Tuesday, August 22, 2006

God Sovereignly Destroys His Enemies

As the Lord had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses. Thus Joshua took all this land: the mountain country, all the South, all the land of Goshen, the lowland, and the Jordan plain*--the mountains of Israel and its lowlands, from Mount Halak and the ascent to Seir, even as far as Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings, and struck them down and killed them. Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. All the others they took in battle. For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that He might utterly destroy them, and that they might receive no mercy, but that He might destroy them, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Joshua 11:16-20 (NKJV)

5 Comments:

At Tuesday, August 22, 2006 10:56:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

He does have His ways doens't He?

 
At Tuesday, August 22, 2006 2:37:00 PM, Blogger Bobby Grow said...

Doug,

do you see the hardening of the Canaanite's hearts as equal to how God work's in the non-elect's heart?

 
At Tuesday, August 22, 2006 3:11:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Bobby,

Great question! The simple answer in my understanding is no, it is not exactly the same.

When we come into this world, our hearts are already hard. "That which is flesh is flesh,(John 3)" that is why we must be born again to be spiritual.

God does not harden the hearts of the non-elect in that way, that is how we all come into this world. This seems to be an additional hardening in order to get them to do something he wants them to do. In this case, to destroy them.

This simply shows the power of our God. There is no one who rejects Christ that will escape His wrath, for even their hearts are in His hand.

What are your thoughts,

Doug

 
At Wednesday, August 23, 2006 4:19:00 AM, Blogger bluecollar said...

Doug, I like your 3:11 pm comments.

 
At Wednesday, August 23, 2006 6:59:00 AM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

Good thoughts, Doug.

 

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