Joshua 6:2, 21 But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors.” They completely destroyed everything in it with their swords—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep, goats, and donkeys.
In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminds Joshua and the Israelites of God’s commands and gave them further instructions on entering the Promised Land. One of these commands was to completely destroy everyone and everything in the land they were about to enter. This command was intended as a judgment against the wickedness of the Canaanites who were a stronghold of rebellion against God. God did not want the Israelites to be influenced by their belief and behavior. Instead, He wanted their religion and faith to be uncontaminated.
God also wants us to be pure and uncontaminated by the world around us. We are not to allow earthly desires to distract us from our spiritual purpose. We are to reject anything that reminds us of our rebellion. When God commands us to stop sinning, we are not to debate, argue, negotiate, rationalize or compromise. Like Joshua, we are to respond with obedience swiftly and completely and avoid those relationships and activities that cause us to sin.
My reading schedule this week:
March 26 Joshua 12-15
March 27 Joshua 16-18
March 28 Joshua 19-21
March 29 Joshua 22-24
March 30 Judges 1-2
March 31 Judges 3-5
April 1 Judges 6-7
NOTE: I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com