-This chapter gives a brief aside and recounts all the kings that were defeated by Israel in their conquest of the Promised Land both on the east side of the Jordan by Moses’ leadership and the west side to the north and south by Joshua’s leadership. The land controlled by God’s people now stretched from the Mediterranean coastal parts in the west up to the Lebanon areas in Baal-gad over to Mt. Hermon and down through the Jordan River Valley including the heights of Geshur and Bashan in the north to Gilead and the land of the Amorites to the east and the hill country and wilderness areas to the west of the Jordan, all the way down to the Negev and Mt. Halak in the south. The Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite, and Jebusite kingdoms were utterly defeated. 31 kings were destroyed. God had conquered (Joshua 12:1-24).
-*Application* There are times in our lives during the battles that we face that we need to stop, repose, and reflect on what victories the LORD has accomplished for us. If we dare to admit it, we do go through long seasons of intense conflict and strife for the purposes of God even when we’ve come into our spiritual land of promise. Celebrate each victory and add them up. Write them down even. You will be surprised at what God has already accomplish in your work and ministry under His direction. This will guarantee to put a smile on your face and encouragement in your heart. Love is worth the fight!
Verse to Memorize: Joshua 12:24