This group is a small group for bible study and fellowship. Its for people who want to study the Word with others but cannot commit to a particular place or time to meet. It is the intent of this group to do a study on the Bible. We will pick one particular book and go through it together. In no way am I a leading authority on ANY of the discussion topics, I am here for the journey too. We will learn from each other and grow in our faith together.
Well, there isn't much on the surface of this chapter. It includes the list of the "kings" that Joshua defeated. These kings are more likely rulers of city-states, more like modern mayors. It does show the greatness of God and Joshua in the success of their army.
With God for us, who can stand against us? That is what this chapter, and a lot of Joshua, is about. Joshua and his army led by the power and favor of the Lord wipes the area clean for the Israelites. Some say that this chapter actually is the "cliff notes" of a seven year war for the area. It makes no difference the time, just that with God behind us, no army can hold us down.
Epic battles take place in this chapter. Enemies rise up against Gibeon and Joshua's new allies. Although we know they have not been started on perfect terms, Joshua was obligated to help them. God promised Joshua that he will deliver the new enemies and crush them. Joshua was told again to not be afraid. After the enemies were all crushed and defeated, Joshua pleaded for God to make the sun stand still and it did!
Well this chapter seems like some of the tribes pulled a fast one on Joshua and his leaders. And they did. There are some big take-aways from this chapter. 1-Ask God for council. No one asked God if he thought it was a good idea (remember this is the time when they still had the Urim and Thummim and God could directly answer questions). 2-Even a little faith can go a long way. The Gibeons acknowledged God's power and eventually it saved them, but they failed to fully give in to faith.