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Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we see that good science and good faith will not contradict one another because both are in pursuit of the truth. Truth can never contradict the truth. There is a description that the sun stands still or the rotation of the earth stops and one day was turned into two days. Is this possible? yes. It could be a supernatural miracle and God can do miracles. Also, it is important to realize that not everything in the Bible should be read literally. The Bible sometimes uses figures of speech or poetic language to describe what is going on. This could be one of those passages where the victory of the battle has gone on for two days.

God’s original plan is not war. He wants us to know him, belong to him, and say yes to him. Ultimately we should live in harmony with each other and him. Through our broken and fallen nature that God allows in his plan what we read about. In Joshua 11 it states “and the land had rest from war.” That is what God wants for all of us.

We shouldn’t be fighting with each other, but rather for each other.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Joshua 10

1 Now, it happened that Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem, learned that Joshua had conquered Ai and put the town under the curse of destruction, treating Ai and its king as he had already treated Jericho and its king; and also that the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were living with them.

2 There was consternation at this, since Gibeon was as important a town as any of the royal towns themselves (it was larger than Ai), while all its citizens were fighting men.

3 Consequently, Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem sent word to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish, and Debir king of Eglon,

4 ‘Join me up here and help me to conquer Gibeon, since it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.’

5 The five Amorite kings joined forces and went up there, that is, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish and the king of Eglon, they and all their armies; laying siege to Gibeon, they attacked it.

6 The men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal, ‘Do not desert your servants; come up here quickly to save us and help us, since all the Amorite kings living in the highlands have allied themselves against us.’

7 Joshua came up from Gilgal, he, all the fighting men and all the bravest of his army.

8 Yahweh said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of these people; I have put them at your mercy; not one of them will put up any resistance.’

9 Having marched from Gilgal throughout the night, Joshua caught them unawares.

10 Yahweh threw them into disorder at the sight of Israel, defeating them completely at Gibeon; furthermore, he pursued them by way of the Descent of Beth-Horon and harassed them as far as Azekah (and as far as Makkedah).

11 And as they fled from Israel down the Descent of Beth-Horon, Yahweh hurled huge hailstones from heaven on them all the way to Azekah, and they died. More of them died under the hailstones than under the swords of the Israelites.

12 Joshua then spoke to Yahweh, the day Yahweh delivered the Amorites to the Israelites. In the presence of Israel, Joshua said: Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and, moon, you too, over the Vale of Aijalon!

13 And the sun stood still, and the moon halted, until the people had taken vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of the Just? The sun stood still in the middle of the sky and delayed its setting for almost a whole day.

14 There was never a day like that before or since, when Yahweh obeyed the voice of a man — for Yahweh was fighting for Israel.

15 Joshua, and all Israel with him, then went back to the camp at Gilgal.

16 As regards the five kings, these had fled and hidden in the cave of Makkedah,

17 and news of this was brought to Joshua. ‘The five kings have been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah.’

18 Joshua said, ‘Roll great stones over the mouth of the cave and post men there to keep guard.

19 You yourselves, do not stay there doing nothing; pursue the enemy, cut off their line of retreat and do not let them enter their towns, for Yahweh your God has put them at your mercy.’

20 When Joshua and the Israelites had finished inflicting a very great defeat on them, to the point of destroying them, those who had escaped alive took refuge in their fortresses.

21 The people came back to Joshua’s camp at Makkedah; they were all safe and sound, and no one dared to attempt anything against the Israelites.

22 Joshua then said, ‘Clear the mouth of the cave and bring the five kings out to me.’

23 They did so, and brought the five kings out of the cave to take them to him: the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish and the king of Eglon.

24 When these kings had been brought out, Joshua assembled all the men of Israel and said to the chiefs of the warriors who had fought with him, ‘Come forward and put your feet on the necks of these kings!’ They came forward and put their feet on their necks.

25 ‘Be fearless and undaunted,’ Joshua went on, ‘be strong and stand firm, for this is how Yahweh will deal with all the enemies you fight.’

26 With this, Joshua struck and killed them and had them hanged on five trees; they hung there till evening.

27 At the hour of sunset, on Joshua’s orders, they were taken down from the trees and thrown into the cave where they had been hiding. Great stones were laid over the mouth of the cave, and these are still there to this very day.

28 The same day Joshua captured Makkedah, putting it and its king to the sword; he delivered them over to the curse of destruction, with every living creature there, and let no one escape, and he treated the king of Makkedah as he had treated the king of Jericho.

29 Joshua, and all Israel with him, went on from Makkedah to Libnah and attacked it

30 and Yahweh put this, too, and its king at Israel’s mercy; and Israel put every living creature there to the sword, and left none alive, and treated its king like the king of Jericho.

31 Joshua, and all Israel with him, went on from Libnah to Lachish and besieged it and attacked it.

32 Yahweh put Lachish at Israel’s mercy, and Israel took it on the second day and put it and every living creature in it to the sword, as they had treated Libnah.

