“These now are the nations which Yehovah left that He might prove Israel by them, as many as had not known all the wars of Canaan.”
The promise of God was given to Abram that his seed would inherit the land whereon he was a stranger. The children of Jacob were brought forth by the mighty hand of God, after 450 years of captivity and oppression, into the wilderness and unto the mount where He revealed His Law. He explicitly commanded them that when they had come into the land, which He had promised father Abraham, that they were not to ‘bow’ to the gods of the people of the land, ‘neither deliver them nor do after the works of them but destroy them and shatter their images’ (Ex. 23:24). There was no misunderstanding between what God had commanded and what the people understood for they all with one accord cried out unto God at the foot of the mount that they would do all that He had commanded (24:7). This included all the sacrifices, all the feast days, all the offerings and their conduct when they came into the land of promise some 40 years later.
This Word was repeated as God promised to deliver the inhabitants of the nations into the hands of Israel in what he called“marvels” and“terrible things” which He would do. He told the nation to make no compacts with the inhabitants of the land lest they be the cause of ruin among them. They were instructed to break down the altars, shatter their images and cut down the groves lest they bow before them and worship another god. There should be no alliances with these people, whether they be business or social and there should be no marriages between them and the children of Israel. When the people of the land go a whoring after their gods and eat his sacrifice, these confederacies, with the chosen nation of God, would lead them into compromises and they would fall to the desires of the flesh and the cravings of the eyes. (Ex. 34:11ff).
Now, forty years later, Moses repeats the Word of God in the ears of the generation that would cross over the Jordan and take possession of their inheritance. Not only did Moses rehearse the Law of God to them but Yehovah God would give them all an example of His great power and faithfulness in the destruction of the two Kings of the Amorites who were mightier then the nation of Israel. God delivered Sihon, King of Hesbon who fought at Jahaz, and Og, King of Bashan who fought at Edrei, and He completely destroyed them by the hand of Moses. Yehovah God had destroyed, by the one who had been delivered (Moses), the ‘warrior’ (Sihon) king who dwelt in the ‘stronghold’ (Hesbon) and ‘the long necked’ son of the giant (Og) who was king over the ‘fruitful land’ (Bashan) and who fought in the ‘goodly pasture’ (Edrei).
The nation had spent the last forty years wondering through the wilderness, moving when the cloud moved and resting when He stood still. Now God brought them into armed confrontation. They were out manned and out numbered yet, as Moses said forty years earlier, Yehovah fought for them and subdued the enemies in their sight. The Word of the Lord came to pass as God said,“Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee. Begin to possess and inherit his land” (Deut. 2:31).
This should be ample evidence of the almighty sovereign power of God to convince the sons of Jacob that it would be advantageous and profitable to follow Him and do what ever He commands, but the natural man does not receive the evidence of the Spirit. Just before Moses died, he told them that, when they came into the land and bore many generations of children, if they corrupted themselves by making graven images and working evil in the sight of God to provoke Him to anger, He would completely destroy them from off the land (4:26). This was as much a promise of God as the Word that he gave which told them they would inherit the land. This one Word bore the same testimony and authority. God commanded them to utterly destroy the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites from off the land, making no covenants with them nor having any compassion upon them. He again repeated that there should be no marriages with them because they were an Holy people unto Yehovah their God (7:2ff).
These commandments do indeed sound harsh and sound nothing like the ‘god of love’ that the theology of Adam preaches. God did not choose a strong and numerous people, in fact He had chosen them, the fewest of all people, because of His love for them. He established His oath and covenant with them and proved His immutability and long-suffering for them. He would not tolerate any abominations in their houses, lest they be accursed, and commanded them to utterly hate these traditions and customs treating them as abominable and accursed (7:26). This type in the nation of Israel is the representation of the reality of His love for His Bride and Her perfection in Him.
