A Meditation: On Joshua 10:1-6 // He Is Fighting On Our Side //
by Matheus Yuhlung
‘As soon as Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, heard how Joshua had captured Ai and had devoted it to destruction, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, he feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were warriors. So Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron, to Piram king of Jarmuth, to Japhia king of Lachish, and to Debir king of Eglon, saying, “Come up to me and help me, and let us strike Gibeon. For it has made peace with Joshua and with the people of Israel.” Then the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered their forces and went up with all their armies and encamped against Gibeon and made war against it. And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying, “Do not relax your hand from your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the hill country are gathered against us.”’ – Joshua 10:1-6
When Gibeon heard what Jehovah had done for Israel; they were quick to pledge allegiance with the Israelites. They fear the fate that met cities like Ai, Jericho et cetera. Joshua was quick to accept their offer to serve them and so they remained as woodcutters and water carriers for the Israelites.
Hearing this unsettled the King of Jerusalem – he quickly forms partnership with other kings and plans to attain its former neighbour and friend Gibeon. But Joshua was quick to hear the plea of the newly acquainted city. And they raced down to meet its enemy; whom God had also communicated that He had given them up to him. This league of Kings led by the king of Jerusalem was later defeated utterly.
This whole incident is a great reminder to not lose faith when Satan raises your old friends against you when you draw yourself nearer towards Christ and His people. He’ll try to leave you in a state of destitution and even at those times do not lose heart. For it is a trial and when it’s done you’d come forth shinning and sanctified. Never even once at doubt think of falling back to that old company – consider the fate that met the king of Jerusalem. So press on. Be persistent. Surrender whatever you have to but draw nearer to God; because there really is no greater prize than the company of the holy of the holiest in eternity.