Chapter 12 records all of the Kings the Israelites defeated in taking back the Promised Land to this point. They did it with God’s help of course. Chapter 13 then describes the land that was still left to be taken. But they would not need to fight for some of that remaining land. God would do it for them.
A commentary on easyenglish.bible.com says, “This is like the Christian life. Jesus has defeated the enemy for us. He did this when he took the punishment for our sins on the cross. God still has other good things for us. He wants to give them to us. God promises all these things to us, my dear friends. So we must keep ourselves morally good. We must keep away from things that make our bodies or our thoughts morally bad.”
Thank goodness that Jesus removed the enemy of sin, so that we may be forgiven. And he will ultimately defeat the enemy of death once and for all as well. That will permit his followers to live forever with him. But we need to be free of a lifestyle of sin in order to inherent that gift.
Verse 13 of Chapter 13 says, “But the Israelites did not send away the people from Geshur and Maacah. And so these people still live there among the Israelites.” We know that God’s people had trouble down the road because they allowed traditions and religious symbols of other peoples to mix with their own. They did not completely eradicate the things God had wanted them to, and paid the price later. Similarly, we as Christians must defeat all of our enemies, namely sin in its many forms, in order to enjoy the full blessings of God. Strive every day to do just that.
Encouraging verse of the day:
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
You can read or listen to today’s Bible passage at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+12-15&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s passage will be Joshua 16-18 as we continue seeking God on the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan