They didn’t drive them out

Judges 1 — They didn’t drive them out

“children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites” — vs. 21

“Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean… nor Taanach… nor the inhabitants of Dor… nor the inhabitants of Ibleam…, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo” — vs. 27

“Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites” — vs. 29

“Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol” — vs. 30

“Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab…, nor Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehab” — vs. 31

“Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Bethanath”

The people of Israel were told by God, Moses and Joshua to go conquer the land and destroy the inhabitants. Throughout the chapter we see that the people did not destroy all of the inhabitants and later these people became a thorn in the flesh to them, causing them problems and becoming obstacles for them. In chapter 2:2, they were reprimanded by the angel of the Lord who reminded them that they were to not make league with the inhabitants of the land but “ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?”. And in our lives, we as well are to get rid of any inhabitants from the world that still tries to inhabit God’s area, not to make league with them. When we leave them and allow them to stay, they soon will become a problem and obstacle for us. May we not allow any inhabitants that will soon become parasitic and cause us to stray from God.

They did not have Bad Intentions

Joshua 22 — They did not have Bad Intentions

Inheritances have been passed out and all is settled down, so Joshua classes the 2 1/2 tribes (Rubenites, Gadites and half tribe of Manasseh) to tell them they can go back to their land and families. They start heading back and when they come to the Jordan river, they built a big altar for all to see. When all the other tribes heard about the altar that the 2 1/2 tribes built, they went to fight against them. They accused them of rebelling and committing trespass but finally the 2 1/2 tribes responded, “God forbid that we should rebel against the Lord, and turn this day from following the Lord” (vs. 29). After hearing that, they were left alone. This is interesting to me because it shows me that one what person does in good faith is not always understood by others. We have to be careful to judge what the other person does because we really do not know their intention. Just because someone doesn’t do something with our consent or how we would doesn’t mean that they are wrong. We must be careful thinking that everyone else is wrong or with bad motives and that we are the only good ones.

Some Final Instructions


Joshua 23 — Some Final Instructions

After the Lord had given rest, Joshua calls the people together (vs. 1-2) and tells them to be very courageous (vs. 6 — interestingly this was the same encouragement he received when he was going into office end of Deuteronomy and first chapters of Joshua). He tells them to keep and do what is written in the book of the law in vs. 6 (a reminder of what God told him when he was stepping into office — 1:8) and to “cleave unto the Lord your God” in vs. 8 (staying close to God is the best advice anyone could ever have and keep). With God on your side, one man can whip a thousand (vs. 10), because much more can be done with God than could ever be done without God. And definitely make sure that you “take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God” (vs. 11).

Dangerous Calling

I recently read the book “Dangerous Calling” by Jack Tripp. It is specifically for people in ministry but has application for everyone. It cuts pretty deep, meaning that the author touches very sensitive issues. Wonderful book! I hope you enjoy these brief notes from this book.


We get too comfortable where we are, we become apathetic, we minister to people but yet do not seek to be ministered to… therefore we are in a dangerous area in life and ministry.

Most pastors are angry, have marriage problems, have personal struggles and a much more.

Although we can see other people’s problems, we become blind to our own.

Our ministries are fueled by our personal devotion to the Lord.

It is my worship that can lead to other people worshiping. It is my sense of need to my Savior that can lead other people to fill their sense of need for the Savior. It is my joy and identity in Christ that can help others find theirs.

If I am not looking for joy in the Gospel, I will try to fill it in another gospel.

If my relationship is not right vertically, I will start seeking out things that can fill me horizontally.

We must look to God. We must listen to others. We must ignore the urge to isolate ourselves.

Having fantasies of doing something else or working in another ministry will lead to discontentment and bring on very big problems.

Just as a man who takes care of roses but never takes the time to enjoy them, so is a person that is so busy in the ministry but never stops and enjoys what is around him – how God is blessing, the good things going on.

We are fooled when we think that spiritual maturity is simply knowing more… It is actually applying more, not just knowing more.

