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Five Kings in a Cave (9 of 12)
The book of Joshua has to do with the conquest of the land of Canaan by the Children of Israel. There are three movements in this conquest. There is first of all the central campaign as Joshua leads his army to drive a wedge right into the heart of the land. Then, in the 10th chapter we have an account of the southern campaign. In chapter 11 we are given the account of the northern campaign. In three swift movements, the land fell and God gave them the land He had promised to give to them.
The reason we are studying this old book of military strategy is because this is an Old Testament illustration of the New Testament truth that you and I as believers have been given wonderful riches in the Lord Jesus Christ and by faith we must conquer them and claim them in the Lord and we must enter into spiritual battle as we overcome the enemies that engage us in the land.
We have seen the Children of Israel as they faced Jericho and Ai and Gibeon. It reminds us that we have three spiritual enemies. We face the world, the flesh and the devil. It also reminds us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty unto God to the tearing down of strongholds. So, the book of Joshua is really a classic illustration of what spiritual warfare is all about and how to conquer our Canaan in the name of the Lord.
There are aspects in 10 and 11 of spiritual battle that I want us to discuss. In the opening 14 verses of this chapter I want to talk about
I. THE SUPERNATURAL Aspect.
When you read these first 14 verses you will find that God works supernaturally on behalf of His children to give them a great battle. I didn't read the first five verses of the chapter, but let me summarize what you have in those verses. Just as soon as a coalition of five kings discover that the Gibeonites have made a separate peace treaty with the Children of Israel, they are absolutely incensed and f ...
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