jesus cleansed ten lepers. Ten. One came back and thanked Jesus. One. What the heck? And he wasn’t a Jew. Wow. (Look at Eph. 5:20; 1Thes. 5: 18).
The kingdom (v. 21) is “in your midst.” (Not KJV “in your midst”: the Pharisees were not saved!). Jesus was telling the Pharisees they were looking at the kingdom. If they had entered into him by faith (2Cor. 5: 17; Jn. 14: 20), they’d be in the kingdom!
Luke 17: 22 – 37 I’ll Be Bach
Jesus told the disciples that He’d have to suffer many things and be rejected (v. 25). But He’d be bach. Whoops, no, that’s Arnold. He’d be back.
When He comes back, He said things would be like in the days of Noah. He didn’t mean in just the theaters, either. People would be eating, drinking, marrying, giving away their kids in marriage just like they were right before the flood came and the water starting rising. In other words, people were oblivious! So not like today. Right!
In Lot’s day, they were doing business and carrying on: selling, buying, drinking, planting, building (v. 28) and then they all got zapped from Heaven. The end will be like that. Boom. Zang. Zoom! Over!
One person in bed will be taken and another left, one woman out working will be taken and the woman next to her will be left behind. Two men in the field and only one gets taken. The law of first thought is wrong on this. (The law of first thought is almost always wrong. It states whatever comes into your mind first must be the right interpretation.) The law of first thought is usually that this passage is about the Rapture. One taken, one left behind. But it’s not. The context is of people in the seven year tribulation. The one taken is taken to judgment because they are not a believer. The other person is left behind to go into the Millennium and reign with Christ because they are believers.
The last line, “where the body is, there also the vultures will gather” (v. 37) seems to imply (cf. the parallel in Mt. 24: 37 – 41) many will be taken to be judged and die. There are also overtones of the judgment at Armageddon (Rev. 19: 17-21).