April 28 | Waking with The Word | Joshua 11: 15
Updated: Apr 30
Joshua 11:15 As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.
Chapter 11 gives the details of the last battle for cities in the conquest of Canaan land and I encourage you to read along with the studies to grasp a better understanding of the chapters we're in. I believe this was the largest of all the battles. You find that Jabin King of Hazor unites all the remaining inhabitants of Canaan to fight against Israel. Notice verse 4
Joshua 11:4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.
This sight would be enough to discourage even the most courageous of warriors but God didn't leave them to look to the enemy that outnumbered them in fear and doubt he gave Joshua a promise.
Joshua 11:6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
We know that God always keeps His end of the deal and so in the following verses we find that God did what He said He would do. Let me pause here and say that no matter how large the battle God has not left us to look on the battle before us in fear and doubting. He gave Joshua an encouraging promise that victory was secured and you and I have promise after promise that victory has been secured. Don't let the overwhelming sight of the enemy rob you of the promises that God has given you.
Now that God had Given them there victory and their final battle was won that brings us to our verse today and again Joshua is reminding us of Jesus. God had given the law to Moses on the mountain. Moses had commanded Joshua and Joshua kept that law that was given to Moses so that nothing was undone of all the LORD commanded Moses. As I read across this verse today I was immediately reminded of what our Captain did for us. Moses ministry was not worthless because it was passed on to Joshua but what Moses couldn't do Joshua could. He didn't destroy Moses ministry but he fulfilled Moses ministry and it was by that fulfillment that Israel gained the victory. Now Consider our Savior, Jesus said that He came not to destroy the law but to fulfill it. It is by His fulfillment of the Law that we have the victory over death, hell and the grave. It isn't that the law couldn't save us, it is that we couldn't keep the law. There was only one man that that could and His name was Jesus. Just like Moses passed his ministry to Joshua for fulfillment. The Old Testament law had been committed to men who were never able to fulfill it, but when it was committed to Christ at his coming into this world as a man he fulfilled it as a man so that you and I can have victory over the enemy. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 5.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. :18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
The law was not and is the problem. The problem is that men will not and cannot keep the law, but God solved the problem that was condemning man to hell. He sent His Son into this earth as a man to fulfill the law and then instead of receiving a reward for His obedience he received the reward of the vilest of criminals, the cross of Calvary. God did not get rid of the law at the close of the Old Testament but rather He fulfilled it at the beginning of the the New Testament. It is through this fulfillment that we have gained our victory.
He left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.This exact same phrase from our verse is absolutely true of our Savior. Thank God for FULL salvation.
Have you trusted Christ for His full payment of sin? Or do you rely on your attempts to keep the law? Christ fulfilled the law because you couldn't. Let go of your attempts to please God by "good works" and by Grace through faith believe on Jesus for full salvation.
Jesus paid it all!!
Onward Christians Soldiers!!