Now these were the ordinances of God, to utterly destroy, take possession of the land and do not serve the gods of the people of the land. They were to overthrow their altars, shatter their pillars, burn their groves with fire and hew down the graven images so that the name of their gods and the people should be abolished from that place (12:2). They were to shew no mercy to the wicked men that went out from among them and drew away inhabitant into a city. They were to seek them out, making diligent inquiry to see if these things be true, and if the abomination be true, they were to slay the inhabitants of the land and of the city with the edge of the sword to destroy them utterly and all that is therein (13:15). Compromise and corruption were not options for as God had separated the light from the dark, the wheat from the tare and the sheep from the goats, so the children of light have no fellowship with darkness. There can be no concord of righteousness with unrighteousness or the household of the redeemed with Belial. There is no agreement between the Temple of God and idols because the Most High God dwells in His people, therefore they are separate (II Cor. 6:14).
“So Joshua smote all the hill countries and the southern countries and the valleys and the hillsides and all their kings and let none remain, but utterly destroyed every soul as Yehovah God of Israel had commanded” (Josh. 10:40)
Joshua, the ‘salvation of Yehovah”, had come forth after the death of Moses to lead the nation of Israel into the Promised Land. He was the servant of the people who had been made faithful to obey the commandments of God and complete the labours assigned unto him. He had utterly destroyed all the enemies of His people and none remained. He did not listen to the extenuating circumstances of their stations in life or their socio-economic status. He did not offer them deliverance from the sword or give them the option of converting to belief in Yehovah God. He made no alliances with them, entered into no oath or covenant and gave them no time to call upon their gods; Joshua completely destroyed the inhabitants of the land.
This is the manifestation of the Word of God coming to pass as He had ordained through the power of His will by His right hand and His Holy arm. Joshua faithfully enacted the judgment of God against the wicked as He delivered His people into their inheritance. Jesus, the Anointed Servant of God, took the whole land, according to all that Yehovah had said unto Moses, in the types and foreshadows of the Law, and He gave it for an inheritance unto Israel (11:23).
The meek had inherited the earth in type under Moses and Joshua. The meek of the Lord have inherited their promised land in the fulfillment of the anti-type of Jeshua Messiak, Jesus Christ. The Beloved, David, had fought the battles and subdued the land, putting all enemies under His foot stool and there are no cities or people of the land which make peace with Joshua.
“Then Joshua let the people depart, every man to his inheritance” (Josh 24:28).
But the children of Israel, by lot, could not rid themselves of the people of the land. God commanded Judah to go up but he was afraid and sought help from his brother Simeon. They were given to utterly destroy the inhabitants of the high lands that dwelled in Zephath (the watch tower or height of enlightenment) and Yehovah was with them. But he could not drive out the inhabitants of the low lands, because they had chariots of iron (obstinate horse men) (Jud. 1:19). The Kenites, the children of Moses’ father-in-law, came into an agreement with the children of Judah and dwelt among them and the children of Benjamin did not cast out the Jebusites (thresher, rejecters, desecrators) which dwelt at Jerusalem. Joseph spared the spies that helped them and let them dwell with the Hittites, neither did Manasseh destroy Beth-shean (house of ease), nor Taanach (sandy soil whereon the foolish man built his house Matt. 7:26) with her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor (generation), Ibleam (the devouring people) or Megiddo (place of crowds) but the people of the land dwelt still in the land.“Nevertheless when Israel was strong they put the Canaanites to tribute and did not expel them wholly” (1:28).
Neither could Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, or Naphtali drive out the people of subjugation, those that bow the knee nor ride themselves of them, in fact, Israel was humbled by these very people. They made the covenants that God forbade them to make, gave their children in marriages and forsook the Lord because they could not utterly destroy the customs, traditions and abominations of Adam.
“Five princes of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Hivites that dwelt in Lebanon from mount Baal-chermon until one comes to Chamath” (Jud. 3:3).
