The Cities of Refuge

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 20:1-9 The six cities of refuge were taken from among the 48 cities of the Levites. If a member of a family was killed by someone, either intentionally or accidentally, the family would gather and appoint one of its members to be an “avenger” for his relative. If the death was accidental, the defendant could flee to one of these cities for safety. Once there, the avenger could not harm him and the defendant would appear before …

Behind the Scenes

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 14:6-15 It is a difficult thing for many of us to be faithful when we’re not in a prominent position. Somehow we function better when others know how well we are doing. But the true test of our commitment to Jesus Christ is how well we function when we have to operate “behind the scenes,” making it possible for others to be in the spotlight. Caleb is our example. The secret to Caleb’s greatness was his total …

The Longest Day

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 10:1-15 God does miracles! It’s difficult to understand, especially in an age of scientific investigation, but the truth is clearly taught in Scripture. There are two miracles in this text: a raging hailstorm which struck the panicked Canaanites and God’s answer to Joshua’s prayer to extend the daylight. Did the sun really stand still? Well, not exactly. Ancient people didn’t know that instead of the sun standing still that the earth’s rotation slowed and then stopped for …

Walking by Sight Instead of by Faith

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 9:3-27 It’s difficult not to admire the Gibeonites. What would you have done in their place? They were residents of Canaan, in the terrifying line of Israel’s march. They had heard of the destruction of Jericho and Ai and were afraid. They resorted to deception since they would not be able to stand against Israel’s might. Theirs was an effective ruse: through a lie, they tricked Israel’s leaders into making a treaty with them. But did you …

Back to Basics

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 8:30-35 If you’ve been involved in team sports, you know that a good coach always takes you back to the basics. No matter how good a team is, it’s important always to review the fundamentals. Practicing these basics makes the difference between winning and losing. So it is with our spiritual lives. Our Scripture today shows Joshua taking the people of Israel back to basics in terms of God’s laws. As soon as the victory of Ai …

Victory: God's Way

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 8:1-29 God can take the results of human weakness and, if we surrender, make them work together for good (see Romans 8:28). I have seen this happen in my own life with frequency. Some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned have resulted from my own mistakes or the mistakes others made that have touched my life. We see this illustrated in this chapter: God took the results of Israel’s sin and used them to give Israel the …