March 9, 2006
God is Our Defender
Now it came to pass, when Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as
he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with
Israel, and were among them;
lord of justice, justice of the Lord
vision of peace
hill; cup; thing lifted up; (hill city).
This king did not live up to his name. When you look closely at these scriptures,
and start digging, you come up with some surprising insight. You have to remember that for everything righteous and good of
the Lord, the devil has a counterfeit. This king hears about how God's people had been victorious and had begun to conquer
enemy territory. Part of the inhabitants, those in Gibeon were converted to Israel-they had a fear of God that drew them to
God's people, even with deceit, to make peace with God's people. This king sends to his buddies, and when I began to dig into
their names and cities, it was revealing.
Hoham :(whom Jehovah
impels). woe to them.
of Hebron: society;
friendship; A community; alliance.
Piram: a wild ass
of them; untameable.
of Jarmuth: fearing,
or seeing, or throwing down, death
of Lachish: who
walks, or exists, of himself
Debir: an orator;
of Eglon: heifer;
chariot; round; The bullock; place of heifers.
These men were kings. They ruled these areas.
When I considered the first king, of Jerusalem, it occurred to me what Paul
said in 2Co_11:13-14.
2Co 11:13 For
such are false apostles, deceitful
workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
This king surely wasn't righteous. If he had been the Lord would never have delivered him up to Joshua. These kings represent
the powers of darkness that will fight against God's children. I have heard it preached about how unwise Joshua was in making
an alliance with Gibeon without examining their testimony more closely and asking of the Lord. I believe that is very true.
As Christians we cannot make any alliance with the world, or sin. It will be a snare to us. Detrimental to our growth and
life in Christ, making us vulnerable to the attack of Satan. Not dealt with, it will lead to death. For when sin is conceived,
it brings forth death. The devil knows this. James warned us about it.
Jam 1:15 Then
when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Verse 2 in Joshua 10 says after hearing how Gibeon, who was supposed to be
on their side, converted to Israel, albeit through deceit and trickery, born out of a fear of God, and a desire for self-preservation,
this king of Jerusalem was angry. He feared. He saw his territory had been invaded, and conquered. He knew they would come
after him, too. He wanted to lash out at Gibeon and take them down. When people are saved, and come out of darkness into the
Lord's marvelous light, the enemy will not give up trying to lure them back, trip them up or knock them down.
These kings were afraid because Gibeon was a mighty city and they and their
people just caved, they joined the people of Israel. Adoni-zedek wanted vengeance on them. So all five of these kings gather
together to come against these people who had been made servants to God's people. Joshua had obligated Israel to protect these
people's lives. As I read these scriptures, it occurred to me that this was one example of how the Lord could bring good out
of the mistake of his people. Rom_8:27 says all things work together for good for them that love God and who are the called
according to his purpose. Consider what their names mean. It will add insight to their motives and character, I believe. And
remember, Jesus said the thief cometh not but to steal, kill and destroy. (Joh_10:10)
King Adoni-zedek ruled Jerusalem. Possession of Peace, that is what Jerusalem
When you get saved, the first thing the enemy will try to steal from you is the peace God brings to your heart
when he forgives your sin and cleanses you. The joy you have in knowing you are finally right with God, he wants to steal.
The enemy will also try to steal your faith in God. He will constantly shoot arrows of doubt at your mind, trying to wear
you down, whether through fear, temptation, or the insidious unbelief.
The second king, Hoham, of Hebron. "Whom Jehovah impels". Hebron means "friendship,
alliance." I believe the Lord stirred up these people to come against Gibeon, so he could show his children how He would defeat
them because God definitely planned to take these 5 kings down at the same time. There is no power of the enemy that is not
under the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is above all principality and power, praise the Lord. (Col_2:10)
The third king, Piram, whose name literally means " wild, untameable," of
Jarmuth, whose name means "fearing death, throwing down". How curious. What do you know that is wild and untameable and always
wants its own way, and fears being crucified and resists the word of God? Your flesh? Your self-will? Your carnal mind? These
things can't be tamed, they must be mortified through the Spirit. (Rom_8:13) They are hostile to God, they will not willingly submit. The flesh wants pleasure,
not sacrifice. (Rom_8:7) It wants to
rule, not be ruled.
The fourth king, Japhia. His name means enlarging, enlightening. He ruled
Lachish, which means "who exists of himself." Consider your personal ambition, ideas, and philosophies that you have held
your whole life until you met the Lord. You existed, you thought, to please yourself, better yourself, get as much for yourself
as you could. In reality, all things were made by HIM, for HIM, and for HIS pleasure were they made. (Rev_4:11)
The last king, Debir. His name means orator, or oracle, word. He ruled Eglon,
the place of heifers. The enemy looks down on people with hatred and envy. He knows they are made in the image of God Almighty.
He knows the love in the heart of God for his creation. The enemy has succeeded in convincing a large part of the population
of this world that they evolved from animals, or they worship animals. To the enemy, people are nothing more than cattle to
be slaughtered. He hates everything God loves. He's reminded of the goodness of God when he sees children, and he hates it.