33 Horam king of Gezer then marched up to help Lachish, but Joshua beat him and his people until not one was left alive.

34 Joshua, and all Israel with him, went on from Lachish to Eglon. They besieged it and attacked it.

35 The same day they took it and put it to the sword. That day he delivered over to the curse of destruction every living creature there, treating it as he had treated Lachish.

36 Joshua, and all Israel with him, went on up from Eglon to Hebron. They attacked it,

37 took it and put it to the sword, with its king, its dependencies and every living creature in it. As he had treated Eglon, so here, he left no one alive. He delivered it over to the curse of destruction, with every living creature in it.

38 Joshua, and all Israel with him, then turned back on Debir and attacked it.

39 He took it and its king and all the places belonging to it; they put them to the sword, and every living creature there they delivered over to the curse of destruction. He left no one alive. As he had treated Hebron, as he had treated Libnah and its king, so he treated Debir and its king.

40 Thus Joshua subjugated the whole country: the highlands, the Negeb, the lowlands and watered foothills, and all their kings. He left not one survivor and put every living thing under the curse of destruction, as Yahweh, God of Israel, had commanded.

41 Joshua conquered them from Kadesh-Barnea to Gaza, and the whole region of Goshen as far as Gibeon.

42 All these kings and their territory Joshua captured in a single campaign, because Yahweh, God of Israel, fought for Israel.

43 And then Joshua, and all Israel with him, went back to the camp at Gilgal.

Joshua 11

1 When Jabin king of Hazor heard about this, he sent word to Jobab king of Merom, to the king of Shimron, to the king of Achshaph

2 and to the kings in the northern highlands, in the plain south of Chinneroth, and those in the lowlands and on the slopes of Dor to the west.

3 To eastward and to westward lived the Canaanites: in the highlands, the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites and Jebusites; the Hivites, at the foot of Hermon in the area of Mizpah.

4 They set out with all their troops, a people as numerous as the sands of the sea, with a huge number of horses and chariots.

5 These kings, having all agreed on a meeting place, came and set up camp together at the Waters of Merom, to fight Israel.

6 Yahweh then said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them, for by this time tomorrow I shall hand them all over, cut to pieces, to Israel; you will hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.’

7 With all his warriors Joshua caught them unawares near the Waters of Merom and fell on them.

8 Yahweh put them at Israel’s mercy and they defeated them and pursued them as far as Sidon the Great, and as far as Misrephoth to the west, and as far as the Vale of Mizpah to the east; they harried them until not one of them was left alive.

9 Joshua treated them as Yahweh had told him; he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots.

10 Joshua then turned back and captured Hazor, putting its king to the sword. Hazor in olden days was the capital of all these kingdoms.

11 In compliance with the curse of destruction, they put every living creature there to the sword. Not a living soul was left, and Hazor was burnt to the ground.

12 All these royal cities and all their kings Joshua put to the sword in compliance with the curse of destruction, as Moses, servant of Yahweh, had ordered.

13 Yet of all these towns standing on their mounds, Israel burned none, apart from Hazor, burnt by Joshua.

14 All the spoils of these towns, including the livestock, the Israelites took as booty for themselves. But they put all the human beings to the sword till they had destroyed them completely; they did not leave a living soul.

15 What Yahweh had ordered his servant Moses, Moses in turn had ordered Joshua, and Joshua carried it out, leaving nothing undone of what Yahweh had ordered Moses.

16 In consequence, Joshua captured this entire country: the highlands, the whole Negeb and the whole of Goshen, the lowlands, the Arabah, the highlands and lowlands of Israel.

17 From Mount Halak, which rises towards Seir, to Baal-Gad in the Vale of Lebanon at the foot of Mount Hermon, he captured all their kings, struck them down and put them to death.

18 For many a day Joshua made war on all these kings;

19 no city had made peace with the Israelites except the Hivites who lived at Gibeon; all the rest had been captured in battle.

20 For Yahweh had decided to harden the hearts of these men, so that they would engage Israel in battle and thus come under the curse of destruction and so receive no quarter but be exterminated, as Yahweh had ordered Moses.

21 Joshua then went and wiped out the Anakim of the highlands, of Hebron, of Debir, of Anab, of all the highlands of Judah and of all the highlands of Israel; he delivered them and their towns over to the curse of destruction.

22 No Anakim were left in the territory of the Israelites, except at Gaza, Gath and Ashdod.

23 Joshua captured the entire country, just as Yahweh had told Moses, and he gave it as heritage to Israel, to be shared out between their tribes. And the country had rest from warfare.

Psalm 128

1 [Song of Ascents] How blessed are all who fear Yahweh, who walk in his ways!

2 Your own labours will yield you a living, happy and prosperous will you be.

3 Your wife a fruitful vine in the inner places of your house. Your children round your table like shoots of an olive tree.

4 Such are the blessings that fall on those who fear Yahweh.

5 May Yahweh bless you from Zion! May you see Jerusalem prosper all the days of your life,

6 and live to see your children’s children! Peace to Israel!

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