Because of our vast knowledge of the Word, we go to her desk to get new sermons, but few times do we open it to really learn.

Knowing so much Scripture brings us to a knowledge/understanding, but very few times brings us to our knees.

Self-righteous people tend to be critical.

Our knowledge makes us think so much that we preach all these rules for people… but if it’s about rules, then Jesus came, died and rose again in vain.

We must not judge ourselves or any pastor in the ministry by the exterior, we must dig deep and find out if he pastors his own home, how his walk with the Lord is, if he is critical and judgmental, if he is loving, etc.

Be careful how we define successful ministry – if we think that a graduate with multiple diplomas will be successful, we could be totally wrong.

Maturity is about a relationship with God.

Sin blinds 10 out of 10 people.

Spiritual blindness is different than physical blindness – spiritual blindness tricks the person by thinking he/she can really see.

Spiritual blindness is so deceptive that we literally need daily intervention. We must establish relationships that can confront us. Be open and except criticism.

A pastor’s wife needs help, mentoring and accountability as well.

Do not let the busyness of ministry cause your marriage to fail.

You should come to the point where you know that you need other people in your life.

You cannot think that your life is fine just because ministry appears good. You cannot be deceived that marriage is well just because your ministry looks good.

It is very hard for a pastor to stay accountable and admit when he is wrong or in sin.

Many that have opened up and admitted struggles or sin failure have been hurt and decide to never open up or tell people their problems again. Most pastors live in isolation and silence, thinking this is the most secure and best way – but this is false!

Why are there so many pastors who struggle in their families? Why are there so many pastors that have problems with other staff members? Why is there so much depression amongst pastors? Why are there so many difficulties in the lives of ministers? The problems are personal; it is a war in the heart.

Problems are so great because there is a war in the heart – pride, wanting to be something, wanting to see results and desiring to measure up.

We preach to so many other people and many times forget to preach to our own selves.

We must fight to keep the gospel first.

So, in the war, are we good soldiers?

We are made to worship, but we must remember that worship is not an activity rather an identity.

What do our words and actions reveal that our priorities are?

God is our refuge and strength – but many pastors run to substance, sex, activities, friends, and other things instead of running to God when they have problems.

There’s a great danger of losing the awe and forgetting what God has done. If you can’t get your excitement back, maybe you are doing what you should not be doing.

Are we so busy feeding others that we don’t have time to feed ourselves? We cannot lead others to do what we ourselves are not doing.

We must be careful that our Christianity does not become a system of what we do instead of a relationship.

I will never measure up; Christ never saved me because of who I am or what I can do. I must remember to look and depend on Christ.

We have to learn to not look for other people’s approval, we minister to serve our Savior.

We must put ourselves under Biblical council. Sadly most pastors do not have a pastor, meaning that no one tells them when they are wrong, calls them out when prideful, helps them grow, etc.

Lord always fulfills His Promises, all of them

Joshua 21:43-45 — Lord always fulfills His Promises, all of them

“And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers” (vs. 43)

“And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that he swore unto their fathers” (vs. 44)

“There failed not ought of any good thing which the lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.” (vs. 45)

This reminds me of I Thes. 5:24 which says “Faithful is He which calleth you who would also do it”. My God is faithful and keeps His promises, every last one of them.

Cities of Refuge

Joshua 20 — Cities of Refuge 

These 6 cities mentioned in Exodus and Numbers were cities set apart for the purpose of protecting the guilty who shed blood innocently. I love the concept of the cities of refuge because Christ can be a picture of this for us. Although we deserve to die, we can run to Him and He will protect us, giving us life.

How long are you going to Wait?

Joshua 18-19 — How long are you going to Wait? 

Joshua gets all the congregation together in 18:1 and says, “how long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?” (18:3). He sends out men to spy out land for the tribes that still do not have possession (7 tribes still do not have land). Land is spied out and then designated to the 7 tribes.

Joshua tells them they are slack and possessing what God has already given them. Many times we have and know the blessings, but we need to go possess them.


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