Verses 11-12: The Israelites completely destroyed every living thing in the city, leaving no survivors. Not a single person was spared. And then Joshua burned the city. Joshua slaughtered all the other kings and their people, completely destroying them, just as Moses, the servant of the Lord, had commanded.
1. Central campaign (chp 6-8). 2. Defeat of southern Canaanite coalition (chp 10). 3. Defeat of northern Canaanite coalition (chp 11).
Distribution of the land (chps 13-22)Distribution of the land (chps 13-22) Joshua’s parting words and death at 110 years (chps 23-24).Joshua’s parting words and death at 110 years (chps 23-24). How do you see this killing and possession of the land?How do you see this killing and possession of the land? Is Joshua the account of an angry God’s actions? Or is it the story of the consequences of people’s ultimate rejection of God?
Ehud – 80 years (Judges 3:12-30)Ehud – 80 years (Judges 3:12-30) Deborah – 40 years (Judges 4-5)Deborah – 40 years (Judges 4-5) Gideon – 40 years (Judges 6-9)Gideon – 40 years (Judges 6-9) Samson – 20 years (Judges 13-16)Samson – 20 years (Judges 13-16) Judges 17-18 – Dan adopts Micah’s paganized worshipJudges 17-18 – Dan adopts Micah’s paganized worship Judges 19-20 – Rape and dismemberment of Levite’s concubine; civil war against BenjaminJudges 19-20 – Rape and dismemberment of Levite’s concubine; civil war against Benjamin
Judges 17:6 - “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.”
Judges 11 (page 197) -Eighth judge of Israel -warrior, son of a prostitute, outcast -army commander, defeats the Ammonites -verses 29-38: Jephthah’s tragic vow
God allows people to live as they choose to live, even if that means ignoring God.
“God’s wrath must be understood in relation to His love. Wrath is not a permanent attribute of God. Whereas love and holiness are part of His essential nature, wrath is contingent upon human sin. If there were no sin, there would be no wrath.” James Bryan Smith’s The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with The God Jesus Knows.
Do you see an uncaring, angry, violent God, or an uncaring, angry, violent humanity? God is a loving parent who wants to rescue you from YOU, not your problems.