No wonder the children have become such a focus of his wrath. Never in all my 39 years have I seen or heard of such atrocities
being committed against children, by strangers, and parents alike, as you see and hear now in the news. It's a mad devil,
folks, going for broke because he knows the time is short. And the shorter the time gets, and he still hasn't succeeded in
destroying the Bride of Christ, the madder he gets. He still thinks he can win somehow. (Dan_7:25)
These five kings of the Amorites were drawn by God himself to their own destruction.
Amorite means "mountaineer; talker, slayer." They meant to be an obstacle, a mountain in the way to block God's people from
entering into what he had promised them. They knew God was powerful, and his people were conquering enemy territory.
When Joshua received the word, the Lord reassured his heart quickly. Don't
be afraid. I have delivered them in to your hand. He's saying, Joshua, I brought them to you so you could watch me take them
down. They won't stand before you. When you deliver something, you bring it to a place, right? Think about it. That's what
And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way
that goeth up to Beth-horon, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.
The word discomfited means "routed, defeated, overthrown." The Lord chased
them up to Beth-horon and when I dug in here a little bit, I got even more excited. Beth-horon means house of caverns, house
of wrath. Azekah means "dug up, strength of walls, to un-till the ground". I thought about that and meditated on it, confused
a little. But the precious Holy Spirit just takes the pieces of the puzzle and fits them so neatly together and I just watch
in awe as understanding comes, granted by the Lord, Most High.
The enemy works against the child of God in various ways. These 5 kings are
some of the most frequent he uses. He plants lies in the minds of God's people to try to make them fear or doubt. He shoots
his darts deep in your mind, and the Lord has given you a shield of faith to hold up-but you have to know how to use it. You
have to know the word of God, and believe it. Just as soldiers need training to fight, and use their weapons effectively,
so do children of God need training and exercise to learn to use their weapons. This has been one of my weakest areas. When
I make a mistake and do something, and the Holy Spirit convicts me, I'm sorry, I don't want sin of any kind. I want my Lord
to be pleased with me, not hurt or grieved or ashamed of me. But here comes that old lying devil, "oh, look what you did,
yeah, that's really showing people Jesus. You will never mount to anything. You'll never overcome that tendency to get mad
quickly over little things. You know what that word says, but you did it anyway. You'll never be able to win souls for God
because you aren't good enough. You will not make it." And too often, I have agreed with him, (INSTEAD OF WITH GOD) and let
depression weigh me down, instead of straightening my spine, and looking him right in the eye (so to speak) and say "I confessed
and was forgiven, and I am his and he is able to keep me from falling! I'm under the blood and you never will be so get behind
me! Go on, leave me alone!" (1Jo_1:7-9; Jud_1:24).
But God chases the enemy out of the holes, he digs up the ones who are hiding,
and chases them, to Makkedah. A place of worshipping, burning, place of shepherds. That's what Makkedah means. Now this next
verse made me want to shout.
Jos 10:11 And
it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and
were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died:
they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.
Oh, as I read that, his Word began to flow through my mind.
Luk 20:17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which
the builders rejected, the
same is become the head
of the corner?
Whosoever shall fall upon
that stone shall be
broken; but on whomsoever
it shall fall, it
will grind him to powder.
And as I read that scripture, which is repeated in Mat_21:44; the Lord
spoke to my heart and said "Is not my word like a hammer that breaks in pieces?"
Is not my word like as a fire? saith
the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh
the rock in pieces?
God rained hailstones down on Israel's enemies. He rooted them out, dug them
up, exposed them, and rained down hailstones on them. We can take one promise from the Word of God, or we can take several,
and rain them down on the lies of the enemy. On our fears, doubts, problems. He said nothing, no man would stand before Joshua.
He’s no respecter of persons. As he was with Joshua, so is he still with his people today. He has not changed. We can
rain them down on the devil, bruising his head with the Word of God. Those hailstones destroyed more of the enemy than did
Israel with their weapons.
The enemy will often try to blind your mind to the truth, and sometimes he
uses things of this world with their glitz and pleasing appearance to allure you. All the while, he will be talking trash
to your mind-if you let him. The Word of God promises something far better to the saint of God than this world could ever
offer. My reward is the Lord Jesus Christ. What greater thing is there or could there ever be than to belong wholly to the
love of your life? Especially one so powerful and who has everything?
2Co 4:3 But if
our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4 In whom
the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who
is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The devil doesn't want you to see the truth. He doesn't want God's people
to realize who they are in Christ or the power that is theirs through his name. He doesn't want you to realize that the Lord
defeated him so completely at Calvary he made an open show of him, triumphing over him completely. Glory to God, he's worthy
of all praise. He IS the Victory, saints! I have been praying the scripture in Jer. 33:3, where the Lord told Jeremiah who
was in prison at the time, to call upon him and he would answer him and show him great and mighty things which he knew not.
I have never sat and read the Word of God and had it come to life so much before my astonished eyes. I don’t know what
I expected God to show me, when I was praying that prayer, but he surely has delighted my heart, for his word is my treasure.
I don’t know what to do with what he has taught me, but I can’t keep it to myself. I am completely dependent on
him to teach me how to apply this and use these wonderful truths in my own life. Head knowledge is one thing. But without
understanding it isn’t much good. I am so grateful to the Lord. He will teach me and guide me and show me. He is my
sufficiency. He’s everything I need. Glorify your name in me Lord. Be glorified, My Holy One.
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers,
he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.