The sojourners of the low land, who lived and thrived in the field as hunters, living and giving life while flaunting and convinced of their own righteousness, were indeed the lords of destruction of the very walls and fortresses, wherein they trusted. These were left as thorns and briars amongst the nation of Israel to prove them, whether they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He commanded by their fathers by the hand of Moses. He also left among them the Hittites (fear, terror), the Amorites (much speaking and vain janglings), in the open plains of liberty and free will (Perizzites) as a living place (Hivites) of rejection (Jebus).
These people represent, in type, the trials and tribulations that God has chosen and assigned for His people, the Israel of our God (Gal. 6:16). These trials are for the trying of the faith within, not to see if one is or is not a child of grace, but for the proof or experience of the faith within (Jms. 1:3). If there is faith, the evidence of the indwelling of the Spirit of God (Gal. 5:22), then there is an overcoming of the world (I Jn. 5:4). This is not by the faith of Adam, for if Adam had faith as the size of a mustard seed, he could move mountains and displace trees into the ocean (Luke 17:6). But all men have not faith for Adam is of the earth and not born from above. He is not that incorruptible seed that cannot sin and he has no power in and of himself to rid himself of the customs, traditions and desires of the land from whence he was formed. Adam is a Canaanite, Philistine, Amorite, Hittite, Hivite, Sidonian, Perizzite and son of Jebus. He is confident in the walls of his fortifications and boasts in the fig leaves of his own whiteness (Lebanon), the works of righteousness which he has done. He loves the world and has no desire to utterly destroy the inhabitants of the land. He gazes at and worships the hosts of heaven in his ignorance and he has accepted that which is abominable in the sight of God, calling it highly esteemed (Luke 16:15). The things of this world are in his heart and he delights in the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life (I Jn. 2:16). He is the hunter and gatherer of the field and regards the deliverance of Yehovah as foolishness. Thus there is constant warfare between him and the spiritual man within.
Adam is not called upon to overcome the world. He does not know the battle for he is carnal and does not esteem the world as an enemy. But the child of grace finds no comfort, sustenance or peace among the Canaanites. Even though they dwell side by side as wheat and tare and will never harmoniously coexist, God has placed Esau, Edom, Adam, in tribute to Jacob the inward man to serve him all the days of his habitation (Rms. 9:12). The child of promise obtains no assistance from Edom. He is not progressively improved or sanctified by the attributes of Esau for he is set apart in the Anointed and, having been raised up together with Him in His resurrection, is already seated together with Him in the heavenlies. God will not share His glory with another and no flesh shall glory in the sight of the Lord and according to the good pleasure of His will, He has made His children subject to this vanity in hope (8:20). Hence His children do not walk by sight, for that which can be seen is temporal (II Cor. 4:18). They are delivered by hope and live by faith, which cannot be seen or proven;“For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope, for how can a man hope for that which is seen?” (Rms. 8:24).
“Little children, ye are of God and have overcome them; for greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4)
The head of the Body has overcome the world being faithful and true (Jn. 16:33). His seed, that generation of Jesus Christ which serve Him and keep the commandments of God, has also overcome the world by faith (I Cor. 15:57). They wrestle with and are brought into the bondage of the sin that dwells in the flesh yet they are more than conquerors through Him that loved them and gave Himself for them. He has fought the battles and won the war. He has overcome the wicked one by the power of His blood and He has cast out the accuser of the brethren so that there is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, which walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rms. 8:1).
Yehovah God has utterly destroyed the wicked one and his seed. Their works testify against them. They show forth their nature and parentage and confirm their eternal destruction where the worm never dies and the flame is never quenched (Mark 9:44). They have been judged accordingly.
Joshua has overcome the world for His chosen generation, that peculiar people and Holy Priesthood, the remnant according to grace and all enemies are His foot stool. He has taken His power unto Himself and He reigns over all. His people dwell in Canaan, having the treasure in an earthen vessel, and the inhabitants of the land are contrary to the inward man. The arm of the flesh, by the eternal decree and according to His will, shall never overcome the world. Just as God cannot deny Himself so Adam cannot deny himself. He is of the earth and to the dust he shall return.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 4, 2013